Coconut Macaroons

Classic coconut macaroons that are soft and chewy on the inside and made with just 5 ingredients… the perfect afternoon tea treat! 

A coconut macaroon that has been cooked until lightly golden on top.

This would have to be the easiest and most delicious cookie recipe going around! Made from just 5 ingredients and in just a few minutes… these coconut cookies couldn’t be simpler!

Shredded coconut cookies on a wire rack.

The ingredients for chewy coconut macaroons 

5 ingredients is all you need to make these ‘chewy on the inside’ and ‘crunchy on the outside’ cookies!

  • shredded coconut (not desiccated coconut)
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • vanilla extract
  • egg whites
  • pinch of salt

A macaroon on a plate with more macaroons in the background.

How to make coconut macaroons in 3 easy steps

Step 1: Mix the coconut, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract together

A bowl with coconut and condensed milk in it.

A bowl filled with shredded coconut and sweetened condensed milk.

Step 2: Beat the egg whites and salt and stir through the coconut mixture

Whipped egg whites on top of coconut macaroon mixture.

Step 3: Form into small mounds and bake in the oven until golden and crispy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside 

Mounds of coconut and condensed milk mixture being spooned onto a baking tray.

What type of coconut should I use in coconut macaroons?

When making macaroons you’ll need to use shredded coconut (not desiccated coconut). Shredded coconut is longer than desiccated coconut and can be bought from any major supermarket. I used McKenzie’s brand for this recipe (but you can use any brand you like). 

A half eaten macaroon biscuit.

How to store homemade macaroons

For best results, store homemade macaroons in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. For longer storage, freeze in an aright container in the freezer for up to 1 month. 

 

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Classic coconut macaroons that are soft and chewy on the inside and made with just 5 ingredients... the perfect afternoon tea treat! 

Coconut Macaroons

Classic coconut macaroons that are soft and chewy on the inside and made with just 5 ingredients... the perfect afternoon tea treat! 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Biscuits/Cookies
Keyword: coconut macaroons
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 25 cookies
Calories: 126kcal

Ingredients

  • 395 g shredded coconut
  • 350 g sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius (fan-forced). Line 2 large flat baking trays with baking paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir the coconut, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract together and set aside.
  • In a seperate bowl, beat the egg whites and salt with hand-held beaters, a stand-mixer or Thermomix until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently fold the egg whites through the coconut mixture.
  • Place tablespoons of the mixture onto the prepared trays and mould into a classic macaroon shape (see photos).
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden on top and the bases a slightly deeper golden colour.
  • Allow to cool on the baking trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Thermomix Method

  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius (fan-forced). Line 2 large flat baking trays with baking paper and set aside. 
  • Insert the butterfly into a clean and dry Thermomix bowl. Add the egg whites and a pinch of salt. Mix for approximately 2-3 minutes, 37 degrees, Speed 4 or until stiff peaks form. 
  • Add the coconut, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract to the Thermomix bowl and gently fold through the egg whites with the spatula. Place tablespoons of the mixture onto the prepared trays and mould into a classic macaroon shape (see photos). 
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden on top and the bases a slightly deeper golden colour. 
  • Allow to cool on the baking trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Recipe Notes & Tips
Use shredded coconut (not desiccated coconut). Shredded coconut is longer than desiccated coconut and can be bought from any major supermarket.
You can make these coconut macaroons using hand-held beaters, a stand mixer or a Thermomix.
Store homemade macaroons in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
For longer storage, freeze in an aright container in the freezer for up to 1 month. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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