I made these cookies to RAVE reviews. In fact, I made these at the same time that I made the Cookies N Cream ones, and I think the others really suffered in comparison because these were SO good!
This is not actually the first time I’ve made these. I made them for a family gathering probably 3 years ago now, and they were very well received then as well. Unfortunately, the Coconut Creme kisses that are on top are a seasonal item and therefore only available during a short time of the year. If your local store hasn’t sold out of it’s 50% off Easter candy, I suggest running out and grabbing at least one bag of these. They are really good on top of a cookie, but the Kisses are really good on their own as well! Not that I ate all of the other ones I unwrapped after I ran out of cookie dough or anything… *cough*
These cookies were not difficult, but they are kind of involved. Even with the turn in the refrigerator, rolling the balls of cookie dough in coconut will be sticky and messy. It’s worth it though! The cookies turn out soft and flavorful. I even had a professed coconut hater LOVE them. Can’t beat that ringing endorsement!
Coconut Creme Macaroons
Source: Hershey’s, back of the Coconut Creme Kisses bag
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 package (3 oz.) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 teaspoons orange juice
1 1/4 up all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 cups sweetened coconut flakes, divided
Hershey Kisses filled with Coconut Creme
Beat butter, cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until well blended. Add egg yolk, almond extract, and orange juice; beat well. Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in 3 cups of coconut.
Cover; refrigerate 1 hour of until firm enough to handle. Remove wrappers from chocolates. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll balls in remaining 2 cups coconut. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; immediately press chocolate on top of each cookie. Cool 1 minutes, carefully remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.