Sugar-Dusted Macaroon Trees

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins

This classic cookie takes on the shape of a snow-dusted evergreen.


  • 2 ½ cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten

  • 5 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • Pinch of kosher 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.

    coconut trees
    Seth Smoot
Related Articles