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3 Ingredient Coconut Macaroons

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Hi Bold Bakers!

We all know and love traditional chocolate dipped coconut macaroons! They are full of coconutty flavor and have a great chewy texture. While these are pretty simple to whip up to begin with, I’ve gone a step farther and made them fool proof! This recipe for my 3 Ingredient Coconut Macaroons is an amazing way to start baking. If you aren’t a big baker or are simply looking for a super quick and delicious recipe, this one is for you! And you’ll be on your way to becoming a truly Bold Baker, baking with confidence!

The base of this recipe is actually just 2 ingredients – sweetened condensed milk and shredded coconut! While traditional coconut macaroons are made using egg whites, these ones are egg free. All you do is mix the 2 ingredients in a big bowl, scoop, and then bake. After just 15 minutes in the oven, I dip the cookies in rich melted chocolate and allow to set.

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The result are cookies that are perfectly sweet, toasty and golden on the outside while being moist and chewy on the inside. They are impressive enough to serve at any party or special event, and no one has to know they were easy as pie!

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3 Ingredient Coconut Macaroons
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Serves: 12-15 Cookies
  • 3¼ cups (10oz/300g) shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup (7oz/225g) sweetened condensed milk (about ½ can)
  • ½ cup (3oz/90g) chocolate, melted
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180oC) and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat Mat.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the coconut and sweetened condensed milk. . Mix with a spoon until the coconut and milk are completely mixed, the mixture will be very sticky but not too wet.
  3. Use a tablespoon measure scoop out 2 tablespoons of the coconut mixture and place on your cookie sheet about 1 inch apart, no need to worry about these spreading.
  4. Gently form into a rounded mound for form the classic macaroon shape.
  5. Bake until the tops are golden brown, about 15-20 minutes minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool Slightly.
  7. Once cooled dip the bottom or top of each macaroon in melted chocolate. Set aside on a wire rack to set. Once cooled store in an air tight container for 4 days. Enjoy!



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  1. LittleButterfly on January 13, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    I will have to say these are absolutely wonderful. Until now I have not been able to get my husband to eat coconut. He enjoys these so much, that he ask me to put these on my list of cookies to make regularly.
    Thank you so much for making all of the videos.

    • Gemma Stafford on January 13, 2018 at 8:32 pm

      Really delighted you liked it!!!!

      Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  2. Uno on January 8, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Hi Gemma!

    This is awesome! I would love to try this at home but I can’t find shreded coconut. Not sure if this has been asked before but can I use unsweetened Desicated coconut instead?

    Thanks a lot for your time and more power to your site and kitchen. 🙂

    • Uno on January 8, 2018 at 10:57 am

      Hey Gemma,

      Sorry i just read that you already answered this on someone else’s post. Thanks a bunch! 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on January 8, 2018 at 5:22 pm


      So desiccated coconut is perfect. We don’t call it desiccated in the States, we call it shredded.

      Good luck and thanks a million for visiting my site 🙂

      • Uno on January 10, 2018 at 1:06 pm

        Thanks, Gemma!

        Got any idea on how to make these using an electric oven? Was wo dering if there would be any difference in terms of temps. 🤔

        • Gemma Stafford on January 10, 2018 at 8:22 pm


          nope no difference if the oven is electric or gas. Same temp 🙂


  3. Gloria McNasby on December 13, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Recipe looked easy,it wasadisaster. Sides ran and had xrispy stuff around the edges and when I dipped them in chocolate the bottom stayed in the bowl of chocolate and the top of the cookie in my hand. What am I doing wrong.

    • Gemma Stafford on December 14, 2017 at 6:37 am

      Hi Gloria,
      Oh dear! That does indeed sound like a disaster. This sounds like a quantities problem.
      3¼ cups (10oz/300g) shredded coconut
      ¾ cup (7oz/225g) sweetened condensed milk (about ½ can)
      ½ cup (3oz/90g) chocolate, melted.
      Here is the recipe, do you think you had it right, the right type of ingredient too. I am mystified,
      Gemma 🙂

      • janet on December 19, 2017 at 6:43 am

        I had a disaster with this recipe also. There was way too much coconut for the sweetened milk quantity and I double-check the grams to ounces conversion tables . . .

        • Gemma Stafford on December 19, 2017 at 6:27 pm

          Hi Janet,

          I’m sorry to hear that. I’m going to revisit the recipe and see whats up. I might need to reduce the amount of condensed milk.

          Thanks for your message. 🙂

  4. Ruth on December 9, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Can you use desiccated coconut instead of the shredded?

    • Gemma Stafford on December 10, 2017 at 2:47 am

      Hi Ruth,
      This is really the same thing, with a different name. This is what we called it in Ireland and the UK too, go for it!
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Abeer on December 1, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Hey Gemma! Im facing some problem with my coconut macaroons. The next day they turn really soft and they loose their outer crunch. What should i do ?

    • Gemma Stafford on December 2, 2017 at 3:03 am

      Hi Abeer,
      All baked goods need to be stored in an airtight container in order to keep them fresh.
      If they lose their freshness they can be refreshed in a warm oven. This type of baked good is best not stored for too long, eat them up!
      Gemma 🙂

  6. LadyIreland on October 13, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Gemma: Just made your coconut macaroons. There’s another 5 pounds! I was feeling bold so I put the dough plus a couple drops of almond extract in a piping bag with a star tip. So cute and bite-sized (probably why I over-indulged). Also great with a sliver of maraschino cherry on top. Do you have any pointers on which cookies are easiest to ship overseas and how to pack them?

    • Gemma Stafford on October 16, 2017 at 4:04 am

      Haha! I am amused at your use of the word bold here!
      In Ireland the word Bold, in that context, means not brave, but naughty! So when you were told as a child that you were very bold, you were in trouble! But you are not in trouble, all will be well, or using another Irish-ism, you’ll be grand!!
      The best cookies to pack and ship, will be ones which bake crisp. ( these ones will be good, and of course do not need to be made giant. Make a sausage shape, using cling film, chill, slice to the size you like, and bake. You can double/triple etc this recipe easily.
      Hope all goes well, post a pic!
      Gemma 🙂

  7. Valerie Chick on September 8, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Gemma, just love your recipes – particularly the mug meals. I’m elderly & live alone – cooking for one seems such a hassle but the mug meals hit the mark.
    I would love to try the coconut macaroons but I am both gluten & lactose intolerant.
    Would I be able to use the thick part of coconut cream sweetened with honey (maybe? or can I leave it unsweetened?) instead of the condensed milk? Would it bake ok?

    I know you are sooo busy but I would really appreciate it if you can find a moment to reply.



    • Gemma Stafford on September 9, 2017 at 3:21 am

      Hi Valerie,
      I really do not know if this will work. The coconut cream I think will ‘melt’ in the heat of the oven, but the honey, or maple syrup will caramelize, and may hold it together.
      You could make a condensed milk with the honey or maple syrup and coconut milk, this works, and would be lovely with unsweetened desiccated coconut too. There is a recipe for condensed milk here on the website. For this to work the sugar substitute will need to caramelize, so stevia will not work, and I think monk fruit sweetener will not caramelize either, though I have not tried it.
      I hope this is of help, macaroons are so delicious, and would make a lovely treat for you,
      Gemma 🙂

  8. Pat Schwab on September 4, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Hi, Are you using unsweetened coconut? Thanks

  9. Ania on August 22, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Simply delicious! I even prefered my own little treats than those store bought, and so did Hubby! Thanks for sharing, Emma!

    • Gemma Stafford on August 22, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      That’s great, Ania!!! I’m delighted to hear that 🙂

  10. niv89 on August 20, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Such a delicious and simple treat. I made it using your homemade condensed milk recipe. Thanks Gemma, I’m learning and expanding my baking repertoire so much with your help!

    • Gemma Stafford on August 21, 2017 at 2:15 am

      Good for you Niv, I am really happy to have you with us,
      Gemma 🙂

  11. Malahat on August 19, 2017 at 11:26 am

    How many calories are roughly in each macaroon?

    • Gemma Stafford on August 19, 2017 at 6:15 pm


      If you want to calculate any of my recipes I use I do calculate some recipes but not all. I try and do as many as I can.

  12. Jo on July 19, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Just signed up again. Is there a reason I never received any newsletters when I signed up the first time? Thank you for your time because I really would like your wonderful receipes.

    • Gemma Stafford on July 20, 2017 at 2:45 am

      Hi Jo,
      there were some issues with our system. I am happy that you signed up again, this should resolve the problems.
      Thank you for your kind words,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Jo on August 4, 2017 at 10:03 am

        Just wondering how often you send out e-mails-weekly, monthly or not a set schedule? I would love to get them but since second sign-up I have not received any. I have checked my “spam” , “bulk mail”, and “unwanted” boxes and nothing there either. Please help!! Thank you!

        • Gemma Stafford on August 5, 2017 at 2:18 am

          Hi Jo,
          Thank you for letting me know. We send out notifications ahead of all of the videos. Currently that will be Monday and Thursday. I have passed your message to the tech guy (Kevin!) and he will resolve it. Thank you for letting us know,
          Gemma 🙂

  13. Amira T on June 28, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Hi Gemma! Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I tried and it turned out great. I changed the recipe completely, instead of baking them I just rolled them into balls and added almonds in the middle. I had to add more condensed milk so it would roll into balls easier. Also I coated them in some extra coconut. (There’s never enough coconut!). I should change there name to raffaello balls! Super easy recipe, tastes AWESOME. ☺?

    • Gemma Stafford on July 1, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      Wow! well done you, great rhat you shared this great idea with us, thank you,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Amira on July 7, 2017 at 10:10 am

        Thanks to you. Could you please try this out someday. It tastes just like raffaello. and maybe even do a video about it.
        p.s. I was soo exited when I saw you replied to my comment. I couldn’t believe it!
        Amira Taibi

        • Gemma Stafford on July 8, 2017 at 3:28 am

          I sure will Amira.

          Thanks for your comment and being apart of the Bold Baking community 🙂

  14. Ana on June 18, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Hi Gemma,

    your coconut macaroons are great. Can I replace coconut with almonds? Will it works?

  15. Chad on June 14, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Will you make more 3 ingredient stuff please?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 16, 2017 at 4:19 am

      Hi Chad,
      Yes, I will do this as time goes on, I like to keep it simple where possible,
      Gemma 🙂

  16. Karen on June 3, 2017 at 10:56 am

    I made the macaroons and I am hooked! They were great, never knew they were so easy to make. Made the peanut butter ones too and enjoyed them as well. Will keep checking out your recipes, but have to say I like the easy stuff. Thank you for sharing these!

    • Gemma Stafford on June 4, 2017 at 8:13 am

      Hi Karen,
      Yes, we like the easy stuff here too, stay tuned for lots more, it is good to have you with us,
      Gemma 🙂

  17. Peppermint Passion on May 25, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    I tried Coconut Macaroons Recipe had difficulty in getting them off the parchment paper stuck like glue!
    Any suggestions???

    • Gemma Stafford on May 26, 2017 at 1:46 am

      Hi there,
      was it parchment or grease-proof paper? If it was grease-proof it will need to be lightly oiled.
      Gemma 🙂

      • Peppermint Passion on May 26, 2017 at 9:51 am

        Hi Gemma,
        Love your website and your videos your so sweet.
        Love those mug recipes yum!
        I tried the coconut macaroons on parchment paper they stuck like glue
        hoping you can help….

        Also, would like to know how to incorporate stevia to make them sugar free

        • Gemma Stafford on May 27, 2017 at 2:51 am

          Hi Kathy,
          This is a mystery to me!
          The question about stevia is alerting me a little! did you use sweetened condensed milk? Changing a recipe changes the result too.
          Alternatively, oil the pan very lightly, with coconut oil if you have that, and stick the parchment to it.
          Stevia is a great sweetener, but it does not caramelize, and will not thicken the milk to make condensed milk. Agave will though as will xylitol.
          I hope all goes well next time,
          Gemma 🙂

          • Kathy Wilson on May 27, 2017 at 2:39 pm

            Hi Gemma
            I will try the lightly oiled pan.
            I have not tried it with Stevia thought I would ask you first thanks for explaining.

      • Peppermint Passion on May 26, 2017 at 10:05 am

        Thank You Gemma Will give it a try next time I make them

  18. Ninnz on May 25, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Hello ma’am please tell me on what degree I have to bake this cookies?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 26, 2017 at 2:12 am

      Hi there,
      the recipe is here on my website. In the first line it tell you 180C/350F and you bake for 15 – 20 mins.
      Gemma 🙂

  19. Nichole on May 24, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Hi Gemma

    I have made these coconut gems about 6-7 times already
    I recently made them for my sons cricket tea break – they were such a hit with the boys

    these are so simple and delishish.

    i have also made the oat, banana choc chip cookies, i have tried different versions instead of the choc hips i added nuts, seeds, sultanas etc
    these are perfect for a healthy snack (i carry a few in a small lunch box when i go out )
    it really does stop me from snacking of silly impulse buys

    thank you again

    tomorrow i will be trying the Kale chips


    • Gemma Stafford on May 25, 2017 at 3:47 am

      Hi Nichole,
      That is so good to hear! I am happy that you and the boys are enjoying these treats. It is nice to be able to change these recipes to suit your own need too, so well done you!
      Gemma 🙂

  20. Colleen Klippenstein on May 18, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Hi Gemma!
    I had the same problem as Celineh1203. The condensed milk oozed out and I had little pools of it around each cookie that I ended up having to cut away in order to have a nice rounded cookie. You mentioned that the coconut didn’t absorb the liquid. Why would that be? I’ve tried the recipe twice now with the same result. Disappointed because they didn’t come out in a nice rounded mound like yours. But the taste is great! I would just like some suggestion as to how to remedy this so I can get them perfect like yours! Please help! 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on May 23, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Hi Colleen,

      Sorry for my late reply. feed back has been simpler to you or the totally opposite. Some people said they were dry so I’m guessing its the different types/ brands of coconut.

      I changed the recipe to add more coconut to absorb that condensed milk that is coming out.

      Hope this helps,

  21. Nestor Benito Fernandez on May 16, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    I tried this recipe the other day and it was delicious! Thanks!

    I was a bit confused by the ingredients.
    I put 2 cups and 3/4 of coconut, but I think that was more than 8oz.
    To balance things out – following your video to have an idea about the texture – I used the full can of condensed milk.
    All turned out pretty yummy, but I am wondering if they should be a tiny less dry.

    Did I misread the recipe?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Nestor Benito Fernandez on May 16, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Ah! Just saw that the other post is awaiting moderation!
      I thought that it never worked out since I was having issues with my computer…

      Please, disregard this second comment, please!

    • Gemma Stafford on May 20, 2017 at 7:13 am

      you know what I do think they should be drier. Some people are saying theres were also wet. I’m going modify the recipe.

      Thanks for letting me know 🙂

  22. Ziad Makhlouf on May 16, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Hello Gemma from Sunny Dubai!

    Hats off to you for the great website and the amazing recipes, so much in love with them being reasonable in terms of nutrition, the time and ingredients required. Super easy to make!

    I just did the Macaroons for my daughter to take to school, are they supposed to be moist from inside?

    I must say the taste was amazing and just right, especially when i used 60% dark choco which balanced the sweetness. However, they came out dry from the inside (needs a firm bite) and crispy hard on the side. While preparing them, I had the to use the whole can of condensed milk to get the right texture, the mixture was not runny at all and not sticky too.

    Wonder why they were not moist from inside – will share some pics!

    • Gemma Stafford on May 22, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Hi Ziad,

      Sorry for my late reply. I’m really delighted you like my website and thanks so much for trying out my recipes.

      It’s really funny that yours turned out dry because a few others said theirs were too runny. I’m guessing this is down to the different coconut available in each country.
      Next time feel free to make them wetter with additional coconut.

      Gemma 🙂

  23. Celineh1203 on May 14, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    When I tried making these, the condensed milk sort of oozed everywhere onto the tray. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 15, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Sounds like your coconut didn’t absorb it the same. Let me check the recipe.

      Hope they still baked ok. 🙂

  24. Shreyashi Pal on May 12, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Can Dairy free condensed milk be used for this recipe?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 13, 2017 at 12:28 am

      Yes! It will be perfect,
      Gemma 🙂

  25. Ella on May 12, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Can I use sweetened coconut?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 13, 2017 at 12:39 am

      Hi Ella,
      Remembering that the condensed milk is very sweet, you may find the result too sweet for you. Unsweetened will be best,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Sharon on November 30, 2017 at 8:31 pm

        I only had sweet coconut on hand and wanted to make them right away so I added a pinch of salt to balance out the sweetness. It worked fine for me 🙂

        • Gemma Stafford on December 2, 2017 at 8:46 am

          Hi Sharon,
          Good for you, well done, always great to hear how you manage a recipe,
          Gemma 🙂

  26. Nicole D on May 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Gemma 🙂

    Quick question should I use sweetened or unsweetened coconut.? Im assuming unsweetened because condensed milk is already sweet. Thank you for this recipe will be making it for mothers day, my mom love coconut:)

    • Gemma Stafford on May 13, 2017 at 12:50 am

      Hi Nicole,
      Yes, unsweetened will be best. Happy Mothers day to your Mum, and you if you are a Mum too!
      Gemma 🙂

  27. Laura Andersson on May 12, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I tried it and it came out delicious.
    My sister usually buys these, but now we can make them. They are so yummy.

    • Gemma Stafford on May 13, 2017 at 12:55 am

      Hi Laura,
      that is great, I am happy that you liked this recipe. Thank you for being in touch.
      Gemma 🙂

  28. nawaaz on May 12, 2017 at 5:30 am

    will flaked coconut work instead of shredded coconut

    • Gemma Stafford on May 12, 2017 at 7:10 am

      yes, as long as it is fine it will work 🙂

  29. Ann on May 12, 2017 at 3:46 am

    Hi Gemma!
    This is why I love your website! Wonderful recipes with a handful of ingredients.
    I’ve got one question in mind. Can we use fresh shredded coconut, or desiccated coconut?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 14, 2017 at 3:37 am

      Hi Ann,
      I use dessicated coconut. I think if you use fresh (creamed) coconut it will bake softer, and may need longer baking time, but I did not try this, although I intend to!
      Gemma 🙂

  30. Paulina on May 11, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Can I replace condensed milk with honey?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 12, 2017 at 1:08 am

      Hi there,
      No! This will not work for you. The honey is a completely different thing, though I get why you ask.
      the dairy element is important in this recipe,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Paulina on May 12, 2017 at 3:02 am

        What about coconut sugar? If it will not work either, can you at least tell me if it is possible to make coconut sugar powder into liquid (caramel?) without using microwave, please?

        • Gemma Stafford on May 14, 2017 at 3:38 am

          Hi Paulina,
          You can use coconut sugar for this recipe, I do think it will work for you,
          Gemma 🙂

      • Paulina on May 13, 2017 at 9:42 pm

        I end up making oatmeal cookies, replacing chocolate chips with coconut. They smell and taste great! Thank you for the recipe. I will consider making the coconut macaroons.

        • Gemma Stafford on May 14, 2017 at 2:07 am

          Hi Paulina,
          great, that is a great invention! Well done you,
          Gemma 🙂

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