Lemon Coconut Macaroons

Lemon Coconut Macaroons, Fresh from the Oven

It’s been a little while since I posted a dessert recipe, so in honor of my 20lb. PR deadlift last night and the upcoming holiday weekend, today’s recipe is a sweet treat. I’m a huge fan of coconut macaroons – they’re such a simple, tasty little cookie – so I decided to give ’em a go.  (Plus, they’re gluten- and dairy-free!) For inspiration, I looked to Elana’s Pantry – she’s got some incredible recipes for gluten-free goodies.  While I was grabbing supplies at the store, I ran across a gorgeous little bottle of pure lemon oil, and I thought it might pair really well with the clean coconut flavor in the cookie. Follow the jump for my adapted recipe…

Lemon Coconut Macaroons
Quantity: about 20 cookies
Time: 5 minutes prep, 15 minutes baking
Paleo Grade:  B (gluten-free, dairy-free, does contain raw agave nectar)
Vegetarian Adaptation: None needed as long as you’re ovo-lacto!

  • 6 egg whites
  • heaping 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup raw agave nectar
  • 1 tsp. pure lemon oil
  • 3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, whisk egg whites and salt on high until they reach the stiff peak stage.

    Egg Whites and Salt Beaten to the "Stiff Peak" Stage

  3. Fold in agave nectar, lemon oil, and coconut gently, trying not to deflate the egg whites.
  4. Spoon batter onto your prepared baking sheet, rounding as needed.

    Raw Macaroon "Dough" Ready for the Oven

  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes until cookies are lightly browned.
    (Mine took the full 15 minutes… start checking at about 11 minutes so you don’t burn.)
  6. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

I really enjoyed the light lemon flavor, and you can’t beat the chewy coconut texture.  Next time, I might even toss in some lemon zest – will keep you posted.  Making them at home? I’d love to hear how they turn out!

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9 Comments on “Lemon Coconut Macaroons”

  1. Jenna
    September 2, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    Darned eggs! These are beautiful and sound super delicious–so wish I could try them.

    • September 3, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

      We’ll definitely try out an egg-free version… coming soon!

  2. September 24, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    I cannot WAIT to try these!

    • September 24, 2011 at 11:17 am #

      Thanks so much!! 🙂 I’m so glad you’re liking the blog!

  3. Jenna L
    May 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    I just made these and added lemon zest. They are amazing! Definitely will be making these again!!

  4. August 8, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    What could I sub for the agave nectar? I can’t use it.

    • August 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

      Hi Lee – I’d try honey if you can… you may need to play with the amount to see what works for you! Thanks!


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