Friday, November 25, 2011

Coconut Kissed Macaroons

Kissed by the sun. 
Seven days on a Caribbean cruise was a great vacation. We spent a lot of time in the beaches, snorkeling and soaking in the rays. We returned with sun kissed skin and wanting more sweets! These cookies reminded us just of what we had experienced. Sun-kissed and great favors. 
Coconut Kissed Macaroons  
1/3 cup butter, softened 
3 ounces cream cheese, softened 
3/4 cup sugar 
1 egg yolk 
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract   
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
3 cups flaked coconut, divided 
48 milk chocolate kisses
In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and extracts. Gradually add flour, baking powder and salt to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in 2 cups coconut. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour-if needed until dough is easy to handle.
Roll into balls and roll in the remaining coconut. Place balls on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Once out of the oven, press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. Cool on pan for 2-3 minutes or until chocolate is softened. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. 
Slight Change from Taste of Home 

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