Coconut-Lemon Macaroons

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Author Notes: I created these for my vegan sister-in-law who would live on macaroons and coconut if that were possible. They are gluten-free, vegan, and chewy, and will be snatched up by your guests quicker than you can elaborate on any of their other qualities. The amaranth contrasts light nuttiness to the maple, vanilla, lemon, and coconut, providing these macaroons with a gorgeous flavor both basic and complex.beyondcelery

Makes 40

  • 3/4 cup vanilla sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
  • 3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1/4 cup amaranth flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Mix together sugar, coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla, lemon zest, and sea salt. Stir in coconut until well-coated. Add flours and mix very well, using your hands if needed. Mix until uniform.
  2. Using a 1-inch scoop or 1 Tbls measuring spoon, scoop macaroons into small domes, forming with your hands if needed. Be sure to pack the coconut mixture into the scoop hard or the macaroons may crumble later after baking.
  3. Arrange on cookie sheet closely together, but not touching. They grow only slightly. Bake about 15-20 minutes, rotating cookie sheet once halfway through. Macaroons are done when they're golden all over. Be careful not to burn the bottoms.
  4. Serve warm or room temperature. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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over 1 year ago allison969

I'm not vegan and gluten isn't a problem for me so I'm always a little skeptical that recipes in those categories could actually be *good.* I've been schooled! These are terrific.


about 1 year ago beyondcelery

Thank you so much!


over 3 years ago susan g

How did I miss these? Thanks for mentioning them on Hotline -- you never know where your pearls are cast...


over 3 years ago beyondcelery

Thanks, susan g! I've found they're so versatile they make most anyone in a crowd happy, no matter their dietary restrictions.


almost 4 years ago beyondcelery

Thanks, everyone! I'm glad they're such a hit. It's definitely my most-requested cookie at this point.


almost 4 years ago vvvanessa

i will also attest to the yumminess of these. and i love the photo; that arrangement is really clever!


almost 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I am also a lover of these cookies! They are dangerously easy to keep eating. Thanks for posting this, I will be making them for my vegan friend.


almost 4 years ago SKK

Oh, Syronai, when you brought these to our PNW meetup last Sunday I was in heaven! They are so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe also. This is a winner recipe!


almost 4 years ago lapadia

I had the pleasure of sampling these cookies at a PacNW potluck, recently...they are delicious!! Thanks for sharing them with us, Syronai!