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Chewy Coconut Macaroons Recipe (Gluten-Free)

This 5-Ingredient Coconut Macaroons Recipe yields cookies that are crisp on the outside and chewy in the center. They’re sure to be an instant hit with all the coconut lovers in your life.

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5-Ingredient Coconut Macaroons

If there’s a time for coconut, it’s now. Spring and Easter, budding leaves and Passover… this is the season coconut enjoys a surge in popularity.

If you don’t already have shredded coconut in your pantry, you can find it at most grocery stores. Since it’s considered a non-perishable item, you can have shredded coconut delivered or shipped to your door.

Our coconut macaroon recipe yields bite-sized treats that are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.

You’ll only need 5 ingredients and less than 30 minutes to make these irresistible coconut macaroons. Bonus: they’re the perfect cookies for gluten-free eaters.

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How to Make Crispy Yet Chewy Coconut Macaroons

There are quite a few variations of coconut macaroons out there; some use white sugar. Some use a combination of white and brown sugars.

We found the best results using sweetened condensed milk, which is essentially sugar and milk. It yields such a wonderfully chewy texture and caramel-like flavor to the cookies.

Only 5 ingredients are necessary for making awesome coconut macaroons: sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, egg whites, salt, and all the coconut. No flours are needed at all, which make coconut macaroons an ultimate gluten-free treat.

The drizzle of dark chocolate is optional in this coconut macaroons recipe, though for some of us, there really isn’t any other way. These cookies are irresistible with a generous dose of good quality chocolate and a sprinkle of kosher salt. Again – optional, but highly recommended.

Go drive your people coconuts 🥥 😊

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Chewy Coconut Macaroons Recipe (Gluten-Free)

4.61 from 23 ratings
This Chewy Coconut Macaroons Recipe is deliciously easy and perfect for spring. These coconut macaroons are sure to be an instant hit with all the coconut lovers in your life. They’re gluten-free and need only 5 ingredients.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 36
Author: Amy Dong



  • Preheat oven to 325F with rack on lower middle position. Line baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the coconut flakes, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract. in a medium bowl, add the egg whites and salt. Using an electric mixer, beat on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form (when you gently lift your beaters up, the egg white mixture should form straight, pointy stiff peaks.) Transfer egg mixture into the large bowl with coconut mixture; use rubber spatula to fold together until well combined. Don’t over-mix.
  • Form heaping 1-tablespoon size rounds of coconut mixture onto lined baking sheet (spaced 2 inches apart). Bake 12-18 minutes or until tops are golden brown, depending on your oven; be sure to watch carefully with your first batch to test the correct bake time for future batches. Let cookies cool fully on baking sheets before transferring to serving plate.
  • If desired, once cookies are fully cooled, drizzle melted dark chocolate over cookies on serving plate and sprinkle lightly/evenly with kosher salt. Cookies keep well in airtight container at moderate room temp.


  • Store any leftover sweetened condensed milk in a glass or plastic airtight container in fridge, and use to make your own easy Thai coffee (or simply add a spoonful to any tea/coffee for an instant treat.)
  • If you prefer your cookies less sweet, try using unsweetened shredded coconut.
  • Try adding 1/2 cup of roasted sliced or chopped almonds or dried cherries to the mix prior to baking.
  • For a wonderful almond aroma, substitute half of the vanilla extract with almond extract.
  • Try drizzling with salted caramel or melted white chocolate in place of the dark chocolate (or do all 3 for a fun variety of macaroons!)
  • For a colorful celebration, toss some happy sprinkles onto the drizzled melted chocolate. 
If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.8g | Protein: 1.2g | Fat: 4.7g | Saturated Fat: 3.9g | Cholesterol: 12.5mg | Sodium: 105.5mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 8.3g
Course: cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Method: Bake

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Recipe Rating


    • Jacque Hastert
    • 5 stars

    These are perfect for summer! I love anything coconut around this time of year! Can’t wait to bake up a batch of these!

    • Sondra Barker

    These sound amazing. I love a good gluten-free snack, I definitely need to try these!

    • Jacqui DeBono
    • 5 stars

    Coconut macaroons are so good! They are always my first choice at the bakery, but I have never made my own. Now I know I must! I really like the chewiness of these!

    • Abigail Raines
    • 5 stars

    Adding chocolate brings this favorite sweet treat of mine to the top! YUM!

      • chewoutloud

      So happy you liked these!

    • Marta
    • 5 stars

    This recipe is bittersweet for me. Coconut macaroons were my mother’s favorite cookie. I haven’t made them since she died, but I think I may to feel closer to her.

      • chewoutloud

      So sweet, Marta. Hugs.

    • Lesli Schwartz
    • 5 stars

    Oh my gosh! These macaroons are so perfect for Passover! My hubby just loves coconut macaroons!

    • Kacey Perez
    • 5 stars

    I actually had all of the ingredients in my pantry for these macaroons! It made for the perfect sweet treat for my kids and I while we are still social distancing!

      • chewoutloud

      That’s awesome, Kacey! So happy you guys enjoyed these! 🙂

    • Stine Mari
    • 5 stars

    I love chewy cookies. I haven’t had a macaroon in ages, but now is definitely the time, these look perfect!

    • Lisa Rios

    Coconut macaroons are the best!!!! I love the drizzle of chocolate on the top.

      • chewoutloud

      So glad you like this, Lisa!

    • David Elliott
    • 5 stars

    These look amazing. I never thought of trying to make macaroons at home. It always seemed to intimidate me as a recipe. But I would love to try this out.

      • chewoutloud

      It’s way easier than it looks 🙂

    • Monica Y

    Those look so good that I might need to bake some this weekend for our upcoming party. Yummy

      • chewoutloud

      They’re perfect party treats! 🙂

    • Yeah Lifestyle
    • 5 stars

    These look so beautiful to look at and I am sure they would taste amazing as well, can’t wait to make these

    • Myrah Duque

    I’m so happy this recipe is Gluten-free. It makes a big difference to me. They are so beautiful! I can imagine teh taste too.

      • chewoutloud

      Glad you like them, Myrah!

    • Ashley R
    • 5 stars

    This reminds me so much of the Girl Scout cookie. I bet it tastes similar and it looks even better.

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, Ashley! 🙂

    • katrina Kroeplin

    these look great. i’m sure they would go quick in my house.

    • Moni

    Gluten free and beautiful! I’m sure they taste amazing too:D I’m adding your site to my favorites!

      • chewoutloud

      Super kind of you, thank you, Moni! 🙂

    • Bhushavali

    Yum yum yum… I’m gonna try that! It doesn’t need any baking powder or soda?

    • kylie cre8tone (@cre8tone)

    Looks so yummy! The recipe is great.. I wanna try it out and made my own macaroons..

    • hillcitybride

    These are so simple! And I adore the texture of them. And everything is better with chocolate drizzle on top, right?

    • Maryal

    OK now I’m suddenly starving! How do you even come up with this deliciousness?! Definitely saving this one!

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