Christmas Wreath Macaroons

Christmas Wreath Macaroons

I have a Christmas wreath cookie that’s as fun to decorate as it is to eat! It only requires four ingredients, plus your decorative sprinkles. And like all macaroons, since they are flourless, they’re also gluten-free.


I used Wilton Christmas decorative sprinkles. I have a couple of assortments that include fun holiday shapes~ candy canes, holly leaves and gingerbread men. I found mine at Walmart.


Christmas Wreath Macaroons, recipe adapted from Southern Living

Makes about 30 cookies



14 ounces sweetened shredded coconut

2 large egg whites

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Holiday nonpareils



Preheat oven to 350°. Combine egg whites with sugar and vanilla; add shredded coconut until well mixed. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls (or use a cookie scoop) onto parchment lined baking sheets. Make a hole in center of each cookie to form cookie into a wreath shape. Sprinkle with nonpareils.


Bake at 350° for 10 – 14 minutes. Rotate pans front to back, and bake 2 more minutes or until coconut begins to brown.


Transfer parchment paper with cookies to wire racks; cool completely.


Tip:  When using the larger decorative sprinkles, like holly leaves and gingerbread men, wait and press them into the cookie wreath during final 2 – 3 minutes of baking time so they retain their shape and don’t melt and spread.


This is a festive little cookie for your holiday baking and if you need an afternoon pick me up with a cup of tea. If you’re a fan of coconut, you’re in for a treat!

You can find a printable recipe, here.

Christmas Wreath Macaroons

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  32 comments for “Christmas Wreath Macaroons

  1. December 4, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Looks like the perfect start to the day~

    • December 4, 2015 at 6:55 am

      What are you doing up?! It’s still night on your coast :)

  2. Diane
    December 4, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Love coconut, will definitely try these. So pretty too🎄

  3. Ellen Stillabower
    December 4, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Love macaroons, but never thought of making Christmas wreaths out if them…how clever!! 😍😍😍

  4. Michelle
    December 4, 2015 at 8:40 am

    What a festive recipe! Love macaroons. This will be a maker!🍪⛄️🎄

  5. December 4, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Yay! Gluten free & cute as can be! You are so patient, Mary to place those tiny decorations so perfectly.

    Please tell me where you found that red cardinal teapot??? That is Ohio’s state bird & I collect teapots, ya’ know. I think I need to add one of those to my collection.

    • December 4, 2015 at 8:45 am

      Hi Rett, I found it at HomeGoods several years ago. It’s marked CR, Christmas Collection, Old Saint Nicholas ;)

    • December 4, 2015 at 8:46 am

      I forgot to say it’s NC’s state bird too ;)

      • Paula
        December 4, 2015 at 8:09 pm

        and INDIANA’s state bird too !! :)

  6. Marie in AZ
    December 4, 2015 at 9:42 am

    My hubby is a coconutnut…will have to give these a try! They sure look easy. Love your table setting…if you get a moment, would you please tell me the brand of the white mug you’re using here? They are so prettily elegant!

    • December 4, 2015 at 9:55 am

      The cookies are easy Marie! The cup is Mikasa Antique White :)

      • Marie in AZ
        December 4, 2015 at 11:47 am

        Thank you Mary! You’re always so generous with sharing your sources, and I for one truly appreciate it.

  7. Sherlie Magaret
    December 4, 2015 at 10:31 am

    What a cute Christmas cookie!!! I have made macaroons and they are easy but I never thought of reshaping them, I bet they would make cute hearts too. Thank you for sharing with us.

  8. December 4, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Adorable! I have the decos, don’t know if I have the patience! I usually just give half a dunk in melted chocolate. Have a great weekend!

  9. December 4, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    you have the best photos on the web- I’m almost sure of it! Not only do your photos perfectly capture the cookie or whatever subject matter you choose, but you go beyond and capture a magical moment (the essence) of the season.
    Merry Christmas & have a great weekend yourself :)

  10. December 4, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    This was the recipe my mother HAD to make at Christmas…obsessively so—and they were so good, but she had to make them just perfect. I have shied away…from making them for all these years because of that, I will have to try again now. Thanks for the recipe, I have long since lost mine. Sandi

  11. December 4, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    I love coconut AND macaroons! These are beautiful! Now I want one:)

  12. December 4, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I saw the little gingerbread men sprinkles last weekend and thought they were cute! I’m a big coconut fan, the cookies sound great Mary:@)

  13. Paula
    December 4, 2015 at 8:18 pm


    Your photos are just grand !! The cookies are a YES for this gal, I will be making them also !! I was thinking of drizzle a bit of chocolate over them , Im thinking Mounds candybar, hehe. The sprinkles are adorable I will be in search of them too!!

  14. Cynthia Raines
    December 4, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Yum! Will have to try these- really cute! Love coconut. Love the cardinal teapot! Cardinals and Black Capped Chickadee’s are my favorite birds. Mary, I made the Nutter Butter Peanut Turkey cupcakes and had so much fun, especially putting the eyes on – they came to life! lol They were a hit with adults and my great nieces! Thanks!

  15. December 5, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Mary, I love anything sweet and coconut is a favorite! I will be trying these! Have a wonderful weekend! Pam

  16. December 5, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Oh perfect, Mary, a yummy and beautiful macaroon! I met a blogging friend yesterday for the first time, and her hubby bought each of a macaroon. It was sooooo tasty and now I’m in the mood to bake some. Your little cookies are so adorable with the pretty Christmas sprinkles.
    Happy weekend to you,and I hope Betty is doing well. I know her pups are being loved!

  17. December 5, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Mary, happy to have this recipe and idea. We love macaroon cookies around here. These look like they are quick and easy to make and will please my gluten free friends. ‘-)
    Hope that Betty is improving. Sadie and I send our love to all the white doggies at your house.

  18. December 6, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    What a delicate little cookie Mary! Just adorable! Love the gluten free aspect too~ and what a cute way to use all those mini mini sprinkles!

  19. Cynthia Raines
    December 7, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Update: 12-6-15 Had fun making these and they turned out so cute! Tomorrow night is our church cookie exchange and this is what I’ll be taking. Love all the new and fun ideas. Thanks Mary!

  20. December 9, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Macaroons are my favorite cookie….and if I was there when you were baking these, there would not be any left to photograph!!!…Love them!!

  21. December 9, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I love macaroons, and these are so adorable! What a great idea!

  22. Char
    December 15, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Just made these–Very pretty & coconut lovers will enjoy…Baking note–10-14 min was too long–so watch them carefully!! I ended up about 7 min then another 2-3 with the sprinkles

  23. Melissa
    December 15, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    I made these this morning and they were great following the instructions to a “t”. I did find wetting my fingers with water helped with the shaping and there is a bit of a knack to it! Delicious, quick and pretty. Definitely a saved recipe for future holidays. Thanks Mary!

  24. Paula
    November 25, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I tried these last year for my cookie trays & they were a huge hit. Making them again this year!

    • November 25, 2017 at 8:44 am

      Thank you for letting me know Paula! I’m glad they were a hit 🎄😀

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