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Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

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Coconut Macaroons
4.6 rating based on 12,345 ratings
4.6/5 (6)
Course: Drop CookiesDifficulty: Easy



Very moist cookie with a shredded coconut dough. These can be dipped in chocolate, as pictured above, or just left plain. They are also delightfully festive with red and green cherries on top (pictured below).


  • 3 large egg whites

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups flaked sweetened coconut

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 12 red and/or green maraschino or candied cherries, rinsed, drained and cut in half (optional)

  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)


  • Pre-heat oven to 325 F. Lightly grease baking sheets or line them with parchment paper. Beat egg whites with electric mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, a little bit at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and salt. Continue beating until whites form stiff glossy peaks. Gently fold in the coconut and flour. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets (pictured). Or, using a pastry bag and a large fluted pastry tube, pipe cookies onto baking sheet (not pictured). If desired, place a cherry half on the top of each cookie (not pictured). Bake about 15-20 minutes or until golden. Carefully remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely. If desired, melt chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler over hot (not boiling) water, and dip the bottom of each cookie in the chocolate. Cool on sheets of waxed paper.
  • Piped, with cherries, below



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tastes great
- A Baker

I melt chocolate and dip 1/2 the cookie in chocolate. I do some (not all)like this, it looks pretty on the plate, especially if you brng them to a cookie swap. These are easy, but definately double the recipe or you'll be making them alll day.
- CM

Absolutely delicious and so easy to make. I'll definitely make this one again. I tried piping the dough, but that didn't work at all, the coconut just clogged up the tip. Spooning the dough onto the pan worked fine.
- Serrena

These are easy to make and tasty. I added green food coloring for Christmas. My recipe made 30.
- A Baker

I wasn't as impressed with these as my husband and son seem to be so I am rating a 4. I think they needed more coconut and maybe toasting the coconut first.
- Julie

Rinse Marachino cherries and slice in half. Place a cherry half into each cookie before baking. Red or green can be used. These give the cookies a beautiful holiday color.
- KB
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