For the swap, I decided to make Coconut-Cranberry Chews as a gift from What Micky Eats...At Home. I tried to go really festive with this combination of coconut, cranberries, and orange. In fact, these straightforward, tasty rounds are everything a holiday cookie should be.
Coconut-Cranberry Chews (Makes 5 dozen. Adapted from My Recipes)
- 1½ cups butter, at room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 Tbsp orange zest
- 2 teasp vanilla
- 3¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teasp baking powder
- ¼ teasp salt
- 1½ cups dried cranberries
- 1½ cups sweetened flaked dried coconut
- In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, orange zest, and vanilla on medium speed until smooth.
- Add flour mixture into butter mixture and stir to mix. Then beat on low speed until dough comes together, about 5 minutes.
- Mix in cranberries and coconut.
- Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place about 2 inches apart onto lined baking sheets (parchment paper works better than Silpats for this recipe - trust me).
- Bake until cookie edges just begin to brown, about 12 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.
In turn, I received Preacher Cookies from My Catholic Kitchen, Chocolate Mint Thumbprint Cookies from Beth's Blue Plate Special, and Toasted Sesame Crisps from A Couple In the Kitchen.
The cookies were fantastic and I look forward to participating in next year's Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. Check out all the other cookies on Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram with hashtag #fbcookieswap.