Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cran-Raspberry Coconut Slices

It's that time of year again: The LA Times Holiday Cookie Bakeoff is off and running; in fact, yesterday was the deadline for recipes to be submitted.

(my cookies can be found on page 20; click LAST then go to page 20) 

I was lucky enough to have had one of the winning cookies last year with my Snow Cookie recipe, so I decided to give it another go with my Cran-Raspberry Coconut Slices. These cookies are perfect for the holidays: bring a plate to a neighbor, make them for a cookie exchange, or potluck at work. They quickly disappeared at my daughter's Teacher Appreciation Luncheon a few days ago.

This cookie is adapted from a recipe my mother used to make, which uses apricot jam and nuts, however, I love cranberries for the holidays, and since my daughter is allergic to nuts, I often substitute coconut instead (not to mention I adore coconut)!

Here is the recipe, and if you check out the LA Times cookie contest, I'd appreciate your votes! The link can be found here (page 21). Wish me luck!

makes about 30 slices


Preheat oven to 350º F


1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg yolk
1 to 2 tbsp ice water

Place the flour, butter and sugar in a bowl, then cut in the cold butter with two knives, 
until pieces are very small.

 Now, rub the butter into the dry ingredients with your fingers until the mixture is very crumbly, then add the egg yolk and a tablespoon of ice water and mix well. 
If the dough doesn't come together easily, add more water, but do not overwork 
the pastry dough or else it will become tough. 

Divide the dough into halves and shape into long sausages, then place on flour dusted surface to roll out to about 1/4" thick and 3" wide, and the length of the cookie sheet. Raise edges of pastry a little all the way around the perimeter (so the fruit filling will be contained). Place both bases onto Silpat or parchment lined cookie sheet.


1 cup cranberry sauce
3/4 cup raspberry jam

Mix the cranberry sauce and jam together until well combined, and spread evenly 
and not too thickly, on top of both bases. 


1 egg white
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp almond meal (almonds are not nuts, although some nut allergy sufferers are also allergic to almonds)

flaked or shredded coconut (unsweetened, organic is preferred)

Beat the egg white in a medium bowl until thick and foamy.
Add the powdered sugar and almond meal and mix well.

Spread carefully over the cranberry-raspberry filling. Sprinkle with coconut.

Place on bottom rack of oven and bake for 20 minutes, then turn 180º and place tray in center of oven for another 10 to 15 minutes, checking every 5 minutes, so that the coconut doesn't burn. It the coconut is turning too dark, cover loosely with a sheet of aluminum foil.

Remove from oven. Slice into 1" pieces while still warm and before removing from the tray.
Move to cooling rack with metal spatula.
 Store in airtight tin for up to 5 days.

NOTE: If you would like to try my Snow Cookies, you can bid on two, one-dozen boxes, which will be up for auction on Pinay in Texas' food blog, to raise money for the Phillipines. Click the link below for more information and to bid on my cookies
(auction opens Nov. 26th) and other bloggers' cookies, too.


More holiday recipes~

Yule Log

Homemade Mounds/Bounty Bars

Pumpkin Cheesecake and Chocolate Mousse Topped with Dark Chocolate Ganache

Only In LA...
a new addition to my blog...*

*At the end of each post, I will be attaching a photo I've recently taken in and around
Los Angeles-let me know if you like this idea, or if you think I should stick to food pics! ;)

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the LA aqueduct, 100 mules walked through the streets of Glendale last week.


  1. Good Luck on the competition - these look fantastic and also very festive! I love the combination of raspberry and coconut, there should be more desserts with this combo! :)

    p.s. I really like the idea of the Only in L.A photo at the end...I think it is fun to mix up food photos with your surroundings!

    1. Oh yay (for both comments)! Thank you so much! My current cereal obsession at a local grocery store is a Coconut Cranberry Granola! I <3 coconut so much!!

      There's never a shortage of interesting photos from around here, so I though readers would like to share my days in LA ;)

  2. Best of luck with the cookie contest, these are a winner in my opinion, Such a great combination of flavors. they are as beautiful as I am sure they are delicious. Look forward to the online auction,

    1. Coming from a Food52 Winner, that means a lot to me, Suzanne! ;) So glad you're checking out the cookie auction for the Phillipines! Thank you!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing about the Online Bake Sale for the Philippines here, Christina! I really appreciate your help in promoting this cause to help typhoon Haiyan victims in my beloved native country!

    1. Absolutely no problem!! So happy to help!

  4. Looks like you may be in the running again this year. ;)
    Love the idea of the pics. Must EVERYTHING revolve around food? (Don't answer that.)

    1. Haha!! Almost everything revolves around food...right? Thanks, Adair!!

  5. This is a winning recipe in my book... all my favorites.

    1. Let's hope you're right! :) Thanks, Cathy! I always appreciate your support! xx

  6. This is literally making me crazy, I have to make these asap. I love the way they look, and I have a weakness for jam bars.

    1. Don't let them make you crazy, you just need to make THEM. :) Thank you for sharing, too! CC

  7. These Cran-Raspberry Coconut Slices look like winners to me! So glad I participated in the bake sale on Tina's blog, that's how I found out your amazing blog. Thank you for your supports in the Online bake sale. :)

    1. Thank you, Amy! That's so sweet of you! I'm really happy to help and hope we raise a lot more than Tina's goal! CC


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