Family Friendly Fridays: Cherry Limeade Macaroons

Wish us luck.  Tomorrow Scott and I are driving the boys to Disney World for a week of fun rides, expensive food, and overtired children.  Nick, my oldest, has been planning our schedule out for the past week and a half now.  See that 123% down there at the bottom?  I’ve been told that’s the percentage of fun he’ll have if we ride all his requested rides.

This year he’s big enough to ride on almost everything and he’s planned just that into the schedule.  If he gets his way we’ll be braving every adventurous thrill Disney has to offer  from Tower of Terror to Dinosaur.  And let me just put it to the record right now that I will NOT be joining in on the Dinosaur “exploration” this year.  The last time we went, I swear I could smell that Tyrannosaurus’ breath he was so close to me.  I nearly leapt from the car and ran out of the park right then and there. If you’ve ridden it, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.  Thankfully my husband is a touch braver than I am and will help to assure the entire schedule is adequately achieved.

Before we head out to the great big world of the mouse, I’m leaving you with one more recipe to whet your appetite.  This one’s a doozy.  Be prepared to revel in sheer dessert pleasure.  If you’re like me, then you’ll agree that there is something truly magical about cherry and lime together.  Pair it with a macaroon and just like that, the idea of sharing becomes completely overrated.

Here’s what you’ll need to do.  Mix together a few egg whites and sugar with a little almond and vanilla extract.

Add in the coconut and mix it up well.  Drop tablespoons onto a cookie sheet and then, with wet hands (it will prevent your fingers from sticking to the cookie), gently press your thumb into the coconut batter.  You can use your other hand to help shape the cookie and keep it together while you form the depression.

Pop them in the oven and cook until their little tentacles begin to turn a toasted golden brown color.

While the macaroons are cooling, grab up some cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, a little vanilla and some lime juice and zest.  Drop it all into your mixer and whip it up until it’s smooth.

Drop a tablespoon’s worth into each cooled macaroon.  Lime and coconut baby.

Finally, top each macaroon with a maraschino cherry.  And let me just pass a tip on to dry your cherries out a touch before placing them on top.  That way you won’t have any unwanted cherry juice runoff (although I question whether cherry juice can ever be unwanted).

Coconut lovers of the world unite.

Due to our impending Disney adventure, I will be inviting a couple friends of mine to take over Mommie Cooks next week.  Christy from Fudge Ripple will be here on Monday and Lyndsay from Pinch of Yum on Wednesday.  Please be sure to stop by and make them feel welcome.  For Friday I’ve put together a special Easter post of my favorite holiday finds from around the blogosphere.  Family Friendly Fridays will also be in full force and I’ll be asking for your Easter inspired posts so be sure to stop by.  See ya on the back end of the World.

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Cherry Limeade Macaroons

Yield: 24 Macaroons

Total Time: 50 min


For the Macaroon:

4 Egg Whites
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Almond Extract
1/4 tsp Salt
16 Ounces Coconut Flakes

For the Limeade Filling:

4 Ounces Cream Cheese
7 Ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 Lime, Zested
1 Lime, Juiced
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract


Mix together the egg whites, sugar, vanilla, almond extract and salt until well combined.

Add in the coconut and stir until coated evenly.

Drop tablespoons of coconut mixture onto a cookie sheet that's been lined with aluminum foil, greased, and floured.

Using wet hands to prevent sticking, push your thumb into each pile and carefully form an indention in each cookie.

TIP: You can push the edges back in around your thumb as you go to make sure the cookie holds it shape.

Place the macaroons in the oven at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until the tips of the cookies begin to turn golden brown

Pull them out and allow them to cool completely.

While the macaroons are cooling, grab up the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, lime zest, lime juice, and vanilla. Whip it up with a mixer until smooth.

Drop tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture into the cooled macaroons. Top with a marachino cherry. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

TIP: Dry your marachinos in a paper towel before putting them on the macaroon so the juices don't run into the filling.

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35 Responses to “Family Friendly Fridays: Cherry Limeade Macaroons”

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    Anna — April 15, 2011 @ 5:50 am

    How GORGEOUS. They are so adorable! :) Have the best time, oh how I wish I could visit Disney. So jealous! Cant wait to hear all about it.

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    MaryAnn — April 15, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    Pretty macaroons! I think my dad would love them. Maybe a Father’s Day gift?
    Have a great time on your Disney vacay!

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    Sarah @ Mum In Bloom — April 15, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    Julie those pictures are gorgeous as always and your son’s note made me laugh out loud. I love the 123%. I dread our first trip to Disney as the thought of amusement park rides makes me want to faint with fear. You are so much braver than I am ;o) Enjoy your trip! The recipe looks like a good one by the way. Where do you get all your yummy recipes from?

    • Julie replied: — April 15th, 2011 @ 8:31 am

      Sarah, the majority of them are mine. This one was a result of wanting to make something with lime and coconut. The cherry was just a bonus! :) I hear ya on the rides. I’m good with some of them, but others make me want to run away and never look back. It’s worth it to see the joy in your kid’s faces; there’s nothing quite like the world of the mouse!

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    Katerina — April 15, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    Mmm, I wish I was a tiny doll in your luggage right now! Have fun in Disney Land! Great macaroons!

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    Melissa (My McDonald Meal) — April 15, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    YUM! Lime and coconut- paradise!
    Disney- not paradise! But- will be heading there soon with the girls. I’d love to hear any tips. Have fun!

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    Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It! — April 15, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    Hope that you have a wonderful trip!

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    Laura in Cancun — April 15, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    Delicious :)

    Have an amazing trip to Disneyworld! I like how he almost wrote “7 brides” instead of “7 rides” hahaha

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    Jenna — April 15, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    Delectable! I used to be a coconut hater, but thankfully when I hit 18 all of that changed. =) Now I can’t get enough of the stuff. Maraschino cherries however I could do without . . . I’m wondering what cute treat I could substitute on top. Maybe dried fruit? Or fresh pitted cherries? I’ll have to give it some thought. Have fun at Disney World! I hope you hit the 123% mark. =)

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    Rita — April 15, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    Julie, you make sensational macaroons! Love your son’s note; by now you must be in the Land of Disney;I’m sure you will be crating wonderful memories for you and your children.

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — April 15, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    These look like heaven! What a fun and festive concept.

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    Katrina — April 15, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    Those look great. I love coconut (I just posted a coconut shortbread cookie). Love the kicked up version of these macaroons.

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    Dan — April 15, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    Those look extra yummy with the cherry on top. Growing up, I thought macaroons only came from a can (for Passover). Not so yummy, but it was one of the tastier desserts available.

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    Mari's Cakes — April 15, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

    Julie!!! You are going to have a great time!!! I am sure you will reach the 123% fun, if you ride on the pirates of the Caribbean (that my husband’s favorite). The taco salad the serve right outside this ride is awesome, I could never forget it!

    The Cherry Limeade Macaroons look delicious, it is a wonderful combination of flavors.

    Till next time!

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    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — April 15, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

    So happy to be participating in Family Friendly Friday again…thanks so much for hosting!! This week I’m sharing my easy, addictive & affordable homemade granola! Have a great weekend!! :)

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    malia — April 15, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    beautiful as usual! i think i might even have the fixings on hand!
    thanks for hosting and have fun at Disneyworld… we’re making the trek from Seattle soon ourselves

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    Concetta — April 15, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

    These look so amazing – I love coconut and I love lime! Thank you for sharing – I am linking up a delicious chocolate chip recipe.

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    Tessa — April 15, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

    These look awesome. We always seem to “need” cherry limeades when we pass a Sonic around here, so I may have to make these.

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    Shelby — April 15, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

    Your cookies are gorgeous! Enjoy your Disney trip!

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    Jason — April 15, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

    Love it how kids grow up so quick! Those macaroons look absolutely wonderful!

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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book — April 16, 2011 @ 6:39 am

    Oh what fun – Disney World – I can only dream of that.
    Your macaroons looks outstanding – so pretty.
    :-) Mandy

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    anne — April 16, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    too yummy for words! enjoy the big old mouse!! anne

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    Monet — April 17, 2011 @ 12:51 am

    Smile. I love macaroons, and I loved Disney World growing up. I hope you and your sweet family have a great time. But I know that you will be happy to be home at the end of your trip…Thank you for sharing your sweet self with me tonight. I always know I can find something delicious and uplifting when I visit. I hope you have a safe and happy Sunday.

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    Maria — April 17, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    FUN cookies!

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    Tamy ~ Always Eat On the Good China — April 17, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

    Adorable and perfect for Spring and Easter!

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — April 17, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

    I’m so jealous! Hope your vacation is spectacular – all 123%!

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    grace — April 19, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

    fact: cherry limeades from sonic are one of my favorite drinks ever. add some coconut and some sugar as you’ve done here and what we have is a dessert worth every calorie! :)

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    Maranda — April 25, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

    These cookies are beautiful. I don’t really like cherry…but I could always substitute a little strawberry in there. That lime filling sounds delightful. I’m sure you had a great time Disney!

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    Stay-At-Home-Chef — May 2, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    Oh my – these look fantastic! And I just so happen to have a jar of amazing maraschino cherries that I’ve been wondering what to do with and now I know :)

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    Elle — August 26, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    Made these for a baby shower… they were GONE within minutes (and i even doubled the batch!). Thank you SO much for sharing the recipe. I ended up with leftovers of the lime cream cheese mixture and found it was yummy spread on apple slices!

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    Elle — August 26, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

    BONUS!!! I found that scooping the cream cheese mix into a ziplock and cutting off the tip made for distributing the icing much easier (and prettier!)

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    Jo and Sue — November 10, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

    Love this recipe! Thank you for sharing these pretty little cookies.
    I did a blog about it if you want to have a peek! –

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    Stephanie — October 29, 2014 @ 9:35 pm

    I tried these three times and they never stayed together what am I doing wrong? We don’t do ounces in Canada I tried two cups of coconut and still pretty runny

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