Coconut Cherry Chip Cookies

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At this time of the year, the baking aisles at the grocery stores are filled with all kinds of special edition chips, dried fruits, and ingredients not seen at other times. It is one of the busiest aisles and it is always fun to walk through and discover a new ingredient for the holiday baking. In fall, I found cinnamon chips and used them in these GF Pumpkin Muffins. I was very pleased when Blogher chose to feature them. You can read about it here.

Two weeks ago, I came across yet another ingredient which I could not resist. These cherry chips were just calling out to me and I was curious as to their taste. They together with mint chips would be perfect in the White Christmas Cups I made last year. However, I have other plans for these ruby beauties.



I envisioned a ruby studded white cake with pure white frosting decorated with more of these tiny kisses. I settled instead for something simpler and added them to a basic coconut flakes cookie. I really liked the way they turned out. The taste is quite interesting with a hint of maraschino cherries. These little babies are sweet and because of that I drastically reduced the sugar in the cookies. I ran out of dried dessicated unsweetened coconut after making the gluten-free version. All I had left in my pantry was dried large unsweetened coconut flakes which I used in the all-purpose version. I actually like them better as the large flakes gave a much smoother and prettier cookie.



This is one gem of a cookie! I hope you will give it a try soon. Otherwise, you may have to wait till next year, unless of course you buy these cherry chips now. I hope there won’t be a run of these chips at the stores. ;)



Coconut Cherry Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 18 to 20 cookies

Coconut Cherry Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 stick (½ cup/115g) butter
  • ¼ cup (55g) sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ (120g) cup cherry chips
  • ¾ cup (45g) unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions

Combine flour and baking soda in a medium sized bowl. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add flour and beat till dough comes together**.

Mix in cherry chips and coconut flakes. Form into walnut-sized balls and flatten slightly. Place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart.

Bake in oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly golden. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

Notes

**Do not worry if dough seems to be loose and separate. Continue beating for about 2 to 3 minutes and it will come together to form a soft dough.

http://www.rotinrice.com/2011/12/coconut-cherry-chip-cookies/


Gluten-Free Coconut Cherry Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Yield: 18 to 20 cookies

Gluten-Free Coconut Cherry Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (140g) GF Flour Mix for Cookies*
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp guar gum
  • 1 stick (½ cup/115g) butter
  • ¼ cup (55g) sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ (120g) cup cherry chips
  • ¾ cup (45g) unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions

Combine flour, baking soda, and guar gum in a medium sized bowl. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add flour and beat till dough comes together**.

Mix in cherry chips and coconut flakes. Form into walnut-sized balls and flatten slightly. Place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart.

Bake in oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly golden. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

Notes

*Please refer to Cheese and Bacon Biscuits post for the GF Flour Mix for Cookies.

**Do not worry if dough seems to be loose and separate. Continue beating for about 2 to 3 minutes and it will come together to form a soft dough.

http://www.rotinrice.com/2011/12/coconut-cherry-chip-cookies/


Here is the gluten-free version using dried dessicated unsweetened coconut. I would use large coconut flakes next time. It did not affect the taste but the large flakes will give a smoother and prettier cookie.



Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8)



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25 Responses

  1. Lyndsey says:

    Oooo I haven’t seen the red cherry chips before! I have used the cinnamon and toffee chips so far. I am looking for the green mint chips, I haven’t been able to find them this year. I want to send them to a friend in Malaysia.

    The cookies looks so festive Biren! I am lovin’ the cherry-coconut combo.

  2. colourful cookies looks wonderful

  3. I’m DROOLING!!!!!!!! These are so tempting.

  4. I was just at the grocery store today stocking up in all kinds of cookie chips and coconut too. I am so ready to bake, bake, bake. :) These cookies look so good… I love cherry and the coconut makes it even tastier. :) The countdown to Christmas is on!

  5. Oh, your cookie look so beautiful and sound yummy too.

  6. OMG those cookies look so cute! I wonder if I could get my little hands on those cherry chips here..

  7. these look amazing Biren! I really have to find those cherry flavored morsels!
    Happy Holidays!

  8. I have never seen these cherry morsels in the US. Maybe I am not looking in the right place? These cookies are festive & wonderful. I love the way all that goodness peeks out at you :)

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  9. I love the combination of flavors in these cookies!

  10. What a great find! I have got to get some of these cherry chips right away! Yummy cookies!

  11. tigerfish says:

    I’m seeing cherry chips for the first time! I am all for chocolate chips but don’t mind giving these interesting cherry chips a try.

  12. Blackswan says:

    Are these for me?? I’ll be patient. Hahaha! Biren, u’ve got all my fave ingredients in a box! Lovely presentation :)

  13. Cherry chips, wow I have not seen these yet! This cookies are so cheerful and a perfect holiday cookie, gorgeous!

  14. Cherries and coconut go so well together- i have had it in a pie before but never a cookie- i can’t wait to try these

  15. mycookinghut says:

    Looks like great combinations of ingredients you have used for these yummy cookies!

  16. kristy says:

    My goodness Biren, these cookies sound truly amazing. Hope I can have some of the chips too! :o)
    Hope you’re having a wonderful festive season.
    Cheers,
    Kristy

  17. LUCEN HERMOSAS Y DELICIOSAS .FELIZ NAVIDAD Y MUCHAS BENDICIONES.

  18. Toni says:

    They look delicious How many does one batch make, going to my first cookie exchange and I am needing 10 dozen.

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