Cherry Coconut Macaroons

These cherry coconut macaroons with a drizzle of chocolate remind me of a chocolate covered cherry. They are loaded with maraschino cherry juice and bits of maraschino cherries. These cookies will make any coconut lover happy! Side note, I also have an almond joy macaroons recipe!

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and I love making pretty red and pink desserts just for the occasion. For example, the pretty pink and white strawberries and cream cheesecake recipe I just posted yesterday.

Today are my cherry coconut macaroons. I cannot get over the color. It's just so pretty. I've come to the realization that I need more macaroons on my blog. I really have no interest in coconut myself, but my son loves it as well as my bestie down the road. They were my taste testers for these guys.

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These macaroons are so simple to make and take no time at all to whip up! Plus, it only takes a handful of ingredients to put together. Crazy, right? I wish my husband and I liked coconut. These would be our second go-to cookie recipe. The first will always be my dark chocolate no-bake cookies.

This post wasn't just for Valentine's day though. It's also for the annual Cookies for Kids' Cancer fundraiser. Food bloggers come together to donate to the charity and also create a recipe post to bring awareness to the fundraiser.

We also have some awesome brands matching dollar for dollar which is amazing! Do you want to donate to the cause? I'll leave a link here for you. It looks like we've hit the initial goal with just food blogger donations! Woohoo!!

This cookie originally started out as a cherry chocolate chip macaroons with mini chocolate chips in it, but the chocolate just overpowered any flavor the cherry had. I eventually (obviously) just cut the chocolate chips out completely and drizzled some almond bark chocolate on top.

Cherry Coconut Macaroon Recipe

A plate of pink cherry doughnuts with coconut macaroon toppings.

Cherry Coconut Macaroons

These cherry coconut macaroons are loaded with maraschino cherry flavor, from the juice to bits of cherries. A drizzle of chocolate to the tops makes a nice addition too!
4.62 from 18 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 111 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 2 T. granulated sugar
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cups + 3 T. maraschino cherry juice
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 5 ⅓ cups 14 oz bag sweetened shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup maraschino cherries drained and finely chopped
  • 2 squares chocolate almond bark

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites, sugar, sweetened condensed milk, maraschino cherry juice, and salt until frothy. It may take about 2 minutes to do it.
  • Add the coconut and chopped maraschino cherries. Stir until all coconut is covered with mixture.
  • Add in the flour and stir until completely incorporated.
  • Using a 1 ½ T. medium cookie scoop, scoop out the cookie.
  • Place on the prepared baking sheet. They won't spread.
  • Bake for 17-19 minutes until the coconut bits get golden brown.
  • Let cool completely.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate almond bark in. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until the chocolate is smooth.
  • Place the chocolate in a sandwich bag. Cut a very small hole in one of the corners of the bag. This will help to drizzle over the top of the macaroons.
  • Place the cookies on a piece of wax paper or parchment paper. Drizzle the chocolate on the top of each macaroon moving back and forth over the top of each cookie. Let dry.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Notes

Be sure to drain the maraschino cherries and dab them dry with a paper towel before finely chopping them.

Nutrition

Calories: 111kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 87mgPotassium: 86mgSugar: 10gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 0.5mg

(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)

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12 Comments

  1. Terrific recipe, thank you. Everyone loved them .
    I didn’t drizzle chocolate as one person couldn’t eat it and they were still delicious.5 stars

  2. I was looking for a macaroon recipe for the whole family and I stumbled on this article. I read and followed the instructions carefully and I made it deliciously! Every member of my family is so happy! Thanks for this , will share it on our http://com-me.com site5 stars

  3. Thanks for sharing the recipe! It is looking like I will be trying these out today ? So do you not need to let the dough chill at all before baking? I feel like most chocolate chip cookie dough does need to chill but I have come across a couple recipes where it really doesn’t and is better without chilling5 stars

  4. Ohhhh, I love macaroons and chocolate covered cherries, I know I would love this! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  5. Loving this cherry coconut macaroons. Brilliant idea of adding the cherry juice, love the color! Thanks for being a part of this amazing cause. Love Cookies for Kid's Cancer.

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