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Coconut Macaroons

November 19, 2018 (Last Updated: May 8, 2020)

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Coconut Macaroons are a gluten free cookie with a drizzle of chocolate. These delicious cookies are made with shredded coconut, egg whites and sugar. They are chewy on the inside and golden brown on the outside with just enough chocolate to make everything extra delicious.  

Three coconut macaroons on a white plate

When I was growing up my mom made a ton of cookies. With six kids in the house, they always disappeared quickly. She also purchased store-bought cookies to keep up with the hungry kids. Those disappeared just as quickly, except when she bought coconut macaroons.

My mom and I were the only ones that loved those coconut cookies! I guess it was all fair though. When she made peanut butter cookies, I was the only one who didn’t like those!

Coconut Macaroons drizzled with milk chocolate on a baking rack.

I was able to eat more than my fair share of those coconut cookies! I don’t know if my siblings’ tastes regarding coconut has changed, but I do know my dad still isn’t a fan. I still love coconut as much as ever!

In my household today, all three kids, hubby and I love all things coconut. When making these Coconut Macaroons I had to hide them to ensure they didn’t all disappear immediately.

Coconut, eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla on a white board.

The ingredients for these cookies are simple – sweetened coconut, egg whites, sugar, salt and vanilla. That’s it! No flour added! These cookies are gluten free!

I added a drizzle of milk chocolate on top. My mom’s store-bought cookies from years ago did not have any chocolate. I love the combination of coconut and chocolate but adding the chocolate is completely optional.

Beaten egg whites fin a glass bowl.

Steps for Making Coconut Macaroons

  • Beat egg whites until stiff peaks are formed
  • Fold in sugar, vanilla and salt
  • Fold in coconut
  • Form cookies
  • Bake cookies
  • Drizzle on chocolate
  • Eat cookies!

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Three coconut macaroons on a white plate

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut cookies with a drizzle of chocolate. These delicious cookies are gluten free.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Servings 20 cookies
Calories 107 kcal



  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 cups sweetened coconut

Chocolate Drizzle

  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening


  • Whip eggs with a mixer until stiff peaks are formed.
  • Fold in salt, vanilla and sugar.
  • Fold in coconut.
  • Place rounded scoops of coconut mixture on a baking sheet lined with a silicone liner or parchment paper. 
  • Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 18-20 minutes. 
  • Allow cookies to cool slightly. Remove from baking sheet and continue cooling on baking rack. 

Chocolate Drizzle

  • Place chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave proof bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each time. Continue until chocolate is smooth.
  • Using a spoon, drizzle chocolate over cooled cookies. Allow chocolate to cool and set-up before  serving. 


Calories: 107kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 89mgPotassium: 71mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 5IUCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword coconut cookies, coconut macaroons
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  • Reply
    November 25, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Wow! Those look great! I also love chocolate macaroons. 2 months ago I was visiting a candy shop in Oregon that had dozens of flavors of popcorn. I bought 3 bags. One of them was chocolate macaroon! Yummy! My only regret is that I bought a small bag instead of the large bag. It looks like I’ve got some baking ahead of me here!

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      November 27, 2018 at 5:48 am

      Chocolate macaroon popcorn! Wow!!!

    • Reply
      May 31, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      5 stars
      Where in Oregon did you get the popcorn! I live I Bend Oregon and I could send you some if it was from here!!

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