Classic Coconut Macaroons Recipe
This Classic Coconut Macaroons Recipe is absolutely the best! These cookies are perfect with your cup of afternoon tea as well as excellent for the holidays.
Coconut Cookies are some of my favorites, but unfortunately, my family does not share my passion for coconut. This Alice Medrich recipe got rave reviews from my friends, and now is the gold standard for the Best Macaroon Recipe.
Why You Must Make
- The recipe comes from Alice Medrich, the baking guru and cookbook author.
- These macaroons are perfectly sweet and chewy.
- This is a classic recipe, made without sweetened condensed milk.
There are only five simple ingredients in this recipe!
- Kitchen Staples – Sugar, Salt, Real Vanilla Extract
- Egg Whites
- Sweetened Coconut – Like Baker’s Angel Flake Coconut
If you’re used to making a macaroon recipe with sweetened condensed milk, this recipe has an extra step. But, I promise you, it’s worth the extra time.
- PRO-Tip: If you don’t have a double boiler, you can create a makeshift version by boiling water in a saucepan and nestling a heatproof bowl into it. The bottom of the bowl should not touch the water.
- The mixture must be stirred frequently while being heated until it thickens and becomes opaque, or loses its transparency. At that point, the mixture can be taken out of the water and cooled.
- Use a cookie scoop to place rounds of the batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- To bake, the macaroons start at a higher oven temperature at first, then decrease after 5 minutes in the oven.
I will never make macaroons with a can of sweetened condensed milk again. This is the ultimate recipe. They’re sweet, moist, chewy. Just spectacular!!! One of my local foodie friends proclaimed these as the best macaroons she’s ever eaten. Go ahead, coconut lovers, give this recipe a try!
Frequently Asked Questions
These coconut cookies will last up to a week if stored in an air-tight container at room temperature. They can also be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
There are a number of reasons your macaroons can be sticky. First, if they’re stored in a location with high humidity, they can easily get sticky. Other possibilities include over-whipping the egg whites or not baking long enough. But don’t worry, even sticky macaroons are delicious!
Macaroons are made with egg whites, sugar, and coconut. Coconut is key as it’s not a macaroon without coconut. Many versions are made with a can of sweetened condensed milk, which definitely makes for an easy recipe. But to taste the real classic macaroons, make a batch with egg whites. The texture of a macaroon is chewy.
Macarons are French sandwich cookies. Best made with older egg whites, macarons also contain almond meal. Where macaroons are always coconut flavor, macarons can be made in numerous flavors and filled with just as many flavor alternatives. Macaroons (with the double “o”) are super easy to make whereas Macarons (use your best French accent and roll your “R”) are fussy. The goal when baking up your macarons is for each “cookie” to have a “foot” or base that’s a slightly different texture. The resulting macarons are not chewy, but instead crisp like a baked meringue.
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Classic Coconut Macaroons Recipe
This classic macaroon recipe from Alice Medrich is the best you'll ever make!
- 4 egg whites
- 3 cups sweetened coconut (like Baker’s Angel Flake)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Line two baking sheets with parchment. Set aside.
- Fill skillet halfway with water and bring to a simmer. In a heatproof bowl, combine all ingredients and place the bowl into the skillet.
- Cook, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes, till the mixture thickens and becomes opaque.
- Remove the bowl from the water and let it cool for about 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350º. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of batter (I used a medium 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.
Eggs separate best when cold. The yolk is less likely to break.
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Serving Size:1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g
83 Comments on “Classic Coconut Macaroons Recipe”
Love chewy macaroons. These would be great for my afternoon tea.
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. 🙂
These look so perfect Lizzy , I gotta try them 🙂 .
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!
Macaroons sweet, moist and chewy: your local friends are very lucky to be invited for tea.
Love macaroons–thanks for sharing. I will definitely make them. Again, Liz, your photos are beautifully styled.
I cannot wait to make this recipe…
Beautiful macaroons, I love coconut!
would love to have a bite… looks yum
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!
I´m not particularly fond of coconut by itself, but this type of macaroons are really great. Wonderful recipe, and I love the size!
I love macaroons! I’ve only ever made the BH&G version that came with my cookbook. The water bath sounds interesting:@)
Delicious and dainty! Great classic recipe.
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!
Surely will give it a try since is simple & easy
I love macaroons! There simple, pretty healthy and oh so good!!! Yours look out of this world!! I want one!
Lizzy, it’s extremely sweet…..
These macaroons are out of this world! Looks so moist and…of course, sweetly sweet. Huge fan.
Another classic made just a little more perfect. On my radar to make this week…cannot wait!