My sister and I made these today for the first time. If you are looking for a new holiday cookie recipe to try, they come highly recommended. Cherry Coconut Cookies Yield: 2 1/2 dozen Ingredients 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2/3 cup vegetable shortening or butter* 1 large egg 1 teaspoon lemon peel, grated 3/4 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 cup flaked coconut 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped 1/3 cup maraschino cherries, well drained and quartered Directions Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, shortening, egg, lemon peel, almond extract and salt. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer until well blended. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Gradually add to creamed mixture with an electric mixer on low speed. Mix until blended. Using a spoon, stir in coconut, pecans and cherries. Shape dough into 1" balls. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes. Do not overbake. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove from cookie sheet and place on wire rack or waxed paper until cool.