Total TimePrep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
Makesabout 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 Facts2 each: 176 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 175mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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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.
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.
Jan 7, 2014
More of a cookie, however super delicious!
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.
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.