Rich, chewy Coconut Macaroons… one of my favorite sweet treats! Whenever I’m at a nice bakery and see a pretty coconut macaroon I just have to get one!
Luckily, Coconut Macaroons are a bakery treat that is quite easy to make at home. I’ve made this recipe several times, and each time I share them with family and friends I get rave reviews! The first time my sister tried one she said, “Wow, they taste just like they’re from a bakery… I didn’t know you could make these at home!”
Now granted… if you don’t like coconut, these are probably not the cookie for you! But, if you love coconut (like I do!), I think you’ll fall in love with these chewy, flavorful macaroons!
My daughters (Grace 9 and Joy 6) kept hovering around the kitchen as I was making these! The smell of toasted coconut in the house was amazing! They both waited (not so patiently) for these to cool enough to enjoy… then they each treasured the sweet and chewy goodness! I hope they always have fond memories of the treats I make in our little kitchen =)
Do you have some special memories of baking around the holidays with your mom, or grandma (or maybe even your dad)? I’d love to hear them!
Love coconut? Here are a few more of my favorite coconut recipes…
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How to Make Coconut Macaroons
- 7 3/4 cups sweetened flaked coconut 3 7oz packages
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 14 oz weetened condensed milk 1 can
- 2/3 cup canned cream of coconut
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 egg
- 6 oz semi sweet chocolate
- Heat oven to 350*F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
- Sprinkle 1 cup of the coconut onto the prepared baking sheet and bake 5-7 minutes (stir after 3 minutes, then check every minutes or so after) until golden brown.
- In a large bowl mix toasted coconut, remaining coconut, flour, and salt.
- In a another large bowl mix condensed milk, cream of coconut, vanilla, almond extract and egg. Stir together vigorously with a whisk.
- Pour liquid mixture into the bowl of coconut (mixture) and stir until well combined.
- Using a 2 Tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop mixture onto a parchment paper lined or silpat lined baking sheet. Make sure the mixture is pretty firmly packed into the scoop. Once the mounds are on the baking sheet, dip your fingertips in just a bit of water and use slightly moist fingers to press down any shreds of coconut that are hanging out (otherwise they will burn before the cookies are fully baked).
- Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes, until golden brown. Cool a minute on the baking sheet, then move to a wire rack to continue cooling.
- When the cookies have cooled, melt the chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave (on 50% power). Remove the chocolate from the microwave when almost melted, then stir until the chocolate is fully melted. Dip macaroons in the chocolate and set on a (clean) parchment lined or silpat lined baking sheet. When you've filled the baking sheet, move to the fridge and allow the chocolate to set up.
- Store cookies (covered) at room temperature up to 3 days.
These are the BEST cookies ever! Total crowd pleaser and very impressive. Delicious!
Can I use unsweetened coconut ? I’ve got so so much of that coconut and trying to use it up .
I am surprised it only makes 30 cookies when it’s that much coconut?!
The cookies are good sized, and quite dense. I hope you give the recipe a try, they are truly delicious!
Ok great thanks, I will stick to measuring cups then and I will measure 7 cups and 3/4 of a cup of coconut. It seems like a lot of coconut but i’m sure this will end up tasting great! Thanks
Would love to try your recipe, however it says to use 7 and 3/4 cups coconut or 3, 7 ounce packages which equals 21 ounces. When I convert 21 ounces to cups it totals approximately 2 and 1/2 cups.
So I’m a bit confused. Do I need 7 full cups of coconut and 3/4 of a cup, or do I need 2 and a half cups? Also, are they packed cups or just regularly filled?
It sounds like you’re converting to fluid ounces where 1 cup equals 8 oz. This recipe is in weight, not fluid ounces. You need 21 oz. of weight, which will equal about 7 3/4 cups, filled, but not packed tight. Go by the packaging of the coconut. Coconut is usually sold in 14 oz bags or 7 oz bags, and it should also list the approximate cups per package. A 7 oz. bag of coconut is listed as 5 1/3 cups. Hope this helps. Happy baking!
Linda hightower says
Haven’t made these ye t . but looking forward ,.family love coconut.
Happy Holidays! Made these for a family gathering and they are delicious!! I used about 12 oz. of Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate for dipping. The bitterness of the chocolate coupled with the sweetness of the coconut was divine This has officially been added to my holiday list of sweet treats.
Thanks so much for your sweet comment! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! It’s definitely a favorite in our house!
Hi, 1 question about baking the coconut. Your directions state “Sprinkle 1 cup of the coconut onto the prepared baking sheet and bake 5-7 minutes (stir after 3 minutes, then check every minutes or so after) until golden brown.” Is this process done 7 3/4 times or do we only toast 1 cup of coconut?
BTY these look delish!
You only need to toast 1 total cup of coconut, the remainder can (and should) be un-toasted.