Dec 23

3 Ingredient Coconut Macaroons

This is for those that think my recipes have too many ingredients.


Not really, but it should make you happy.

These coconut macaroons are the most requested Christmas cookie I make.  Ironic, since I don’t love coconut.  But if you DO like coconut, you’ll love these.  If you don’t, you’ll still eat a couple because they really are good.  Especially after I had the brilliant idea to dip them in chocolate.

Coconut Macaroons

They technically have 4 ingredients, but I refuse to count vanilla.

When you form balls, you’ll feel like they aren’t sticking together enough.  Don’t be scared.  Just roll them together as best you can.  The sugar will melt and bind with the egg as it bakes – just be sure to let the cookies cool before you touch them.

Coconut Macaroons

I’ve made these for a couple of years sans chocolate.  I have no idea why.  This year I melted chocolate, added some bourbon extract (yes, I put booze in everything), and painted the bottoms.

If you do this, place them in the fridge to harden before you serve them.  It’s good with the gooey chocolate, but extremely messy. ;)

Coconut Macaroons with chocolate

Linking these up to Katie’s MIMM… because cookies are marvelous.


Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

  • 3 C sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • Melting chocolate (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix with (clean) hands until the ingredients are completely combined.

Place tablespoon sized dollops of batter onto a baking sheet making sure cookies are at least an inch apart.  They will feel loose, but don’t worry.  They will bind as the sugar melt during cooking.

Bake, one sheet at a time, for 10-15 minutes or until edges are browned.  Let cool for 10 minutes.

Dip in melting chocolate, if using.  Store up to 1 week in fridge.


I may not blog again until after Christmas… resting and enjoying the season is a glorious thing.  Happy Holidays!

What are your favorite Christmas Cookies?

Do you like coconut or chocolate better?  Both?



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  1. Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl

    You and booze flavors. LOL. Nice touch. I love coconut macaroons. Luckily no one else in my family does. all for me! :D

    1. Laura

      I know, I know… I’ve been on a roll!

  2. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I HATE COCONUT – however…………….. I think that only goes for the crazy coconut flakes because I JUST TRIED COCONUT FLOUR for the FIRST TIME – popped my coconut ;) – and it was tasty! And I am growing to really love the oil…. It seems like this is one of those things like when I was little and liked ketchup but not tomatoes and grapes but not raisins!

    1. Laura

      I like tomatoes and grapes, but not ketchup or raisins. And no potatoes. Ever.

  3. Cat

    This is too perfect. Don’t pretend the chocolate is optional though! And choosing between coconut and chocolate is cruel ;)

    1. Laura

      I still have to say chocolate! ;)

  4. Mitchell

    Now that is a macaroon! Finally, someone gets it! I’m tired of getting my hopes up when I hear macaroon and am presented with a French macaron. Don’t get me wrong, they’re epic in they’re own right, but they are in another category as ones like these bad boys :)

    The idea of few ingredients always appeals to me. I’m guilty of sometimes looking through a recipes with a daunting ingredients list and think ‘maybe not’ ;)

    I assure you it’s never one of your recipes though :P

    1. Laura

      I have yet to brave making the French ones… definitely more than 3 ingredients! ;)

  5. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    I could never pick coconut OR chocolate…they definitely HAVE to be together! It’s funny because I used to hate anything coconut when I was younger! Like, wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole!

    My favorite Christmas cookies are called Candy Canes…almond shortbread rolled into red and white strips, then twisted together to form candy canes and sprinkled with crushed candy canes! I used to make them all.the.time for Christmas gifts!

    1. Laura

      I was the same way! Now I’m ok with coconut… but I’ll still choose chocolate every time.

  6. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    I’m not the biggest fan of coconut but paired with chocolate, I love it!

  7. Kierston @candyfit

    HA! You had me at 5 ingredients lol

    They look awesome!

    1. Kierston @candyfit

      Wait…3 ingredients ;)

      1. Laura

        Well, 5 if you count the chocolate and the vanilla. ;)

  8. Debra

    Chocolate (and booze) obviously makes everything better! Happy Holidays!!!!!!

  9. lindsay

    i’m not blogging till after christmas. You don’t need to, but if you do, it must be fun pics of your awesome week! k?

    mmmm macaroons… J’adore!

  10. Linz @ Itz Linz

    i love macaroons!!! i love coconut better than chocolate, for sure. but i still like chocolate. like a lot :)

    1. Laura

      Coconut better than chocolate?! No. Way. ;)

  11. Nicole @ FruitnFitness

    I love coconut! These sound really easy, I wouldn’t have thought macaroons were this easy to make. I’m bookmarking these to make as soon as I come out of my already induced sugar coma. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

    1. Laura

      These are much easier than the French version… I have yet to try my hand at those!

  12. Jody - Fit at 56

    OMG I love macaroons!! I don’t have the sweetened coconut – only unsweetened in the house & no sugar.. hmmmm, are you going to make me shop! ;) LOOK AMAZING!!!!!!

    Enjoy your time off – deserved!!! I am thinking of taking till New years off after this week :)

    Molasses & gingerbread this time of year! Hard to find year round.. but I can order my molasses from Whole Foods! :)

    1. Laura

      Did you go shopping?! Gotta have the sweets in this one – the sugar helps hold it together. :)

  13. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    I’m not a coconut fan. The only time I’ll eat it is if it’s a samoa cookie LOL. Then somehow it’s acceptable. It’s not exactly my favorite cookie, but it brings back lots of memories for me – the Russian Teacake. It’s my mom’s favorite b/c she grew up with her mom making them at Christmas. Then my sis and I have grown up making them. Kind of a tradition. And on Saturday we made them with my niece.

    1. Laura

      Samoas seems to be everyone’s favorite… that’s ok though. More Tagalongs for me! ;)

  14. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    BOTH!! Coconut and Chocolate is just soooo good. I love how easy they are! I guess I have to run in my kitchen and check if I have all the ingredients and start baking……YUM!!

    1. Laura

      Let me know if you do try them! They’re so easy to whip up with you need a quick treat.

  15. Court Star @ StarSystemzFitness

    Wowee! This looks like my kinda treat <–no joke

    Happy Holidays HUN!

  16. Purelytwins

    yummy, love macaroons!!! we always forget how easy they are to make, we need to make some :)
    Happy Holidays!!!

  17. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    I made chocolate macaroons last year and they were awesome! Although, not as awesome as the idea of adding booze-spiked chocolate…

    1. Laura

      I don’t know what it is, but everything needed booze this year… LOL!

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  19. Jess @ JessieBear

    Yuuuuuuuum- this is my kind of recipe :)

  20. Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family

    These look SO GOOD.

  21. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

    i love macaroons and have a bag of sweetened coconut at home. Will definitely make these..boozy variety sounds great too.

    1. Laura

      Awesome! Let me know if you try it. :)

  22. Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's

    I love love macaroons, the chocolate on the bottom is genius! My favorites are snickerdoodles, I have always associated them with Christmas time.

    1. Laura

      Ohhhhh… snickerdoodles are the best!

  23. Choc Chip Uru

    OMG my favourite, I simply adore these :D
    They look delicious! And simple too!

    Happy Holidays!

    1. Laura

      Thank you!!! Not terribly fancy, but delish!

  24. Jen@PregnantDiabetic

    These look delicious!!!
    Merry Christmas :)

    1. Laura

      Thank you! Hope you had a good one, and happy new year!

  25. Jenny (VintageSugarcube)

    Ohhh Hells yeah! 3 ingredients? So up my alley. And bourbon extract? Where in the heck have I been? Wishing you a wonderful holiday! And hoping to meet you in person one of these days. Thanks for your continued sweetness. You so rock sista. XXOO

    1. Laura

      We DO need to make that happen. It should be a 2014 resolution. ;)

  26. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm I love macaroons!!! I tried to make a healthy version once with protein powder and they turned out disgusting though :( Any ideas of how to replace the sugar in this? Think you could use truvia or something? Happy Holidays!

    1. Laura

      I don’t think you can… it melts and the caramelization helps to bind the cookie. Maybe try a small sub like 75-25?

  27. Megan (The Lyons' Share)

    Looks delicious, and couldn’t start off my holidays without stopping by to wish you a Merry Christmas. Thanks for everything you do – as you well know, I love you and your blog, and am so glad we’ve gotten to know each other a bit this year! Enjoy the time off!

    1. Laura

      Thank you!!! I am so glad to have gotten to know you too. I hope you have a very Happy New Year! :)

  28. Hannah

    Macaroons are one of my favourite go-to easy cookies too; I’ve made so many different versions, but never have I thrown bourbon in the mix. Go you good thing… and Merry Christmas Eve, dear heart! x

  29. Lisa Balash

    Great article! Those cookies look delicious and easy to make! Thanks for sharing

    1. Laura

      Thanks! Happy New Year!

  30. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    My fav cookie is Molasses (my grandma used to make them), but I rarely turn down a macaroon! Yum!

  31. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    I like that you put booze in everything. It’s part of your charm. I wouldn’t have in any other way.
    I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing holiday.

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