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Looking for the perfect cookie to leave out for Santa this year? Look no further! These super-easy macaroons are festive, easy to make and delicious!

I found this recipe through Martha Stewart and decided to use a little green food coloring to make them more tree-like. They are chewy, sweet and rich! Just make sure Santa likes coconut!


  • 2 ½ cups finely shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 5 teaspoons vanilla extract (for a cherry-flavored macaroon, use almond extract)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine coconut, sugar, egg whites, vanilla, salt and food coloring in a mixing bowl.
  3. With two tablespoons of mixture, form into miniature trees. Pinch tops to make top of tree.
  4. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet one inch apart.
  5. Bake until edges are golden and trees are firm, 12-14 minutes.
  6. Let cool at least 15 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar.