Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hershery's Kisses Macaroon Cookies

" I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts! There they are standing in a row! Big ones, Small ones, some as big as your head!..."

Has anyone seen the Lion King in 3-D yet? I haven't but want to. Last night Dan and I went bowling with our friends Brandon and Katie, and two of our siblings Jenna and Scott. I beat Dan in a bet, and he now gets to take me on date night once a week for 2 months. Maybe we will hit the Lion King this coming week:)

Dan is a Disney guy. He seriously knows almost any song from any Disney film. Once in a while he will randomly throw out a few lines from the coconut song. The above lyrics are the only lyrics from the song that I actually know. When making this recipe I sang these few lines over and over and over. Stuck in my head I just couldn't stop. (For those of you who haven't seen the clip of the movie click here.)

I usually do not use coconut in recipes because Dan is not a huge fan. I on the other hand LOVE coconut, which is another reason why I never use coconut in recipes. I would be the only one to eating and I would more than likely eat it all at once. 

When I am in the grocery store post Halloween, I forbid myself to enter the area with the carts full of sale candy if I am feeling even the slightest bit weak. If I am caught in "a moment" and spy a bag of Almond Joys 50% off I am doomed. 

I do however treat myself about twice a year to an Almond Joy. And once in a great while I will whip out a recipe with coconut. But only if I have people to give the majority of the goodies to quickly. When I do get to indulge, I slowly eat, trying to savor every bite. Yum. Dan looks at me like I am crazy......He just doesn't understand :)

Last week I sent these cookies into the locker room after indulging one too many times. I think Dan ate one and thought it "wasn't bad". But all of the coconut lovers devoured them as did I. 

Hershey's Kisses Macaroon Cookies
Slightly adapted from Hershey's   
Discovered on the back of my Hershey's Bag

1/3 cup real butter softened
3 oz of cream cheese softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla coffee creamer
2-1/4 teaspoons almond extract
1-1/4 cups of all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoons sea salt
5 cups Sweetened Coconut Flakes (divided)
48'ish Hershey's Kisses

-Beat butter, cream cheese and sugar until well blended.
-Add egg yolk, almond extract and coffee creamer. Beat well.
-In a separate bowl stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add it to the butter/cream cheese mixture until well blended.
-Stir in 3 cups of coconut (leaving 2 to the side for a later step).
-Cover and refrigerate 1 hr or until firm enough to handle.
-Remove wrappers from the Kisses and put them in a bowl in the freezer. (this make them easier to handle)
-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
-Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and roll them around in the remaining 2 cups of coconut until they are coated. Lay coconut coated balls on ungreased cookie sheet.
-Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
-Pull the Kisses out of the freezer and when the cookies come out, immediately press a Kiss into the top/center of each cookie.
-Cool the cookies 1 minute, and then carefully remove them from the cookie sheet to a wire rack.
-Cool completely and store in an airtight container. These also freeze well to be pulled out for unexpected guests or to help you get ahead on your holiday baking.


  1. My grandma used to make kiss cookies all the time but I haven't seen them done this way before. I'll have to give them a try!

    Funny that you mention that song....Keenan and I went to Lion King in Vegas last month. I loved it but Keenan felt so-so about it. During the part where they were supposed to sing "I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts..." they replaced it with a song about Vegas. Keenan was absolutely devastated!

  2. My husband hates coconut and I love it too! Unlike you, I don't have the discipline to not make coconut filled sweets every chance I get. These looks so simple and delicious!

  3. Denise - Did your Grandma make the Kiss Cookies with the peanut butter dough? I want to see Lion King live! That would be great! You lucky lady:)

  4. Candy - That is so funny that we are in the same boat with the coconut situation. I froze a few of these cookies and brought them out last night for our house guests. They were just as good stored frozen for a couple weeks. What kind of other coconut treats do you like to make?

  5. Yes, she called them peanut blossoms!

    You guys definitely need to go see it!