Optional colored sugar crystals, decorating candies, or nuts
Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the almond extract and an egg and beat
until combined. Add the second egg and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Add the flour mixture and the coconut and beat until combined. Add the cranberries.
Divide the dough in half and form logs of each half first by squeezing the dough
into the approximate shape and then by rolling the dough on the counter while wrapped
in wax paper until the logs are smooth. The logs should be about 1 1/2 inches in
Refrigerate the logs wrapped in the wax paper.
If you would like to decorate the edges, before baking roll the logs in the decorating
sugar or nuts and use the wax paper to press the decorations into the dough.
When ready to bake, heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Use ungreased baking sheets
with a nonstick surface or parchment paper.
Slice the logs with a sharp, serrated knife into 1/4-inch or a little thicker
slices and place the slices on the cookie sheets.