What’s Cooking Wednesday: Chewy Coconut Macaroons

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe, but believe me, this What’s Cooking Wednesday was worth the wait.

First off, see that “macaroon” in the title? We are *not* making macarons of the French variety. For those, check out my fellow expat Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy. She’s the expert!

Here we’re talking about macaroons with two Os, and if you love chewy and coconut and easy peasy, these are for you.

Now, if you’re a novice baker and are feeling a little nervous about the thought of beating egg whites till they form stiff peaks, I assure you: do not be afraid of this. It may sound intimidating (it did to me), but all you do is stick the mixer in the whites and let it do its thing. Seriously.

The prep time on these cookies is only about 10-15 minutes, and 20-25 minutes after that, you’ll have two dozen cookies. You can do it!

Chewy Coconut Macaroons

  • 2 2/3 c flaked coconut
  • 2/3 c granulated sugar
  • 1/3 c flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

1. Lightly grease and flour two medium cookie sheets (or spray it with nonstick spray, which is what I did) and preheat oven to 325°F.

2. In a medium bowl, combine coconut, flour, sugar, and salt.

3. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites on high until they form stiff peaks, adding almond extract and beating it in just before they’re done.

4. Fold egg whites into coconut mixture and mix together till it’s all moist.

5. Drop mixture by rounded teaspoon 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.

6. Bake at 325°F for 20-25 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

7. Let cool completely on a wire rack before storing.

Buon appetito!

7 Beans of Wisdom to “What’s Cooking Wednesday: Chewy Coconut Macaroons”
  1. Gil

    Look and sound delicious!

    Thanks Gil! They’re almost all gone….

  2. 12.23.2009

    These look like a good macaroon. I’m going to a coffee hour after a nativity performance on Thursday… Thy asked that we all bring a baked cookie. I might do these ones. Does a very light chocolate drizzle on top pair nice? What do you thinK? You can email or tell me of FB.

    I’ve sent you a message and written on FB, but I’ll answer here too…go for it! YUM!

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  3. 12.23.2009

    Looks good, sounds easy enough too. Today will serve as my “baking” day for the season. Not gonna do as much baking as I normally would (thank you very much Dr. Hays and the diet order) but I HAVE to make some or things just wouldn’t be right, ya know. And since I know I have all the ingredients to do this recipe, I may have to give it a shot.

    Have a great holiday Michelle and enjoy your time with family and friends, stateside.

    Thanks Jeni! Enjoy your baking day and the rest of the holiday season 🙂

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  4. 12.23.2009

    I forgot how much I love these. I need to make me some.

    They really are so lovely 🙂

  5. 12.23.2009

    Yum! These look absolutely delicious!! I think I will have to try to make these at some point. Once the holidays are over and I actually have time to do something!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    My pleasure! Hope you enjoy them!

  6. 12.24.2009

    Oh my gosh! Those look heavenly. I love coconut! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and the photo.

    Hope you give them a try!

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  7. Julie @ Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

    I love macaroons! Unfortunately, my husband can’t stand shredded coconut – but I may just have to make a batch for myself, these look so good!

    Oh I don’t know *how* you live with the man, Julie 😉 Just kidding, of course. If you try them, let me know what you think!

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Michelle KaminskyMichelle Kaminsky is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer who lived in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy for 15 years. This blog is now archived. 

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