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Classic Coconut Macaroons

Scott Phillips

Yield: Makes about 20 macaroons

The best macaroons have a soft, chewy center with a slightly crisped exterior. Think gently toasted marshmallow kissed by coconut. Though these plain vanilla versions are delicious in their own right, they also make a great blank canvas for dressing up with all sorts of variations.


  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk (from a 12-oz. can; there will be a little left over)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 14 oz. (4-1/2 cups) sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 140
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 60
  • Fat (g): 7
  • Saturated Fat (g): 6
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 5
  • Sodium (mg): 95
  • Carbohydrates (g): 19
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 2


  • Position oven racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment.
  • Combine the condensed milk and vanilla in a large bowl. Add the coconut and stir with a large silicone spatula until thoroughly mixed.
  • Beat the egg whites and salt with an electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form, about 4 minutes. Using the spatula, fold the whites into the coconut mixture. Push the mixture together into a mound.
  • With wet hands or two wet spoons, gently form rounded tablespoonfuls of batter into balls about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Arrange 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.
  • Bake, rotating and swapping the positions of the pans halfway through, until the macaroons are golden brown in spots and their undersides are tanned, about 25 minutes.
  • Cool briefly on the baking sheets on racks, then transfer the macaroons directly to the racks to cool completely.

Make Ahead Tips

The macaroons will keep, uncovered at room temperature, for up to 3 days, or refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks. They can also be frozen for up to 6 months.


Rate or Review


  • DGEE | 04/20/2019

    So easy and the best macaroons we have ever had.

  • sharonrut | 03/19/2018

    These macaroons are awesome. They are a staple at passover and I honestly can't make enough - I've doubled and tripled the recipe and my family still wants more! Be sure to measure the sweetened condensed milk by weight and not volume. I made the mistake of measuring by volume and ended up with a mushy coconut mess. My family has proclaimed these as the absolute best ever macaroons and I have to agree.

  • user-4314763 | 12/23/2016

    The taste is perfect, not so sweet. However, my macaroons turned runny. Did I not mix the eggs long enough, or should the condensed milk be less? Please let me know. Thanks!

  • janice6121 | 10/16/2016

    These are amazing. I have made the chocolate dipped version many times and they are always a bit hit! I agree with an earlier poster that 350 degrees for 25 minutes is too hot. I always bake mine for no more than 17-20 minutes but will try them at 325 degrees as suggested.

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