Chewy Coconut Cherry Macaroons

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These delightful Coconut Cherry Macaroons have been a longtime  favorite recipe  in our family.

There are so many recipes for coconut macaroons with ingredients and methods for making them that vary.  This is a variation of the traditional coconut macaroon cookie.  These macaroons are not difficult to make and don’t take a lot of ingredients.  The addition of the candied cherries makes these macaroons tasty.  The macaroons are also showy on a plate of sweets.  I hope you enjoy them.

Coconut Cherry Macaroons

Ingredients:

4 extra-large eggs (at room temperature), separated (reserve the yolks)

¼ tsp salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp pure almond extract
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
3 cups coconut*
1½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup red candied cherries, chopped
¾ cup green candied cherries, chopped

Method:

Assemble ingredients.

Preheat oven to 350F.

In large bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, whip the egg whites and salt on high speed just until frothy.  Gradually, and very slowly, add the sugar while continuing to beat on high speed.  Whisk the egg whites and sugar until mixture forms stiff peaks.

Meanwhile, in separate large bowl, with a hand mixer or a whisk, beat the four egg yolks along with the almond and vanilla flavorings.

Stir in coconut.  Add flour and fold in candied cherries.  Mix well.

Fold the stiff egg white mixture into the coconut mixture.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheets.

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Bake 12-15 minutes or until cookies are set.   Let cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes then transfer to wire racks to finish cooling.

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* Any kind of coconut — flaked, shredded, or macaroon — and either sweetened or unsweetened (or a mixture of both), can be used.  In the photographs that accompany this recipe, I used macaroon coconut, a shorter variety of coconut.

Happy Holidays!

Attractively package these macaroons and they make a great hostess gift or a remembrance for a teacher, colleague, neighbor, or anyone who has a sweet tooth!

Chewy Coconut Cherry Macaroons

A little crispy on the outside, a little chewy on the inside, these Coconut Cherry Macaroons are the perfect Christmas cookie.
Course Cookies
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword coconut cherry cookies, coconut cookies, macaroons
My Island Bistro Kitchen Barbara99

Ingredients

  • 4 extra-large eggs (at room temperature), separated (reserve the yolks)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups coconut*
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup red candied cherries, chopped
  • ¾ cup green candied cherries, chopped

Instructions

  1. Assemble ingredients.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. In large bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, whip the egg whites and salt on high speed just until frothy. Gradually, and very slowly, add the sugar while continuing to beat on high speed. Whisk the egg whites and sugar until mixture forms stiff peaks.
  4. Meanwhile, in separate large bowl, with a hand mixer or a whisk, beat the four egg yolks along with the almond and vanilla flavorings.
  5. Stir in coconut. Add flour and fold in candied cherries.
  6. Fold the stiff egg white mixture into the coconut mixture.
  7. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
  8. Bake 12-15 minutes or until cookies are set. Let cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes then transfer to wire racks to finish cooling.

Recipe Notes

Note: Any kind of coconut -- flaked, shredded, or macaroon -- and either sweetened or unsweetened (or a mixture of both), can be used. In the photographs that accompany this recipe, I used macaroon coconut, a shorter variety of coconut.

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