Friday, January 1, 2010

Christmas cookie giveaway part 2

The second set of recipes from the cookie boxes my friends got for xmas.

Orange coconut cookies

They don't look amazing but I promise these were the stars of the party... chewy, flavorful, with a crunch from the coconut... 

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons orange zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut

Preheat oven to 350 F

Combine the flour, zest, and salt in a large bowl and whisk until combined.  Beat together butter and sugars  until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until just combined. Add the flour and mix well. Stir in the coconut and mix. Refrigerate the dough for about an hour. Drop by tablespoonfuls in a cookie sheet and bake for about 10 min until edges are golden.

Cranberry walnut bars

The easiest bars you've ever made! And if you're not a fan of cranberries or walnuts you can use any other type of dried fruit/nut you like. Warning! they are yummy but sticky!

1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, cut into pieces
1 1/2 cups graham crackers crumbs (you can crush them with whatever you like, food processor is the cool way but I used a hammer ;) )
1 1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350 F

Melt the butter in the microwave and stir in the graham cracker crumbs. Mix well and place in an oven pan forming a crust (this will be the crust of the bars). I made a thin crust but I think next time I'll try with a thicker one so the bars hold shape better. On top of the crust, spread the cranberries and walnuts. Drizzle the condensed milk on top and press with a fork so that everything sticks together. Bake for 25 min until the top is golden brown. Important!!! Let them cool well before cutting, otherwise it's really hard to get nice looking bars.


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