Best Gluten-Free Macaroons

These gluten-free macaroons are the perfect balance of a chewy, tender cookie on the inside with a crispy outer shell. All coconut lovers will fall for this healthy version of a delicious family favorite. Feel free to drizzle these coconut cookies with melted chocolate or enjoy them as is, in all their coconut splendor. It’s national macaroon day so scroll past the recipe for lots of great macaroon ideas!

Several gluten free macaroons sit on a wire rack, cooling after being baked.

I have loved coconut for a long time. I think it goes back to those little striped coconut candies they sell in the grocery stores. I’m not even sure they sell them anymore, but when I was a kid I really loved them.

I thought you’d enjoy this recipe today for gluten-free coconut macaroons. I’ve shared a couple of raw macaroon recipes, including my chocolate-dipped macaroons. Those are so good!

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Shredded coconut
  • Coconut sweetened condensed milk*
  • Vanilla
  • Ground flax seeds

How to Make Gluten-Free Macaroons

This may be the easiest cookie recipe I’ve shared so far. The toughest part may be finding the ingredients, but I’m sharing tips to make that easy for you as well.

A hand pours coconut sweetened condensed milk into a bowl with shredded coconut.
Add the sweetened condensed milk to the coconut flakes.

You really don’t have to do the ground flax seeds, but I do think it serves as a nice binding agent in these cookies. And, besides, ground flax seeds add omega-3s to these cookies…and that’s a good thing.

A hand uses a red spatula to stir the sweetened condensed milk and coconut.

Stir the ingredients together and then use a cookie scoop to make cookie dough balls. You’ll want that cookie scooper because this batter is pretty sticky.

A bowl of coconut macaroon cookie dough in a bowl.

In the photo above I haven’t yet added the vanilla and ground flaxseed. It doesn’t photograph as well, but you can add that to your dough to add flavor and to create a binding agent for the finished cookies.

Uncooked coconut macaroons are lined up in a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Is Coconut Gluten-Free?

Yes, coconut is gluten-free, but like any products you buy, if you’re highly sensitive to gluten, you will want to make sure that the coconut you purchase is not packaged in a plant that also produces products that have gluten in them.

I like to buy my coconut in the bulk section at my local health food store. That’s because I prefer to purchase unsweetened coconut.

Bonus tip: You can buy large flaked coconut and simply place it in your food processor and pulse for a few seconds.

Coconut macaroons sit on a wire rack to cool.

Marly’s Tips

I have a few favorite tricks to making these gluten-free macaroons:

  • Be sure to allow the cookies to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet after you remove them from the oven
  • If you notice that the cookies are still a little tender after sitting for a few minutes, you can return them to the oven to bake a few minutes longer
  • If you don’t have ground flaxseed on hand, simply use chia seeds
  • After a few minutes, transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely
  • Once cooled, place the cookies in an airtight container
A hand holds a macaroon cookies with a bite taken out.

As you can tell, I like my macaroon cookies a little crunchy on the outside. The heat from the oven caramelizes the outer crust, giving it a nice golden hue. However, on the inside, you’ll see a soft, tender middle.

That’s what I call cookie perfection!

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A closeup of coconut macaroon cookies.
Several gluten free macaroons sit on a wire rack, cooling after being baked.

Gluten-Free Macaroons

You'll love the chewy, tender cookie on the inside with the crunch of that crispy outer shell of these 4-ingredient gluten-free macaroons.
5 from 2 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: European
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 109kcal
Author: Marly



  • Heat your oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, add the coconut flakes. Pour the coconut sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and ground flax seeds. Stir until combined.  
  • Use a cookie dough scoop and dispense 1.5" balls and place them on your baking sheet around 2" apart.
  • Place the baking sheet in the heated oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, depending on your desired crispiness of the outer shell. 
  • When done, remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • Optional: drizzle with melted chocolate.
  • Store these cookies in an airtight container. In the fridge, they will last up to two weeks.

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Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Macaroons
Amount Per Serving
Calories 109 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Sodium 39mg2%
Potassium 53mg2%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 12g13%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

National Macaroons Day

Did you know it’s National Macaroons Day? I picked some of the best foodie friends to celebrate with. We all pitched in together to share with you some awesome macaroon recipes. I mean, macaroons mean coconut and anything that involves coconuts is good with me.

Also, not all these recipes are vegan. If you have questions on how to veganize any of them, let me know.

Celebrate with us by using #nationalmacaroonday on social media!

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2 Responses to Best Gluten-Free Macaroons

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKara Reply

    Love the idea of adding a little flax or chia seeds for a boost of nutrients. And I love those toasted edges of the cookies. Looks so yummy!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyStacie Reply

    These look AMAZING! I can’t wait to try.

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