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Easy Coconut Macaroons

Macaroons are small cookies mainly made with sweetened shredded coconut instead of flour. They taste very sweet, and of course, coconut. They are perfect to pair with a cup of tea or coffee. Keep in mind that even though their names are very similar to each other, Coconut Macaroons are totally different from Macarons in their looks, flavors, and the way they are made. If you are a coconut lover, keep reading this coconut macaroon recipe!

Easy Coconut Macaroons

Ingredients for Coconut Macaroons:

  • Sweetened shredded coconut: The main ingredient for the macaroon cookies. If you are just going for the texture of macaroons but prefer a less sweet cookie, you can replace it with the same amount of unsweetened shredded coconut.
  • Sugar: To add extra sweetness to these homemade macaroons.
  • Salt: A little bit of salt will balance the sweet flavor of these macaroon cookies.
  • All-purpose flour: The flour will help in keeping the cookies from spreading during baking.
  • Egg whites: We are using 2 large egg whites and they need to be at room temperature.
  • Vanilla extract: Enhances the rich flavor even more.

Easy Coconut Macaroons

How To Make Coconut Macaroons?

It only takes 3 simple steps to make these delicious little treats: Turn on the oven and preheat it to 325°F, mix the ingredients, and bake. And there you have them, the perfect homemade macaroons! These are truly the “everyone can make them” desserts.

Coconut Macaroon Recipe Tips:

The consistency of the batter should be thick and sticky. If you are not getting that consistency, try adding 1 extra tablespoon of flour to it.

  1. Add the vanilla extract at the very least to prevent it from evaporating.
  2. To ensure the macaroons are cooked thoroughly, they should not be too big. Using a mini ice cream scoop to scoop and shape each of them is recommended.
  3. Since the macaroons may spread a little in the oven, be sure to space them about 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.

Easy Coconut Macaroons

Recipe Variations:

Homemade macaroons are great, but if you have more time, this one extra step will elevate these cookies to another level.

Simply melt some chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water or in a microwave-safe bowl until the chocolate is smooth and creamy.

If you are using the microwave method, stop every 30 seconds to stir. After that, dip the bottom of the macaroons in the melted chocolate and, lightly shake a couple of times to remove any excess, and place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Then, put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes before serving to allow the chocolate to set.

Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions

Coconut macaroons can last for up to 3 months if you store them correctly in the freezer.

To freeze them, you will need to place the cooled macaroons in a single layer on a sheet pan or a plate. Next, put them in the freezer until frozen hard.

Transfer the frozen macaroons to an airtight container and separate each of them with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Label them with the date and freeze them for up to 3 months and let them come to room temperature before serving.

Easy Coconut Macaroons

Easy Coconut Macaroons

Yield: 15-16 macaroons
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ⅓ cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 egg whites, room temperature.
  • ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the sweetened shredded coconut, sugar, salt, all-purpose flour, and egg whites. Mix well. Then, add the vanilla extract and keep mixing until all ingredients are well combined.


  3. Transfer the macaroon batter onto the lined baking sheet pan using a mini ice cream scoop.


  4. Space each macaroon out about 1 inch apart. Bake at 325°F for 17 to 20 minutes or until the macaroons’ bottoms and edges are lightly golden brown. Cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.

    Easy Coconut Macaroons
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