Marvelous Macaroons: The Journal News Cookie Swap 2014


macaroons recipe
This post is part of our  series on my cookie swap tradition. Every December, for the past ten years, I’ve invited friends to join me in a cookie exchange.  Over the years, our party has evolved into a mother-daughter event, hence the many recipe contributors listed on some of the posts!  Each post contains a favorite recipe from past exchanges.

See how to win more than $700 worth of prizes, including a stand mixer, at our Cookie Swap on Dec. 2

This recipe comes from my friend, Cynthia, who inspired one of my summer recipes, the peach and berries pie. Here is her recipe for these coconut macaroons with candied cherries, they are as lovely as they are delicious.

Click here to see our recipe database with more from past Cookie Swaps.

Marvelous Macaroons by Cynthia Coutsouros

Marvelous Macaroons by Cynthia Coutsouros


  • 2 2/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 egg whites (powdered ones are ok)
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup slivered almonds


  1. Combine coconut, sugar, flour and salt in mixing bowl. Stir in egg whites and almond extract. Stir in almonds; mix well
  2. Drop from teaspoon onto lightly greased baking sheets. Garnish with candied cherry halves, if desired. Bake at 325 F for 20 – 25 minutes, or until edges of cookies are golden brown.
  3. Remove from baking sheets immediately.
  4. Makes about 2 ½ dozen.


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About Author

Suburban Sweets columnist Josephine D’Ippolito is a baking enthusiast whose passion began more than twenty years ago, when, on a whim, she and her college friend made a single batch of cookies from scratch. One husband, three children and thousands of cookies later, Josephine enjoys the creative and culinary process of baking more than ever. Older, wiser and slightly more health conscious, she tends to justify her habit by making her desserts on the tiny side. Quite possibly her favorite day of the year is her annual cookie exchange held each December, when she gets to revel in the talent and sweetness of her dearest family and friends.

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