Coconut-Cranberry Chews

Chewy cookies packed with sweet cranberries, coconut flakes, and a refreshing taste of orange.

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Coconut-Cranberry Chews
  1. 1½ cups Challenge Butter, at room temperature (3/4 lb.)
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 1 Tablespoon grated orange peel
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  5. 1 large egg
  6. 3¼ cups all-purpose flour
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. ¼ teaspoon salt
  9. 1½ cups dried cranberries
  10. 1½ cups sweetened flaked dried coconut
  1. 1

    In a large bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat 1½ cups butter, sugar, orange peel, and vanilla until smooth. Beat in egg, until well blended.

  2. 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 (see notes). Mix in cranberries and coconut. Note: The mixture may look dry until it comes together as a dough. If its too crumbly to form into balls, the dough need to be mixed longer; it should be a smooth homogeneous mass.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    Bake in a 350°F regular or convection oven until cookie edges just begin to brown, 11 to 15 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.

Source: Sunset Magazine Test Kitchens (for Challenge Dairy)


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These cookies are PERFECT! My friend and I make cookie trays to sell every Christmas Holiday season and these cookies are our number one request all the time. They totally eclipse those old standbys, Chocolate Chips. I even bragged about them (and ALL of the Challenge Dairy site) on my blog. The hardest part for me is to not eat them all before I put them on the trays! DELICIOUS!!! Can I PLEASE give them more than 5 stars?!?



LOVE LOVE LOVE these! And if you'd prefer..leave out the coconut! Awesome every time..Butter = love :-)


Jenifer Wilde

These cookies are good! The dough is very very dense. It made my Kitchen aid work just to get all the ingredients mixed together. I like them a bit chewy. Making the 2nd batch tomorrow. They have been well received as gifts.



With all of the chocolate cookie recipes out there, this is a nice change of pace. I like the combination of butter, coconut, cranberries, and the hint of orange.



What a delicious cookie! I just finished making them and the whole family is enjoying them. I used only 1 tsp of orange peel (because I annoyingly ground my knuckle and gave up) and substituted 1/2 of the sweetened coconut flakes with unsweetened shredded dried coconut. Excellent addition to the holiday cookie platter. Thank you!



My family LOVES these cookies! They are easy to make and delicious! Great for all of those holiday baking, sharing and giving occasions!



These are awesome cookies.Everybody loves them. Great combination of flavors.



LOVE these cookies, and so does everyone else. I tore the recipe from Sunset Magazine, probably in 2007 or 2009, and have been making them every Christmas since. The only reason I'm online is I can't find the recipe (probably buried under all the gift wrap on the dining room table). Make these cookies -- you won't be sorry!



These were a big hit last Christmas and I'm looking forward to making them again this year. The coconut, cranberry, and orange are a great combo.



Easy! And they make a big batch. I always make them with unsweetened coconut, and you can't tell the difference. There is a lot of sugar, AND the cranberries usually have sugar in them too. Simply the best!



Found this recipe inside the Challenge Butter package and it's been our family favorite for years now. I make them to give to others and each on asks for the recipe. I always keep dried cranberries and coconut on hand just for this recipe.



I first tasted these Coconut Cranberry Chews at a ladies event where several other cookies were offered too. I loved this cookie so much I had to ask around to find out who made them and request she share the recipe with me. My family loves them! This wonderful cookie has become a Christmas tradition cookie. I rate it not only a 5 star but the best cookie I have ever tasted. It's so hard to stop eating one after the other to leave some for others to enjoy.


Beverly Rutherford

I was so excited to find this recipe because I used to make them years and years ago for a deli I worked at. My dough was not as dense as I remember and my cookies spread. Taste wise they are as I remember but the texture is off. Any ideas? Not enough flour perhaps?