Christmas Drops

Chocolate Chip Cherry Coconut Drops

Chocolate Chip Cherry Coconut Drops

Part of the fun of Christmas baking is enjoying the intricate creations coming from the kitchen.  But for a quick, simple, and tasty treat, whip off a batch of this little darlings.  And they can be made by your little darlings – this recipe is very kid friendly!

Chocolate Chip Cherry Coconut Drops (2 dozen)

1/3 cup – 75 mL margerine/butter
1/2 cup – 125 mL granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp – 2 mL almond extract (can substitute vanilla)
3/4 cup – 175 mL all purpose flour
1/2 tsp – 2 mL baking powder
3/4 cup – 175 mL semi-sweet chocolate chips (can substitute white chocolate chips)
1/2 cup – 125 mL shredded coconut
1/2 cup – 125 mL chopped maraschino cherries (red or green or both if you want to be really festive)

Preheat oven to 325F / 160C.  Grease a cookie sheet.Cream shortening and sugar.  Beat in egg, extract flour and baking powerd.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.Drop by spoonful onto the cookie sheet and back for 15-17 minutes.  Transfer to wire racks to cool.

These cookies stay soft in an airtight container.