Coconut Cherry Surprise Cookies

Coconut Cherry Surprise Cookies

A cookie ball dipped in confectioners' powdered sugar icing, then topped in coconut. Each scrumptious cookie has a hidden maraschino cherry surprise. A great cookie for the holidays.
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  • Serves: 36 persons



  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Step 2

    Place drained cherries on a paper towel.
  3. Step 3

    Grind slivered almonds in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl.
  4. Step 4

    Place coconut in the food processor; grind until finely chopped. Transfer 1 cup to a resealable plastic bag; add 3 drops of green food coloring, seal the bag, and shake. Pour into a bowl. Transfer remaining coconut to a separate resealable plastic bag; add 3 drops of red food coloring. Pour into a separate bowl.
  5. Step 5

    Beat butter and 1/2 cup sugar together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in water and almond extract.
  6. Step 6

    Combine flour, ground almonds, oats, and salt in a bowl. Add flour mixture to butter mixture gradually; dough will be crumbly.
  7. Step 7

    Pack 1 tablespoon of dough around each cherry, forming a ball. Place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Step 8

    Bake in the preheated oven until bottoms of cookies are lightly browned, 16 to 18 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  9. Step 9

    Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Place 16 ounce package sugar in a bowl; mix in enough reserved cherry juice to reach a smooth dipping consistency. Dip the tops of the cooled cookies in the icing and then in the colored coconut. Place on waxed paper until icing is set, about 20 minutes.