Friday, November 30, 2012

Cranberry Coconut Citrus Christmas Cookies

These are my very favorite cookies at Christmas time! They are so light and chewy and perfectly citrus-y. They are also beautiful, with the specs of orange and cranberries contrasting the white cookie. I've never been to a cookie exchange, but I would take these if I were going!
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Cranberry Coconut Citrus Cookies


1 orange (or 2 clementines)
3 sticks butter (1 1/2 cups)
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
3 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups Craisins
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut


Finely zest the peel of the orange. Next, cream together butter and sugar in a standing mixer. Beat for about 2 minutes, but not too fast! Add the orange peel and vanilla. (Then I cut the orange in half and squeeze all its juice into the bowl). Next mix in salt and baking powder. Then add the flour. Mix very slowly for about 5 minutes, until it looks like pie crust. Add the dried cranberries and coconut while slowly mixing.

Place the rack on the upper middle setting, and preheat the oven to 350. Pack the cookie dough into a 1 1/2 inch cookie scoop, and slightly flatten with the back of a spoon. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Eat when almost cooled, if you can resist! (Makes appx. 40 cookies)

*These cookies have no eggs- perfect for a person who doesn't tolerate them!

The recipe comes from one of my family's dearest friends in South Dakota. A few years ago she had a special cooking day at her house and invited all my sisters. Sadly I didn't get to because my kids were sick. But here's a picture that my sister Jesse took. Maggie, thank you! xoxo

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Today, I am joining up with 50 other bloggers. We are all sharing our favorite Holiday treats on our blogs. Here is a list of all the treats- feel free to check them out!


  1. I love the tried and true recipes! I know that I can confidently make them and they will turn out great! I am pinning this recipe so that I can come back to make them!

  2. These sound delicious. Could you tell me what a cube of butter is? Thanks

  3. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Wow, these look so good! Definitely on my cookie list!!!

    Thank you for sharing.

  5. Oh that is an awesome combination for a cookie! I would eat anything with coconut :) Beautiful photo too :)

  6. Yum- all of my favorite flavors in one cookie. Would love for you to share on Thursdays Treasures

  7. Oooh, I AM going to a Christmas cookie exchange later this week, and I've been meaning to look for recipes, so thank you for sharing this! I might have to make these!

  8. Your cookies look delicious! I love cranberries at Christmas!

  9. I just made these yesterday, and they taste delicious! The only thing is that they went completely flat and very ugly (I'm assuming because there is no eggs - I didn't melt the butter which I know might contribute). Any suggestions on how to avoid this?

  10. So cute cookies! Thanks you shared this recipe at my link party!

  11. I just added these to my Christmas Cookie Trays this year. Can't wait to make them.

  12. These sound amazing!! Thanks for sharing.

    I also wanted to let you know that I featured you on my blog today:

  13. You have the most scrumptious cookie recipe! I'm hosting the ultimate holiday cookie recipe exchange extravaganza online at The Jenny Evolution and wanted to be sure to invite you. I hope you'll link up and see if you're highlighted later in the week :-)

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution

    P.S. This series is sure to get a lot of attention as it's going to be a week's worth of cookies with FIVE different cookie round-us. So be sure to join!


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♥Rach H