Coconut Macaroons with Condensed Milk

Coconut macaroons are creamy, delicious, and great for holidays and special occasions. These flavorful coconut cookies are easy to make in no time with only a few simple ingredients.

coconut macaroons on parchment paper.

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Why Are Coconut Macaroons with Condensed Milk So Good?

When you taste these chewy coconut cookies you will see how delicious they are. They are light and fluffy but do not lack in flavor or sweetness. And they are so easy to make! I know you are going to love the simplicity of this coconut macaroon recipe.

Coconut Macaroons are the perfect cookie to bring to upcoming holiday parties or cookie exchanges. They’re great for anyone who enjoys coconut cake or pie.

Gluten Free Coconut Macaroons

Do you have gluten intolerance or know someone who does? These coconut macaroon cookies are made without flour so they are a great gluten-free treat.

Macaron Vs. Macaroon

Both macarons and macaroons are cookies but are each cookie has a distinct appearance, texture, and taste.

French macarons are light and airy sandwich cookies filled with jam, buttercream, or ganache. A macaroon is a creamy, dense drop cookie made with shredded coconut.

Coconut Macaroons Ingredients

This recipe only requires a short list of ingredients, but if you do have to make a quick trip to the store, these macaroons are 100% worth it. The sweet creamy coconut flavor of these cookies is unmatched. Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Shredded coconut
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Almond Extract

If you don’t have almond extract, you can replace it with vanilla extract. However, having the two extracts adds to the amazing flavor of these macaroons.

coconut macaroons ingredients on a tray.

How to Make Coconut Macaroons

Here are the steps to make these deliciously chewy coconut macaroons:

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir until thoroughly combined.
coconut macaroons mixture in a mixing bowl.
  1. Drop the mixture by tablespoonfuls (you may want to use a cookie scoop) onto a prepared baking sheet coated with cooking spray or lined with parchment paper.
  2. Bake at 350°F until the edges are golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool to room temperature.
homemade coconut macaroons on parchment paper.

Recipe Variations

This is such a good recipe as it is. However, you can change it up a little bit if you want. Try making them with nuts or chocolate chips.

Nut Macaroons: substitute 1 cup of chopped nuts for 1 cup of coconut. You’ll need to bake them a little longer, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Chocolate Chip Macaroons: Replace half a cup of the shredded coconut with mini chocolate chips for even more added sweetness. Adding in the chocolate makes this an even more indulgent cookie!

Chocolate Dipped Macaroons: Microwave semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, just until they are melted. Dip the bottom of the macaroons in the melted chocolate. Place them on parchment paper or a silicone mat until the chocolate hardens.

Chocolate Drizzled Macaroons: Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips and drizzle the melted chocolate on top of the cookies.

Dairy Free Coconut Macaroons – Use sweetened condensed coconut milk.

How Do You Keep Coconut Macaroons From Spreading When Cooking Them?

When you are making coconut macaroons, there are a few things to consider to keep them from spreading.

Do not overwork the cookies. When they are handled a lot, the condensed milk begins to warm up making it less viscous and less capable of binding the cookies together.

Make sure to press the cookies together well. Since you are working with coconut as the main base of the cookie, these macaroons will be more fragile than your average cookie. Do your best to make a compact ball out of the coconut so it will hold together.

You may need to refrigerate the cookie mixture. If the first batch of cookies spreads out, refrigerate the coconut mixture for at least 15 to 20 minutes before making another batch. If the cookies are too warm, they will more easily spread out, whereas if the cookies are cold when they go in the oven, they will stick together better.

How Do You Keep Coconut Macaroons Crispy?

To start with, you should make sure the coconut macaroons get a light browning in the oven. This is what adds a nice crunch to the macaroons.

Then, store your cookies properly so they don’t obtain too much moisture, which could cause them to get soft or stale.

How to Store Coconut Macaroons

To keep these cookies crispy and delicious, store them in an airtight container in a dry place. They will stay fresh for up to a week.

You can also individually wrap them in plastic wrap before placing them in an airtight container to help them stay crispy longer.

coconut macaroon cookies on parchment paper.

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Coconut Macaroons

Homemade coconut macaroons are creamy and flavorful coconut cookies. They are easy to make with sweetened condensed milk.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Coconut Macaroons
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 146kcal


  • 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 ounces sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Blend all of the ingredients together and drop by the teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake until the edges are lightly brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.



For nut macaroons, proceed as for coconut macaroons but use 1 cup nuts instead of the coconut. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes.
For chocolate chip macaroons, replace 1/2 cup of the shredded coconut with mini chocolate chips.


Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 0.6mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. SammyM

    5 stars
    Tested this recipe out for my annual cookie exchange party. I thought these were quite good and very easy to make.

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