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Classic Macaroons | The BEST recipe for this classic coconut cookie

Classic Macaroons

These Classic Macaroons are the BEST I’ve ever tasted! Perfect for with your cup of afternoon tea or bake up a big batch for the holidays.
Classic Macaroons  on a stack of small plates

Chewy Coconut Cookies

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.

A Classic Macaroon Cookie on a stack of white plates on a green and white napkin

BEST Classic Macaroon Recipe

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 lined up on a white ceramic tray

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Classic Macaroons | The BEST recipe for this classic coconut cookie

Classic Macaroons

This classic macaroon recipe from Alice Medrich is the best you’ll ever make!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cookies
  • Method: Heating, Mixing, Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 4 egg whites
  • 3 cups sweetened coconut (like Baker’s Angel Flake )
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 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, 10-15 more minutes.


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66 comments on “Classic Macaroons”

  1. love these macarons Lizzy look perfect!!!

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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

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

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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:)

  11. 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!

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

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

  14. Dear Lizzy, I love coconut in all forms…it happens to be one of my very favorites. Funny enough though, I have never made macaroons. I will have to try these…they look perfect dear. xo, Catherine

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