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Coconut Macaroons

December 3, 2020

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Coconut Macaroons are a gluten free cookie with a drizzle of chocolate. These delicious cookies are chewy on the inside and golden brown on the outside with just enough chocolate to make everything extra delicious.  

Three coconut macaroon cookies with a chocolate drizzle across the top.

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 all 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! We got to eat them all I guess it was all fair though. When she made peanut butter cookies, I was the only one who didn’t like those!

A white platter with coconut cookies with chocolate drizzle.

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.

I love nibbling on the golden edges of these cookies first and then working my way into the soft center of the cookie.

Several small bowls filled with coconut, sugar, and eggs.

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. I love the combination of coconut and chocolate but adding the chocolate is completely optional.

You only use the egg whites in these cookies. Save the yolks and use them in this homemade peach ice cream.

Steps for Making 

A complete list of instructions is available below! Just scroll to the bottom!

  • Beat egg whites until stiff peaks are formed
  • Fold in sugar, vanilla and salt
  • Fold in coconut
  • Form cookies into balls
  • Bake cookies
  • Drizzle on chocolate
A tray full of Coconut Macaroons drizzled with chocolate.

My Tips

  • Make certain egg whites are whipped to stiff peaks
  • Fold ingredients in gently so egg whites are not deflated
  • Cook in a preheated oven
  • Bake cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, a silicone liner or spray cookie sheet with a nonstick spray
  • Allow cookies to cool before adding drizzle

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Three coconut macaroon cookies with a chocolate drizzle across the top.

Coconut Macaroons

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

Ingredients
  

Cookies

  • 4 egg whites
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 cups sweetened coconut

Chocolate Drizzle

  • cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

Instructions
 

Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • 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. 

Notes

  • Make certain egg whites are whipped to stiff peaks
  • Fold ingredients in gently so egg whites are not deflated
  • Cook in a preheated oven
  • Bake cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, a silicone liner or spray cookie sheet with a nonstick spray
  • Allow cookies to cool before adding drizzle

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1cookieCalories: 107kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 89mgPotassium: 71mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 5IUCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.3mg
    Keyword coconut cookies, coconut macaroons
    Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

    This post was originally published in November 2018.

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    24 Comments

  • Reply
    Natalie
    November 21, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    5 stars
    I love coconut macaroons! Look so delicious!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      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
      Kathy
      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
      Kathy
      November 22, 2018 at 6:37 am

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kendra
    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
    Adina
    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.

  • Reply
    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
      Kathy
      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
      Kathy
      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!

  • Reply
    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
      Kathy
      November 20, 2018 at 5:50 am

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

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    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
      Kathy
      November 20, 2018 at 5:43 am

      I totally agree!

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