December 22, 2011

My Favorite Holiday Cookie ~ The Macaroon Kiss



Rather than "My Favorite Holiday Cookie", this post is probably more aptly titled "My All-time Favorite Cookie".  My mom was given this recipe many, many moons ago, and while the source has long been forgotten, this cookie is unforgettable!  It starts with a rich cream cheese and vanilla dough with just the slightest hint of fresh squeezed orange.  The dough is coconut laden, and gets an extra roll in coconut before baking.  As the cookie bakes, the coconut on the outside gets toasty, while the cookie remains soft and chewy.  Pure bliss...plus a KISS!

I hope you'll try them! 



Macaroon Kiss Cookies
Makes approx. 48 cookies

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2 1/2 cups All purpose flour
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
2/3 cups butter, softened
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 egg yolks
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon juice from a fresh orange
10 cups sweetened flaked coconut, divided in to 6 cup and 4 cup portions
1 bag Hershey Kisses (48 pieces)

Step 1:  In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

Step 2:  In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add egg yolks, vanilla and orange juice and beat till smooth.  

Step 3:  In 1 cup increments, mix flour in to the butter mixture.  Add the 6 cups flaked coconut and beat to combine.

Step 4:  Refrigerate dough for 1 hour. While dough is chilling, remove wrappers from the Kisses.

Step 5:  Preheat oven to 350.  One at a time, scoop dough into 1.5" balls (about the size of a large walnut, roll between your palms, then roll in the bowl of remaining coconut (4 cups).  Arrange on an ungreased baking sheet, at least an inch apart (cookies will spread slightly).  A standard cookie sheet should accommodate a dozen cookies at a time.  Bake 12-14 minutes, until the cookies puff and are very lightly browned.  

Step 6:  Remove from oven.  Immediately press one Kiss into each cookie.  Return pan to oven and bake for an additional minute.

Step 7:  Remove pan from oven and cool on a rack for 10 minutes.  With a thin spatula, gently move cookies on to a rack to finish cooling.

Enjoy!




36 comments:

  1. Oh, yum! We will for sure try these. Lola and I have a baking session planned for tomorrow. After all, Santa is on his way. Thank you again for the Hodgson Mill gift certificate. Wonderful way to try a few new flours.

    Merry Christmas Jenn!

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  2. I can't believe I've never had these! They sound great and I love coconut!

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  3. WOW! We made these and they were gone before I could take out the last batch to cool!:)Totally Mad Good!!!!{as my 14 year old would say} Thank you so much,stop by and chat some time,Deidre~ your newest follower,http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

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  4. Hi! I came across this recipe on Pinterest. My husband would love these cookies! Thank you for the recipe!

    Terry

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  5. Hi! I thought I left a comment when I first pinned these cookies on Pinterest which was a few days ago...but maybe it didn't go through. Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that your cookies are huge on Pinterest! I am literally getting notifications every few minutes that someone else pinned it:D So I went to check out exactly how many pins...1,059 pins and 361 likes as of now and it's not stopping! I just thought you would like to know that:) I haven't made them yet but plan on making them for a party I'm having in a few weeks. I can't wait!!!

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  6. Oh..and I came across your cookies and blog at one of the linky parties. Sorry I can't remember which one. Thanks for sharing!!

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  7. OMG I made them for my party yesterday and they were a HUGE hit!! They were so yummy!! But only thing is that I got 8 dozens out of one batch not 4. And looking at your cookies and in proportion to the Hershey Kisses, I know I made the right size (1" balls). I have no idea how that happened! LOL! Anyway, thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!!

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  8. These were delish! Only issues, mine ALSO made more than 4 dozen...and i couldn't get the coconut to stick to the outside well--only used about a cup and a half for the whole batch. tips?

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  9. Hello friends, thank you for the comments and questions about the quantity of the cookies.

    I made another batch to see where a glitch might have occurred. Eureka! I found it. The dough should be rolled in to balls that are roughly 1.5" wide, rather than the 1" I had originally stated. They're about the size of a large walnut. I use a level No. 40 kitchen scoop to portion my dough. The net yield is around 48-51 cookies.

    Jenn

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  10. Hi Hollywood, to answer your question about getting the coconut to stick, make sure that your coconut isn't dried out. I like the Baker's Angel Flake brand. Also, roll the dough between your palms to form a perfect ball. This makes the dough slightly sticky, which will help the coconut adhere.

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  11. I just made these and got 4 dozen exactly. I did have to bake mine for 14 mins before dropping the kiss on top. I was trying to figure how to store these after I made them and stumbled on a bunch of coconut macaroon receipes that all use egg white and not egg yolk. Make taste great but just thought it was interesting that alll other receipes use whites

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  12. I find it interesting that these are made with egg yolk and not white. Any idea why the switch?

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  13. Hi gang, I wanted to address the issue of the egg yolk. Egg white is traditional for making macaroons, which typically don't have any flour. Because this is a cookie with a cream cheese dough, the egg yolk is used to bond the dough and to add richness.

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  14. I found this on Pinterest and can't wait to try it. They look yummy!

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  15. Hi Jenn:) I just wanted to let you know that your cookies now hold a special place in my heart and will be a recipe I will forever hold dear. Thank you for introducing them to me:) They've been repinned from my pin over 10,000 times... but they were also loved by someone that has never seen them but only heard about them. You can see who in this post: http://odetoinspiration.com/2012/10/my-grandma/

    Thank you! :)

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  16. I cant wait to try these for Christmas! I have been searching for a recipe for macaroons thats a "keeper"!
    Thank you..they look scrumptious!

    Deborah ;)

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  17. I made these last night for a dinner party. I don't know what you are referring to by "favorite holiday cookie". They are now my favorite year-round sweet treat! Do you think the dough would freeze ok so that I can bake a few at a time?

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  18. I love those cookies and I haven't had them for so long! I'm pinning the recipe {along with the 200K+ other people - wow!!}.

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  19. Hi Jamie, I'm so thrilled that you enjoyed them as much as we do! I've never tried freezing the dough, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes.

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  20. If you freeze them, will you roll on the extra coconut before or after you freeze them? I would like to make them early, freeze the dough, then bake them fresh at my in-laws! :)

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  21. If you freeze the dough, will you roll on the extra coconut before or after you freeze it?? I'd like to make these now, freeze them, and then bake them fresh at my in-laws! :)

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  22. I want to try these....I don't have a sifter for the flour though. I wonder will these mess up the cookies? I'm anxious about trying them but don't want time screw it up either! They look scrumptious and I love coconut:)

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  23. I want to try these....I don't have a sifter for the flour though. I wonder will these mess up the cookies? I'm anxious about trying them but don't want time screw it up either! They look scrumptious and I love coconut:)

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  24. I'd probably roll them before freezing so that they're all ready to go.

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  25. Shawna, you'll be fine without a sifter. Just put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk them together well. The whisk should do a good enough job of blending and aerating the ingredients.

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  26. I'm hosting a cookie exchange and thought these would be perfect. I'm not a huge baker so I figured I should do a "test run" before our event. Let me say that these were not only easy to make, but they turned out delicious!!! I can't wait to make them again for the cookie exchange. My friends are going to LOVE them!!!

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  27. When I made these they had WAYYYYYYY too much coconut in them making them fall apart. I followed the recipe EXACTLY and can't figure out why they crumbled when I took them out of the oven. I think the addition of an egg white would help.

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  28. Hi Monica, I'm so sorry to hear that something went awry with the cookies. I've used the recipe myself for years, and have had several readers post pictures of their finished cookies on my Facebook page, so I'm puzzled as to what could have caused yours to be so crumbly. I know that sometimes humidity and/or elevation can cause recipes to produce strange results, but I'm not sure if either factor was at play when you were baking. If you do decide to try the recipe again, make sure that the butter and cream cheese are at room temperature and that the 6-cups of coconut that goes into the batter is not tightly packed when measured. They're such wonderful little cookies. I wish you success with them!

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  29. Hi Jenn,
    I made these at Christmas 2012 and they were a HUGE hit! My son, who lives far away and came home this past week for the first time since Christmas, REQUESTED these! I always let him decide what is for dinner and dessert (he is single)and he took 2 dozen with him to go visiting friends in NY!
    Yes, a keeper for sure. No trouble with the recipe, just trouble with the diet! Many thanks for sharing.

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  30. Hi Jenn,
    My husband and I are trying to be as "Paleo" as possible - do you think these would work well with almond flour as a substitute?

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  31. Hi Jenn,
    My husband and I are trying to keep to the Paleo diet as closely as possible, but these cookies are too much to resist!! Do you think they would work well with almond flour as a substitute?

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  32. Hey Jenn!

    I found your recipe on pinterest about a year ago. I finally got a chance to bake them tonight. I only made 1 modification and that was that I put dark chocolate kisses instead of milk chocolate. They came out absolutely perfect. I am so freaking happy i found this recipe. Thank you so so much for sharing it with the world. They are AMAZING to say the least.

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  33. OMG These cookies are the best I've ever made... My husband was so proud of me. But i have to give you, Jenn, all the credit! Thank you so much for sharing them with the world. I can't wait to make them again for other people. I only made one modification and that was that I used dark chocolate kisses instead of milk chocolate. Came out perfect!

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  34. I am dying to make these cookies but I don't have any oranges. Would orange juice from a carton work ok?

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  35. Helli, I am so anxious to make these but I don't have an orange on hand :) Would orange juice from a carton be an ok substitute?

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  36. I'm going to try these. I was thinking of using dark chocolate kisses which should go well with the coconut. Anyone try these with dark chocolate?
    Thanks

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I enjoy hearing from you! Thank you so much for taking the time to be part of the creative and positive spirit here at Rook No. 17! xoxo Jenn

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