Thursday, May 9, 2013

Cherry Chocolate Macaroons

I've been wanting to make these cookies for a while now. So yesterday we made a batch and took some to my daughter's elementary school teacher for teacher appreciation week. I've gotta be honest, there is nothing quite like these cookies! They're a class all their own. Just imagine soft, chewy, almost cakey cookies with coconut, cherries, and chocolate. I just can't even describe the deliciousness...

Cherry Chocolate Macaroons
1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 & 1/4 c. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 & 1/2 t. almond extract
2 eggs
2 t. baking powder
2 t. baking soda
3 & 1/2 c. flour
1 & 1/2 c. sweetened shredded coconut
1 (10 oz.) jar maraschino cherries, halved (reserve 2-3 t. liquid)
1 c. chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar for about 4 minutes. Add salt, extract, and eggs.
 Cream again until light and fluffy.
 Add baking powder, baking soda, flour, and coconut. Mix until dough is crumbly.
 Add cherries, cherry liquid, and chocolate chips. Mix by hand until dough comes together.
 Scoop dough onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
 Bake for about 9 minutes.

These cookies are such a unique, tasty treat. The combination of flavors and textures is just divine. Enjoy!