Cyber Cookie Swap!
The Domestic Goddess is cooking up a sublime collection of cookies in "flogtopia". I thought that since cranberries were of "holiday topic", it would be good to share a cookie with them involved. I have to admit, I love the little tart nuggets.
I updated a recipe that I think was found in Sunset Magazine...it has been a couple of years, but I remember they were delicious, and, a little unusual of a combo for a cookie. I made a few changes and then gathered my faithful "guinea pigs" for taste testing. It did raise some eyebrows at first, but one bite, everyone said..."oh, yeah. This is a keeper recipe." The cranberry and the citrus work so well together! These are on the delicate side, though, so handle with care....eat with abandon.
COCONUT CRANBERRY COOKIES
Yield - 24
3/4 lb Unsalted Butter, room temperature
16 oz Granulated Sugar
14 oz Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
2 tsp Vanilla
1 tbls Fresh Grated Orange Peel
1 tsp Baking Powder
7 oz Dried Cranberries
5 oz Sweetened flaked dried coconut
Preheat oven to 350.
Beat butter, sugar, orange peel and vanilla until smooth.
In separate 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.
Shape dough into 1" balls and place on cookie sheets lined with parchment (or silpat) about 2" apart. "Smoosh" down just slightly with the palm of your hand. (Dough is a little "crumbly")
Bake until cookie edges just begin to brown, about 8-11 minutes. Shorter baking time will yield a chewier cookie, loner baking time will yield a crispier cookie)
Cool on sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer to rack to cool completely. Enjoy. Remember to share.
And, speaking of cookie swaps, Martha has a very helpful "brochure" on things to do for your cookie swap party you can download...or just browse (pdf)