Coconut macaroons are one of my favorite cookies and have been for as long as I can remember. The rest of my family loves them every bit as much as I do and for years and years when I’d make dozens upon dozens of Chrismtas cookies I always got asked “you’re going to make some macaroons, right?”
And of course I would because they were one of the more simple recipes I had that required few ingredients, didn’t require cutting out like sugar cookies and best of all, they were fast.
So I decided to whip up a batch and share the recipe with all of you. I find that these little nests of coconut are great alone, but amazing with a little bit of chocolate if you’re into that sort of thing.
I like to plonk a Hershey’s Kiss in the center and call them coconut kisses, but you can also drizzle chocolate over the top or dip the bottoms in chocolate, too. At Christmastime, they’re also very pretty if you place a red or green candy in the center.
Coconut Macaroons or Coconut Kisses
This recipe makes two dozen, golf ball sized macaroon cookies.
- 5 1/3 cups of sweetened flake coconut (I buy Great Value at Wal-Mart)
- 2/3 cups of flour (every day flour or gluten free flour blend)
- pinch of salt
- 14 ounce can, sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- unwrapped Hershey’s Kisses
- Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare cookie sheets by lining with parchment paper or heavy foil that has been greased.
- In a large bowl mix your coconut, flour and salt together well.
- Open you condensed milk and add your vanilla extract to the can. Carefully stir.
- Pour your condensed milk into your coconut mixture and stir to incorporate fully with a spoon.
- This is sticky stuff and will stick to your hands like crazy. To prevent this from becoming a problem, lightly wet your hands in between every 2-3 cookies. Loosely form golf ball sized cookies and place 12 to a sheet.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the peaks of the coconut become dark.
- If adding Hershey’s Kisses, shove the candy into the coconut as soon as they come out of the oven. You can carefully use your fingers to mold the cookie around each kiss (but take care because they are hot).
- Allow cookies to cool on the parchment or foil and carefully peel off.