Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cranberry Valentine's Cookies

It's time to "Fill the Cookie Jar"! This month I am bringing a Valentine cookie. I really was excited for this theme, as it gave me the push to try a recipe I had stumbled across quite some time ago at Love.Peace.Happiness.Cooking.   You know the recipes you find, fall in love with, pin, but then forget? I never forgot this one, it was safely tucked way far back in my memory. I am so glad my memory didn't fail me this time!

Truckin' man and I really did love this cookie. With the coconut and cranberries, there was so much more flavor than a traditional sugar cookie. They are soft and chewy, just how I love my cookies! And they are just plain fun, and so perfect for Valentine's Day!  The cookie cutter was a little more work than normal with the cranberries and coconut, so keep your cookie cutter clean. And if you need to, gently pull the coconut and cranberries out from around the edge to keep a cleaner cut.

If you are interested in joining Fill The Cookie Jar group on facebook, fill out the form that can be found at Fill The Cookie Jar. Each month we bake a different theme for the cookie.
We bake, we share and we enjoy our cookies!

Cranberry Valentine's Cookies  (Source:  Love.Peace.Happiness.Cooking)

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped
Red food coloring

Preheat oven 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla, mixing until completely combined. Add several drops of food coloring until you reach the shade of pink you like (I used 4 drops).  Stir until food coloring is completely incorporated. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add dry ingredients to butter mixture, mixing until flour is completely combined.  Add coconut, and cranberries; mix well.

On floured surface, roll dough out to between 1/8" and 1/4" thick, and cut with cookie cutter.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or just until a hint of golden-ness around the edges.

Cool on sheet 4-5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack.


  1. This cookie sound wonderful.. Something that I would love..

  2. Yum, this one sounds so yummy! I love coconut and cranberry so it would be a hit here! They are so pretty too :)

  3. Kris, these are great- and like you said, not the same old cut out cookie! The coconut and cranberries make it so wintery and Valentine-y. That's a new word. :) I love these!

  4. Beautiful cookies. I am doing a Valentine's Day collection too - but on the day itself. Hope you bring these on over. Cheers

  5. This looks and sounds delicious, I'm a coconut fan and the cranberries make a great combination.


  6. I love soft and chewy cookies, and so does David, so I think he would like these! I love the cute heart shape and pretty color for Valentines Day :)

  7. Cranberry and coconut and match made in the cookie jar.

  8. I love coconut and cranberries. This cookie recipe is so different than other ones I have tried before. I can't wait to make them!

  9. G'day! One word? YUM!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Viewed as part of the Foodie Friends Friday Valentine's Day Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

  10. I'm loving these cookies!! I bet the addition of the coconut tastes great! :)

  11. Thanks for sharing your tempting cookies at Foodie Friends Friday!

  12. Thanks for sharing these on Foodie Friends Friday Valentine's Party and I hope you will join us for our Snack Food theme party this week.

  13. WOW!!!
    I really love your Elegant Ideas.
    Looks like a yummy and festive treat!
    Thank you.