Chewy Gluten Free Coconut Macaroons Recipe

Are you looking for a delicious coconut cookie that you can make with just a few ingredients? Our family loves this little easy chewy Coconut Macaroons recipe because it’s something we can all enjoy and it’s gluten and dairy free!

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Easy Chewy Coconut Macaroons Recipe

Something you may or may not know about our family is that before we moved to our current home, we started and were running a successful coffee shop and a small bakery. Even though I’ve been baking delicious treats my entire life, I learned so much about tastes, textures, and what people enjoy.

Easy Coconut Macaroons

How Long Do Coconut Macaroons Last?

This recipe makes a rather small batch (about 15 cookies) so we’ve never had them last long, but I would say that they will keep their freshness for about a week.

How to Store Coconut Macaroons?

Store the cookies in an air-tight container in the fridge or in a cool dark place in your kitchen to prevent them from drying out.

How to Make Coconut Macaroons With Chocolate?

You could add mini chocolate chips to this coconut macaroon recipe to give it a little chocolate flavor! You could also dip half of the cookie into melted chocolate to make a really decadent treat.

Why Are My Coconut Macaroons Sticky?

The batter is supposed to be sticky, they are made with eggs! If your cookies are sticky after baking it’s possible that you didn’t bake them for quite long enough.

Why Are My Coconut Macaroons Runny?

If the batter seems too runny, it’s possible that your eggs were extra large and added a little too much moisture to the batter. Try adding in a little more shredded coconut to see if that will help.

How to Use Extra Egg Yolks

Since this recipe only uses egg whites, you will have several egg yolks left. Here are some recipes that you can use them in so that they won’t go to waste:

Homemade Coconut Macaroons

This easy old fashioned macaroons recipe was one of these most popular treats (if not THE most popular!) that I made for our little coffee shop. Once word got out that I had a fresh batch out of the oven, they were usually gone within the first hour of business. I’ve been wanting to share this recipe with you for a long time and now I finally have a chance to today!

Easy Chewy Gluten Free Coconut Macaroons Recipe

What You Need:

  • 1 1/3 cup Shredded Coconut (Sweetened or Unsweetened)
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons All Purpose Flour or All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt

Coconut Macaroons Recipe

How to Make Chewy Coconut Macaroons

Here are all the ingredients that you need. This is a very simple recipe! I usually use unsweetened coconut but you can use either sweetened or unsweetened depending on what you have on hand and how sweet you want your cookies to be.

Coconut Macaroons Sugar

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, vanilla, and pinch of salt. Try and incorporate the vanilla as much as possible into the sugar, otherwise, it tends to clump into the coconut.

Coconut Macaroons Coconut

Add in the coconut and the flour.

–Make Gluten Free Coconut Macaroons by using Gluten Free All Purpose Flour

Coconut Macaroons Batter

Add in the egg whites. Mix everything until it’s well combined and no dry spots remain. If your eggs are large, this shouldn’t be a problem. If you used smaller eggs, you may need to mix with your hands to be sure all is combined.

Baking Coconut Macaroons

Use a small cookie scoop to scoop out the batter onto a greased or lined baking sheet. Press each ball down slightly. Bake at 350F degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Do not take the cookies out too early, you want them to at least be brown around the bottoms to give them a good outside crunch. The inside will be soft and chewy!

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One batch makes about 16 small cookies so if you have a large family, you may want to double this recipe. I’ve also made larger batches and frozen some for later with good success. The cookies are best after they’ve had a chance to cool off and firm up a bit so don’t place them in a container or bag right after cooking or they will lose their crispiness.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup Shredded Coconut Sweetened or Unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons All Purpose Flour or All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, vanilla, and pinch of salt. Try and incorporate the vanilla as much as possible into the sugar, otherwise, it tends to clump into the coconut.
  2. Add in the coconut and the flour.

  3. Add in the egg whites. Mix everything until it’s well combined and no dry spots remain. If your eggs are large, this shouldn’t be a problem. If you used smaller eggs, you may need to mix with your hands to be sure all is combined.

Recipe Notes

Use a small cookie scoop to scoop out the batter onto a greased or lined baking sheet. Press each ball down slightly. Bake at 350F degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Do not take the cookies out too early, you want them to at least be brown around the bottoms to give them a good outside crunch. The inside will be soft!

Some other yummy cookie recipes that you might enjoy:

Are you making cookies this week? What kind of cookies are you making? Do you think your family would enjoy these chewy Coconut Macaroons?

This coconut macaroon recipe was originally published on Little House Living in December 2018. It has been updated as of December 2020.

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  1. I made our sour cream cookie recipe this weekend and they were delicious! My husband had mistakenly bought an enormous tub of sour cream at the store (thinking he was buying cottage cheese) so I have had fun thinking up ways to use it up. These have already been added to my recipe box to keep forever. Thank you for a new favorite!

  2. My DH hates coconut in most things. I, however, love it! I may have to whip up a batch of these and dip them in chocolate to see if he even notices! LOL Can’t wait to try making a batch of these. I’m definitely pinning this to add to the holiday baking list!

    1. Yes, you could use less sugar but you may need to compensate with a little extra flour as they might need a bit more of something to hold them together.

  3. Thank you for sharing your recipe! I’m making an assortment of cookies as Christmas gifts and this one just got added to the list! My mama loves coconut so I know this will be a big hit with her!

    1. I haven’t baked with almond flour (severe allergies) so I’m not sure if it would be a good replacement. You can always try and see. It’s a very small amount.