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! :)

Macaroon Kisses

Coconut and chocolate come together to form one delicious cookie!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 48
Calories 115kcal


  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups sweetened shredded coconut divided
  • 48 milk chocolate kisses


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar together.
  • Beat in egg yolk and almond extract until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Stir in 3 cups coconut.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until dough is easier to work with.
  • Roll into 1-inch balls and roll in remaining coconut.  Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • After removing from oven, immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie.
  • Let cookies cool on pan for 2-3 minutes or until chocolate is softened, then transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.


Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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  1. Aimee

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

  2. Jocelyn

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

  3. Darla

    Mmmm, can't wait to make these!

  4. Julie

    I am inviting you come and be part of my blog hop:

  5. Kate

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

  6. Cindy

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

  7. Tina @ Babycakes Blog

    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!

  8. MARÍA

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

  9. Shiloh

    I love almond joys. These cookies look absolutely amazing.

  10. hayley

    these are amazing!

  11. Carrie

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

  12. Sloane

    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!

  13. Amanda

    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!

  14. Ingrid Lolibox

    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

  15. Linda

    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.

  16. Mona Steinmetz

    I have made these for yrs , at Christmas time I add food coloring ( green , red ) leave some white and makes a great tray ..People just love them ...Food color will not change the taste .... just add few drops more if you want them darker ...

  17. Pat Voter

    I do not like almonds. Can I replace with vanilla?

    1. Chef in Training

      yes you definitely can!

  18. Mark

    Is the 5 cups of flaked coconut packed, like brown sugar, or loose? Thanks

  19. Kym

    Can you tell me if the coconut in the almond joy cookie recipe should be sweetened coconut or not. Thanks!

  20. Robin

    I don't have kisses, couldn't I just use chocolate chips?

  21. Sheila Horne


    I will bake these tomorrow for my almond and coconut friends.

  22. M Emsley

    Is the coconut UNSWEETENED ?? ...and packed into measuring cup like brown sugar?

  23. Karine

    Should the coconut be sweetened or unsweetened?

    1. Chef in Training


  24. Bonnie

    I made these today and they turned out pretty good other than I found the almond extract flavour took over the whole cookie I could hardly taste the coconut. I would recommend 1 1/4 tsp possibly even 1 tsp of almond extract instead of 2 tsp.

  25. liz

    How many cookies does this recipe make?

  26. Melissa

    Can you freeze these cookies