Classic Macaroons

I am the only macaroon fan in my household. It makes it hard for me to get my fill of one of my favorite cookies. But I was heading out of town to meet up with some sorority sisters for football, tailgating and lots of gabbing. I baked up a batch of brownies, a pumpkin roll with cream cheese filling and I needed a 3rd treat to share. Three’s a charm, ya know.  I’d had my eye on this Alice Medrich recipe for a while, so decided to bake up some classic macaroons.

I will never make macaroons with a can of sweetened condensed milk again. This is the ultimate recipe…sweet, moist, chewy…just spectacular!!! One of my local foodie friends proclaimed these the best macaroons she’d ever eaten.  Go ahead, coconut lovers…give this recipe a try!

Classic Macaroons~
Adapted from Alice Medrich
  • 4 egg whites
  • 3 cups sweetened coconut (like Baker’s Angel Flake )
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Set aside.
  2. Fill skillet halfway with water and bring to a simmer. In heatproof bowl, combine all ingredients and place bowl into skillet. Cook, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes, till mixture thickens and becomes opaque. Remove bowl from water and let cool for about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350º. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of batter (I used a large cookie scoop) and place about 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake for about 5 minutes, then decrease oven temperature to 325º and bake till cookies are lightly browned with some darker edges.
Yield:16 cookies


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  1. Lizzy, it’s extremely sweet…..

  2. Surely will give it a try since is simple & easy

  3. Anonymous says:

    Another classic made just a little more perfect. On my radar to make this week…cannot wait!

  4. I love macaroons! I’ve only ever made the BH&G version that came with my cookbook. The water bath sounds interesting:@)

  5. I´m not particularly fond of coconut by itself, but this type of macaroons are really great. Wonderful recipe, and I love the size!

  6. I can tell it’s past my bedtime cuz when I saw a new post in my inbox from you, I thought it said “That Skinny B—- Can Bake!” LOL! Well, you certainly can, and these macaroons are further proof. A great thing about macaroons is that they ship really well b/c they are one of the rare cookies that improve with age and stay moist and are so sturdy they can withstand some rough handling. Plus. They’re delicious. Yours look perfect!

  7. would love to have a bite… looks yum

  8. These macaroons are out of this world! Looks so moist and…of course, sweetly sweet. Huge fan.

  9. I love macaroons! There simple, pretty healthy and oh so good!!! Yours look out of this world!! I want one!

  10. These look great! I love macaroons, but have to get them out of the house quickly or they’ll all end up on my tush!

  11. Delicious and dainty! Great classic recipe.

  12. Love these!

  13. I cannot wait to make this recipe…

  14. Love macaroons–thanks for sharing. I will definitely make them. Again, Liz, your photos are beautifully styled.

  15. Liz, I would be included in the coconut freak group! I’ve never made macaroons, so this would be a fun first for me. I will be catching up and reading all of your posts that I missed while I was gone. I am sure you baked up a tremendous amount of wonderful recipes!

  16. These look so perfect Lizzy , I gotta try them :) .

  17. I love macaroons… I actually only knew of this kind before I became a blogger and met Jill the macaroon queen. :) I still have a soft spot in my heart for this coconut treat. :)

  18. Love chewy macaroons. These would be great for my afternoon tea.

  19. Lizzy , if only the other macaron is as easy to make as this macaroon , I’ll be a happy camper ! lol I guess this recipe is much better than the one using condensed milk which is overly sweet and much more dense 😀 Beautifully-made and looks yummmmmm !

  20. nice macaroons

  21. my husband loves these, i will have to surprise him with some!

  22. We love them – I usually make Ina’s recipe, but will definitely give this one a try. Absolutely lovely photo!

  23. Beautiful macaroons, I love coconut!

  24. Great recipe! The condensed milk version is pretty good, although awfully sweet. Definitely need to give these a try – thanks.

  25. Macaroons are one of my favourites and thanks for the reminder. These look amazing and I bet were a huge success at the tailgating.

  26. Oh I love macaroons! I should try this recipe!

  27. rita cooks italian says:

    Macaroons sweet, moist and chewy: your local friends are very lucky to be invited for tea.

  28. Oh nice is has more of a meringue base to it, they look awesome. I like them, my dad would devour them all.

  29. My friend Liz.
    Oh my God!! Please, share with me those delights of macaroons, I love these mainly coconut. hummmmm delicious! …. Kisses Gina

  30. I’m not a macaroon person myself, but my significant other sure is. Good to have a can’t miss recipe on hand!

  31. I love such easy desserts. I make macaroons with coconut, dates and banana. I will try your version soon.

  32. I hear that angels eat this stuff… =)

  33. Ooooh girl! Sign me up for this one! You know my fridge is just LOUSY with coconut so this is perfect for us :)

  34. I have only tried to make these once and they were pretty good, but I think I will try your recipe some time!

  35. My husband is crazy for macaroons! I will try these for sure as I haven’t found a really good recipe, thanks Lizzy!

  36. We all love macaroons in our family, and I don’t make them often enough.
    Lizzy yours is exactly how mine looks, except w/ chocolate drizzle that the little guys love so much. Yumm) xo

  37. They sound delicious and I would love to try the recipe. I have the same problem, I’m the only one here who likes macaroons. Thanks for the recipe!

  38. Yes, a macaroon – not a macaron! Seems easy enough – I”m going to have to try your recipe. Total coconut freak, so that made Mounds my favorite candy bar back in the day :)

  39. I’m embarrassed to admit this but…I’ve never had a macaroon before!! They look absolutely divine, though!

  40. I love this macaroons love to try it. It is my favorite order in a near by bakery.

  41. I believe you have a sweet tooth … no, make that, sweet teeth! (Yeah, took me so long to realize that).
    These aren’t just classic macaroons, they’re “classy” macaroons! So perfectly shaped and golden. Nice!

  42. I love macaroons…and yours look delicious Liz.
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a great week :)

  43. I LOVE coconut – these look wonderful! I think I’ll add them to my Christmas cookie list this year!

  44. Lizzy, your Macaroons look delicious. I love Macaroons. I will be making this recipe soon:) Thanks for sharing.

  45. Your macaroons look so dainty! I am pinning this for future reference:)

  46. I have to admit I am not a coconut fan. I like the taste of it but not the texture which is why I always go for the almond macaroons. But if you brought these over around the holidays, everyone else in both our families would positively inhale them!

  47. it’s not that bad to be the only fan.. you can have all of them just by yourself. I actually like macaroons, so I would help you gladly! :)

  48. My immediate family, mom, dad and 2 sisters all grew up loving macaroons but my own family; husband, son, and daughter dislike them – I on the other hand love them. I will be sure to give these a try. They sound so easy and with so few ingredients

  49. These look incredible my friend, definitely perfect 😀


  50. Alice has amazing cookie recipes and these look so good. I would probably be only one eating them here too (not that that’s a problem!):)

  51. Those LOVE macaroons so much, and yours look amazing!!! In my opinion, I think macaroons > macarons. I’m not sure what all the rage with the latter is. Anyway, great job…I’ll have to try my hand at these soon!

  52. Oh look at those beauties…I love me a classic!! I use my mom’s recipe which is quite the same as the one you have. :)

  53. love these macarons Lizzy look perfect!!!

  54. Liz, they look fabulous. I make very similar three-ingredient coconut cakes (I just never call them macaroons and don’t add vanilla). I can imagine how yours are soft and sticky…

  55. I need to hang out with you and your friends! These seem so simple to make and I’d love to have them on one of my dessert tables.

  56. Lovely! Can eat it anytime of the day…

  57. Really nice macaroons, I like that technique.
    Thank You.

  58. I am definitely not keen on anything with sweetened condensed milk in them. It has a very distinctive flavour and it’s loaded with calories. Yours look much more mannageable.

  59. I’ve always been too terrified to make these!

  60. Love your macaroons. I am the only one that likes coconut in my house, so I never bake with it. So sad!

  61. These look like pure puffs of pleasure…I really need to make them, since we adore macaroons!

  62. You had me at macaroon. I love coconut. I mean love it. Occasionally I just buy a fresh one and crack it open and nosh on it like potato chips. It’s how I roll. These cookies would be gone in 3.196 seconds. I would point at someone else but we all know it would be me who ate them all.

  63. I’m also the only macaroon fan in my house. I’ve never baked them but really love how easy the recipe sounds. Thanks for sharing Liz & have a great weekend:)

  64. Haha, I’m also the only macaroon fan in my house too… I could go nuts on these things… eat them by the case! I love them when the bases are dipped in a thin layer of chocolate. Oh my God it’s good!

  65. We do love coconut at our house–these would be a treat. Looks like it’s on, ‘the list’!

  66. I love coconut and this is such a wonderful reminder. I got to make this.

  67. Yum!!

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