Coconut Macaroons (5 Elements) – Sally’s Baking Dependancy

These naturally gluten free home made coconut macaroons are candy, moist, and chewy on the within with a delightfully crisp exterior. They’re fast and simple (no dough chilling required!), and are available along with simply 5 easy elements. I initially printed this recipe in 2013, and included a variation in my cookbook Sally’s Cookie Dependancy.

red plate with chocolate dipped coconut macaroons.

When accomplished proper, coconut macaroons style just like the irresistible coconut middle of an Almond Pleasure or Mounds bar. Chewy, moist, and candy! When accomplished incorrect, they’re dry and crumble simply.

The recipe under is my all-time favourite, and its good mixture of elements produces oh-so-moist and tender macaroons with delightfully crisp exteriors. They’re a favourite in my assortment of naturally gluten free dessert recipes. You’ll be able to depart them plain (with simply 5 elements), or add a dunk in chocolate and/or almond on prime.

Coconut Macaroons Particulars

  • Simply 5 elements within the base recipe
  • Can depart plain or add toppings/add-ins
  • Dough comes collectively in 1 bowl
  • No cookie dough chilling required
  • Naturally gluten free and dairy free

And keep in mind, these are coconut macaroons, not macarons. If you wish to learn to make these delicate sandwich cookies, I’ve an in-depth French macarons tutorial.

Coconut macaroon dipped in dark chocolate

3 Notes About The Coconut:

  1. Use Sweetened Coconut: Sweetened coconut is extraordinarily moist and slightly sticky, which is strictly what you need for these cookies. Unsweetened coconut can work as a substitute, however you might want to extend the egg whites and add extra sugar. For greatest outcomes, use sweetened.
  2. Measure Precisely: You want 4 and three/4 cups (about 385g) of sweetened shredded coconut, which is rather less than a regular 14-ounce package deal.
  3. Chop It/Pulse It: Pulse the coconut shreds within the meals processor a number of occasions to cut up the items. Why? Smaller items of coconut assist the cookies maintain their form higher—the cookies can be extra compact this manner. In case you don’t have a meals processor, unfold the coconut onto a reducing board and provides all of it a tough chop.

Listed below are the elements you want:

bowls in ingredients including egg whites, chocolate bar, sugar, vanilla extract, and almond extract.

Finer items of coconut assist the macaroons maintain form higher; I pulse it with a meals processor a number of occasions to interrupt down the shreds:

pulsed coconut in red food processor bowl.

Make the Coconut Macaroons Dough

Despite the fact that the method is very easy, I need to stroll you thru a number of steps so you may have success on the primary strive. This has been my favourite recipe for many years, and I’ve picked up on a number of tips (be taught from my errors!).

Along with coconut, egg whites are a important ingredient on this dough. Extra particularly, crushed egg whites. In a big bowl utilizing a handheld or stand mixer, you’ll beat the egg whites, sugar, vanilla extract, and almond extract collectively on medium-high pace till foamy and the sugar is usually dissolved. The trick right here is to not over-beat the egg whites—this could actually solely take 1 minute.

In case you over-beat the eggs, you’ll find yourself with a stiff meringue-like combination, and the baked macaroons can be very dry.

Right here’s what you’re searching for (on the left):

beaten egg whites in one photo and another photo showing dough mixture.

Fold the chopped coconut shreds into the egg white combination. After that, use a medium cookie scoop to form 1.5 Tablespoon parts of dough onto a lined baking sheet. I normally match 12 on a regular 12×17-inch half baking sheet.

coconut macaroons scooped onto Silpat-lined baking sheet.

Coconut macaroons don’t unfold a lot whereas baking. Typically they will leak slightly sugar/egg white liquid, however in case you chopped the coconut up sufficient, this shouldn’t actually occur.

Bake till slightly toasty on prime, about 20 minutes at 325°F (163°C).

Keep away from Over-Baking

Bake for less than a exact 20 minutes, or till flippantly browned. Over-baking will dry out your coconut macaroons.

baked coconut macaroons on Silpat-lined baking sheet.

Can I Add Add-Ins or Toppings?

Sure, completely! Macaroons could be dressed up in so many alternative methods. Whereas they’re completely unimaginable plain, I like dipping the bottoms in melted darkish chocolate. Different varieties:

  • Chocolate almond macaroons: Pictured under! These remind me of an Almond Pleasure sweet bar. Directions within the recipe notes.
  • Sprinkle loaded macaroons: Rigorously fold 1/3 cup (about 57g) sprinkles within the coconut macaroon dough earlier than scooping and baking. Keep away from nonpareils (the little balls).
  • White chocolate cranberry macaroons: Add 3/4 cup (about 100g) of dried cranberries to the dough whenever you add the shredded coconut. Soften 4 ounces of pure white chocolate and drizzle over cooled macaroons.
  • Strawberry macaroons: Right here’s my strawberry coconut macaroons recipe.
  • Almond butter macaroons: Right here’s my almond butter coconut macaroons recipe.
Coconut macaroons drizzled with dark chocolate and topped with an almond
coconut macaroon with bite taken out.

In case you’re searching for a moist and chewy coconut macaroon with a toasty exterior, you’ve come to the appropriate place. Once you’re feeling fancy, costume the easy recipe up with any of my recommended varieties within the recipe notes. You should definitely strive my almond butter coconut macaroons, too!

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