So you guys know how much I hate the TV show House Hunters, right?
I still hate it with a fiery passion in my soul.
And my family? Loves it. It’s always on in my house, probably just to spite me. I cannot fathom how anyone with emotions can successfully watch an episode without erupting into a manic rage. It is so infuriating.
Everyone on that show is aggravating, nit-picking every.single.thing about each house like they’re being paid to criticize every excruciating detail (which they probably are). And they have such crazy, outlandish requests which always baffle me to no end.
“My husband travels a lot for work, so we need to be close to an airport… but we want to live in the country.”
“Well, this house is about 200 miles from a jail. So if a prisoner hypothetically broke out of jail, he’d come straight for our house since it’s so convenient.”
“This spare bedroom holds a bed, a dresser, and a nightstand, but it’s too small. Guests who stay over will feel uncomfortable, since they’ll likely spend all day in this room like antisocial weirdos.”
“I’m a voyeur who likes spying on her neighbors, so there must be a window in every room in the house, including the closets.”
“We want to live five minutes from downtown but we want a big yard for our kids.”
“Well, this is on the beach like we wanted, but now we’ll probably track sand in the house. Does this house have sand-preventing floors?”
“We asked for a duplex, you gave us a duplex, but we don’t want to hear our neighbors, so let’s complain to the real estate agent about it.”
“I want an open floor plan but I also want the home to be 400 sq. feet.”
“This house has white appliances. I want black. Let’s not buy it for this reason alone.”
“This house has a hideous paint job. Let’s not buy it for this reason alone.”
“I want a house on the beach but I don’t want to hear the ocean.”
See? Totally infuriating. I still don’t understand how this show is on-air. Or how they find that many irritating people to try out for it.
Anywho, for the past couple of months I’ve been searching for the perfect Coconut Macaroon recipe and folks, these are it. They’re perfectly domed, chewy bites of heaven that are bursting with toasty coconut. There are a couple of different ways to prepare coconut macaroons, but I chose the sweetened condensed milk way. To me, it’s easier than the egg white version and produces a sweeter, better-tasting macaroon. (And by the way, these are macaroons. Macarons, with one ‘o’, are the French style sandwich cookies).
So if you’re looking for the easiest coconut macaroons ever, this is your recipe!
*adapted from allrecipes
The Easiest Coconut Macaroons
- 5½ cups shredded coconut I used sweetened
- 2/3 cup flour
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- Melted chocolate if desired
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, toss together the coconut and flour until coated. Pour in the sweetened condensed milk and both extracts and using a spoon or spatula, blend together to coat.
- Drop rounded, heaping Tablespoonfuls of the sticky mixture onto the cookie sheets about 1-2" apart. Bake for approx. 12-15 minutes or until golden and lightly toasted. Cool completely.
- *if you'd like, dip the bottoms in the melted chocolate and allow to set before serving.
Chewy, toasty, flavorful and sweet – these cookies are the ultimate for any coconut lover!
Have a sweet day!
Ida DLoveohoney says
Love macaroons. Here is the problem ….is it possible to substitute glutenfree flour for regular.?
I don’t see why it’d be a problem, Ida! Substitute away! 🙂
There are recipes using eggs and no flour that are delicious.
Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
I love a good macaroon! Love how easy these are!
That is hilarious! I loved your comments on House Hunters! So true!
I still love the show, though. I’m totally nosy and love to see other houses and how much you can get for your money in other parts of the country. I tend to get upset when they pick the “wrong” one, but I know it’s all arranged ahead of time and I really shouldn’t take it so personally. Ha!
Glad I could make ya laugh, Megan! xo!
Michele @ Alwayzbakin says
Haaa! Haaa! Love your scenarios from the show. I don’t watch it but it sounds annoying! These macaroons are calling my name. I’m so glad they’re made with sweetened condensed milk. I must make them! Thanks for sharing. 😉
Sweetened condensed milk is nectar from the gods! Thanks Michele!
Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says
these macaroons are TOTALLY perfect-they’re so pretty!
really easy to make! Love it!
Thanks so much Claudia!
These macaroons sounds so great! I’ll have to dip them in milk and dark chocolate.
Um, YES PLEASE! Sounds delicious!
I just wanted to tell you I almost died laughing reading what you said about House Hunters! Especially their gripes! Thank you for the laughs!
What type of chocolate do you melt for the bottoms? Baking them now but taking longer to get them to look like your picture.
Hi Non, I used a melting chocolate like CandiQuik! Smooth, easy to use and perfect for dipping. If you only have chocolate chips, use those – just melt them with a little bit of shortening or oil until smooth.
Started with another recipie that required beating egg whites and that just wasn’t happening bc my kitchen skills are limited. This one sounded easy enough and it was! I didn’t have any almond extract, so i just used 3 tsp vanilla. I melted chocolate to dip them in, but they were falling apart so i just drizzled the melted chocolate over the cookies out of the oven and let them set. Delicious!
How many dozen does this recipe make? Thanks.
About a dozen and a half.
I have these in the oven right now. Do these freeze well?
Hi D! I haven’t tried freezing these yet but if you do, let me know how it turns out!
Lisa Smith says
Hahaha about House Hunters, totally agree & my biggest pet peeve about it, how the husband & wife always want two totally different things! Really?? He wants a Mid Century Modern in the city & she wants a farmhouse with acreage!!! Come on…Totally making these cookies today.
Nilda Nassauer says
Made this a few times already, once with almonds in center, used small melon scoop, and dropped it into dark chocolate and sprinkled a little salt on outside.
The 2nd time, I filled the middle with a drunk cherry, marinated for a few days in liqueur. Then dipped bottom in chocolate and drizzled chocolate on tops..
Wow! Those sound Devine! I will definitely be trying those ideas and maybe a few of my own!
Love the cookies so easy tast amazing . Thank you ?????
Debra Jo says
I made two different batches today, the first came out looking just like yours. The 2nd batch flattened and spread, I thinking : I 1. Perhaps used too much condensed milk, as a 300ml can is not quite enough, and I used half of another can, and 2. I feel I didn’t use enough flour. These are so tasty and want too know what will help me make them better. Thanks
Love the rant! I kind of get annoyed at first time buyers…. enough said. I love macaroons! Can’t wait to try this recipe!
These macaroons are amazing! I have been making them for about 2 years now (maybe longer) and I always come back to this recipe. My family literally asks for these for every occasion and I love doing it because they are SO easy and folks always think they’re harder to make than they actually are ha! I love spinning the recipe to work for the holiday occasion and this Christmas I did white chocolate and adding green food color to one and red to another then adding the opposite color sprinkles to the edges and OMGOSH they looks so freaking cute! I love that this recipe is so simple and yet leaves room for sprucing it up. Thanks for sharing this- my family and I are very appreciative 🙂
Thanks so much for the sweet comment, Sierra! Merry Christmas!
Gotta make these as I LOVE coconut and haven’t had a macaroon in ages. Loved your comments about House Hunters! My gripe is when they walk into a perfectly nice house and complain about it. A lot of people would give their eye teeth to just have a house of their own!
Have you ever weighed out the coconut? I like using the scale for consistency.
Hi Kori, I haven’t personally but that’s not a bad idea!
Susan Bennett says
Just made my macaroons and they came out perfect and delicious. I saw where someone asked if they could be frozen. Did you ever receive a message back from that person to see if she froze them and if they were still yummy?
I freeze these with no problem.
Susan Bennett says
Susan here again…I googled freezing macaroons and you can. Just cool completely and put in an airtight container. Good for one month.
Made these today. 1-2-3 Easy. Beautiful. Delicious!
Can you make these without almond extract? I’m allergic to all nut and nut oils.
Hi Montrece, yes, you absolutely can leave it out!
You can buy imitation almond extract (most is).
I was wondering how may it makes