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)