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[The Cookie Elf File] Cherry Coconut Cookies: Easy Drop Cookies to Celebrate National Cherry Month
February 18, 2015
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Feature: Cherry Coconut Cookies: Easy Drop Cookies to Celebrate National Cherry Month

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Cherry Coconut Cookies are flavored with maraschino cherries, which are best known as a topper for ice cream sundaes or as a garnish in cocktails.

Maraschino cherries are bright red, flavored with sweetener and almond flavoring, and processed in sugar syrup. When chopped and added to cookie dough with coconut and pecans, the cherries add a colorful touch to these delicious, fruity cookies.

They are just one type of cherry you can use in cookie recipes … and a good one!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 9-12 minutes
Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Get the full recipe for Cherry Coconut Cookies … and discover other types of cherry cookies on The Elf’s Cherry Cookies Board.

Cookie Baking Tip: 4 Kinds of Cherries to Use in Cookie Recipes

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You can use any kind of cherries in cookie recipes. However, sweet cherries are meant to be eaten fresh. Tart varieties are rarely eaten fresh, but rather preserved to be used in recipes later. Because of their tanginess, most of these are preserved with sweetener. Tart cherries are also quite juicy, which means moisture must be removed or thickened so that the fruit can be used in baking. Use these four kinds of cherries in cookie recipes and know about each of them.
  1. Cherry Pie Filling. As an alternative for cherries in cookie recipes, cherry pie filling is useful as a flavoring in cookie dough, as a topping, or sandwiched in between cookie layers.
  2. Dried Cherries. Dried cherries look like large raisins with a deep red color. They may be specifically called for in cookie recipes or used as a substitute for other dried fruits.
  3. Glazed Cherries. Firm, fresh cherries are cleaned and pitted, then boiled or dried. Cherries are soaked in a sugar syrup (or undergo several soakings with progressively thicker syrup) and cooked them slowly to replace their moisture content with sugar.
  4. Maraschino Cherries. Maraschinos are available in grocery stores both with the stems and without. Remove stems or use de-stemmed varieties before using maraschinos in recipes. Most cookie recipes direct you to drain the cherries and even blot them on paper towels before adding them to the cookie dough.
Read how to use 4 kinds of cherries in cookie recipes.

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Happy baking,

The Cookie Elf

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