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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! —Alice McTarnaghan, Castleton, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large 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 sweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • Candied cherries and/or chocolate kisses

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk, extract and juice. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in 3 cups coconut. Cover and chill 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.
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