Cranberry Noel Cookies

"Yes, I am already thinking of Christmas baking. You can find the shredded unsweetened coconut at Trader Joe's or at the health food store. From one of Martha's many cookbooks"
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Ready In:
5 dozen cookies




  • Beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add milk, vanilla, and salt.
  • Beat until just combined.
  • Gradually add flour, cranberries, and pecans.
  • Mix on low speed until fully combined.
  • Divide dough in half.
  • Shape each half into 8-inch logs, about 2 inches in diameter.
  • Roll logs in coconut, pressing lightly to coat the outside of logs.
  • Wrap logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut logs into 1/4-inch thick slices.
  • Transfer to ungreased baking sheets, about 1 1/2-inches apart.
  • Bake until edges are golden, about 12 minutes.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • Store for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.
  • Hide from kids!

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  1. I love this to bake these for Christmas, too! This year, I happened to have sweetened coconut on hand, so that's what I used. I didn't notice too much taste difference, and the cookies are gone, so the family still enjoyed them.
  2. I have been making this cookie for years now. It is my families favorite cookie at christmas. Spend the money on european butter, really adds to the richness of the cookie. I have had no problems locating the coconut at either Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. Thank you Martha for another fabulous cookie.


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