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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Cookies

Our family has a cookie tradition.
We bake the same ones each year, and to us they signify the holiday season.
I am sharing my absolute favorite cookie recipe with you today,
in case you are looking for something special.
Don't let the coconut fool you. I don't like coconut, yet I looovvvee these cookies!
I hope you enjoy them too!

Coconut Cranberry Chews
(The cookies on the left)
About 1 ½ cups of butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 teaspoons Vanilla
3 ¼ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups dried cranberries (I only put in about a cup)
1 ½ cups sweetened dried coconut flakes (I only put in about a cup)
In a large bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat 1 ½ cups butter, sugar, orange peel and Vanilla until smooth.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to butter mixture, stir to mix, and then beat on low speed until dough comes together, about five minutes. Mix in cranberries. (The mixture will look dry until it comes together as dough, if it is too crumbly to form into balls, the dough needs to be mixed longer. It should be a smooth mass.)
Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place about 2 inches apart on a buttered 12x15inch baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees until cookie edges just begin to brown, about 8-11 minutes. A shorter cooking time will make chewier cookies, a longer baking time will yield a crispier cookie. Let cool 5 minutes.
This recipe was developed by Nancy Jamison, Woodside California. I believe I found this years ago in a Sunset magazine (not sure though…). 



peggy gatto said...

Almost too pretty to eat......awwww, why not!!!
thank for the recipe!

Unknown said...


Here is the real recipe that I submitted to Sunset. They changed it, taking out half the salt, which was meager to begin with, but needed to blend the flavors. They took the orange oil out saying it was hard to find. And they took out the shortening. But I argued with them saying that most people don't know how to measure flour. Oh well. I baked their version of my recipe and mine side by side and had 11 people blind taste them and everyone liked my original better. So I give it to everyone.

I'm glad you like them. I still do. I'm having a cookie party today and they are one batch of many I baked.

Coconut Cranberry Christmas Chews

3 1/4 C. unsifted flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 C sweetened flaked coconut
1 1/2 C.dried cranberries (these can be left whole or chopped)
2 t. vanilla
2 t fresh grated orange rind
3/4 t. orange oil
2 C sugar
1 1/2 c. softened butter
1/2 c. Crisco shortening

In a mixer beat butter, shortening, sugar, orange peel, orange and vanilla extracts until light and fluffy. Meanwhile combine flour, salt, soda and baking powder. At low speed mix in flour until blended. Add cranberries and coconut and mix until blended.
Roll into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees until just barely turning brown. If you overbake they will be crunchy. Watch carefully. Cool on cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes then remove to rack to cool completely.

Nancy Jamison
Woodside, CA

Unknown said...

oh how sweeeeeeeeeeet are your lovely cookies Terri!!! I start my baking Monday!!! we just made our Gingerbread house today and had a blast!!!!


Terri said...

Thank you Peggy!

Terri said...

Nancy, how in the world did you find your recipe on my blog, I only just posted it last night?!!!
I have tried to e-mail you back but can not find where to contact you.
We love your recipe and I will definitely try your original recipe!
Thank you for the years of happy cookie making you gave us!

Terri said...

Thank you Diane,
Try these cookies, they are always a favorite of guests.
I have always wanted to make a gingerbread house, I hope you post a pic, I will go look on your blog.

Marlynn said...

WOW, I'll be over in a few minutes to have some! WISH..... they look really delicious and thanks for sharing the recipe..... hugs,

Laura Haviland said...

Thank you Terri for sharing,great blog.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog.
Oh how yummy good !!!

Unknown said...


At the risk of sounding egotistical, I have a Google alert set to my name because I'm an industry analyst and I like to see if my blogs or articles show up in Google alerts. I have a web site at www.jamison-consulting.com and you can get to me through it.

Its interesting because not only does it pick up stuff about me, it also shows me all the other Nancy Jamisons out there, which can be very amusing.

Anonymous said...

Cookies....what could be better? Except YOU sharing YOUR recipe with us. How wonderful...I'll be making these soon. Dave is a huge coconut fan, so he'll get the majority of them!
Happy Holidays to you and your family. And your blog looks wonderful!

theresa martin said...

The cookies look great! Your blog looks very festive and seasonal too.

Christy said...

Terri...these sound yum, yum, yummy! I make a cranberry crunch that uses coconut too...and it tastes so good. I'll have to try these. Maybe I'll get to bake some cookies sometime this week and share.

The Blog looks very festive and bright. Great job getting us all in the holiday spirit!

Enjoy the holidays and having your family near.


Kristen H said...

Pretty cookies, and your blog is gorgeous!
I like the sound of the cookies, I may have to try these sometime, thank you for sharing your recipe!!!

Catherine said...

Oh my don't these look yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe as well. Have a wonderful Christmas.


K J D said...

Yum! These look gorgeous - I'll give these a try I love cranberries!


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