September 28, 2008

Macaroon Cookies

1/3 c butter, softened
1 package cream cheese (8 oz) softened
3/4 c sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tsp orange juice
1 tsp almond extract
1 1/4 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 3/4 c shredded coconut (10 0z package) I prefer Mounds
melted semi-sweet or milk chocolate (optional, see last note)

Beat butter, cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl until well blended; add egg yolk, orange juice and almond extract. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt, gradually add the butter mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in 3 c coconut. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to handle.

Heat over to 350. Shape dough into 1 inch balls; rolling remaining 3/4 c coconut. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 10-12 mins or until lightly browned. Cool 1 minute. Remove from cookie sheet and place on cooling rack. Yields about 3.5 dozen. Another option: roll in chocolate rather than remaining coconut.

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