Easy Coconut Macaroons~Gluten free!

Coconut lovers rejoice!  This foolproof 5 ingredient, one bowl, coconut macaroon is fast, easy and simply delicious.  Before you can sing through Jingle Bells, you’ll have a  tasty batch of these ready!  With a nice chewey texture, this cookie is pretty much all coconut with a bit of egg white as a binder.  Macaroons are a nice change from all the chocolate, gingerbread and sugar cookie offerings during the holidays and quite popular.  For a fancier presentation, the top can be dipped in a smidgen of melted dark chocolate.   At holiday time I make them in smaller 2-bite sizes.  Because the cookies are shaped like miniature haystacks, I always think of Claude Monet’s famous paintings when baking these!



2 1/2 c sweetened shredded coconut

1/2 c sugar

2 large egg whites

1 t vanilla

pinch of salt

Method:  Preheat oven to 350 F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment.  Mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined.  Working with moistened fingers, measure an inch-sized teaspoon of batter and form haystack-shaped mounds on your baking sheet, about an inch apart.  Bake at 350 F 15 to 20 minutes until golden.  Cool on the baking sheet.  Use a spatula to remove them once cool as they will be soft.  Can be frozen up to 3 months.  If dipping in chocolate, melt 2 oz of dark chocolate and dip the top of the cookie in chocolate.


Haystack shaped macaroons ready to bake

Claude Monet, Haystacks, End of the Summer Morning, 1891, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

Claude Monet, Haystacks, End of the Summer Morning, 1891, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France


12 thoughts on “Easy Coconut Macaroons~Gluten free!

  1. These sound and look delicious – I’ll have to give them a try. I love that you posted the Haystacks image for comparison. I’m intrigued by your promise to share more cookie recipes. I’ll be watching for them. I’m more about trying new recipes this year rather than repeating some tired traditional ones. Not giving up on the favorites; just trying to be more selective. (Don’t forget the to plug these macaroons as gluten free!)

    • Thank you for your thoughtful comments, Linda! Love hearing from readers. I went back and already edited the cookies as gluten free. Good suggestion :)) we are all caught in the traditional vs new debates. I find my family demands the same old too but when new things are introduced they usually realize they love those too. I have a new cookie recipe coming that is new at holiday time for me. Hope you’ll like it. Not GF though.:( Thanks for stopping by. It made my day:)

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  2. Those macaroons look just perfect, the golden finish around the edges are just the right colour. Can’t wait to see what other treats you have in store for us over the next few days.

  3. Thank you for sending the gluten free coconut macaroon recipe! I have a variation- but can’t wait to try yours( as soon as I can eat fiber again)! Hope your family is well and that you have a joyous Christmas! -Liz

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  4. Claude Monet would be proud of the side by side comparison!

    I like coconut macaroons. I’m a big coconut fan, and I try to find the fresh grated around here to no avail most of the time. I like to use it for coconut cake at Easter time. This macaroon recipe is so easy that even I could do it…I hope! 🙂

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