Coconut Macaroons That Take You to the Beach

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Up first: coconut macaroons! WARNING: These coconut macaroons are addictive and have powers to transport you straight to the beach. Just sayin’.

This recipe is super simple and fun to get y’all in the kitchen. I’m sharing my coconut macaroon recipe and giving y’all variations to play with, for those who want to jazz it up. You’re going to love how easy and fast these come together! There’s not too much skill involved which makes these great to make on a whim. Not only that, they’re perfect to transport to work, a party, or just binge eat them at home. They’ll keep at least one week in an airtight container, but they’re so yummy I doubt they’ll last that long.

The Perfect Coconut Macaroon

I’ve had plenty of terrible coconut macaroons in my lifetime. The hockey puck kind that leave you begging for a glass of water. We’re not making those. My idea of a perfect coconut macaroon is lightly browned coconut pieces, a slightly crispy exterior, and a soft, and chewy interior. In the coconut macaroon recipe below I add lime zest for a full transport to the beach. It’s just enough to tease! If you’re interested in a chocolate dipped macaroon and/or a rum caramel drizzle I’ve included instructions for those as well.

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Click below to watch how to make coconut macaroons.

Coconut Macaroons Time Lapse

Coconut Macaroons Recipe


large bowl

rubber spatula

microplane grater (to zest lime)

electric mixer (could use whisk instead)

measuring cups & spoons

1 1/2 in ice cream scoop (or teaspoon)

2 sheet pans lined with parchment or silpat

spatula (for removing macaroons from pan)

Ingredients For Coconut Macaroons:

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

1 (14 oz) bag sweetened shredded coconut

zest of 1 lime

1/2 Tbsp vanilla

2 large egg whites, at room temperature

1/4 tsp salt

8 oz chocolate, chopped (optional)

Ingredients For Rum Caramel (optional)

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 Tbsp coconut oil

2 Tbsp water

2 Tbsp rum

1/8 tsp salt

Note: You’ll need a small pot and a candy thermometer to make the caramel.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine coconut, sweetened condensed milk, lime zest and vanilla. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or using a large bowl and a whisk), whisk egg whites and salt until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into coconut mixture until incorporated.

Using a tablespoon or small ice cream scoop, drop coconut batter onto sheet pan. Space at least an inch apart. Use your fingers to gently shape into a ball. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges. Let cool on the pan and remove with a spatula when cooled completely. Dip in chocolate and/or drizzle with caramel if desired.

Chocolate Dipped Variation:

In a small saucepan over low heat add an inch of water. Add chopped chocolate to a heat-proof bowl and set on the saucepan to melt chocolate. You’ll be tempted to turn up the heat, but keep it on low so you don’t burn the chocolate.

Remove old parchment paper from sheet pan and add a new sheet. Dip bottoms of cooled macaroons into chocolate and place on sheet pan to cool and harden.

Rum Caramel Variation:

*Note: Make caramel while macaroons are cooling. You’ll want to use the caramel immediately.

In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, add brown sugar, coconut oil, and water. Mixture will bubble rapidly for a few minutes. Check temperature with candy thermometer and bring to 250 degrees. Add several squeezes of lime juice, rum, salt, and vanilla. Continue to boil over medium until mixture reaches 250 degrees again. Carefully remove saucepan from heat and pour caramel into heat-proof bowl. With a spoon, drizzle caramel over macaroons. Let cool.

Coconut macaroons keep up to a week in a sealed container. Enjoy!

Madi Butler

Madi Butler

Madi Butler is a wife, mother, and chocolate maker who loves to cook and bake from scratch. She uses her self-taught cooking skills and kitchen tools to whip up delicious meals for her family!

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