Coconut Macaroons Recipe Without Condensed Milk

This Coconut Macaroons recipe is simple to make and produces a cookie with a chewy interior and a crunchy exterior. These macaroons are naturally gluten- and dairy-free making them the perfect gift for your friends with certain dietary restrictions.

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These macaroons are utterly addictive! Even with the dense interior they feel light on the palate and melt in your mouth.

Tips for Making the Coconut Macaroons:

  • The secret ingredient in these cookies is a bit of unsweetened applesauce. No worries as the macaroons will not taste like apples – it will add a bit more texture and stability to the cookie.
  • Use room temperature egg whites as they will have more liquid viscosity than when they’re cold. This will allow the air to be readily incorporated.
  • Whip the egg whites to soft peaks and gently fold into the other ingredients.
  • This recipe calls for sweetened coconut that is shredded. You may use coconut flakes but shredded is preferred.
  • If you want that “Mounds Bar” taste, simply melt a bit of chocolate and dip half of the coconut macaroon into the chocolate. Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment or wax paper and allow the chocolate to set.
  • To add a little tartness to the macaroons, add the zest of one lime to the batter.
  • These flourless and diary-free macaroons will freeze well. Simply layer between sheets of waxed paper and place in a freezer-proof container. Before serving, remove from freezer and allow the macaroons to defrost at room temperature for approximately one hour.


What is the difference between a coconut macaroon and a macaron?

I am often asked by my customers to describe the difference between and ‘macaron’ and a ‘macaroon.’ This article by Bon Appetit provides a good explanation of the difference – it also gives you the proper pronunciation for both!

Why make this coconut macaroons recipe without condensed milk?

Using whipped egg white and sugar will create a chewier texture than the recipes containing condensed milk. Additionally, the macaroon will not be sticky or overly sweet. I also like the fact I am able to serve these to my family and friends who have a dairy intolerance.

coconut macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

This Coconut Macaroons recipe is simple to make and produces a cookie with a chewy interior and a crunchy exterior. Naturally gluten- and dairy-free.
5 from 53 votes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18



  • 280 Grams Sweetened and Shredded Coconut (3 cups / 10 ounces)
  • 150 Grams Granulated Sugar (¾ cup)
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 3 Large Egg Whites (3 ounces)
  • 2 Tbsp Unsweetened Applesauce


  • Preheat oven to 325°
  • Prepare 2 sheet pans by lining with parchment paper.
  • Place egg whites and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer (a hand mixer may also be used) and allow to come to room temperature.
  • In a separate large bowl, combine granulated sugar, vanilla extract, coconut and applesauce.
  • Begin mixing the egg whites on low speed. Slowly increase the speed to medium-high and continue mixing until egg whites appear white and foamy and hold a soft peak.
  • Fold egg whites into other ingredients until well combined.
  • Scoop individual macaroons onto prepared sheet pan using a cookie scoop or tablespoon.
  • Bake for 14 – 18 minutes (tops will be a golden brown).
  • Cool on sheet pans for 5 minutes then move macaroons to a cooling rack to cool completely.
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  1. Michelle


    Just bookmarked these! My best friend is GF and always talks about wanting macaroons but can’t find any good one where we live. I’m going to try to make them for her birthday this year!

  2. Ramil Hinolan


    This is perffect for me. I am diabetic and I think indulging on this sweet once in a while wouldn’t matter.

  3. Beth


    5 stars
    My mouth is watering just looking at those. I love trying new macaroons, so I’m eager to give this one a go.



    They look delicious. I love coconuts. I’ll try this at home. My daughter is going to love them.

  5. Tiannaskitchen


    5 stars
    I made these this weekend they were great, i sometimes have a hard time finding a recipe for these macaroons without condensed milk

  6. Fransic verso


    This is interesting and loves this recipe. I would love to try it and will save this to the list. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Blair Villanueva


    5 stars
    This is one of my favorite treats! My Grandma used to make this for us and we paired it with our favorite tea or coffee. We should make this again, using your recipe! Thanks!

  8. Ntensibe Edgar


    Nnniiiccceeee…I am so ready to try this macaroons! I bet they will be excellent company with my black tea! Thanks for sharing their recipe.

  9. Neely Moldovan


    I have tried these before and honestly I am not the biggest fan but yours look amazing!

  10. An Indian Traveler


    5 stars
    Coconut Macaroons look yummy! I love anything with coconut in it! Well-detailed recipe. Should not be too hard to make!

  11. Marky Ramone Go


    Wow. I bet it still tastes great even without milk. What an interesting recipe.

  12. Debbie


    5 stars
    Wow – these look amazing! I love coconut and will bookmark for future baking! Thank you for sharing!

  13. Under Flowery Sky


    5 stars
    This looks so delicious, love the idea that they can freeze.
    So simple to try out…

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