Cookies, Desserts

Coconut Macaroons

December 4, 2013

My husband has been begging me to make these cookies. At first I thought he was talking about French Macarons and made those (which you can see in my How to make a French Macaron or Salted Caramel French Macaron post), but he was quick to let me know that THOSE cookies were not the macaroons he was looking for. He was searching for macarOOns. Apparently these coconut flake filled treats are high on his cookie love list.

I decided to do a quick search and realized that these are actually pretty simple to make. Which is nice for this time of year… You know… In case you were supposed to make a treat for a holiday party and completely forgot until an hour before… Not that I have done that or anything…

coconut macaroons

Coconut Macaroons


  • 1-1/3 cup shredded coconut ( I used finely shredded)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the coconut, sugar, flour, salt and vanilla.
  3. Beat your egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff peeks form. Fold into your batter. Drop by teaspoon full onto your prepared sheet and bake 15-18 minutes, or until lightly browned on the edges.
  4. Dip or drizzle in chocolate if desired.

coconut macaroon cookies

I love the flavor of coconut but am not a huge fan of the giant flakes, so I decided to go with the finely shredded stuff. It’s amazing and I totally feel like I’ve been missing out my entire life for not having this around. So if you are like me and have a hard time with the strange texture… give the finely shredded stuff a try.

coconut macaroon cookie recipe

OR you can skip all this hard business and pick up a bag of the Shirley J macaroon mix. Just add water and voila! That product is actually what inspired me to try out the less giant flakes in my cookies. I might start adding coconut to more of my recipes now!

Are you a Macaron or MacarOOn fan?

Comments (20)

  • marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings Reply

    December 4, 2013 at 10:40 am

    oh those look delicious I love coconut!

  • Britney @ The Princess & Her Cowboys Reply

    December 4, 2013 at 11:33 am

    These look really good and I’m not really a fan of coconut! I will have to make some for the hubby and definitely try them out! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Sumo Reply

    December 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Yum, these look tasty. My husband doesn’t like coconut so I could make these and have them all to myself! :)

  • Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! Reply

    December 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Where do you get finely shredded coconut? I love the look of yours!

    • Jesseca Reply

      December 5, 2013 at 7:55 am

      I got mine at Whole Foods. BUT see yvonne’s comment… :0)

  • Yvonne @ TriedandTasty Reply

    December 5, 2013 at 7:45 am

    These are so pretty!!! Because of all the yucky ingredients in shredded coconut, we’ve actually started buying ours in the bulk bin at the health food store – it’s organic unsweetened and it’s finely shredded. At first it was hard for me to get used to how small the shreds are, but now I am used to it. One ingredient: organic coconut! SO delicious, you should pick you up some!

  • Leanne Reply

    December 5, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I love coconut macaroons! These look delicious! I wish I lived close to you.

  • MaryB Reply

    December 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Are you using sweetened or unsweetened coconut for these delights?

  • Holly C. Reply

    December 5, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    These look so fancy! Perfect for entertaining.

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  • Tasha Reply

    December 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    So I just made these… For some reason they look nothing like yours and are crunchy and gross. When transferring the batter to the cookie sheets it was so sticky that I couldn’t get decent looking balls.. And they taste like nothing, slight coconut flavouring but are dry. I followed your ingredients and directions to a T..

    • Jesseca Reply

      December 9, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Hm… That sounds strange. I’ll whip up another batch right now and make sure I wrote the recipe correct in the post.

    • Stacey Reply

      March 11, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Perhaps try dropping spoonfuls of batter into shredded coconut, then roll it around, then press it onto the cookie sheet.

  • Charity Reply

    December 11, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    This recipe seems so easy! I can’t wait to try them for my Christmas Cookie Party!

  • Nicole Reply

    December 13, 2013 at 10:35 am

    How many does this make? And do you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut?

  • Susie Reply

    December 21, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Yum!!! I just made these. So simple and delicious! To answer the last question, it made 20 cookies. I used unsweetened coconut. The sugar and vanilla add plenty of sweetness. Thanks so much for sharing!

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