Classic Christmas Cookies

December 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm | Posted in Aprons, Recipes | Leave a comment
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It’s the week before Christmas! I still have shopping left-I’m headed out into the holiday crowd today. Odd, but I actually enjoy the crowds-I think it lends a sort of cheer and anticipation to the Christmas celebration.

But I also enjoy the cold nights spent at home with family, the fireplace lit and the smell of cookies coming fresh out of the oven. Recently, Meghan and I spent time cooking two of our favorites-M&M cookies and Coconut Macaroons. The recipes are old standbys; you probably have ones similar in your own recipe collection, but here is our take on these yummy classics.

Meggie Mae Aprons

Meggie Mae Aprons and Christmas Cookies

M&M Cookies

1 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
1 ½ cups M&Ms plain

Blend shortening and sugars. Beat in vanilla and eggs. Sift remaining dry ingredients together and add to the sugar and egg mixture. Mix well. Stir in 1 cup of M&Ms-reserve remaining for decorating. Drop from teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet-decorate tops of the cookies with the remaining M&Ms.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperatureCoconut Macaroons
¾ cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
24 ounces sweetened flaked coconut (about 6 cups firmly packed)
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate or chocolate bark, melted

Position rack in center of the oven; preheat to 325 degrees. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment. Beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar and salt; beat until blended. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in coconut. Drop batter onto sheets by tablespoonfuls, spacing 1 ½ inches apart.
Bake 1 sheet at a time until golden on bottom and browned in spots, about 25-30 minutes.
Using a ziplock, place the melted chocolate in the bag. Cut a tiny hole in one corner. Drizzle chocolate over each cookie. Chill on sheets until chocolate is firm.

Enjoy the Christmas season!



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