Coconut-Cranberry Chews

  • heathertup Posted: 12/11/09
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    DELISH!!! My friend and I make these every year at our annual cookie baking extravaganza. It's the butter and orange zest that make them to die for! Recipe does not need tweaking!

  • chefjenwin Posted: 11/29/08
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    My husband's late grandmother first made these (because the creator was from her old hometown) and served them at Christmas. Neither of us profess to like coconut but these were amazing! I have since made them every year and they are one of the first cookies to go and the recipe is often requested! Don't bake too long, chewy is better.

  • ahorack Posted: 12/16/08
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    These cookies are tasty, but the one thing that the reviews and instructions do not say clearly enough is that you should mix it to death BEFORE the cranberries and coconut. I mixed mine for more than five minutes and could see that it was coming together so added my cranberries and coconut. Then after the first batch came out of the oven without flattening out I started mixing some more to make it less crumbly. now my cookies are pinkish. Not near as pretty as the first batch, but they did spread finally. I recommend mixing it even more than you think you should in the beginning (definatley more than 5 minutes).

  • KirstenA Posted: 12/17/08
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    A staple for any holiday gathering.

  • Kimeron Posted: 11/15/10
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    Based on all the reviews, I was excited about these cookies. But I found them bland and boring. If you like buttery shortbread type cookies, these may be for you - but I just found the flavor profile lacking.

  • Buildermom Posted: 01/05/09
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    Easy and fabulous, these have become a Christmas tradition in our house. Even those who don't normally like coconut love these cookies.

  • KimSteinmetz Posted: 12/21/10
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    I found this recipe last year, and I loved it! This year when I made it, I confused the butter directions--1 1/2 cups = 3 sticks! I tried to use just 1 1/2 sticks! I recognized that something was amiss, but it took me a while to figure out what! They are delicious!!

  • chilecrab Posted: 12/04/09
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    This is my #1 Christmas cookie recipe. I've made them every year since they won in Sunset. You must have patience, have a stand mixer, wait until the crumbles clump back together. I zest one huge orange with a microplane grinder and don't measure it. Love these. And I'm a chocolate lover.

  • tallntaninrsf Posted: 01/18/11
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    Favorite of all the holiday cookies we made this year!

  • GirlieGeek Posted: 12/22/10
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    We just finished making this cookie and despite mixing for at least 7 minutes, the dough never came together in a "homogeneous mass". We both checked the recipe several times to ensure we hadn't missed an ingredient. After our first batch, we decided to add an egg to the remaining dough and the resulting cookies were perfect! The eggless batch taste like shortbread cookies, while those with egg were chewy and soft. Great tasting cookies, but we think it's missing the binding ingredient needed to produce the "chewy" cookie proclaimed in the recipe.

  • rinki30 Posted: 10/01/11
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    Loved it, and this was my first cookie bake of my life.And turned out perfect.

  • FrancescaWhit Posted: 12/18/11
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    Love these - chewy, sweet little treasures!

  • petersmv Posted: 12/20/12
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    This recipe was great - but I was using a big mixer which brought the dough together. I had some older dried cranberries to use, so I fluffed them in the microwave by boiling in water and then patting dry - these made the cranberry taste even better.

  • Socalparkfive Posted: 12/11/13
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    Terrific Christmas (or anytime) cookie. I had no problem getting dough to come together, although it does take a bit of muscle to stir in cranberries and coconut. I whipped the butter and sugar mixture together until mixture was very light and doubled or tripled in volume. Then I stirred flour mix in until incorporated (about a minute) and folded in cranberries and coconut. Other changes I made were using lemon peel instead of orange and flattening balls slightly before baking. Baking time was longer as mine took 13 minutes for edges to become a light golden brown. A keeper!

  • karenfromboston Posted: 12/25/13
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    Instead of cranberries and white chocolate, I made spumoni cookies with one cup each of dried cherries, semi sweet chocolate chips, and chopped pistachios. A good filler staple for my cookie tin gifts.

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