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These cookies are studded with dried currants, which are tiny raisins made from Zante grapes. The currants must be soaked overnight, so you'll need to plan your craving a day in advance.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2007



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How would you rate this recipe?
    7 FEB, 2017
    I find MS recipes to be inconsistent. This one was terrific. I increased the amount of orange peel based on the taste of the dough, but it turned out I didn't need to. I used sweetened moist coconut but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. I baked half the recipe for Christmas Day; the cookies were delicious and devoured immediately. I later found out one of my kids took the rest home with him to bake himself!
  • Happy baker
    12 MAY, 2013
    Remember it's important to chill dough. I also sliced and chilled again on cookie sheet before baking!
  • Happy baker
    11 MAY, 2013
    I also purchased the unsweetened coconut at my health food store. I soaked the Zante currants in Myer's rum. Followed the recipe exactly and everyone enjoyed them. I am making them again for my friends as a Mother's Day treat!
  • anyamyers
    6 DEC, 2012
    Can't believe I didn't read the reviews first. This recipe lead to a big mess. One greasy buttery slop on my cookie sheet. I love corn starch shortbread and will stick to that as the recipe never fails.
  • hbombsmom
    24 JAN, 2011
    I followed the recipe exactly and they all spread together on my cookie sheet. They were also greasy. :( the flavor was good but I had to salvage them with a pizza cutter. All I can figure is that they needed alot more flour......too bad.
  • MS11129051
    27 DEC, 2010
    I really liked these but used extra 1/4 c. flour, only added 1 TBS reserved rum, used dried, unsweetened coconut which is completely different from moist, sweetened coconut and lastly only baked them for 12 min. Before reducing the time to 12 min I baked a few for 15 min and they burned and became real greasy. The rest at 12 min were not greasy. You have to get to know your oven. I'm still learning.
  • emmasyaya
    14 APR, 2010
    the recipe has some problems - like not enough flour - but i think it has potential. i'll keep working on it.
  • Onalark
    31 MAR, 2010
    These were awful. Greasy, salty, and overcooked. Why are they still being featured on the web site? The lack of good reviews is proof enough.
  • emmasyaya
    24 MAR, 2010
    i've not made the recipe, but i would think that substituting salted butter for the unsalted, and eliminating the additional salt might solve the problem mentioned by the two previous posters.
  • myrthfui
    21 DEC, 2009
    I would agree that the coarse salt is NOT a good idea with these cookies. Figure out the conversion between coarse salt and regular salt and then cut it back a little. Also, 20 mins is WAY too long in the oven. I don't know who created this recipe but its seriously lacking.

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