Coconut Meringues

Coconut Meringues Gluten Free Easily

Coconut Meringues

Desserts for the holidays in our family tend to be pies and cookies. Cookies are a great way to have a sweet bite after a big meal without overindulging. I’ve shared a lot of my pie recipes and some of my cookie recipes, but not one that’s “recently” become a family favorite. I only started making this recipe two years ago. Mom and I went to one of our local church bazaars in mid-November. It’s an impressive bazaar. There’s always a beautiful assortment of handmade items from baby blankets to fun and colorful knit scarves. I purchase many gift items to hold me over for baby showers, birthdays, etc. It’s hard to call it quits because there are so many lovely well-made items. The church is dedicated to providing such an array of wares that they only hold the bazaar every 2 years, to allow their members to make enough to sell.

The bazaar’s most popular feature by far is their cookie walk. Buyers choose whatever size container they would like to fill (from about 2-cup size to gallon-size) and then walk along two tables of very appealing cookies—about 30 different kinds. The choices aren’t gluten free or if they are made of gluten-free ingredients, there is no guarantee they are free of cross contamination, so I never partake. However, Mom always enjoys making her selections and filling her container. One of the cookie varieties she chose two years ago was coconut meringue. She and Dad ended up really enjoying these cookies and she wondered about the recipe. I searched online and found several versions. We chose the one with the simplest ingredients and we’ve been making it ever since. It’s naturally gluten free—which means gluten free easily … gfe! And, bonus—these cookies are also naturally dairy free! They are not as sweet as macaroons (which, frankly, I often find too sweet) and they are just a bit more substantial than true meringue cookies (or meringue-“siblings” like another gfe family favorite—forgotten cookies).

go ahead its gluten free

I realized when I shared these cookies at our support group’s anniversary open house that the recipe wasn’t here on gfe yet … although I had included it in my guest post on celiac over at my friend’s, Anali’s, blog (Anali’s First Amendment). This post solves that problem, plus it’s also my entry for this month’s Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free! carnival. The theme is Holiday Cookies and the lovely Stephanie of Gluten Free by Nature is hosting. Stephanie has a very down-to-earth approach to cooking gluten free. She believes in cooking seasonally, and is, also, dairy free and mostly sugar free. But, as many of our fellow bloggers who cook gluten free and “other-free” have shown, there doesn’t have to be deprivation or less taste with any of those labels. Quite the contrary … check out Stephanie’s almond thumbprint cookies and you’ll see what I mean! If you’d like to enter a cookie recipe, please read the rules here. Of course, Naomi Devlin is the delightful originator of this popular gluten-free blog carnival—thanks from all of us, Naomi!


This week is also the last week of the Holiday Food Fest. The theme is Holiday Desserts, the perfect ending to our six-week event, and Jessica, also known as Fish Mama, who blogs at Life As Mom, is our host. The Coconut Meringues are my holiday dessert entry. Be sure to head over to add your favorite holiday recipe and enter the terrific giveaway (there’s a Desperate Housewives connection!) at Jessica’s blog. (She’s also announcing the winner of the Tropical Traditions coconut oil giveaway that was held on my Out and About page last week.) The Holiday Food Fest has been an event filled with fun and friendship between bloggers (Amy, our host; Alta, Jessica, Liz, Phoebe, and myself; and all our many blogging buddies!)  and, you, our beloved readers, but most of all, it’s featured many fabulous recipes that you’ll want to check out if you haven’t already. No time now? Then you might check back after the holidays when things tend to settle down a bit. Of course, if you are still looking for last-minute gift ideas, you’ll want to check out Phoebe’s roundup of Edible Gifts, including packaging suggestions. Many entries are also frugal and/or quick to assemble. Who doesn’t love those factors just a week before Christmas … when you might have already spent the bulk of your budget? There’s no reason they couldn’t be used as gifts for other occasions as well. Please remember that all of the entries might not be gluten free, so adapt if necessary.

Okay, here’s the recipe … a little miniature of my Crustless Coconut Pie, if you will:

Coconut Meringues on Silpat Gluten Free Easily

Coconut Meringues
  • 2 egg whites
  • dash of salt
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  1. Beat egg whites and dash of salt until soft peaks form. Gradually add in sugar while beating until peaks are stiff and glossy. Fold in coconut and vanilla. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto greased baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 325 degrees about 15 - 18 minutes until set and very slightly browned. Center will still be soft. Let cool. Makes about 20 cookies.
A Silpat liner (as shown) can be used instead of a greased baking sheet, but I actually think I prefer using a greased baking sheet for this particular recipe. The cookies seem a little easier to remove using a greased baking sheet. If cookies harden while removing (when using the greased baking sheet) and are difficult to remove, just pop back in the oven for a few seconds and try again.

Not just gf, but gfe!

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41 Responses to “Coconut Meringues”

  1. Lauren on December 17th, 2009 11:13 pm

    I love meringues, but have never put coconut in them – how fun!

    • Shirley on December 18th, 2009 7:58 am

      Hi Lauren!–Thank you, dear. :-) I bet you’d love this version. So easy to whip up a batch. I make them at the last minute for Mr. GFE’s handbell choir often.


  2. GF PATISSERIE on December 18th, 2009 12:06 am

    My husband always tells me about your Blog. Though we are extremely busy, he had to show me this post, because he knows I like Coconut.

    Great idea to “freshen” the good old Meringues.

    • Shirley on December 18th, 2009 8:04 am

      Hi, Victoria!–I’m so honored you took the time to leave a comment. I know you guys are indeed wonderfully busy serving so many who love your gf treats there in the Calgary area. You can be sure I’ll be stopping by when we visit again one day in the (hopefully) not too distant future. :-) H.Peter is a sweetheart … he’s been a great cheerleader for me! ;-) If you like meringues, I think you’ll really enjoy the coconut version. They might be a new idea for GF Patisserie—to readily serve those who are gf and df.

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Holidays! :-)


  3. Pam on December 18th, 2009 10:35 am

    Shirley….well done! Those look like little Angels…just like YOU!


    • Shirley on December 18th, 2009 9:08 pm

      Thanks, Pam … on both counts. You’re very sweet. :-)

      Have a great weekend!


  4. Anali on December 18th, 2009 1:45 pm

    Thanks for the mention again and Happy Holidays to you! ; )

    • Shirley on December 18th, 2009 9:12 pm

      Hi Anali–Always happy to share enjoyable blogs and still grateful that you gave me that opportunity to do the guest post on celiac. :-)

      Thanks so much for the holiday greetings. It’s snowing like crazy here … definitely putting us in the holiday spirit. ;-) I think it’s headed your way. Hope your holidays are wonderful as well!


  5. Kim on December 18th, 2009 1:58 pm

    Those look really good!! :)

    • Shirley on December 18th, 2009 9:14 pm

      Thanks, Kim! It’s so hard to take photos of pale-colored food items. LOL

      Happy Friday! :-)


  6. Mary C. on December 18th, 2009 2:51 pm

    Thanks Shirley! I am so making these!

    • Shirley on December 18th, 2009 9:15 pm

      Good to see you again, Mary. :-) Please report back and tell us what you think.

      Have a good weekend!


  7. PattyBoots on December 18th, 2009 3:39 pm

    Those look wonderful – I love coconut. I make a version sort of the same but different by upping the vanilla to 1/2 tsp., reducing the sugar to 1/2 cup, adding 1 tsp. cinnamon and replacing the coconut with 1/2 cup (after chopping) of pistachios. You can ALMOST feel good about eating them because, you know, nuts are so good for you, right?

    • Shirley on December 18th, 2009 9:18 pm

      Hi PattyBoots–You don’t often see pistachios in cookies, but I love them so your version sounds delish. I also like the other changes you made. I’ll have to give them a try the next time I buy some pistachios. Of course, I’ll have to make them immediatley when I arrive home from the grocery store because pistachios have an extremely high “evaporation” rate in our house. ;-)

      I always love seeing everyone’s variations on recipes … thanks so much for sharing yours!


    • Shirley on December 18th, 2009 9:21 pm

      Oh, also wanted to ask, did your POM Wonderful juice arrive yet? One of the other winners got hers, so thought I’d check with the other winners. :-)



      • PattyBoots on December 19th, 2009 12:24 am

        Sadly, not yet. However, I seem to live in Outer Mongolia for anything that doesn’t ship from the east coast. If it comes out of Hagerstown or Chambersburg, as most of Amazon’s stuff does, I get it the next day regardless; otherwise, I might as well just hang out a white flag.

        But I’m looking forward so to receiving it and so appreciate having won :)

        • Shirley on December 20th, 2009 4:04 pm

          LOL Hope it arrives soon! Although this weekend’s snow here on the east coast might slow things down a bit with shipping … it will be worth the wait though. :-)


          • PattyBoots on December 22nd, 2009 12:25 am

            Just to let you know – I received the POM today. Was shipped VIA PRIORITY MAIL 12/15; I received 12/21. Oh, well, I hope it’s still good and I’m contemplating giving a bottle or three for Christmas gifts considering how expensive the stuff is!

            Mr. Boots marveled at it in the ‘fridge once he arrived home this evening after braving the skating rink that is the roads and the freak show that is Walmart.

            We got 24″+ of snow, so it’s, shall we say, interesting.

          • Shirley on December 23rd, 2009 6:45 pm

            So glad you received your POM finally! How awesome that you are giving some as Christmas gifts. :-) FYI–Unless you drink POM Wonderful straight, a little can go a long way, so it can be a great value considering its super antioxidant powers and wonderful flavor.

            Hope your roads are getting better! Ours have greatly improved. :-) But, we received about 20 inches, not 24 … and we’ve add some sunny, warmer days that have helped.

            Merry Christmas!


  8. Em on December 18th, 2009 5:00 pm

    Mmmm coconut! What a wonderful holiday treat :-P

    • Shirley on December 18th, 2009 9:24 pm

      Hi Em!–Yes, one of our mutual favorites! ;-) Meringues do always seem to be perfect holiday treat, dont’ they?

      Have a wonderful weekend!


  9. Stephanie @ on December 19th, 2009 2:12 pm


    Hope you’re doing ok with the snow storm!

    Just wanted to say a big thank you for posting about the Go Ahead Honey recipe round-up :) We’ve had quite a few people stop by – so I am keeping my fingers crossed for a big turn-out!

    • Shirley on December 20th, 2009 4:15 pm

      Hi Stephanie,

      We enjoyed the snow (we got at least 20 inches, maybe more), but were fortunate to be able to stay home in our warm house. :-) We did just venture out a short distance, so we’ve broken the path and established we can get out to the main road. Love 4-wheel drive! The roads are not anywhere near clear and folks are still getting stuck out there.

      I hope Go Ahead Honey will be a great success. It should be with that topic. I’ve seen gf holiday cookies everywhere. I’ll tweet and share on FB next time I’m on. ;-) Remind friends and other folks they can participate as long as they share a gf recipe. Many holiday cookie recipes are naturally gf!


  10. Brian on December 20th, 2009 7:34 pm

    I’ve never made meringues before but I’m always ready to try a new treat. Thanks for the idea. Have a Merry Christmas!

    • Shirley on December 21st, 2009 11:19 pm

      Hey Brian–Well, considering some of your favorite ingredients of late … there’s no chocolate or butter involved, but there is sugar. ;-) Still amazed by that last cheesecake you made! I think you’ll like these. Hope you’ll report back if you make them.

      Thanks so much for the Christmas wishes! Hope you have a Merry Christmas, as well. Celebrating Christmas with a child always makes it extra special. Enjoy yours with your daughter and family. :-)


  11. Gina - The Gluten-free Gourmand on December 20th, 2009 9:05 pm

    These look great! I’ve been looking for a good coconut cookie recipe. Thanks!

    • Shirley on December 21st, 2009 10:45 pm

      Hi Gina–Meringues are different in texture and taste from your average cookies, but they are delicious. :-) Hope you like them!



  12. Alta on December 21st, 2009 12:12 pm

    These look so delicious. Of course, all you have to say is “coconut” and I come running. :)

    • Shirley on December 21st, 2009 10:46 pm

      Hi Alta–Thanks! Folks seem to be in one camp or the other … glad you’re in the coconut lover camp. ;-) I think you’ll enjoy these.


  13. Tricia on December 21st, 2009 10:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve been wanting to find a coconut meringue recipe. Yum!

    • Shirley on December 21st, 2009 11:06 pm

      Hi Tricia–Welcome to gfe! I’m so glad this recipe is one you’ve been looking for … hope you enjoy it. :-)


  14. Amy @ SS&GF on December 21st, 2009 11:54 pm

    These look fantastic, Shirley. Perfectly white and I’m sure they’re delicious. This would be easy to make with honey or agave, too.

  15. glutenfreeforgood on December 22nd, 2009 2:26 pm


    Hope all is well with you and you’ve been able to dig out from under your heavy winter snow! I watched it on the news, thinking it looked a lot like home. Of course, that’s more common out here in the Rocky Mountains. :-)

    Now, stop it with the treats, would you please. I’ve gained a few pounds with all this holiday dessert stuff I’ve been involved with lately! Seriously, I’m not kidding.

    Okay ladies, from now on it’s kale and bok choy.

    On second thought, maybe we should wait another week or so to start that. In the meantime, please pass the coconut meringues, they look divine.


    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2009 6:54 pm

      Hey Melissa,

      All is good here … thanks! I know our East Coast blizzard may be a bit laughable to those of you who deal with BIG snows on a regular basis. ;-)

      Thanks for the kind words on the coconut meringues! They are indeed a lovely indulgence, but I hear you on the treats. As soon as we get back from Key West, I promise to focus more on main meals, salads, fruits, and veggies. I’ll be ready by then for sure. Today I made my crustless coconut pie for our Christmas luncheon for work. Thank goodness there were eight of us!


  16. Mykel on May 21st, 2014 8:43 pm

    Just made these. And not only are they easy they are FANTASTIC!!

    • Shirley on May 22nd, 2014 1:58 pm

      Hey Mykel–It’s great to see you again! Thanks so much for your lovely review! :-) Both my family and support group love these cookies. ;-)


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