Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cherry Sugar Cookie Macaroons

Seriously, this recipe could not be any easier.  Even if you think you can't bake, you can make these wonderful cookies and be a baking hero!  They aren't just easy to make, but they are super yummy too!! These cookies are chewy, coconut-y, and nutty with a wonderfully tart "pop" from the dried cherries.  

Cherry Sugar Cookie Macaroons from Renee's Kitchen Adventures:  Chewy, coconuty-y, nutty, with a nice tart pop from the dried cherries. #cookies #coconut #macaroons


I found this recipe at Reynold's Kitchens. (you can also find it on Allrecipes)   I don't even remember how I was discovered it, maybe Facebook or Pinterest, but I am so glad I did! The reason this cookie is so easy to make is that it starts with refrigerated cookie dough.  To be honest, I've never been a big fan of refrigerated cookie dough but it really works in this recipe.  I was pleasantly surprised at how "homemade" these cookies taste.  Really.  I wouldn't lie! (and I'm pretty picky about my cookies!)

Cherry Sugar Cookie Macaroons from Renee's Kitchen Adventures:  Chewy, coconuty-y, nutty, with a nice tart pop from the dried cherries. #cookies #coconut #macaroons

The original recipe called for preserves added to the top after baking.  I tried it with the first dozen, but decided it made them too sweet.  I really liked them without the jam, so that is how I'm presenting my version.

Cherry Sugar Cookie Macaroons from Renee's Kitchen Adventures:  Chewy, coconuty-y, nutty, with a nice tart pop from the dried cherries. #cookies #coconut #macaroons

These cookies would make a great addition to your Easter spread or anytime you need a quick and easy cookie.  They aren't "skinny fare" or "reduced anything", so moderation would be the key to enjoying these little gems.  These cookies also freeze well, so eat some and freeze the rest!


Cherry Sugar Cookie Macaroons

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Published 04/15/2014
Cherry Sugar Cookie Macaroons

Ingredients

  • 1 roll Pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried tart cherries
  • 2 1/2 cups (7 oz.) sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment or use a silpat. (I prefer parchment)
  2. Allow the cookie dough to come to room temperature (about 10-30 minutes, depending on the temperature of your kitchen) so it's easier to incorporate the remaining ingredients.
  3. In large bowl, combine the room temperature cookie dough, nuts, cherries and coconut using wooden spoon. Drop onto prepared baking sheet using a small scoop or by rounded TBS. 
  4. Bake 15 -17 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool on sheet for 2 minutes then remove to wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough. Store in an airtight container.  These cookies also freeze well.  
Yield: 3 doz. cookies
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 17 mins.
Total time: 27 mins.

Slightly adapted from Reynold's Kitchens

Servings - approx. 36   Serving size - 1 cookie   Points Plus per Serving - 4 Points+
Calories - 140,  Total Fat - 6 g,   Carb. - 20g,  Protein - 1g,   Fiber - 0g*
*Nutrition information courtesy of Reynold's Kitchens

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Can you use your own homemade sugar cookie dough?  Sure, I don't see why not, as long as it is a loose dough and you do not refrigerate it.  I know these cookies aren't the typical diet friendly food I like to feature here on RKA, but they are so easy and really delicious, I couldn't pass up sharing.  With the spring now approaching and potlucks and pic-nics in the near future, these cookies are so easy to bake up and take anywhere! 



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21 comments:

  1. What a fun semi homemade recipe! Definitely a great go to when you have a party fall in your lap :)

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    1. Really so easy to put together in no time! No one will believe you didn't make them from scratch either!

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  2. You have to splurge every once in a while! These look delicious! Great post, Renee!

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    1. I agree Marion. These are worth the splurge!

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  3. These cookies look great Renee and YAY~for Ziplist! :)

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  4. Perfect for me 'cause I don't bake. Love coconut and all the other goodies! Thanks Renee!

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    1. They really are so easy!! thanks KC!

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  5. Mmmm, bet these would be great with a big cup of coffee! Pinning :)

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  6. Macadamia, coconut and dried cherries.. that sounds super delicious!

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    1. thanks for stopping by. Yes, it's a great combo!

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  7. I would go without jam too. These macaroons look mouthwatering.

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    1. thanks for stopping by! Yes! they are so good, esp if you like coconut!

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  8. Refrigerated dough that makes these outstanding cookies? I'm going to give them a try for sure. They don't look half store bought to me.

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    1. Yes! Its crazy. I was surprised how good they turned out myself! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Hi! What a great idea! Thanks for stopping by #TheWeekendSocial and linking up! I have pinned and stumbled your entry. I hope to see you again next week!

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  10. These look insulin worthy Renee! :D

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  11. Those look truly "point worthy!' :)

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