Coconut macaroons with candied cherries

(KLTV/KTRE) - I love to make these coconut macaroons during holidays all year long; you can make cookies with them and fill them with any holiday-related candy or filling. Or, use a jam filling in the center to make macaroon thumbprints! If you prefer, skip the filling and drizzle them with melted chocolate when they're cooled. Fantastic!

Coconut macaroons with candied cherries

  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups sweetened coconut
  • Red and green candied cherries

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the coconut, sweetened condensed milk, egg white, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir until combined.

3. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop up about 2 or 3 tablespoons of the dough and place the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Press down the center with your thumb.

4. Bake cookies for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and press a cherry into the center of each one. Bake for about 10 more minutes, or until golden brown.

Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes or until they are firm and set. Remove with a spatula onto a cooling rack. Cool completely.