Preview: Keto Coconut Macaroons will soon become one of your Christmas family traditions! Perfect for a family gathering or cookie exchange, these festive coconut balls are amazing for any season.

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Family Christmas Traditions

Christmas cookies and baking are such a rich family tradition for so many people, it got me thinking. What are some other family Christmas traditions out there I love or would love to introduce to my family? We can always use more ideas so for today I’ll pick my daughter’s favorite tradition to share.

The Twelve Days of Christmas. Yes, you read that right. The Twelve Days of Christmas has long been one of my daughter’s favorite songs at Christmas, and not just because she played it for her piano recital several years ago. On my mother’s side of the family, we have a long tradition, going back as far as I can remember, where we act out the Twelve Days of Christmas on Christmas Eve. Yes, yes indeed! It’s a fabulous family bonding activity sure to get howls of laughter.

The 12 Days of Christmas Game

All you have to do is write or print out the 12 Days of Christmas on a piece of paper. I even just write out 1 through 12 if we’re in a hurry and everyone knows the song. Then, cut each day or number apart so that you have a paper that says “5 golden rings” or “4 calling birds”, etc. Fold up the papers and throw them in a basket. Next, have someone be in charge of having everyone draw a paper.

For example, let’s say I draw the “3 French hens”. When the song is sung with everyone together, now every time we say “3 French hens” I have to act it out. I could flap my wings, pretend I’m laying an egg, or whatever feels French hen-like to you. I still have memories of several of us grandkids rolling on the floor with laughter when Grandad was the “3 French hens” one year.

Once everyone’s figured out their part (and some people can draw 2 if you have too few people or partner up if you have too many) the song will commence. EVERYONE should be required to sing together, the more family and friends participate, the more fun it is! From the partridge in a pear tree to the twelve drummers drumming you will laugh and dance and enjoy each other’s company. Try it this year, just don’t give the holiday group a choice!

Christmas tree and piano. Families love Christmas traditions together like music and baking. #christmastraditions #christmasbaking

The Twelve Days of Christmas

  1. a partridge in a pear tree
  2. two turtle doves
  3. three French hens
  4. four calling birds
  5. five gold rings
  6. six geese a-laying
  7. seven swans a-swimming
  8. eight maids a-milking
  9. nine ladies dancing
  10. ten lords a-leaping
  11.  eleven pipers piping
  12. twelve drummers drumming

Let’s go coconuts.


On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Okay, well maybe he didn’t, but let’s just pretend! On the first day of Christmas why not serve our first featured keto holiday cookie, keto coconut macaroons? These are the perfect no-guilt cookie to grab during the holidays, maintain that willpower, and not eat everything else in sight at the table you’ll regret later on.

I absolutely love my sweets. Perhaps a little too much. Actually, that is a huge reason I was drawn to the keto way of eating because I knew I was addicted to sugar and had absolutely no willpower to stop at one or two cookies, candies, scoops of ice cream, you name it! Sugar’s put in almost everything we eat bought at the store, and it’s become a mission of mine to remove it from our condiments, sauces, dressings, and even desserts.

Keto Coconut Macaroons are the perfect holiday cookie. Low carb, gluten-free and perfect for that family get together! #ketochristmas #lowcarbcookies

My preferred keto-approved sweeteners

Instead of sugar, I use Swerve (contains Erythritol which is classified by the FDA as a zero-calorie, 4-carbon sugar alcohol that does not affect blood glucose) or Lakanto Monk Fruit sweetener (from a mixture of the high-purity Monk Fruit extract and Non-GMO Erythritol, Lakanto is a zero calorie, zero glycemic sweetener). To be perfectly honest, I use both of these sweeteners but for different purposes and depending on who they’re for. I personally prefer the taste of Swerve in most recipes, but my daughter thinks it has a bit of an aftertaste and likes the Lakanto. I would suggest trying both to get an idea of how they work in recipes and decide what your personal favorite is.

Bake the world a better place.


How to make keto coconut macaroons

To begin, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare two sheet pans with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Second, in a large bowl, simply stir together the coconut, almonds, heavy cream, sweetener, and vanilla. Yum! Sounds good already!

Next, using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, whip the egg whites and salt on high speed until they come to medium-firm peaks. Just swirl the whisk around and lift it up to create the peak to test. Then, carefully fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture so you don’t press out all the air you just put in them.

Keto Coconut Macaroons set on the metal cooling rack, overhead #ketocookies #lowcarbchristmas

Keto coconut macaroons to the oven!

Now’s the fun part! Drop two tablespoons of batter, using a spoon or small ice cream scoop, two inches apart onto the baking pans lined with the silicone mats or parchment paper. Next, bake the macaroons for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. First, cool them on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack.

Meanwhile, place a glass bowl with the chocolate and cocoa butter over a saucepan of boiling water. Once the chocolate and cocoa butter starts to melt, stir in the powdered sweetener until the chocolate mixture is completely smooth and melted. Lastly, dunk and cover half of each macaroon with chocolate and put it back on the wire cooling rack until set. You can add a few almonds on top for decoration, but it’s not necessary.

Keto Coconut Macaroons set on the metal cooling rack, side #ketocookies #lowcarbchristmas

Cookies are happy because that is their job. Making those you know and don’t know happy. They tell people you care.

Brent M. Jones


Keto Coconut Macaroons Printable Recipe

Keto Coconut Macaroons

Keto Coconut Macaroons are the perfect holiday treat! Super-easy to make and so popular at the cookie exchange. Coconut and chocolate perfection!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: keto coconut macaroons
Servings: 18
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili


  • 3 cups shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cups slivered almonds
  • 10 oz heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 extra large egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups powdered sweetener Swerve confectioner's

Chocolate Coating

  • 3 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 oz cocoa butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sweetener Swerve confectioner's


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line two sheet pans with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the coconut, almonds, heavy cream, sweetener, and vanilla.
  • Whip the egg whites and salt on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until they make medium-firm peaks.
  • Next, carefully fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture.
  • Drop two tablespoons of batter, two inches apart onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Cool.
  • Place a glass bowl with the chocolate and cocoa butter over a saucepan of boiling water.
  • Once the chocolate and cocoa butter starts to melt, stir in the powdered sweetener until completely smooth and melted.
  • Dunk and cover half of each macaroon with chocolate and put on a wire cooling rack until set.


Nutrition Facts

Servings 18.0 - 2 macaroons
Amount Per Serving
calories 174
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17 g  
Saturated Fat 12 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 23 mg  
Sodium 62 mg  
Potassium 52 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 5 g  
Dietary Fiber 2 g  
Sugars 1 g


Ready for more holiday cookie recipes?

I LOVE these delicious low carb cinnamon pecan cookies!

Cinnamon Pecan Cookies, overhead square

12 Days of Keto Christmas Cookies

Are you ready for Christmas? I let myself go Christmas wild only after Thanksgiving, and this week we’ve been to visit family in Texas and stuffed ourselves silly with turkey and keto cheesecake. Oh, yes. Now, I’m home and today already doing the cleaning necessary before the tree comes out and itching to get decorating and baking and listening to Bing Crosby! I will definitely be making more batches of these keto coconut macaroons and so much more! So get those pans and cookie cutters out, and let’s get in the Christmas spirit!

Keto coconut macaroons, Santa's been in the cookies! #ketochristmas #lowcarbcookies

Happy December all!


Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels. This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

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