I know my posts have been a little more sparse lately and I apologize! Joel and I volunteered to sing with our hometown church choir’s Christmas program over the weekend, so the past few weeks have been extremely hectic! It was pretty cool getting to hear my daddy sing a solo, though! :)

With all the craziness going on lately I haven’t gotten much of a chance to do as much Christmas baking as I would’ve liked. However, I recently had a free afternoon and jumped on the chance to bake up something yummy and festive! These cookies are a version of my mom’s favorite Christmas cookies, Santa’s Whiskers, which normally have candied red and green cherries in them (so pretty!), but I didn’t have any on hand, so those will have to wait for another time! We decided these were very reminiscent of pecan sandies – very crunchy and shortbread-like in texture – and I added a healthy dose of cinnamon to give them a little more flavor. The edges of the cookies are rolled in coconut before baking, so the coconut flavor isn’t overpowering, but still very prominent. I think these would be awesome with a cup of hot cocoa- the perfect Christmastime treat!

Coconut Pecan Sandies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy; about 2 minutes. Blend in milk and vanilla.

Slowly stir in flour, salt, cinnamon and pecans. Form dough into 2 8-inch rolls and roll in the flaked coconut. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours. Cut into 1/4 inch slices and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 11-12 minutes, until lightly browned. Makes approximately 40 cookies.

Recipe source: my mom (this is a very old family recipe, given to my mom just after she and my dad were married!)

P.S. Here’s a little tip- during all of your holiday baking this year, don’t forget to use real butter! Margarine or butter “spread” just won’t work as well as the real thing and you’ll most likely end up with flat cookies that spread too much. Real butter gives you a tender, flaky, more flavorful cookie that just can’t be equaled! Happy baking!

 

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  1. These sound so yummy!

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    amy Reply:

    Thank you!

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    Comment by Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 12, 2011 @ 6:23 PM

  2. YUM!! These look incredibly buttery and delicious!!

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    Comment by Living The sweet Life — December 12, 2011 @ 8:52 PM

  3. Well, yet another buttery delicious cookie to add to the holiday arsenal!

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    amy Reply:

    Hope you enjoy!

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    Comment by Maia — December 12, 2011 @ 10:50 PM

  4. These look delicious girl!

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    Comment by Jessica — December 12, 2011 @ 11:53 PM

  5. My mom loves pecan sandies and candied cherries, as well. Go figure! I need to make these for her!

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    Comment by Kelsey — December 13, 2011 @ 9:24 AM

  6. Coconut sounds like a great addition to the pecan sandie classic. I agree that real butter is a must for baking!

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    Comment by Rose — December 13, 2011 @ 8:24 PM

  7. I am a coconut fiend haha so this recipe looks very appetizing. I like your suggestion of eating these with hot cocoa; it’s like an easy version of German chocolate cake!

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    Comment by CulinarilyCourtney — December 14, 2011 @ 11:07 AM

  8. These look great! Do you think they would travel well by mail? I think I want to add the candied cherries, do you think I should cut back on the sugar? I prefer a less sweet cookie, in fact I accidentally left 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar out of a coconut sugar cookie recipe recently (there was also a 1/2 cup of refined sugar in the recipe) and my family and my kids friends went crazy over them LOL! THANKS!

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    amy Reply:

    These would definitely travel well! I wouldn’t recommend cutting back on the sugar since they’re really not all that sweet to begin with. Hope you enjoy!

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    Comment by Sandi — December 14, 2011 @ 11:49 AM

  9. adding to my cookie making list!

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    Comment by The Food Hunter — December 14, 2011 @ 2:24 PM

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