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Lemony Coconut Macaroons

These chewy gems have refreshing lemon flavor. They freeze well and thaw easily in the fridge, so you can cure a craving anytime. —Karla Johnson, East Helena, Montana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • Dash cream of tartar
  • Dash salt
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 packages (7 ounces each) sweetened shredded coconut


  • Preheat oven to 325°. In a bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until stiff peaks form. In a large bowl, beat milk and lemon juice on high speed until thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in lemon zest, baking powder and coconut. Fold in egg whites.
  • Drop mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
    Freeze option: Freeze cookies, layered between waxed paper, in freezer containers. To use, thaw before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 119 calories, 7g fat (6g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 109mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • karen
    Apr 30, 2020

    I put the ingredients in a nutrition counter ( and it came out: 36 servings Per cookie: Calories 42, carbs 6.4g, fiber .1g, 6.4g sugar, 1.3g protein, 1.3g fat, .9g sat fat Big difference. Where do you get your nutrition facts ?

  • ninef
    May 19, 2018

    These were super delicious but I wouldn’t call them easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly but they were not easily shaped into balls. I used a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop and they were sort of messy looking so I tried rolling them into a ball with my hands. Those looked better but still did not hold together well. I refrigerated some of the batter and that worked better. I also had a hard time getting them off of the Silpat sheets so I left them sit a little longer and that worked better. I will definitely be making these again. They would be great for sending through the mail or for a cookie tray at the holidays.

  • LeslieH
    Dec 7, 2014

    I bake all of the time and will never make these again. Not sure what happened. They looked great before baking, but after being baked they spread out flat and had to scrap them off of the pan. Not worth the time or the money to just throw in the garbage.

  • ruthrod
    Dec 5, 2014

    No adjustments, these are sooooo easy and delicious.

  • suescrumptious
    Feb 5, 2014

    I made these this past Christmas and was blown away by how easy they were to make and how delicious they turned out. I will definitely make them again. Very good and easy.