Cookie dough is truly a blank canvas. I paired chocolate and cherries with crispy toasted coconut and made my very own masterpieces! (yep, I said that)
Salted Chocolate Cherry Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups toasted shredded coconut*
3/4 cup dried cherries, chopped roughly
1 cup chocolate chips
Beat the butter and shortening with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add the sugars, beating well. Add eggs and extracts and beat well.
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat well.
Stir in shredded coconut, cherries, and chocolate chips and mix. Cover and chill in the refrigerator (optional).
Drop heaping teaspoons of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle a few granules of Kosher salt on each bit of cookie dough (be light handed).
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes until the cookies are golden. After removing the cookies from the oven, let them rest for 1 minute before transferring them to a cooling rack.
*Place sweetened shredded coconut on a rimmed metal baking pan and toast in the oven at 350 degrees. Be sure to mix the coconut every few minutes to prevent burning. Let cool before adding to cookie dough.
Makes about 4 dozen