To skip the orange zest I subbed craisins for the cranberries. The flavor was okay. It seems that a good variation would be to replace the cranberries with diced tropical fruit. I'm not sure if I like the cranberry coconut combo. The baking time was far too long for my oven. At 14 minutes my cookies were almost burnt. It might be my oven, though, as the other macaroons on Recipezaar have the same baking temp and time. I used a Calphalon cookies sheet, which might have made a difference, also. The cookies had a great texture and held together well. Thank you for posting!