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Christmas cookies: Almond Joy Macaroons

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 (12.5-ounce) jar caramel ice cream topping

1 cup all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt (optional)

2 bags (14 ounces each) shredded sweetened coconut

1 ½ cups chopped almonds

1 cup milk chocolate chips

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper; spritz with cooking spray. (If you use Silpat liners, cooking spray is not necessary.)

In large bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, caramel topping, flour and salt; mix well. Stir in coconut, almonds and chocolate chips until well mixed. (I mix by hand in large bowl with whisk, then spoon when adding coconut, etc. It's a very sticky and thick dough.)

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 1 inch apart onto cookie sheets. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Immediately remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. (If using Silpat, macaroons can cool a minute or two before removing from cookie sheet.) Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Store in airtight container.

Yield: Makes 5 dozen.

Freezeworthy: No.

Submitted by Shirley Buttacavoli, Brooksville

Mazzaro's Italian Market

Christmas cookies: Almond Joy Macaroons 12/02/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 13, 2013 10:35am]
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