Combine shortening and sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer until well blended. Beat in eggs one at a time, then add the zest and orange juice mixing until well blended.
In separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. I like to mix this mixture with a wire whisk to even out all the ingredients throughout the bowl. Proceed to add the mixture while mixing 1 cup at a time until all dry ingredients have been incorporated into the cookie dough.
Now add the coconut and cranberries to the dough. I like to use my hands or a rubber spatula works almost as well. Now take rounded teaspoonfuls and roll in granulated sugar and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. I can usually fit about 20 on mine depending on the size I decide to make.
Bake at 350 for 14-16 mins or until the bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on the cookie sheet before transferring to cooling rack or paper towels. These would be great with hot mulled cider or any kind of hot tea.