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Coconut Macaroons With Chocolate

Updated on December 12, 2017
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Coconut Macaroon Cookies
Coconut Macaroon Cookies | Source

Coconut Macaroon Cookies

Every year I have to make three or four batches of these cookies because not only does everyone enjoy them but I also put them into homemade baked gift packages for neighbors and friends. They are great to take along when visiting people at Christmastime as well.

One thing I do like about coconut macaroons is that they can be made in October or November and frozen. Simply let them cool after coming out of the oven, wrap well and freeze. To defrost just set them on the counter.

Cook Time includes one hour chilling time

Prep time: 1 hour 30 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 1 hour 40 min
Yields: 58 small cookies

My sister in law gave me this recipe years ago when we first met and I've been making these cookies ever since.

Ingredients for Coconut Macaroon Cookies

Everything is measured out and ready to go.
Everything is measured out and ready to go.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup of butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
  • 3 ounces of cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp. of almond extract
  • 2 tsp. of orange juice
  • 1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt
  • 4 cups of flaked coconut, divided 3 cups and 1 cup
  • chocolate chips, (optional)
  • maraschino cherries red, green, or both, cut into halves (optional)

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Cream butter together with cream cheese and sugar.Beat until you have a fluffy consistency. Add and beat into the mixture egg yolk, almond extract, and orange juice.In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture gradually. Add 3 of the 4 cups of coconut to the mixture stirring well.Once all mixed well cover the bowl and chill for one hour.
Cream butter together with cream cheese and sugar.
Cream butter together with cream cheese and sugar.
Beat until you have a fluffy consistency.
Beat until you have a fluffy consistency.
Add and beat into the mixture egg yolk, almond extract, and orange juice.
Add and beat into the mixture egg yolk, almond extract, and orange juice.
In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture gradually.
Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture gradually.
Add 3 of the 4 cups of coconut to the mixture stirring well.
Add 3 of the 4 cups of coconut to the mixture stirring well.
Once all mixed well cover the bowl and chill for one hour.
Once all mixed well cover the bowl and chill for one hour. | Source
Roll the dough into balls and then roll in the remaining flour mixture. Place onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10  minutes.
Roll the dough into balls and then roll in the remaining flour mixture. Place onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. | Source
As soon as the cookies come out of the oven insert chocolate chips, cherry halves, or leave plain as is.
As soon as the cookies come out of the oven insert chocolate chips, cherry halves, or leave plain as is. | Source

Instructions

  1. In a medium size mixing bowl cream butter, cream cheese, and butter together until fluffy. This can be done by hand but to get a fluffier texture I recommend using an electric mixer.
  2. Add egg yolk, almond extract orange juice, sugar, and beat well.
  3. In a smaller bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add this to the creamed mixture and mix well. Add 3 of the 4 cups of coconut and stir well.
  4. Cover the bowl tightly with saran wrap and refrigerate for one hour. This is to make the dough easier to work with.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. For these cookies you don't need to grease a baking sheet, which is always nice. But I do recommend if you're using a dark colored cookie or baking sheet to use parchment paper. This way they'll be less likely to cook too much on the bottoms.
  6. With a teaspoon scoop out dough and roll into approximately a 1" ball. Roll the ball in the remaining coconut and place onto the cookie sheet.
  7. Once you have a cookie sheet full place into the oven for ten minutes.
  8. As soon as you take the coconut macaroons out of the oven press the chocolate chips into the cookie. If using cherries gently push them into the center of the cookie. Let the cookies cool for a minute then remove and let them cool on a wire rack.
  9. ENJOY!

Sound Good? Please rate my recipe.

4.8 stars from 13 ratings of Coconut Macaroon Cookies

Coconut Macaroon Tips

  • To cut back on the sugar in these cookies you can use unsweetened coconut and omit the chocolate all together.
  • The coconut macaroons can also be drizzled with melted bakers semi-sweet chocolate or you can also dip the baked cookie and totally coat it with chocolate.
  • Be sure to hide some of your cookies if you happen to live with a cookie monster as they do disappear fast.


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    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      8 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Chitrangada Sharan, Thank you so much!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Sounds delicious and looks great!

      Your pictures and instructions are very well explained. Would be easy to follow. I do make coconut macrons but including chocolate sounds good.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      8 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Thelma. I started my baking yesterday with Scottish Shortbread :) Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      8 months ago from Germany

      Yummy! I love coconut macaroons. I would love to try this next week as I am going to bake a lot of cookies for Christmas gifts. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will share this to my fb cooking page.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kristen, If you do try them please let me know what you think of them.

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      Kristen Howe 

      2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      These cookies look delicious! I love macaroons. Would love to try this sometime this fall.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sure esmonaco send me your address :)

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Amazing, If you happen to make an extra batch I'll send you my address. Okay, I'll follow your instructions and make them myself :) Thanks

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Favored, They're so easy to make. Hope you enjoy the recipe/

      Shorebirdie, I much rather bake my own than buy store bought sweets.

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      Shorebirdie 

      3 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Looks yummy! I sometimes bake, but not as much lately. I usually have to make my own treats because I'm sensitive to certain ingredients. By baking my own, I can control what is in my food.

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      Fay Favored 

      3 years ago from USA

      This is one of my favorite cookies, but I thought it was too hard to make. After reading through this I might give it a try this year. They are so expensive I'd really like to make my own. Saving the recipe. Thanks Susan.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks MB hope that you enjoy the recipe.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This sounds great...I will definitely come back for this recipe when I start my holiday baking.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      stayingalivemoma, I'm sure they'd be fine with vanilla extract. Hope you enjoy the recipe and thank you for the pin too.

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      Valerie Washington 

      4 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      Just Ask Susan - these sound delish! Perfect for the holidays too! I love both chocolate and coconut!

      Can I use vanilla extract instead of almond extract? I would think they'd still taste okay. (Don't care much for almonds or almond flavoring). lol - voted up and pinned to "Death by Chocolate" on pinterest. thanks!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      So glad you came back to get the recipe DzyMsLizzy. Hope you enjoy the macaroons as much as we do.

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      Liz Elias 

      4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I MUST make these this year. Stopped back by to pin this recipe and share on HP.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Peggy, Thank you and I hope that you enjoy the cookies. They' good any time of year :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susan,

      These coconut cookies with the chocolate look and sound delicious. Am going to pin this to my cookie board on Pinterest so that I have access to this recipe any time I wish. Thanks for posting. Also gave it a 5 star rating + up and useful votes.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      moonlake, I was thinking of making some of these soon again myself. My husband loves these. Thanks for the votes and stars.

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      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      These look so good. I have to pin them so I can keep track of them for maybe a new Christmas cookie. Voted up and five stars.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      FullOfLoveSites, Hot cocoa sounds so good and I think I'll go make some now.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Anthropophobia, Thanks and I hope that you enjoy the cookies as much as we do.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Tammy, Everyone here at my house likes coconut too :) Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • FullOfLoveSites profile image

      FullOfLoveSites 

      5 years ago from United States

      Coconut cookies along with hot cocoa drink -- sheer pleasure for the holidays!

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe. :)

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      Anthropophobia 

      5 years ago

      I absolutely love coconut cookies! These sound delicious and also very festive, the coconut looks like snow! Looking forward to making these.

    • tammyswallow profile image

      Tammy 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      I have a family of coconut lovers. They would all love this recipe. Great photos!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Ethel, If you make these for your hubby I do hope that he enjoys them.

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      Ethel Smith 

      5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Great recipe. I am not a lover of coconut in cakes and the like but know a man who is, my hubby.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Glimmer Twin, Thanks and I hope you enjoy these.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      These look delicious. I am always on the hunt for a good coconut cookie recipe to add to my Christmas cookie preparations. I think I'll give this a try this year. Thanks. Pinned!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      ImKarn, No it was just a coinkidink :) What a funny word. I'll have to remember that one.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruby, You can always put more chocolate chips in the macaroons than what I have shown in the pictures. Hershey kisses work well too :)

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      drbj, They are good totally dipped :)

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Peg, I love when that happens ... find a recipe that I can make right away. Hope you enjoy the cookies.

      Cardisa, I have two macaroon recipes that I make at Christmas and the other one doesn't use cream cheese.

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      Mmmmm...did you make them look like snowmen on purpose - or - just a coinkidink?

      (puffpuffpass..)

      lol..

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      PaisleeGal, Hope you enjoy them and thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Anytime the word chocolate is mentioned in a recipe my mouth puckers up in anticipation. These look really good and i love coconut too. I also like the fact that they can be frozen. Thank you Susan. I will try making these for Christmas.

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      Although macaroons may not be my favorite cookie choice, Susan, I do get more interested when they are entirely coated with chocolate. Just sayin'.

      Thanks for the recipe and the ideas.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      actionbronson, Nice to meet you and thanks!

      Carol, Thank you:)

      Hi Pam, I started making macaroons because my husband likes them so much. Hope you both enjoy this recipe.

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      Carolee Samuda 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Looks and sounds great. I love macaroons but never used cream cheese before. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I have everything I need already in my kitchen to bake these! How wonderful is that? This recipe is the perfect addition to the usual lineup of baked goods I make at Christmas time. And I LOVED the video of separating the egg yolk. That was too funny!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      bdegiulio, Thanks and I hope you enjoy the cookies.

      Gypsy, Thank you!

      RH, They're so easy to make and I know you'd love them.

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      Pat Materna 

      5 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

      I love anything coconut. These look yummy. Will have to give them a try. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up + !

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks for this recipe. My husband adores coconut and I do bake at Christmas every year. Voted up!

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      And they are so pretty. Especially delicious if you love coconut. I like the fact they freeze well. As always a great job on recipes and all your hubs.

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      actionbronson 

      5 years ago

      Great recipe! The cookies look very good. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I have never made macaroons. I can't believe it - I have always wanted to so now that you've provided me with instructions, I just might try!

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      Gypsy48 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this recipe. Those cookies look so good! I love chocolate and coconut, yummy! Voted up and useful:)

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Frank!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Dzy, I made these yesterday and I think there are 4 left. That's how fast they go around here. Back to the kitchen I go :) Hope you enjoy this recipe.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Susan. Coconut and chocolate are two of my favorite things so this recipe really appeals to me. Sounds easy enough. Thanks for sharing with us. I'm with Victoria, the more chocolate the better. Great job.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      damn justasksusan two for two today with rocking recipes.. yeah keep on rolling :)

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      Liz Elias 

      5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Oh, we LOVE coconut macaroons! I'm bookmarking this one for sure!

      Voted up, useful, awesome and 5-starred!

      (But I couldn't pick the right answer in your poll--I chose "never" bake, but that's not quite true; I don't buy stuff, either, but I don't "bake all kinds of goodies," either. I used to do a lot when my kids were young; now, it's minimal.)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Vicki, You can add as much chocolate as you like :)

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love coconut and chocolate! I like the fact that these can be frozen, too. Can I add more than a "hint" of chocolate, though? :-)

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