Chocolate Macaroons, Naturally Gluten-Free

Nearly all macaroon recipes I've ever made have no wheat. This is one of my favorites. It's chocolaty, with a soft and chewy center, and fairly easy to make. I found it on allrecipes.com a few years ago, and have made it over and over again. If you're not a fan of coconut - no worries. There's so much chocolate in these that the coconut definitely takes a back seat in the flavor category. I used Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chips - on sale this week several places so I stocked up. They are my favorite chips.

OK - so it's not the prettiest cookie on the block, but it's nothing that a light dusting of powdered sugar can't fix... which is what I plan on doing before serving these at an up coming event. For now - into the freezer they go, right next to the pretty cookies :-)

Gluten-free Chocolate Macaroons


  • 3 Egg Whites (room temperature best, but not required)
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3/4 cup White Sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups Shredded Coconut, unsweetened
  • 1 1/4 cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Nuts (Almonds or Walnuts are good)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
  1. Melt chocolate in double-boiler (aka bowl over simmering water) and let cool.
  2. Using an electric hand mixer whip the egg whites until foamy. Then slowly add salt and sugar a little at a time, until the mixture stands in peaks (about 5 minutes).
  3. Gently stir in the Vanilla.
  4. Gently fold in the chocolate, coconut, and nuts until completely blended.
  5. Scoop (about a heaping tablespoon) the dough about 2 inches apart onto parchment-lined cookie sheets. Use your fingers to shape them into a dome.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before carefully moving to cooling rack.

The cookies will be soft until completely cooled. Makes 3 to 4 dozen cookies, depending on size.

Note: the dough may become dry and crumbly while you're working with it. Just press it together with your hands to form the domes and they will hold together.

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  1. Pretty good looking to me. I'm thummin it up!

  2. Chocolate and coconut. My kind of cookie!

  3. Oh I LOVE this kind of macaroons! I make a lot of gluten free things as well (though I also make a lot of pasta...). I couldn't eat wheat for 10 years, and I got to the point where I just didn't miss it. I still have a lot of gluten-free recipes in my repertoire.

    I think I'll be adding these cookies to that list! Thanks for posting them.