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Friday, December 16, 2011

A Time for Coconut-Pecan Cookies

When I started my holiday baking I had no idea what I was going to make. I still haven't established what my "tradition" cookies will be yet. I was flipping through a cookbook I haven't opened in years and found a recipe for Coconut-Pecan cookies. I happened to have everything I needed so decided to make them. They are the best cookie I have eaten in a long time and knew I needed to share the recipe with you all! Enjoy!

Coconut-Pecan Cookies (taken from Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book)
1/4 C shortening
1/4 C butter or margarine
1/2 C granulated sugar
1/4 C packed brown sugar
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C all-purpose flour
1 C coconut
1C chopped pecans

1. In a medium mixing bowl beat shortening and butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 30 seconds. Add the sugars, and baking soda. Beat till combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla till combined. Be in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour. Stir in coconut and pecans.
2. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes or till edges are golden. Cool cookies on cookie sheet one minute then transfer to a wire rack and let cool.  Makes about 36 cookies.

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Time for Crayons

Ever wondered what to do with the broken pieces of crayons you have? I know with my kids they are always breaking crayons. After seeing this idea I knew I had to try making some of my own.

Here's what you'll need:
Broken pieces of crayon
A silicon baker with shapes of your choice

Preheat your oven to 250*

First you need to decide what colors you want. If you use the darker crayons (black, purple, dark blue) it will melt and look black. If you want brighter colors keep out the darker ones. 
Next peel the paper off the crayons. This is a step the little ones can help you with. If you are having a hard time getting the paper off, soak the crayons in water first.

Now you will need to break the crayons into small pieces. My silicon baker was very small so I had to use a knife to chop the crayon to get pieces small enough to fit. I placed my silicone baker on an old metal cookie sheet to make moving it easier.

Once they are all cut up you can start filling your baker with the crayon pieces.I chose gingerbread men. Bake in the oven till the wax is melted. I had to leave mine in there for 20 mins. but you may need less time so keep an eye on it. Remove from oven and place in the freezer for 5-10 mins. or until it's set. Remove from freezer and pop the crayons out by inverting your silicone baker. 

How cute are these?! This will make a fun and adorable treat for our Good News Clubbers on Friday!