Macaroon Kisses (Almond Joy Cookies)

Okay all you almond extract lovers out there, this is another great recipe for you.  

When I first was looking over this recipe, it was the almond extract that caught my eye.  Seriously, almond extract is amazing.  Enough about the almond extract though, because that is not all that makes these cookies spectacular, but it definitely plays a factor.

The combination of flavors; almond, chocolate, coconut (Sounds like I am describing Almond Joys, huh?!) all together make these cookies incredible!  Don’t like coconut?… well, neither does my husband. You can successfully leave out the coconut if you desire.  Just roll the dough in sugar instead.

I like to call them “Almond Joy Cookies” because that’s what they remind me of! :)

recipe from: Taste of Home Most Requested Recipes Cookbook

1/3 cup butter, softened
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
5 cups flaked coconut, divided (you can omit if you don’t like coconut)
48 milk chocolate kisses

In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy.  
Beat in egg yolk and almond extract.  
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.  
Stir in 3 cups coconut.  
Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.
Roll into 1-inch balls and roll in remaining coconut (or roll in sugar if you omitted coconut).  Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.  
Immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie.  Sprinkle with coarse sugar.  
Cool on pan for 2-3 minutes or until chocolate is softened.  
Remove to wire racks to cool completely.



Nutrition Facts:
1 serving equals 1 cookie

120 calories
7 g fat (5 g saturated fat)
11 mg cholesterol85 mg sodium
14 g carbohydrate
1 g fiber
1 g protein

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  1. 1

    Want these!

  2. 2

    These would be great with the Hershey Coconut Kisses (which I used and blogged today!!)

  3. 3

    Yea, those sound just about amazing!!! I love coconut in a serious way:-)

  4. 4

    Mmmm, can't wait to make these!

  5. 5

    Yum! These cookies look and sound so good!! This is one I need to make!!! Mmmm, chocolate and coconut!!

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  7. 7

    These look amazing…I love coconut and almond…and Almond Joys!

  8. 8

    They look delicious! They would be a hit at our home.

  9. 9

    I've been on an Almond Joy kick, I am actually drinking Almond Joy creamer in my coffee right now. Those look wonderful! I will definitely be making those soon!

  10. 10

    wow!! it looks so yummy!!ía from Spain

  11. 11

    Love that picture!

  12. 12

    I love almond joys. These cookies look absolutely amazing.

  13. 13

    these are amazing!

  14. 14

    Made these cookies tonight as an addition to my standard Christmas cookie repertoire. They are absolutely delicious!

  15. 15

    These cookies were amazing–I got compliments on them from everyone who tried one, even people who don’t like coconut. And they couldn’t have been easier. I can’t wait to make these again!

  16. 16

    I made these for Christmas this year and WOW. These cookies are amazing. We’re all coconut and almond lovers in this house and I think this is our new favorite cookie. Definitely will be a staple of our Christmas cookie baking from here on out. Thanks so much!

  17. 17

    Hi Nikki,
    I am a french blooger. I translated your recipe into french, cooked yesterday night after work and just published it on my blog :
    Thanks for this yummy macaroons !!!!
    Kisses from France

  18. 18

    I’m not sure what I did wrong. Are the cookies supposed to flatten some when cooking? Mine didn’t. They did when I pressed the kiss on top. Some broke apart, too. I had to carefully press the cookie back into a circle. Is the only way to tell if they are cooked by how toasted the coconut is? Mine aren’t chewy like a macaroon or Almond Joy. Pretty dry actually. My coconut was fresh and very moist so I am surprised. And disappointed. They do look cute.