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Sugar-Dusted Macaroon Trees

Round up the kids for a simple baking project. From mixing to sprinkling, this forest of snow-covered trees is almost as fun to make as it is to eat. Almost.This classic cookie takes on the shape of a snow-dusted evergreen.

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  • Yield: Makes 18
Sugar-Dusted Macaroon Trees

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2012


  • 2 1/2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 5 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly combine coconut, granulated sugar, egg whites, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl using your hands or a wooden spoon. Form 2 tablespoons of the mixture at a time into 2-inch-tall trees with your hands, using your fingertips to make pointed tops. Transfer each tree to a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing them 1 inch apart.

  2. Bake until edges are golden and trees are firm, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet on a wire rack at least 15 minutes. Cookies can be made up to 1 day ahead; dust with confectioners' sugar just before serving.

Reviews (13)

  • white_oak 21 Jan, 2013

    I didn't have any issues with this recipe, other than the fact that I accidentally used "sweetened" coconut. I used good quality vanilla, organic eggs, organic sugar, kosher salt, and coconut from Trader Joe's. They browned well, and they were nice and chewy after they cooled. Since I used the wrong kind of coconut, they were too sweet, so I didn't add the powdered sugar on top. I'll try these again, but with the unsweetened coconut.

  • greekgirl01 27 Dec, 2012

    Too much sugar.....use half!! And the trees stick to the parchment paper.....ugggg

  • drg64 20 Dec, 2012

    Before I try this I would like to hear from Martha's staff regarding some of the "problems" some had with runny or too moist mixture and vanilla issue.

  • IryshMyst 19 Dec, 2012

    Going to try this tomorrow, but am going to use "green" coconut I think they'll turn out nice with the dusting of the confectioner's sugar as snow... (will take the tips here about adding a little flour and cutting down a tad on the vanilla. I didn't see any updates from the Martha Team in response to the reviews. hmmmm Would be Helpful!

  • Tina Gebhardt 19 Dec, 2012

    I have this exact Martha Stewart recipe from 1999. It didn't call for any flour, but only called for one teaspoon vanilla. It was supposed to make 20 macaroons and be baked for 15 minutes. Maybe that will help your results.

  • Pamela Ary 18 Dec, 2012

    I followed the recipe exactly. The macaroon trees turned out great. My bunco friends were impressed.

  • connieweaver 18 Dec, 2012

    What a hit this was! I made this according to the recipe, except that I cut the sugar to a half cup, since I was using sweetened coconut. They came out perfect. I've taken them to two events this month, and several people have asked for the recipe.

  • cecel82 10 Dec, 2012

    I too had trouble with this recipe. I followed directions to a tee and not only did I not get 18, but they were brown and they flattened out. I thought maybe there was too much vanilla. They were a cute holiday cookie but I will not try again unless there is a fix.

  • arelza12 9 Dec, 2012

    I really like this recipe, and I read all the other responces before trying it. I took into concideration about the wetness and added about 3 to 4 tblsp of flour into the batter for a binding agent. I also beat the vanilla, sugar, egg whites for a bit and made them a little thick before adding the coconut and flour. The cookies are wonderful best macaroons I have ever had.

  • Sedie12 7 Dec, 2012

    I followed the recipe and agree with other reviewers. Cookies were very moist and runny. I cooked longer but cookies did not seem "done" after I cooled them. I also wondered if flour was left out of recipe. Disappointing!

  • Sedie12 7 Dec, 2012

    I followed the recipe and agree with other reviewers. Cookies were very moist and runny. I cooked longer but cookies did not seem "done" after I cooled them. I also wondered if flour was left out of recipe. Disappointing!

  • 3r5 5 Dec, 2012

    Maybe the author forgot the flour---as these were very moist....I mean...runny...and the trees were brown...which suits the landscape here with the drought! Other recipes call for flour...

  • April66 3 Dec, 2012

    First of all, I have never had a problem with a Martha Stewart recipe until now. I am pretty sure this recipe is wrong. Five tsp. of vanilla is just too much and turns the cookies light brown instead of white. Additionally, in order to get the cookies firm and brown on top, it takes at least an additional ten minutes to cook.

    I loved the concept of this cookie but this recipe doesn't work.I turned to a macaroon recipe that has worked for me in the past and made them look like trees. Good luck!

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