3 Ingredient Coconut Macaroons are for those who are the true coconut lovers. These are chewy and super light, so you can grab as many as you want with no hesitation. Besides the simplicity in the ingredients, these are very easy to make.
We are really into coconut and love to create recipes with it. If you see our gluten free pistachio cookies and coconut ice squares, you already know this.
Coconut gives a tastier and richer flavor to almost everything. Its moist and sweet flavor stands out in all the sweet treats we've made.
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Who doesn’t love recipes that only require a few ingredients? There is really no excuse for not giving this recipe a try! These Coconut Macaroons are incredibly easy and you can quickly make these for unexpected guests. These make wonderful snacks too, so you can simply make these Coconut Macaroons for a game night even after a very busy work day.
Another great thing about these coconut macaroons is that they don’t contain any flour, so these are one of the best gluten-free desserts ever. I saw macaroon recipes with a little flour inside, but you really don’t need that.
These Coconut Macaroons are wonderfully golden and a little crispy on the outside and sweet and chewy in the center. Isn’t it the description of fantastic macaroon?
These are the basic macaroons with no additional flavors, but you have endless choices if you want to take the recipe to next level. Let me name some: You can use vanilla, lime, orange, cocoa powder, nuts or even caramel.
I used a piping bag to drop the macaroons on the baking sheet. You can do the same or just drop them with a tablespoon.
More three ingredient treats I’d love to try:
- Self-Made Sour Cream Gelato on Lady and Pups
- Three-Ingredient Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fudge on Delicious as it Looks
- Pumpkin Bread Truffles on Inquiring Chef
- Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs on Mom on Time out
- Cookies and Cream Oreo Fudge on Crunchy Creamy Sweet
- Easy Peanut Butter Reese’s Cup Fudge on Something Swanky
- Homemade Butterfingers Bars on Revamperate
As this is one of the easiest and quickest cookie recipe, I made some to serve with the afternoon tea. And I needed to make some changes in the recipe. In the first version, I used 3 egg whites and 2 cups shredded coconut, but I found it not thick enough and had to add ½ cup extra coconut.
I used an ice cream scoop to drop the dough on the parchment paper, but you can use a tablespoon too.
Can you see the moist and white inside? Love that soft and chewiness inside. I used unsweetened shredded coconut I increased the amount of sugar a little.
Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites and powdered sugar until foamy and sugar dissolves completely.
Add in the coconut and stir until combined. If you think it is too dry, add 1 small egg white. If it's too wet, add a little more coconut.
You can check this by using an ice cream scoop or a measuring cup. Fill the ice cream scoop with the dough and press on it. When you drop it on the parchment paper, it should hold together. If it doesn't hold, change the measurements as mentioned above.
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3 Ingredient Coconut Macaroons
These coconut macaroons are wonderfully toasted on the outside and chewy and moist in the center.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 12 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 3 egg whites, medium not large
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 2 and ½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 325F (160C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites and powdered sugar until foamy.
- Add in the shredded coconut and stir gently with a spatula. Try to make a ball with your hand, squeezing the ball a little. If you think it is too dry and doesn't hold together, add one small egg white. If you think it is too moist, add a little extra coconut.
- Using an ice cream scoop or a measuring tablespoon, drop macaroons on the parchment paper. You can make balls using your hands too.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Open the oven and place them on the top shelf. Bake for another 2-3 minutes or until their top gets golden.
- Cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
- Keep them in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 171
- Sugar: 8.9 g
- Sodium: 21.6 mg
- Fat: 13.5 g
- Trans Fat:
- Carbohydrates: 12.5 g
- Protein: 2.3 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: macaroons, how to make macaroons
Norma Reid says
Looks amazing. Tastes amazing. Simply amazing
Zerrin & Yusuf says
Hi Norma, we are glad you liked them 🙂
Leonie Clough says
Chocolate chips added to the mix is scrumptious. Thanks for the recipe
Hi Leonie, glad you enjoyed the recipe! Adding chocolate chips is great!
My cookies sticked to te parchment paper!! Impossible to get it off them, what did i do wrong? Did you butter the parchment paper or something ?
Sorry you didn't end up with the desired result. Was it still hard to remove them after they cooled?
We don't butter the parchment paper and never experienced macaroons stick on it. That being said, the brands might work differently. So buttering the parchment paper or greasing it with cooking spray might be a good solution.
A stormy day in Seattle was the perfect opportunity to try your recipe and we were delighted with the result! The extra 2-3 min. on the upper oven rack crisps and browns the tops so nicely.
Thanks for your recipe!
What is the beking time
Easy and yummy!!
But mine weren't so crispy. What might I have done wrong?
Hi TJ! Your oven degrees might be different, so you might need to bake them shorter.
My husband doesn't even like coconut macaroons and he loved these. They are so easy.
Great to hear that Sara! You can even dip these macaroons in melted chocolate to double the joy!
I really wanted to love these, but they ran/oozed in the oven, and I would describe the texture as being more sticky than chewy. Not a lot of flavor. Maybe addition of vanilla would help? Thank you for the recipe and easy-to-follow instructions, but it didn't work out for me.
I usually only have large eggs...what would I have to change the sugar and unsweetened coconut amount to?
I want to make these for my Christmas cookie trays that I make. Thanks Bev
I guess two large egg whites would work fine with these ingredients.