Coconut and cranberry are a brilliant combination, so I thought I would incorporate them into cookies. I think they look quite festive with flecks of red from the cranberries, and a sprinkle of white coconut. Give them a go and let me know what you think!
I used a basic sugar cookie dough recipe, as seen in my last post, but added extra ingredients.
1 1/2 cups softened butter
2 cups caster sugar
5 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Pre-heat oven to 200°c. Line a baking tray with grease0proof paper.
Cream the butter and sugar together, then beat in the eggs to the mixture. In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder. Slowly add in the flour mixture to the liquid mix. Once the dough is formed, add in the desiccated coconut and dried cranberries and fold the dough until evenly mixed.
Cover the dough and chill for at least an hour.
Take around half a table spoon full of the dough and roll into balls, and place evenly spread apart onto the lined baking tray.
Bake for 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle a little bit of the desiccated coconut on top of the cookies.
Day 3 is a special family recipe that I’m going to share with you. I’m sure lots of families will have the same tradition of baking a batch of these at any time of year, but especially during Christmas time. My family call it whipped shortbread, but I also find they are quite like sugar cookies, so call them what you like!
3 cups softened butter
1 1/2 cups icing sugar – sifted
4 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups corn starch
Coloured Sprinkles (I used red ones) and/or Candied Cherries for decoration
Pre heat oven to 180°c.
Line a flat baking tray with grease proof paper.
The key to getting this dough right is making sure all the ingredients are whipped for a long period of time, and ensuring all the icing sugar is mixed well from the bottom of the bowl.
Whip up the icing sugar and softened butter until very fluffy. Slowly add in the corn starch bit by bit while still mixing, followed by the flour until well blended.
Once the dough is formed, lightly dust your hands with corn starch and roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them evenly spread out on the baking sheet.
Dust a fork in flour a gently press onto the top of the dough. Either top with sprinkles or candied cherries.
Allow to bake for around 22 minutes- checking regularly.
Remove from the oven and allow the shortbread to cool before sharing!