Macaroon Kisses Recipe

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One taste and I think you'll agree this is the best coconut cookie you've ever tasted. These eye-catching cookies are always the first to disappear from the cookie tray.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:27 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 27 servings


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (14 ounces) sweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 1 package (12 ounces) milk chocolate kisses

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 221 calories, 13g fat (9g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 134mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk, orange juice and extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in 3-2/3 cups coconut. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  2. Roll into 1-in. balls, then roll in remaining coconut. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
  3. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Macaroon Kisses in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p54

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parksville User ID: 1598935 28323
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2013

"Really good cookies. A bit time consuming to make, but worth it. Once cooled I placed them on a parchment lined cookie sheet to freeze individually. Once frozen stacked them in a plastic container w/ wax paper in between layers and back into the freezer for later use. This recipe made 62 cookies. Will make again."

jnissi User ID: 6951506 79230
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"I am making the recipe again right now. =) These cookies are amazing!"

Renee826 User ID: 4806451 31323
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"One of my favorite cookies, instead of using one mini kiss i just put two or three choc chips on top, easier to eat that way:)"

MY REVIEW User ID: 4346018 40798
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

"I would rather bake bread, or bars, or anything besides cookies, but they were easy enough for me and absolutely delicious. The crystal sugar coating was elegant, and I used almond kisses to enhance the almond flavor."

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