These super easy coconut macaroons are so good and a great addition to any gathering. Perfect for afternoon coffee or tea.

3- Ingredient Coconut Macaroons

If you love easy and delicious recipes, you will want to check out these delicious Southern Pecan Pralines. They are a classic for a reason and go great with these coconut macaroons. Only a few ingredients and easy to make.


This recipe is only three ingredients and takes about 15 minutes to put together, so that is a huge plus. These macaroons are delicious and only take about 10-12 minutes to bake, so you have a great little treat in around 30 minutes. Easy recipes are always a plus and not everything in the kitchen should take a long time or be hard.


  • Sweetened Shredded Coconut
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Toppings (optional)


The one thing you could swap out in this recipe is different extracts. I think almonds go great with coconuts, so that would be a great swap. You can also add what you like on the top, one addition could be chocolate chips if you want some chocolate with the coconut.


These could be more simple to make, but they are a little messy!


Step 1
Combine coconut flakes, vanilla extract and condensed milk in a large bowl.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2
Use either an ice cream scoop or your hands to roll into a walnut size (walnut out of the shell) ball and pat down a little and place on lined baking sheet. Place a pecan or half a cherry on the top or whatever you wish to use as a topping.

Step 3
Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are browned.  Remove from baking sheet immediately when you take them out of the oven and let cool.  Makes about 2 1/2 dozen macaroons.

3- Ingredient Coconut Macaroons


If you are rolling these out with your hands, I always spray a little cooking spray on my hands to keep them from sticking as badly. We also think these are wonderful cold, so once they cool, we pop them in the fridge, which helps them to cool down and they seem to hold the ball shape well too.


These little treats go great with just about any other snack, but if you are making them for an event like a baby shower, wedding shower or the holidays you may want to add:


Is it sweetened or unsweetened condensed milk?

All condensed milk is sweetened, that is what makes it condensed milk, the addition of sugar. Learn more with this article about it.

Are these gluten free?

Yes, these are gluten free.


These are very easy to store, just put in an airtight container. They will keep for a bit too. I actually like mine cold, so I put them in the fridge.

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3-Ingredient Coconut Macaroons

Anne Walkup
These 3 ingredient Coconut Macaroons are the perfect treat. Great for any wedding shower, baby shower, afternoon tea or the holiday season. These macaroons take about 10 minutes to put together and 12-15 minutes to cook!
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 macaroons


  • 1 14 ounce package sweetened coconut flakes or 5 1/3 cups
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk


  • Combine coconut flakes, vanilla extract and condensed milk in a large bowl. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use either an ice cream scoop or your hands to make these into balls and flatten a little and lay on cookie sheet.
  • Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are browned. Depending on the oven this could take 15 minutes Remove from baking sheet immediately when you take them out of the oven and let cool.


If rolling with your hands, I spray my hands with a little cooking oil, so it’s not as sticky. 
Keyword Coconut Macaroons
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  1. I add mini M&M’s to mine5 stars

  2. Linda Williams says:

    When do you put the cherries or nuts on the cookies

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I put mine on before baking the cookies but you could actually do either before or after.

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  3. These are wonderful! Simple to make and delicious to eat!!5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      We love these too Janice!

  4. My cookies had liquid run out and ended up looking like half-melted snowmen! Help!

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Sounds like you did not cook them long enough maybe. I can’t imagine what happened. Ovens do vary in temperature.

  5. Barbara Crouch says:

    Do you add the toppings before baking?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      No, I don’t add them before baking.

  6. Joan Remo says:

    Are they too sweet with that much vanilla

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I thought they were fine this way.

  7. lynda Miller says:

    I made these today and they turned out really good. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      So glad you enjoyed these macaroons. Thank you for letting me know. Have a wonderful week Lynda.

  8. Leaetta Rushing says:

    Vert simple 3ingredient coconut Macaroons a must try recipe.