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Coconut Macaroons

November 19, 2018 (Last Updated: October 13, 2019)

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Coconut Macaroons are a gluten free cookie with a drizzle of chocolate.

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!

A tray full of Coconut Macaroons drizzled with chocolate.

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Three coconut cookies on a small white plate.



5 from 7 votes
Three coconut macaroons on a white plate
Coconut Macaroons
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Coconut cookies with a drizzle of chocolate. These delicious cookies are gluten free.

Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut cookies, coconut macaroons
Servings: 20 cookies
Calories: 107 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 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
  1. Whip eggs with a mixer until stiff peaks are formed.

  2. Fold in salt, vanilla and sugar.

  3. Fold in coconut.

  4. Place rounded scoops of coconut mixture on a baking sheet lined with a silicone liner or parchment paper. 

  5. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 18-20 minutes. 

  6. Allow cookies to cool slightly. Remove from baking sheet and continue cooling on baking rack. 

Chocolate Drizzle
  1. 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.

  2. Using a spoon, drizzle chocolate over cooled cookies. Allow chocolate to cool and set-up before  serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Coconut Macaroons
Amount Per Serving
Calories 107 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 89mg4%
Potassium 71mg2%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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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!

    • Reply
      November 27, 2018 at 5:48 am

      Chocolate macaroon popcorn! Wow!!!

  • Reply
    November 21, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    5 stars
    I love coconut macaroons! Look so delicious!

    • Reply
      November 22, 2018 at 6:36 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Nicoletta De Angelis Nardelli
    November 21, 2018 at 10:47 am

    5 stars
    I think that the drizzle of chocolate on top looks beautiful and it would be such a great pair for the coconut. Lovely cookies, perfect for the upcoming holidays so that also the gluten intolerant people can enjoy them.

    • Reply
      November 22, 2018 at 6:37 am

      A little chocolate is always a good thing! 🙂

  • Reply
    Fred G
    November 21, 2018 at 10:45 am

    5 stars
    The chocolate is a good addition

    • Reply
      November 22, 2018 at 6:37 am

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Reply
    November 21, 2018 at 9:57 am

    5 stars
    I love that these are gluten free! They look so yummy! A perfect treat to keep around during the holidays!

  • Reply
    November 21, 2018 at 1:01 am

    Macaroons are always a good idea, easy to make, delicious and a great way of using leftover egg whites (I always have some in the freezer). I usually make hazelnut or almond macarrons, but these coconut ones look perfect.

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    David @ Spiced
    November 20, 2018 at 5:25 am

    Wow, I had no idea that coconut macaroons are so easy to make! I could have a batch of these whipped up in the kitchen in no time flat. I hear ya about coconut, though. I personally love it, but I know it can be a polarizing flavor. Coconut + chocolate is a thing of beauty, so that’s a great addition here! I know these wouldn’t last long at all in our house. Plus, these would be a unique addition to a holiday cookie tray! Hope you and the family have a very happy Thanksgiving, Kathy!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    November 19, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    5 stars
    I LOVE coconut, but I’m the only one here that does. Both my boys and my husband aren’t fans. But that means I get to enjoy these all by myself Kathy! Woohoo!

    • Reply
      November 20, 2018 at 5:55 am

      Yep….these babies would be all for you!

  • Reply
    Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    November 19, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    What great cookie, I think I died and went to heaven! I hated coconut as a kid, I think it was the texture. Now Im all about the coconut. Take care!

    • Reply
      November 20, 2018 at 5:55 am

      It’s funny how our tastes change over the years! Just think of all the delicious things we missed out on as kids!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    November 19, 2018 at 6:09 am

    5 stars
    I grew up on these and peanut butter cookies and love both! They always remind me of the holidays. Can’t wait to try these – they look delicious, Kathy 🙂

    • Reply
      November 20, 2018 at 5:50 am

      You would have been a happy girl in my house growing up!

  • Reply
    November 19, 2018 at 5:42 am

    5 stars
    This is one of my and my mom’s favorites too! Nothing beats a soft and chewy coconut macaroon! Pinned!

    • Reply
      November 20, 2018 at 5:43 am

      I totally agree!

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