Like eating a chocolate covered cherry! So delicious! I made these "as is" the first time around and they were great! But I did tweak it the recipe after that by using all baking margarine instead of shortening, decreasing the white sugar to 1 cup and adding in 1/2 cup of brown sugar. I also added about a half cup of oatmeal and a whole bag of Ghiraradelli 60% cocoa chips and lowered the coconut to 1 cup. Just little changes here and there that made this fantastic cookie even better, and that was hard to do! Sometimes, instead of cookies, I spread the batter into a prepared 9X13 pan and bake for 25-30 then cool and cut into bars. Easy peasy and super delicious!
These are so good. What's not to like about chocolate chips, cherries and coconut. I am in heaven. These cookies were so good. They almost didn't make it too the Christmas tins. I had to make a second batch. I made exactly as written and wouldn't change a thing. The texture and flavor were spot on and they were quick and easy to make too. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful treat with all of us. Made for Sweet December 2013.
Made with some alterations based on past reviews, and based on being vegan. I subbed 1/2 cup silken firm tofu for the eggs 3/4 tsp EnerG. I had NO problems with flat cookies! :) I only used 2/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips and thought that was perfect! Used a full 16oz jar cherries (well drained) Next time I'll pack my coconut a little tigher as I think that is really what amps these up! I love that they're made with all shortening. I haven't found a "make every year" Christmas cookie for a while, but I think with a few tiny tweaks these will be a new tradition! Thanks so much for posting!
Fantastic cookies! I'm not even a fan of marachino cherries and I still loved these! They're very colorful and perfect for xmas. I mase these just as written and these textures and flavors are perfect together. Thanx for sharing!
Be very careful to drain the cherries thoroughly, if preserved in liquid. Otherwise they come out very sticky. I used black cherries (frozen and thawed), and they tasted much like Cherry Garcia ice cream--when mixed well. It's very hard to get a good mix of cherry, chocolate, and coconut in each cookie, much less each bite.
I made these last year and they were the biggest hit of the party. The only difference I made was to use bittersweet chocolate instead of semi sweet. This year I may try the 2 different color cherries and see how they look.
I have been making these the last 3 Christmases and they are now the "must make" cookie. Every year I have people saying "I don't like coconut." Then they try these and they LOVE THEM. They look really festive and stay very soft due to the coconut...they are very sweet. I too had some burn on the bottom, I'm thinking maybe because of the shortening... but when they turn out right, they are awesome and much loved.
These were wonderful! I made them for my Christmas cookie tray and they were really a hit! I loved the flavor combination and so did everyone else. These are a keeper for sure!
These look so pretty! I'm not a huge fan of cherry OR cocount but I thoguht the pic looked so nice that I made them anyway to take to a family Christmas. I was shocked how much I liked them. The almond flavor was really nice too. I think maybe next time I'll use white chocolate chips -- I think that would look really nice, and also cut back on the amount of the chocolate chips a bit. Overall a great & different cookie recipe :) Thanks for sharing!
Very pretty colors in this cookie -- I too used red & green cherries. Be careful of the timing, though... one pan burnt a little on the bottom. They taste great just out of the oven. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!