Coconut Cranberry Chews Recipe

Coconut Cranberry Chews

Makes 5 to 6 dozen

2020 Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest Winner

Submitted by Patricia J.

This is a recipe that I received from a friend at my very first holiday cookie exchange as a Navy wife. – Patricia J.

Sweet coconut meets tart cranberry in these fun-to-eat, super chewy cookies! See all five 2020 Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest Winners.


  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter or margarine, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries, plus more for garnish
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked dried coconut, plus more for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter, sugar, orange zest, and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into butter mixture; then beat on low speed until dough comes together. Stir in cranberries and coconut.
  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place, 2 inches apart, on parchment-lined baking sheet. Top with flaked coconut and a sprinkle of chopped cranberries, pressing slightly to stick to the cookie.
  5. Bake until cookie edges just begin to brown, 8 to 11 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.
  6. Let cookies cool on sheets 5 minutes; then use a spatula to transfer to racks to cool completely.


Amount Per Serving (based on 72 servings)
Calories: 100
Fat: 4.5 g
Saturated Fat: 3 g
Cholesterol: 10 mg
Sodium: 50 mg
Carbohydrates: 14 g
Fiber: 1 g
Sugar: 9 g
Protein: 1 g
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Ratings and Reviews

“Great recipe!”
“A family fave! thanks met market for the recipe. delicious. ”
“These cookies are so amazing. the flavors, the texture…just so festive and special for the holiday season. it is best to mix the dry ingredients with a heavy duty stand mixer, until thoroughly combined. otherwise, the texture will be off, in the case of one reviewer. enjoy! ”
“Included these in our annual cookie plate for friends and neighbors. delicious and will make again. ”
“I thought these cookies were delicious. very easy to make. when baking, keep in mind that they will firm up when cooling. thank you for a new christmas cookies in our home.”
“Cookies were good made with real butter. a little dry but it could have been the flour. a little surprised they won but an easy recipie ”

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