Does anybody else get excited about Valentine's Day?
I surely do. I love a good excuse to make all things pink and red and make up lovey/mushy things for the hubs and my kids (especially the boys because they think it's "gross!").
I also love all the red velvet (soon to come I promise) and hearts that I see around. I have such a hard time resisting them especially mints. I picked up these bad boys at the store and thought I totally have to use those and what better way than in a cookie.
Now coconut is a sensitive subject. At least at our house. The kids won't touch it if it has coconut (and unbeknownst to them sometimes I add it to things just so they won't want any--I know, mean mom!).
But the hubs and I love coconut so anytime I can make a dessert with coconut I jump at the chance. I made these for an adult party we went to (one of those tame adult parties not the "other" ones--just in case you were wondering!)
They were a hit and were gone almost immediately. I loved them but then again I love coconut, chocolate and mint. So if that is you, this is the perfect recipe for you. Absolutely delicious!!
Chocolate Heart Macaroons
(click here for printable version)
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 large egg yolk
1 tbsp vanilla
4 cups sweetened flaked coconut
25-30 York Peppermint Patties (Nestle hearts work great too)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
2. In another medium bowl beat sugar and butter until creamy. Add egg yolk and vanilla; beat well. Add flour mixture and beat until well combined. Stir in coconut. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm enough to handle.
3. Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on un-greased baking sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and immediately press 1 heart on top of each macaroon. Cool one minute and then remove to wire racks to cool completely. Enjoy!
Source: adapted slightly from Nestle