5 Ingredient Coconut Macaroons

by Anne Maxfield on March 8, 2012

Accidental Locavore Coconut Macaroons on a PlateMy friend Leslie makes these coconut macaroons all the time.

She introduced these to me and when I found out how easy they were, I demanded the recipe.

It’s better if you remember to take the eggs out ahead of time, but they’ll be fine either way.

Dipping them in chocolate is so unnecessary but so good! Takes about 45 minutes, mostly baking time and makes 20 to 22 cookies.

5 Ingredient Coconut Macaroons

  • 14 ounces sweetened shredded coconut (one bag)
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk (one can)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 extra-large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (optional for dipping)

Accidental Locavore Coconut Macaroons BakedPreheat the oven to 325°.

Combine the coconut, condensed milk, and vanilla in a large bowl.

Whip the egg whites and salt on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until they make medium-firm peaks.

Carefully fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture.

Drop the batter onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper using either a 1 3/4″ diameter ice cream scoop, or 2 teaspoons.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Cool and serve.

To coat them with chocolate: Melt about 4 ounces of good quality bittersweet chocolate in  a double boiler, or on a plate in a microwave in 30 second blasts. When the chocolate is melted dip the macaroons in the chocolate, or paint the bottoms with chocolate, let the excess drip off into the pan. Place on a wire rack over a cookie sheet, or on a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper to cool. Enjoy!

Accidental Locavore Coconut Macaroons With ChocolateMy verdict:  It’s always amazing how something so simple can be so good! Adding the chocolate isn’t necessary but it makes them even better, so why not? If you ever need a quick dessert to bring to something, this is it.


Save the extra yolks and use for mayo or hollandaise sauce.


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne Maxfield June 6, 2017 at 2:22 pm

Yes, too easy to have all ingredients on hand and make! But delicious!!!

joan June 6, 2017 at 12:12 pm

fan-bloody-tasket….never heard of such.goodies,and almost too easy to make; bravo!!

Karen April 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I want those right now. They are gorgeous. Nice work, Ann.

Mona March 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I adore macaroons! Especially because they’re gluten free. I’ve never been much of a baker, but these seem really easy.

dusty March 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

HUGE thanks for reminding us about the extra yolks!

Wendy Hanson March 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm

These look great. If you don’t want to make—go to Gracie’s in Providence, RI. When you valet park your car–they leave a scrumptious one on your seat for the ride home.

Scott March 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm

These are so good…

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