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Frosted Rhubarb Cookies

"Since these cookies freeze well, I make a lot of them during rhubarb season," says field editor Ann Marie Moch of Kintyre, North Dakota. "They are best when you use young tender stalks."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups diced fresh rhubarb
  • 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  • Stir in rhubarb and coconut. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread over cooled cookies. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 201 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 109mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • rosie77
    Jul 14, 2016

    These cookies were not what I expected- the cookies came out flat like pancakes and the frosting had too much vanilla. The flavor profiles didn't come together like I had expected. Overall a disappointing recipe

  • cariboocook
    Feb 11, 2016

    These are excellent cookies and moist. I have made these a few times during the summer but would like to know if anyone has used frozen rhubarb in these. If so how much did you use to keep the nice flavor? I would like to make these all year long.

  • besidethesea
    May 28, 2015

    ther good but u dont taste much of the rhubarb....

  • bevmack
    Jun 27, 2013


  • abbysue
    May 21, 2010

    I make this every spring/summer and there are never any left!