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Lime & Gin Coconut Macaroons

I took these lime and coconut macaroons to our annual cookie exchange, where we name a queen. I won the crown! —Milissa Kirkpatrick, Angel Fire, New Mexico
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2-1/2 dozen


  • 4 large egg whites
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons gin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 package (14 ounces) sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 ounces white baking chocolate, melted


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk the first six ingredients until blended. In another bowl, toss coconut with flour; stir in egg white mixture.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake until tops are light brown, 15-18 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Dip bottoms of macaroons into melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 133 calories, 7g fat (6g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 67mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • pollytaylor
    Dec 1, 2019

    While I am sure these cookies taste wonderful I agree with goldenone39 100 percent that biscochitos should be the one from New Mexico especially since it is the state's official cookie. Not too many states have an official cookie, but New Mexico does.

  • puffybloomers
    Mar 20, 2019


  • goldenone39
    Dec 3, 2018

    I have lived in New Mexico most of my life and never heard of these. The state of New Mexico cookie should be the biscochito not these things.

  • 650sw55ave
    Mar 24, 2018

    excellent snack. for groups

  • asnunez
    Dec 5, 2016

    Not a fan of Gin so I used Golden Rum. Oh My Gosh! YUM!!!!

  • BakerDeborah
    Dec 18, 2014

    These are very good. I did add a little lime juice after reading some comments, about 1 TBL. and I think next time I will up the gin to 1/4 cup. The coconut I use is unsweetened and drier, so the added moisture will be fine. I have to admit, I haven't bothered with the white chocolate.

  • BrookelynEmily
    Dec 5, 2014

    Easy to make, taste good, and look nice. I feel like there could be more flavor to the coconut, the grated lime doesn't really stand out. I added in more on the top before putting them into the oven, but I feel like I may add lime juice to the egg white mixture next time. (but keeping in mind I used Sugar in the Raw. So that may be why.)

  • vlh0316
    Feb 9, 2014

    I made these cookies this weekend because I thought the ingredients seemed interesting. These are some of the best cookies I've ever had. Very easy to make also. This recipe is a keeper.

  • MilissaKirkpatrick
    Feb 4, 2014

    You can use any kind of gin you wish or just leave it out all together. But really love these cookies

  • cwaters13
    Dec 14, 2013

    Can someone please tell me what type of gin is best to use for this?