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Coconut Macaroon Recipe

This coconut macaroon recipe was submitted by Katherine Heer of Sacramento, California.

Make your ordinary coconut macaroon recipe special: make holiday dyed macaroons. One of the biggest things people always ask me to make is coconut macaroon kiss cookies, which I don't mind, but it gets boring after awhile.

So I opted to change things slightly to make things a little more festive. Here is the recipe:

  • 1/3 c. butter
  • 1 (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp. orange juice
  • 2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 1/4 c. unsifted flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 5 c. (14 oz.) flaked coconut
  • 1 pkg. (about 54) Hershey kisses
  • 1 pkg. food coloring dye (assortment of colors)
Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk, orange juice and almond extract. Beat well.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture until well blended. Stir in 3 cups coconut. Cover dough and chill about one hour.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll balls in remaining coconut and place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and press a kiss into center of each cookie. Allow to cool one minute. Carefully remove cookies and allow to cool until kiss is firm.

So what I would do is, when you roll the balls in the last of the coconut, take some food coloring, and with a brush, paint the outside of the coconut to match for the holidays. IE; Christmas=red and green, Valentines=red. This way it is festive yet still yummy.

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