First-Place Coconut Macaroons
Total TimePrep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min./batch
Makesabout 1-1/2 dozen
- 1-1/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 large egg whites, room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a small bowl, combine the coconut, sugar, flour and salt. Add egg whites and vanilla; mix well.
- Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
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Nutrition Facts1 cookie: 54 calories, 2g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 41mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.
Jun 6, 2019
I have no idea how these won first place.
May 26, 2019
These turned out awesome! I followed recipe but substituted sweetened coconut for unsweetened coconut, and all purpose flour for gluten free flour (due to an allergy). I added a couple drops of water to the unsweetened coconut like another reviewer suggested and also whipped the egg whites. I had to increase cooking time about 5 minutes in order for them to be golden but when they finished they came out delicious! Will definitely be making again :)
May 17, 2019
These are EXCEPTIONAL. Just perfect. I used Organic UNSWEETENED coconut flakes (trader joe's), and used 1/3 cup sugar with an extra small teaspoon since the coconut was unsweetened. Since my coconut flakes were extremely dry I just added a couple of drops (literally) of water and crushed the flakes a bit more/ tossing and softening them just a bit before adding everything else. My egg whites were cold not room temperature (i was impatient ha) and I whisked them with them with the vanilla. They were absolutely AMAZING - perfectly crisp on the outside and perfectly light and yet moist on the inside. DELICIOUS! DEFINITELY DESERVED YOUR BLUE RIBBON AWARD AT THE FAIR!!! Thank you for posting this!
Apr 15, 2019
Totally forgot to whip the eggs but it turned out great anyway! Exactly like the picture!
Mar 28, 2019
I've made this recipe exactly as written, both without and with whipping the egg whites (to soft peak). The results are great either way. Whipped whites naturally give the macaroons a lighter and airier texture, versus being denser and chewier (my preference) when not whipped. If you can't be bothered, or if you just want a denser texture, don't whip the whites and the cookies will be just fine. Despite the pedantic naysaying of the pedantic naysayers.
Feb 25, 2019
Aside from doubling the measurements, I followed this recipe EXACTLY as written. From the room-temp (71 degrees Fahrenheit), un-whipped egg whites to the rounded teaspoons, I didn't change a thing. I needed to bake them about 25 minutes to get a bit of golden color, but they came out EXACTLY as pictured and described. I have 36 beautiful and delicious macaroons to take to an event this evening. I will definitely come back to this recipe. I found these to be a little *too* sweet for my taste, so I'll try it with less sugar next time. But I wanted to let others know that there is NO NEED to bother with whipping the egg whites. I had a little trouble getting them off the first pan, but I think that's because I let them cool a little before transferring them to a wire rack. For the second pan, I transferred them as soon as they came out of the oven, and it was no trouble at all. I don't know if it's because they were still hot and soft or because it was a different type of pan, but I'll transfer them immediately from now on. GREAT RECIPE!
Dec 24, 2018
Perfect and one of my all time favorites. No one sells them anymore, but where I live there isn't a proper butcher shop, deli or bakery. These are easy to make and I beat or whip the egg whites first, mix the other ingredients and "fold" in the whipped egg whites. People are polarized, they either love coconut or they don't, luckily my group loves them as much as I do. And a simple, quick recipe too.
Dec 16, 2018
I lived in a small town in NJ when I was a child. A quaint little place, there was one butcher's shop with sawdust on the floor and one bakery that had the most glorious display of goodies. Of all their creations, I loved the macaroons the best. Some memories never go away - you brought me back to the 1950s.. thank you.
Dec 13, 2018
These are very good. I quadrupled the recipe, as it doesn't make very many, but only used 7 egg whites and they were easier to bake and kept their form. We like ours with a cherry on top and the bottom dipped in chocolate, but they are good just plain also.
May 15, 2018
I made it just as is, and did NOT whip the egg whites. Turned out delicious. They spread a bit on the bottom, but I'm thinking if I would have beaten the egg whites, they would of held their form better. I put spoonful's on plain parchment paper on a Pampered Chef baking stone and they came off easily. Whipped or not whipped, I think they are awesome. Next time I will try whipping them. They made one dozen cookies for me.