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Coconut Macaroons

This classic coconut macaroons recipe is so easy to make… and hard to resist!

Easy Southern Coconut Cookies

Homemade Coconut Macaroons

Soft

Chewy

Vegan

Oil free

Gluten free

Paleo & keto versions

And they have just 6 ingredients

These delicious and deceptively simple coconut cookies are so quick and fun to make that they might just become your new favorite cookies!

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Coconut Macaroons Recipe

How To Make Macaroons:

Stir the ingredients together in a bowl.

Microwave or heat on the stove.

Form balls and bake in the oven.

Eat them all up… then head straight back to the kitchen, to make another batch!

(Above, a video of the chocolate version)

Macaroons Or Macarons?

So what is a macaroon? If you google “macaroon recipe,” you’ll find cookies that look like the ones in these photos, and you’ll also see cookies that look completely different.

Modern day coconut macaroons are soft coconut cookies, sometimes made with almond paste or even potato starch. They’re popular for Christmas and are also a popular Passover recipe because they’re unleavened.

Macarons—spelled with one o instead of two, or sometimes called French macaroons—are egg white meringue-based sandwich cookies made with ground almonds or almond flour and often filled with ganache, jam, or buttercream. They come in a rainbow of colors.

The two cookies are adaptations of what was once the same recipe, hundreds of years ago.

For Keto Macaroons: Add 3 1/2 tbsp melted coconut oil in place of the maple syrup, and sweeten with uncut stevia to taste.

For Paleo Macaroons: Use either almond meal or coconut flour for the 1 tbsp flour of choice.

For Protein Macaroons: Substitute an equal amount of your favorite protein powder (I like this vegan protein powder) for the flour or almond meal.

These healthy coconut cookies have been a staple on my holiday baking list for the past seven years, and I’ve made them a million different ways.

Aside from changing the recipe up by using different flours or protein powders, you can also add almond extract, peppermint extract, or spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, for endless flavor combinations.

The cookies need no refrigeration, making them an excellent choice any time you need to make a dessert for a holiday party. Just be sure not to eat them all before they reach their destination!

Easy Homemade Coconut Macaroons (Vegan, Paleo, Keto Option)

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Coconut Macaroons

This classic coconut macaroons recipe is easy to make and hard to resist.
5/5 (24)
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 8 – 12 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp almond meal or flour of choice
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp milk of choice or coconutmilk
  • just over 1/16 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup, honey, or agave (a keto option is listed earlier in the post)
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla or coconut extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Stir together all ingredients, then either microwave or heat on the stove until thick enough to scoop balls onto a cookie tray. (I used a melon baller, but a spoon or ice cream scoop also work.) Bake on the center rack 15 minutes. Let cool completely before removing from the tray. If desired, dip in melted chocolate or melted Sugar Free Chocolate Chips.
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Published on December 6, 2018

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  1. Francine Proulx Harvey says

    I have checked on very well fit calorie counter and I don’t get the same as you. Here is what it says:
    Servings: 12
    Amount per serving
    Calories 143
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 10.9g 14%
    Saturated Fat 9.5g 47%
    Cholesterol 1mg 0%
    Sodium 12mg 1%
    Total Carbohydrate 8.9g 3%
    Dietary Fiber 2.7g 10%
    Total Sugars 5.3g
    Protein 1.7g
    Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
    Calcium 16mg 1%
    Iron 1mg 3%
    Potassium 19mg

    1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
    16 tbsp Unsweetened Shredded Coconut Medium No Name 120 Calories per serving

    1 tbsp flour
    1 tbsp Wheat Flour, White, All-purpose, Enriched, Bleached 2 Calories per serving

    1/2 cup milk of choice
    1/2 cup Milk, Reduced Fat, Fluid, 2% Milkfat With Added Vitamin A 5 Calories per serving

    3 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup
    3 1/2 tbsp Syrups, Maple 15 Calories per serving

    vanilla
    1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract 0 Calories per serving

    One of them must be wrong….

  2. Steve Z says

    These are good! And easy! I’m glad to have a vegan macaroon recipe.

    A tweak that really worked well: I used 1 1/2 Tablespoons of tapioca flour instead of 1 T of almond or white flour. The tapioca flour lends a chewy texture, much better than most other flours. (Tapioca flour is sometimes called tapioca starch, Bob’s Red Mill sells it, among others.)

    Thanks for posting the recipe.

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