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Soft and chewy on the inside, crisp and golden on the outside — these are the perfect coconut macaroons.

coconut macaroons

As a coconut lover, I’ve tried dozens of recipes for coconut macaroons over the years, and these are my all-time favorite. Chewy and rich on the inside, crisp and golden on the outside, they are delicious plain but even more irresistible dipped in dark chocolate. They also keep well for days on end, making them the perfect holiday cookie to bake ahead or give away. (Be sure not to confuse coconut macaroons with French macarons, which are delicate meringue-based sandwich cookies with a sweet filling.)

What You’ll Need To Make Coconut Macaroons

how to make coconut macaroons

The key ingredient in this recipe is sweetened condensed milk, a canned milk product from which water has been removed and sugar has been added. It’s sticky-sweet and makes the best macaroons. Many recipes call for it but, in my experience, they all have the same problem: too much liquid, which causes the sweet batter to pool around the edges of the macaroons and burn in the oven. This is because recipe developers want to keep their recipes neat and tidy with one whole bag of coconut and one full can of sweetened condensed milk. It’s annoying to have leftover sweetened condensed milk; there’s not much you can do with it except add it to your coffee. For this recipe, you’ll use just shy of one can. You’ll have to sacrifice some sweetened condensed milk, but your macaroons will be perfect.

How To Make Coconut Macaroons

Begin by combining the coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla.

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Mix until well combined.

how to make coconut macaroons

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and salt until stiff peaks form.

how to make coconut macaroons

Stiff peaks look like this when you lift the beaters out of the bowl.

how to make coconut macaroons

Add the egg whites to the coconut mixture and fold until combined.

how to make coconut macaroons

Using a mini ice cream scoop or two spoons, form heaping tablespoons of the mixture into mounds onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing about 1 inch apart.

how to make coconut macaroons

Bake for about 25 minutes, until the bottoms and edges are deeply golden and the tops are lightly golden.

how to make coconut macaroons

Let the macaroons cool on the baking sheet for a minute, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

how to make coconut macaroons

If you’d like to dip the macaroons in chocolate, melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, stopping to stir every 30 seconds, until just smooth and creamy. (Alternatively, melt in a double boiler over simmering water.) Dip the bottoms of the macaroons in the chocolate and return to the lined baking sheets.

how to make coconut macaroons

Refrigerate for about 10 minutes, or until the chocolate is set. That’s all there is to it. Enjoy!

coconut macaroons

Wondering with to do with those leftover egg yolks? Check out these recipes: Chocolate Cream Pie, Coconut Dream Pie, Millionaire’s Shortbread, Molten Chocolate Cakes, Tres Leches Cake, Rugelach, Banana Pudding Parfaits and Rum Cake

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Coconut Macaroons

Soft and chewy on the inside, crisp and golden on the outside — these are the perfect coconut macaroons.

Servings: 26 macaroons
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 14-oz bag sweetened flaked coconut, such as Baker's Angel Flake (see note)
  • ⅞ cup sweetened condensed milk (see note below on measurement)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs whites
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, best quality such as Ghirardelli, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Set two oven racks near the center of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the coconut, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and salt until stiff peaks form. Use a large rubber spatula to fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture.
  4. Using a mini ice cream scoop or two spoons, form heaping tablespoons of the mixture into mounds on the prepared baking sheets, spacing about 1 inch apart. Bake for 23 to 25 minutes, rotating the pans from top to bottom and front to back, until the tops and edges are golden. Let cool on the pans for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. If dipping the macaroons in chocolate, melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl at medium power, stopping and stirring at 30 second intervals, until just smooth and creamy. (Alternatively, melt the chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water.) Dip the bottoms of the macaroons in the chocolate, letting any excess drip back into the bowl, and return to the lined baking sheets. Place the macaroons in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to allow the chocolate to set. The cookies keep well in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week.
  6. Note: There is a lot of variability in coconut depending on the brand you purchase. For the best results, I recommend Baker's Angel Flake (see package in the first picture on this page).
  7. Note: ⅞ cup = ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons
  8. Note: Make sure to use parchment paper (NOT wax paper) on the baking sheets. The macaroons will stick to wax paper.
  9. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The macaroons can be frozen for up to 3 months. (If you plan to dip them in chocolate, wait until you thaw them to do that.) Let them cool completely and store in an airtight container separating layers with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Before serving, remove the cookies from the container and let them come to room temperature.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 macaroon (nutritional data includes optional chocolate)
  • Calories: 134
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16 g
  • Sugar: 15 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Sodium: 81 mg
  • Cholesterol: 4 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Comments

  • I want to make these to look like little coconuts. Do you think I could add some cocoa powder and increase the condensed milk a bit? Or would maybe sifting some over the tops after cooking? Or maybe even lightly brush on melted chocolate? Never made these before, but I love them and hope I can pull them off for my daughter’s Moana birthday!

    • — Erin on May 17, 2023
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    • Hi Erin, you could try sifting some cocoa powder over the macaroons or dipping them completely in melted chocolate. They’ll be delicious either way but I’m honestly not sure you’ll get the coconut look you’re going for. 😊

      • — Jenn on May 19, 2023
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  • So very good. The difference in the slightly less sweetened condensed milk of this recipe and no added sugar like most recipes does make the difference. Lovely dipped in dark chocolate and gluten free! Making them for a birthday celebration so the gluten intolerant can join with a very nice dessert. Thank you for a great recipe.

    • — Sandy on May 11, 2023
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  • I just made these macaroons for the first time. They are beautiful and taste delicious. They are golden brown and toasty on the outside and nice and chewy on the inside. I plan to add chocolate to some of them and leave some plain like I love them. Thank you for a wonderfully easy recipe!

    • — Deborah Filomena on April 29, 2023
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  • I just wanted you to know that this is the best best recipe ever. I have made them before for Passover and used semisweet chocolate and they were very good.

    My family thought they were a little too sweet so I decided to melt very dark chocolate and they were a big hit. I’m not a big chocolate fan but these were just incredibly delicious.

    I believe I have used a couple of your other recipes before and I thank you.

    By the way, I just had one which was frozen and thawed and it was so so good.

    I certainly look at many more of your recipes in the future!!

    • — sandra schwartz on April 21, 2023
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  • All I can say is oh my, oh my! These are exactly as described, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. I’ve always wanted to try them and I am not disappointed! I had to put one down to exclaim! A little nervous about the chocolate part as it can sometimes freeze up in micro on me but it must be done.

    • — Kathleen on April 12, 2023
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  • Made this with my granddaughter. The recipe is very easy so that she could do all the steps by herself. She had a great time dipping some of the macaroons in the chocolate. Great recipe!

    • — Dan on April 8, 2023
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  • In order to get the most volume from your egg whites, use absolutely fresh eggs. As eggs age, they become more alkaline which affects the protein level and volume. That being said, these were sensational. Made twice in one day, 21 macaroons from each recipe and used an extra 4 ou of chocolate. My oven temp is spot on, and these were done in 18 – 20 minutes. They would be black if left any longer. Thannks Jenn for another winner and happy Passover

    • — Carol on April 7, 2023
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  • I made this recipe for the first time and they are amazing. I got 42 out of the single recipe!

    • — Elaine on April 7, 2023
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  • Since I discovered this recipe several years ago, its the only one I use. Its good for Passover, Easter and every other day.
    I discovered Ghiradlli melting discs and they work great for the macaroons. I brush the chocolate on the bottom with a small pastry brush and I leave some plain.

    • — Susan B on April 4, 2023
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  • A friend of mine makes these all the time for get togethers and potlucks and I can attest to the fact that they are AMAZING.

    • — Kathy Morgan on April 4, 2023
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    • I have never made macaroons before. I thought they would be a nice addition to our Easter buffet. They turned out perfectly and so yummy! I plan to make the ricotta cheesecake as well for Easter. Thank you for foolproof recipes that work without having to do a trial run first!

      • — Tonya on April 7, 2023
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  • … and another comment! Try using shredded coconut instead of flaked. It softens the consistency a bit – not quite as chewy. Still a perfect macaroon.

    • — Alyce LaGasse on April 4, 2023
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  • For those who find that they ‘run’ … shape VERY lightly with your hands … they will hold together perfectly

    • — Alyce LaGasse on April 4, 2023
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  • UNRIVALED. I have been making your recipe since you first published it. I am the macaroon queen in my circles:) I always triple the recipe so I don’t waste condensed milk! They freeze great – take them out of the freezer just 10 minutes before serving. Also, try them dipped in melted espresso/chocolate – a nice difference.

    • — Alyce LaGasse on April 4, 2023
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  • I wouldn’t recommend this recipe, unfortunately. I’m a very experienced baker, but these didn’t come out with a nice texture. They spread so much in the sheets that I actually interrupted the baking and reshaped them with a silicone spatula, which helped a bit. The flavour is pleasant but the consistency is not good.

    • — Erica Pinnington on March 30, 2023
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    • Mm. Mine were perfect. Follow the recipe exactly! You’ll find that you either a. added more condensed milk than the recipe calls for, b. didn’t whip the egg whites stiff enough c. used off-brand sweetened coconut or d. your oven needs to be recalibrated.

      • — PETER MOOR on April 4, 2023
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  • I just made these. They look and taste fabulous. One question regarding freezing– why is it that you recommend dipping them in chocolate after rather than before freezing?

    • — Linda on March 24, 2023
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    • Glad you like them! Yes, after freezing is definitely best.

      • — Jenn on March 25, 2023
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  • I’ve made these in the past. They’re delicious and easy to make. Could these be made dairy-free with sweetened condensed coconut milk? I’d love to make these forms for family members who love coconut macaroons but they can’t tolerate dairy products. Thank you for your wonderful recipes!

    • — Caroline on March 24, 2023
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    • Glad you like them! A few readers have mentioned that they’ve made these with sweetened condensed coconut milk successfully, so I think it’s worth a try. 🙂

      • — Jenn on March 24, 2023
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  • These are absolutely the best macaroons. The recipe is easy to follow and the end result is perfection. They freeze really well; I made a double batch today and froze them so they will be ready for Passover.

    In my experience, two fail-safe ways to ensure the macaroons are perfect and not runny.

    1. Weigh the sweetened condensed milk — use approx 300 grams. Don’t use the entire can. Always weigh vs using a liquid measuring cup. If you use too much sweetened condensed milk, they will spread and you will end up with one big macaroon mess.

    2. Make sure the egg whites have very stiff peaks. If they aren’t stiff, the macaroons will likely be runny.

    Watch them as they bake. Mine took 23 minutes. They can burn quickly so after 15 minutes, I watch them really closely.

    • — MamaS on March 23, 2023
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    • Thank you for your weight recommendation for the condensed milk (300g), I made these today for the first time and they are perfect. I combined Mamas’ notes with Jenn’s weight measurements and photos.

      Adding this to my annual Passover dessert recipe file.

      • — Midwestern mama on April 2, 2023
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  • Can I put them into super tiny cupcake liners instead of putting them directly on a baking sheet? Would that possibly affect the baking time or the texture?

    Thanks

    • — Noreen W. on March 23, 2023
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    • Hi Noreen, I think that will work and that it shouldn’t impact the baking time or temperature. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on March 23, 2023
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  • The key is to measure the sweetened condensed milk by weight (306 grams = 1 cup) not volume (using a measuring cup). I learned the hard way and the first time I made these delicacies, I ended up with macaroon pie mush instead of individual macaroons as I used the entire can. I have been making this recipe for about 20 years and it is always a hit. The original recipe I use is from Fine Cooking and it is identical to this one.

    • — MamaS on March 18, 2023
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  • Hi! When I scoop the macaroons, should I roll them tight? Or keep them loose? Thank you 🙂

    • — Lauren on March 6, 2023
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    • Hi Lauren, You don’t need to roll them tight; just scoop them up and then deposit on the baking sheet.

      • — Jenn on March 7, 2023
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  • Best macaroons ever!!!! This was the 3rd recipe I tried and it’s by far the best. Crunchy on the outside and chewy inside – perfect! Dipping in chocolate makes them a little more special – great.

    • — Ann G on February 21, 2023
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  • I have made these many times (30+) and folks positively love them. I had something happen the last time that could be an indicator of issues for some failures (spreading out)… I separated my egg whites in bowl. I opened a bag of coconut and passed over the egg bowl. 3-4 flakes of coconut fell into the egg bowl. Such a small amount, surely that won’t affect anything. Wrong. The egg whites would not form stiff peaks due to the contamination! I put those aside and whipped another 2 egg whites and there was no problem at all. I learned something that day!

    • — Ken T. on January 27, 2023
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  • I was nervous about these after reading a review that called them dry and not sweet enough so I fudged the amount of sweetened condensed milk a little on the over side. I shouldn’t have worried!

    They were very moist, almost falling apart because they were too moist. They squished into a ball easily and were plenty sweet. My biggest issue was that they stuck to the parchment paper, and that could very easily have been due to the extra sweetened condensed milk (or perhaps they were slightly underbaked at 25 minutes.) I won’t worry about that again.

    DELICIOUS VARIATION
    I pressed half a maraschino cherry into the center of each mound before baking, and put my melted chocolate in a plastic ziploc, cut a bit of the corner and zigzag drizzled it over the top after they came out instead of dipping them. Everyone said they were so good! My mother in law even took 6 home with her for later.

    I used eagle brand sweetened condensed milk, bakers angel coconut flakes, real vanilla, etc.

    • — Meggy on January 24, 2023
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  • This recipe is a staple at holidays! It suits my GF family and they are just amazing. Best recipe- I love Once Upon a Chef!

    • — Jeanne on January 14, 2023
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  • Dry and not sweet enough. The whipping of the egg whites adds no benefit. This is my third recipe and they are always dry. These were identical to Chef Johns at Food Wishes. These were not sweet enough to counter a dark chocolate. Milk chocolate would be ok. I would buy these in bakeries or even supermarkets and they were so moist you could squeeze it into a ball. These would certainly crumble apart if I tried that. I have tried letting the “dough” sit over night giving the coconut move time to soak up liquids to no avail. It could be my oven it could be my brand of coconut (have limited optons in third world country) but at the end of the day they were not sweet enough and that wasnot my fault. The search continues.

    • — C on January 1, 2023
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  • I made these for our family Christmas dinner and they were a huge hit! I found them easy to make (easy recipe to follow) and loved the touch of chocolate on the bottom. Fabulous recipe!

    • — Sarah on December 25, 2022
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  • Just made these today, and they came out perfect, gorgeous, and delicious!
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • — Rebeca on December 24, 2022
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  • Thank you so much for this gem of a recipe! I’m pretty clueless in the kitchen as husband does all of the cooking but even I succeeded with your recipe! Macaroons are my favourite biscuits and I will be making my own from now on – these are 😋 full 5 stars for this recipe!

    • — Mrs Z from London, UK on December 21, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn, is it possible to make these macaroons using carton egg whites? I feel like I’ve had mixed results in the past with carton egg whites reaching stiff peaks but I would prefer to use them since I don’t have anything to make with the egg yolks at the moment.

    • — Lilee on December 20, 2022
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    • Hi Lilee, I don’t feel confident that store-bought egg whites will whip up to stiff peaks so for the most predictable results, I’d stick with the real thing — sorry!

      • — Jenn on December 20, 2022
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      • Coming back on here to say I followed the recipe and it was well worth having two leftover yolks (I will find something to do with them 🙂 )! These coconut macaroons were fabulous. I have truthfully not tried macaroons before, but these were so scrumptious. I made these for a family member that I drew in Secret Santa who loves coconut. I am so excited to gift these! And the recipe had enough for me to taste test a few 🙂 Merry Christmas!

        • — Lilee on December 25, 2022
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        • So glad they came out well — thanks for reporting back!

          • — Jenn on December 26, 2022
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  • A fine carefully designed recipe. Mine came out very well. Bakers: be sure and read the note about 7/8 cup of sweetened condensed milk! And I do think the brand of coconut was significant, not a marketing thing. (And I live in Hawaii!).

    • — Greg Schultz on December 18, 2022
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    • Love these! They turned out perfect and with the chocolate, they taste like Mounds candy bars which are my favorite.

      • — Lois Suski on December 23, 2022
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