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?!?

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Katzpawz

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

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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.

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Wanda

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.

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Suzanne

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!

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UmHyder

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

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Maureen

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

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dana

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!

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Diane23

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.

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Monica

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!

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Karen

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.

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Linda

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.

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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?

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Anna