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Gluten Free Coconut Macaroons (Sweet and Simple)

These coconut macaroons are always a hit at any party. They’re soft and chewy on the inside while beautifully crispy on the outside. They’re full of delicious coconut flavor! Yum!

A bowl of macaroons.

I am obsessed with all things coconut. So when I tell you these coconut macaroons are out of this world, I’m not joking around. Yes, I take coconut recipes quite seriously, only kidding, but these are so easy to make and tasty.

This step by step recipe is simple and even caters to chocolate lovers. Sweet chocolate coconut macaroons are the main character of the dessert table or afternoon treat!

Why Make These Coconut Macaroons?

They’re delicious. Delicious is an understatement. They are drool-worthy.

They’re so easy to make! I know, I know. The word “macaroon” just screams intimidating but I promise, these aren’t difficult to make at all. The best part is you only need 5 simple ingredients to make these!

They’re oh so beautiful. If you’re looking for party food or something that screams “impressive” these cookies are it! They look so pretty at any event.

You can make plenty of these. The recipe I’ve listed makes between 32-36 macaroons. You can just double the ingredients and make over 60 cookies! Enough to feed a crowd or keep for yourself, because they are irresistible.

Baked coconut macaroons.

These gluten free macaroons are scrumptious just the way they are. But if you’re looking to change things up or elevate it, here’s how!

  • Melt some chocolate and dip these cooked macaroons in it. Then let it stand to cool. It tastes amazing!
  • You can turn these coconut macaroons into piña colada macaroons! Add 1-2 tablespoons of drained, crushed pineapples into your mixture.

Enjoy!

Key Ingredients

Coconut macaroons ingredients- eggs, vanilla, condensed milk, and coconut.

Coconut: shredded and unsweetened. You can also use sweetened coconut, but it will be a super sweet dessert.

Eggs: Just the whites form 3 large eggs.

Condensed sweetened milk: You can find these at any grocery store, usually in a can!

Flavor: Just a pinch of pure vanilla extract. 

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to make Gluten Free Coconut Macaroons

Steps 1 & 2: Prepare

Preheat the oven to 325F.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 3: Mix the base

In a bowl, mix the sweetened condensed milk, shredded coconut, and vanilla.

Coconut shreds in a silver bowl.

Step 4: Beat egg whites

On high speed beat the egg whites until white and fluffy. Carefully fold in the egg whites to the coconut mixture.

Whipped egg whites in a silver bowl.
Macaroon mix in a silver bowl.

Step 5: Prepare to bake

Using an ice cream spoon or regular spoon, scoop about 2 Tablespoons of the mix into a mound. Space the mounts 1 inch apart on the baking tray.

Coconut macaroons ready to bake.

Step 6: Bake

Place into the oven for 20-25 minutes, tips of the coconut macaroons should get golden brown.

Coconut macaroons baked on parchment paper and a baking tray.

Step 7: Cool and enjoy

Take out, let cool completely before serving, otherwise they could fall apart. Enjoy!

Close up of macaroons laid on a baking tray.

Expert Tips:

  • Allow the egg whites to reach room temperature before whipping to have a smoother whip. 
  • Watch for the golden brown color on the tips of the macaroons to indicate they are perfectly baked.
  • For a chocolate addition, melt dark chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips over a double boiler. Dip the bottoms of the cooled macaroons into the melted chocolate and drizzle some on top. 
  • Store leftover macaroons in an airtight container to preserve freshness and prevent them from becoming too dry.
  • These macarons are naturally gluten free, so serve them for your friends and family!

Recipe FAQs

Can I substitute vanilla extract with another flavor?

Yes, you can experiment with coconut or almond extract for different flavor profiles.

How long do these macaroons stay fresh?

Stored in an airtight container, they can stay fresh for up to a week.

Why do I need to wait for them to cool completely?

Allowing the macaroons to cool completely ensures they set properly, preventing them from falling apart.

Macaroons in a wooden bowl on a white board with condensed milk on the side.

You can incorporate coconut into your meals more with these recipes:

More coconut recipes:

If you tried this Gluten Free Coconut Macaroons or any other recipe on my website, please leave a 🌟 star rating and let me know how you enjoyed it in the📝 comments below. I love hearing from you!

Macaroons in a wooden bowl on a white board.

4 Ingredients Gluten-Free Sweet, Crispy and Simple Coconut Macaroons

Chewy, crispy and golden! This is your recipe to perfect coconut macaroons. Dip them in chocolate for an extra touch of class.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Italian
Allergy: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings16
Calories: 171kcal
Author: Marina Rizhkov

Equipment

  • parchment paper
  • bowl
  • whisk
  • Ice cream scoop

Ingredients

  • 14 oz coconut, shredded
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 14 1oz sweetened condensed milk
  • tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, mix the sweetened condensed milk, shredded coconut, and vanilla.
    14 oz coconut,, 14 1oz sweetened condensed milk, ⅘ tsp pure vanilla extract
    Coconut shreds in a silver bowl.
  • On high speed beat the egg whites until white and fluffy. Carefully fold in the egg whites to the coconut mixture.
    3 large egg whites
    Egg whites in a silver bowl.
  • Using an ice cream spoon or regular spoon, scoop about 2 Tablespoons of the mix into a mound. Space the mounts 1 inch apart on the baking tray.
    Unbaked macaroons on a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Place into the oven for 20-25 minutes, tips of the coconut macaroons should get golden brown.
    Macaroons fresh out of the oven on a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Take out, let cool completely before serving, otherwise they could fall apart. Enjoy!
    Close up of macaroons laid on a baking tray.

Nutrition

Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg
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