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Cherry Kissed Coconut Macaroons

Cherry Kissed Coconut Macaroons are one of my very favorite cookies. They’re a spin on my classic coconut macaroon recipe with fresh sweet cherries in the center for Valentines Day… Or spring. Or tonight.

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I love coconut macaroons.

Seriously, if there was only one cookie recipe on earth, I would want it to be a macaroon recipe.

Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, with shreds of sweet coconut and a light airy texture.

No other cookie compares to coconut macaroons, texturally.

And NO… I don’t want to hear any arguments on the matter. *wink*

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We use this macaroon recipe to make all sorts of variations through out the year:  chocolate drizzled, macaroons with sprinkles, “turtle” coconut macaroons, but this simple version, Cherry Kissed Coconut Macaroons, with a fresh cherry tucked down in the cookie is my favorite.

When you bite into the cookie, tangy pink juice runs down the side, saturating the coconut shreds. I’ll admit, it’s a little pleasure, but truly magical.

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The key to a really good coconut macaroon recipe is to whip the egg whites into firm peaks before adding the rest of the ingredients. You may have seen that terminology in other recipes and wondered what it means.

You’ve got “firm peaks” when you’ve whipped the egg whites into a meringue, forming points that don’t move when you lift the whisk out of the bowl. Like this…

Then simple fold in the rest of the ingredients, gently, so you don’t break the meringue.

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Another secret to my macaroon recipe is that I always add a little bit of almond flour for extra flavor and texture. This addition isn’t necessary, but it really makes these coconut macaroons stand out in flavor.

Finally press a fresh cherry into the center of each cookie and bake until golden.

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You have now entered cookie euphoria.

Enjoy!

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Cherry Kissed Coconut Macaroons

Yield: 30 cookies

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 14 ounce bag sweetened shredded coconut
  • 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk (half a can)
  • 3 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 30 fresh cherries

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F, and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Place the egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Whip until soft and foamy, then add the sugar and vanilla, and whip until firm peaks are formed.
  2. Gently fold in the sweetened condensed milk, salt, almond flour, and shredded coconut. Using a 2 tablespoons cookie scoop, place mounds of the coconut mixture on the cookie sheets, 2 inches apart. Then gently press a fresh cherry in the center of each mound. **I left the pits in, but you could surgically remove them from the bottom, or use maraschino cherries if you prefer.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before moving.

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20 Responses to “Cherry Kissed Coconut Macaroons”

  1. Julie Wunder @ Running in a Skirtposted February 3, 2014 at 5:53 am

    Wow! These look delightful! I hope the superbowl party went well :-)

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  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted February 3, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Seriously envying your blue Kitchenaid! I got mine as a wedding gift so I couldn’t get to choose a pretty color, just silver. Oh well!
    Anyways, I love your valentines day spin on the macaroon!
    But, why wait for tonight. Cookies for breakfast. Yep.

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  3. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted February 3, 2014 at 7:42 am

    These macaroons sound so good!

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  4. Jenny Flakeposted February 3, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Sommer! Love Love Love coconut macarons, these are lovely!!

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  5. Mariaposted February 3, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I love coconut! Great cookie!

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  6. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted February 3, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Love that fresh cherry on top Sommer!

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  7. Tieghan Gerardposted February 3, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Yay for coconut! These look delicious, Sommer! :)

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  8. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted February 3, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Sommer, these are so cute. That plump cherry and toasted coconut combo is calling my name.

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  9. Julie @ Table for Twoposted February 3, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I adore macaroons but the cherry center is even better!!

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  10. marlaposted February 3, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I LOVE coconut ~ these are a MUST try!!

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  11. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted February 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Hooray for coconut! Love the addition of the cherry!

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  12. Glory/ Glorious Treatsposted February 3, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I love coconut & love cherries, so this looks perfect to me!

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  13. Kate@Diethoodposted February 3, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    I need a few of those, stat! They look so delicious and I loooove that you added cherries!

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  14. Norma | Allspice and Nutmegposted February 4, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Macaroons with a fresh cherry on top – love it.

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  15. Nutmeg Nannyposted February 4, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    What a fantastic recipe :) the cherry on top is so tempting!

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  16. vanillasugarblogposted February 4, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    the cherry is the best accompaniment.
    i made these a while back, dipped in graham, they were fugly but good–posted em anyways.

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  17. Gabyposted February 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I could munch on these all day long! YUM!

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  18. Caitlinposted February 6, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    These look amazing! I’ve been looking for a good macaroon recipe. Can you use all-purpose flour instead of almond flour?

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  19. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted February 8, 2014 at 9:28 am

    My mother in law makes a cookie that is really similar to this and they are so good! I can’t wait to try these!

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  20. Karenposted May 5, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    These look lovely, but with my milk allergy, I can’t tolerate the sweetened condensed milk. Any substitute suggestions? I would LOVE to make them!

    Reply

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