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Cherry Macaroons

I received this recipe along with its ingredients at my bridal shower. Now these are a favorite of our sons.—Sherma Talbot, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 6 dozen


  • 1-1/3 cups shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries, chopped


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and extract; mix well.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in the coconut and cherries (dough will be very stiff).
  • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 176 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 175mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Mary Jo
    Apr 22, 2018

    I can't really recommend these cookies, as another reviewer mentioned, they aren't macaroons at all, and miss a lot of the texture that makes those so special. They flattened out too much and easily break apart. Find yourself a good TRUE macaroon recipe and just add chopped maraschinos to it and you'll have a much better result. I also like to sprinkle red decorating sugar (the coarse kind) on top to give it some extra visual appeal and crunch.P.S. I tried to give it 1-star but the website for some reason simply won't let me go any lower than 2 stars. Guess they don't want any low reviews on their recipes here.

  • Tearah
    Dec 11, 2014

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  • debbiedesigns
    Dec 5, 2014

    These were a hit with my husband and son! Granted, they're not true macaroons, but if you get past the name, they're *very good* coconut cookies. :-) I toasted my coconut before adding it to the cookie dough, and I added coconut extract along with the almond extract to intensify the coconut flavor. Also, I think they would be good with chopped pecans added.

  • tashabob1
    Jan 7, 2014

    More of a cookie, however super delicious!

  • JimmyCook
    Dec 24, 2013

    I followed this recipe TO A T, and these cookies, NOT MACAROONS, these cookies came out adequate at best. Do not follow this recipe and expect a luscious cherry flavored macaroon. These instead tasted more like a sugar cookie with a hint of coconut. Bad recipe.

  • mrs_h
    Dec 27, 2009

    I found this recipe when my son had colic. I had to eliminate dairy from my diet to prevent it, and this was one of the best non-dairy cookie recipes I found.

  • JillAndLea
    Dec 22, 2008

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