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I found the perfect Coconut Macaroon Cookies! These is the BEST Coconut Macaroon Recipe with condensed milk, without eggs, soft and chewy, dipped in chocolate! This is my absolute favorite macaroon recipe and the only one I make, plus they’re a Disney copycat: if you love Matterhorn Macaroons you’ll LOVE these.

white plate with macaroons stacked some with white chocolate on top and some with dark chocolate on top


Best Coconut Macaroon Cookies

I’ve tried so many macaroon cookie recipes and not liked any of them. I’ve tried ones with flour and without flour. I’ve tried ones with sweetened condensed milk and ones with just sugar. I’ve tried whipping egg whites and not whipping them.

I’ve probably made 100 macaroons over the last few years. Some were okay. Some I hated. Some had major potential but ended up not being what I was looking for…until I found this recipe

Why you’ll love this recipe

There are several different ways of making macaroons and I’ve tried every single one of them to find the best recipe. This macaroon recipe is from Allrecipes and it’s my favorite!

AND – if you love Disneyland as much as I do – then you’ve had a Matterhorn Macaroon at the Jolly Holiday Cafe…these are a copycat and they taste quite similar.

They’re easy, soft and chewy, great with or without chocolate and they’re egg-free!

Ingredients in macaroon cookies

5 Ingredient Coconut Cookies

  • Flour: All-purpose flour, but you can substitute gluten-free 1:1 AP flour
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk: use regular, not nonfat
  • Vanilla: A teaspoon of vanilla extract for flavor, you can add almond extract too or any extract!
  • Salt: To cut some of the sweetness
  • Shredded Sweetened Coconut: You can find the sweetened shredded coconut in the baking aisle. It’s also often called “Angel Flake” depending on the brand. Get a 2 bags; you need over 5 cups.
coconut macaroon process photos

How to make Coconut Macaroon Cookies

  1. Mix together the ingredients in a large bowl, no mixer needed! The batter is thick.
  2. Scoop, drop them on the baking sheets, and bake.
  3. Dip in chocolate – optional.

How to Dip in Chocolate

Dipping in melted chocolate is completely optional! These taste great plain, but I love jazzing them up. Plus, the Matterhorn Macaroons at Disneyland are covered in white chocolate.

Most macaroons you’ll see have the bottoms dipped in chocolate, but I like to dip the tops to be different. Do what you prefer.

  • I like to melt chocolate in a disposable Dixie brand bowl. The bowls can be microwaved and makes cleanup a breeze.
  • Use baking chocolate NOT chocolate chips. Baking chocolate melts better and hardens better.
  • Use white baking chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate or milk.
  • Cover a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper (or your silpat liners) to place your dipped cookies on.

Storing and Freezing

Store macaroon cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days, longer if you refrigerate them. You can also freeze these, even with the chocolate.

Learn how to freeze dessert.

pile of chocolate dipped macaroons with bite missing.

Expert Tips

  • The mixture is easy to stir and scoop. I like to make large 2-tablespoon size macaroons but you can make them smaller as well.
  • Make sure to wet your fingers and press in any little coconut tails sticking out of the cookie balls, those will burn.
  • You can make Gluten-Free Macaroons by swapping 1:1 Gluten Free AP flour (i.e. Bob’s Red Mill).

Coconut Macaroon Recipe FAQ

What is a coconut macaroon?

Macaroons are a chewy cookie that’s bonded together with coconut. It’s not a traditional cookie in the sugar or chocolate chip cookie sense; it’s basically eating coconut. These are not to be confused with Macarons, which are a dainty French cookie made with almond flour and egg whites. Those don’t have coconut in them (unless they’re coconut flavored).

What’s the difference between a coconut macaroon cookie vs macaron?

A macaroon – this recipe – is a cookie made with tons of coconut. A macaron is a French cookie – a sandwich cookie made with egg whites and almond flour and a filling.

How long do coconut macaroons last?

These will last 3-4 days on the counter and even longer if stored in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze macaroons?

Freeze these in an airtight container for up to 3 months. When defrosting, the chocolate may get a bit cloudy, so I recommend dipping in chocolate after defrosting.

Can I dip the bottoms in chocolate?

Yes you can dip the bottoms instead of the tops – your choice!

How do you make gluten-free macaroon cookies?

Because these have flour, they’re not gluten free like other recipes but you can swap 1:1 Gluten Free all purpose flour for the regular flour and it’ll work just fine.

coconut macaroons on plate

Coconut Macaroon Cookies Recipe

3.80 from 95 votes
These are the BEST Coconut Macaroons! Bakery-style, perfect, and dipped in chocolate! They are egg-free, soft, chewy, and FULL of coconut. Omitting the eggs from these Coconut Macaroons makes them more dense and the perfect bakery style cookie!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 24
Serving Size 1 cookie

Ingredients
 

  • cup (82g) flour
  • 5 ½ cups (402g) shredded sweetened coconut
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 14 ounce can (396g) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 ounces (113g) white or semi-sweet baking chocolate or a combination of both or almond bark
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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking mats.
  • Stir flour, coconut, and salt. Stir in sweetened condensed milk and both extracts. Stir until combined.
  • Drop 2 tablespoon balls of dough onto the prepared cookie sheets. These do not spread so you can crowd them close together. Wet your hands slightly and push down any sticking up or out single pieces of coconut as these might burn.
  • Bake for about 11 minutes, until the bottoms are golden and the tops start to turn the tiniest bit golden. Cool completely before eating or dipping.
  • To dip: melt chocolate according to package directions. I like to melt my chocolate on 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring after each, until it’s melted and smooth. Add a teaspoon of vegetable oil or crisco if needed to get it to melt smoother. Dip the bottoms or tops of each macaroon in chocolate. Let dry.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • The mixture is easy to stir and scoop. I like to make large 2-tablespoon size macaroons but you can make them smaller as well.
  • Make sure to wet your fingers and press in any little coconut tails sticking out of the cookie balls, those will burn.
  • You can make Gluten-Free Macaroons by swapping 1:1 Gluten Free AP flour (i.e. Bob’s Red Mill).
  • I like to melt chocolate in a disposable Dixie brand bowl. The bowls can be microwaved and makes cleanup a breeze.
  • Use baking chocolate NOT chocolate chips. Baking chocolate melts better and hardens better.
  • Use white baking chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate or milk.
  • Cover a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper (or your silpat liners) to place your dipped cookies on.
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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 863mg | Sugar: 16g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Coconut Recipes

Macaroons are an easy cookie recipe! These are macaroons without eggs and made with condensed milk. They’re soft and chewy and you can dip them in chocolate. This is the BEST Macaroon recipe ever!



Dorothy Kern

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    1. Made these macaroons twice, and both times the cookies came out great and both times they were a big hit with everyone. I used melted chocolate chips without a problem and the dark chocolate made it taste like a Mounds bar.