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Coconut-Cranberry Chews

Photo: James Carrier

Yield Makes about 6 dozen cookies
Nancy Jamison was right when she wrote us that these cookies are addictive. We loved their combination of coconut, cranberries, and orange. In fact, these straightforward, tasty rounds are everything a holiday cookie should be. The mixture will look dry until it comes together as a dough. If it's too crumbly to form into balls, the dough needs to be mixed longer; it should be a smooth, homogeneous mass.

Ingredients

  • About 1 1/2 cups (3/4 lb.) butter or margarine, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked dried coconut

Nutrition Information

  • calories 92
  • caloriesfromfat 45 %
  • protein 0.7 g
  • fat 4.5 g
  • satfat 2.8 g
  • carbohydrate 12 g
  • fiber 0.4 g
  • sodium 58 mg
  • cholesterol 10 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a large bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat 1 1/2 cups butter, sugar, orange peel, and vanilla until smooth.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to butter mixture, stir to mix, then beat on low speed until dough comes together, about 5 minutes. Mix in cranberries and coconut.

  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place about 2 inches apart on buttered 12- by 15-inch baking sheets.

  4. Bake in a 350° regular or convection oven until cookie edges just begin to brown, 8 to 11 minutes (shorter baking time will yield a chewier cookie; longer baking time will yield a crispier cookie). If baking two sheets at once in one oven, switch their positions halfway through baking. Let cookies cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then use a wide spatula to transfer to racks to cool completely.

  5. Nutritional analysis per cookie.