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No-Bake Macaroons: A Thai Coconut Dessert

Om is an inquisitive foodie who likes to share recipes that everyone can enjoy.

Thai coconut macaroons (kanom pang jee).

Thai coconut macaroons (kanom pang jee).

Thai natives call these no-bake coconut macaroons kanom pang jee. As I recall growing up in Bangkok, these coconut goodies were not usually available in restaurants or regular bakeries, but sold on wheeled carts as a street food. Street vendors would cook them on the spot, then serve them in little paper bags. And I would always stick my nose inside the bag to smell the heavenly aroma of warm coconut before taking my first bite. Kanom pang jee, despite its humble origin and lackluster packaging, was definitely one of my favorite childhood cookies.

Macaroons, Not Pancakes

Some English cookbooks may refer to this dessert as "Thai coconut pancakes," probably due to the fact that they are fried on a flat skillet, not baked in an oven. I would have to disagree with this wording, though. Texture-wise, they're not quite light and fluffy the way regular pancakes should be, but soft and slightly chewy, very much like macaroons. Plus, they are not supposed to be served on a plate with butter and syrup, but to be enjoyed as a sweet snack or finger food.

Therefore, I think "macaroon" is probably a better term for this coconut goodness. Well, enough with the terminology. Now let me tell you a few awesome things about this Thai coconut dessert.

Plus Points of These No-Bake Macaroons

  • Dairy-free: The recipe calls for NO dairy products. There's no need for lactose-intolerant peeps to substitute any of the ingredients.
  • Gluten-free: Everything in these no-bake macaroons is inherently gluten-free, which makes them a safe dessert to offer your celiac friends.
  • Stress-free: It takes less than 15 minutes to prepare these sweet goodies. No baking is required. No electric mixer necessary. As long as you keep your eye on your macaroons and don't let them burn, it's all good!
  • Super coconutty: Kanom pang jee is not only made with coconut flakes but also coconut milk, so the coconut flavor in this dessert is luxuriously intense. Be warned: If you're a coconut lover, these macaroons might give you a food orgasm.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

3 min

10 min

13 min

About 12 macaroons

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup glutinous rice flour
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together glutinous rice flour, rice flour, sugar and sweetened coconut flakes.
  2. In another bowl, whisk egg and coconut milk together until well-blended.
  3. Add the egg mixture to the dry mixture, and stir together until the batter is nicely combined. It should be moist and sticky like oatmeal, not all smooth and watery.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto a hot skillet that has been greased with vegetable oil. (To make your coconut macaroons look nicer, you may want to form the batter into little balls with your hands.)
  5. Cook on medium heat for about 3 to 5 minutes on each side, or until both sides turn golden brown.

Photo Guide

The macaroon batter.

The macaroon batter.

Frying macaroons on a skillet.

Frying macaroons on a skillet.

And here are my no-bake macaroons, fresh and warm.

And here are my no-bake macaroons, fresh and warm.

Please Rate this Thai Dessert Recipe

© 2013 Om Paramapoonya

Comments

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on February 18, 2015:

I love macaroon cookies. I would love to try this recipe sometime this spring. Thanks for sharing, Om.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 19, 2014:

This sure gets MY attention. I have always adored coconut macaroons. These sound easy and divine!

KrisL from S. Florida on March 11, 2014:

These look really, really good. I might try them with some stevia, for a much lower glycemic load. If I do, I'll let you know how they turn out.

(I'm sharing on Hubpages too)

Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 05, 2013:

@wheatfreefare - Nope, I've never tried making these macaroons without regular rice flour. But yeah, it might work with just sweet rice flour alone. Feel free to experiment! And thanks for dropping by :)

@vespawoolf - Hey, good to hear from you, vespawoolf. These no-bake macaroons are absolutely a must-try. Good luck on finding the ingredients. :)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on August 03, 2013:

My goodness, another fabulous recipe I wish I could sink my teeth into right now! I've seen some beautiful coconut in our new city here in Peru, but I just hope we can find glutinous rice flour. I can just taste them now. Thank you!

wheatfreefare from Asheville, NC on August 03, 2013:

These are so easy and scrumptious. I labor in the kitchen for coconut sticky rice, but when I need a quick coconut fix-here it is! I have made them three times already, even at 6 am! I like to use the coconut cream/coconut milk combo. Also, I use unsweetened coconut flakes and add a small amount of white sugar. I might want to use agave for the lower glycemic load, which means I would need to increase the sweet rice flour. Have you made these without regular rice flour?

Om Paramapoonya (author) on July 26, 2013:

@mathira - They taste really good, too! Hope you give these macaroons a try soon :)

mathira from chennai on July 22, 2013:

Om, Thai food has been my favorite and in India we do get a fair share of it in hotels. But this one is new to me and it really looks good. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Om Paramapoonya (author) on July 15, 2013:

@Just Ask Susan - Hope you give these no-bake macaroons a try soon. Enjoy!

@AliciaC - You're very welcome, Alicia. Glad you stopped by.

@randomcreative - - Thanks, Rose. Glad to hear you've been enjoying my Thai cooking articles. There will be a lot more!

@rebeccamealey - You're welcome. Hope you give this recipe a go sometime.

@Vacation Trip - Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

@Ceres Schwarz - Heheee...I wish I could give you some right now. Thanks for your kind comment.

@wheatfreefare - Ah, great! Then it's time to make some!

wheatfreefare from Asheville, NC on July 13, 2013:

Craving these already & I have all ingredients on hand:)

Ceres Schwarz on July 13, 2013:

These no-bake Thai coconut macaroons look really good. The images of the macaroons make them look really tasty and delicious. Now I want to have some. This also appears to be a simple and easy recipe to make.

Susan from India on July 12, 2013:

Great recipe and it looks delicious. Thank you for sharing.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 12, 2013:

Coconut Macaroons are one of my favorite foods of all time, so this is welcomed...thanks, looks great!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 12, 2013:

They look delicious and so simple! I always enjoy your Thai recipes. Thanks for sharing another great one.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 12, 2013:

I've loved coconut macaroons since childhood, so I'm sure that I'd like this version! Thank you very much for sharing the recipe, Om.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on July 12, 2013:

Oh my! Hubby is going to love you for posting this recipe. I love anything coconut too :)

Om Paramapoonya (author) on July 12, 2013:

@Pamela99 - Thanks for stopping by, Pamela. I hope you make these macaroons for your hubby sometime! He'll love it. :)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 12, 2013:

Very good recipe for people with gluten intolerance. Also, I think my husband would like them as he loves almost anything made with coconut. Thanks for the recipe.