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Coconut-Cranberry Chews

1 1/2 cups butter at room temperature

2 cups      sugar

1 Tbls       orange peel grated

2 tsps      vanilla

3 1/4 cups  all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups dried cranberries

1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked dried coconut

1)  In large bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat butter, sugar, orange peel and vanilla until smooth.

2)  In a medium bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt together.  Add to butter mixture, stir to mix and then beat on low speed until dough comes together, about 5 minutes (see note below).  Mix in cranberries and coconut.

3) Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place about 2 inches apart on buttered baking sheets.

4) Bake at 350 until cookie edges just begin to brown, about 8-11 minutes (shorter baking time will yield a chewier cookie, longer time a crispier cookie).  Cool 5 minutes then transfer to rack to cool completely.

Optional Icing:
In a bowl, stir 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 1/2 Tbls water and 1/2 tsp. vanilla until smooth.  Tint to desired color using food coloring. 

Note: The mixture will look dry until it comes together as a dough.  If its too crumbly to form into balls, the dough needs to be mixed longer.  It should be a smooth homogeneous mass.

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