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Favorite Macaroon Kisses

 Favorite Macaroon Kisses
These cookies are a holiday favorite around our house. You can top them off with cherries or chocolate— or some of each!
24 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups coconut, divided
  • Candied cherries and/or chocolate kisses

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light
  • and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk, extract and juice. Combine the
  • flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and
  • mix well. Stir in 3 cups of coconut. Cover and chill for at least 1
  • hour.
  • Shape into 1-in. balls; roll in remaining coconut. Place 2 in. apart
  • on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or
  • until lightly browned. Immediately place a cherry or chocolate kiss
  • on top of each cookie. Cool 5 minutes; remove to a wire rack to cool
  • completely. Yield: about 4 dozen.

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Favorite Macaroon Kisses (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 184 calories, 11 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 145 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.