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Macadamia Coconut Chip Cookies

Whether it's holiday season or just because you love these kind of cookies, they're always a hit!
Macadamia nut coconut chip cookies are all dressed up for the Holiday season.




A buttery rich delicious packed with nuts, coconut, white chocolate and very festive for the holiday season!




The kids are sure to be nice and not naughty while baking. The Christmas elf
gets a glance at them first to make sure they are good for Santa's arrival.


A great time of the year to make them. They are an all time favorite cookie on the Christmas tray! Remember just leave out the coloring if you don't like it for a natural look. Also they are delicious all year long leaving all the festive additions out.



Macadamia Coconut Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar 
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup softened butter
2 eggs
1 cup chopped macadamia nut
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
3/4 cup coconut put through the food processor
Optional: 3 drops green food coloring
Candied cherries cut up
coconut flavoring (I used coconut oil)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Garnish: Powdered Sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In an electric mixer, cream the sugars and butter till light. Add the eggs. Slowly blend in the flour, salt, baking soda and food coloring if using. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Roll into balls. Put cherry on each one. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes still edges are brown tops are set.
Cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.




prep time: cook time: total time:

ingredients:


  • 2 1/4 cup flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 cup brown sugar 
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1 cup softened butter
    2 eggs
    1 cup chopped macadamia nut
    1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
    3/4 cup coconut put through the food processor
    Optional: 3 drops green food coloring
    Candied cherries cut up
    coconut flavoring (I used coconut oil)
    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

    Garnish: Powdered Sugar

instructions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
    In an electric mixer, cream the sugars and butter till light. Add the eggs. Slowly blend in the flour, salt, baking soda and food coloring if using. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Roll into balls. Put cherry on each one. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes still edges are brown tops are set.
    Cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
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Grandma's Holiday Rice Pudding

I love Grandma's Holiday Rice pudding. She always put some pineapple and a  cherry on top to look festive for our rice pudding! It's a delicious treat dessert. You can add other suggestions if you're not a pineapple fan!


A nice little twist to the plain old rice pudding which is still spectacular that's why I leave it plain and top it with what I like! This has a festive look for a holiday dessert.



Pineapple Stove Top  Rice Pudding Recipe

3/4 cup sugar
2 cups whole milk or half and half
3/4 cup extra milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup Italian Arborio rice
1 3/4 cups water to boil the rice in or coconut water
1 cinnamon stick (new ingredient to make it over the top great!)
1 egg beaten

2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
ground cinnamon
freshly ground nutmeg
2/3 cup fresh or dried chopped pineapple or any other suggestions listed below
1 stemmed maraschino cherry for garnish



In a small saucepan add 1 3/4  cups water, 1 cinnamon stick  and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Add the rice to the pot on low simmer. Cover and cook for 12 minutes or until soft.

Grab another clean medium size saucepan and add the cooked rice, 2 cups milk with cinnamon stick and 3/4 cup sugar.

Cook for around 30 to 35 minutes or until creamy and thick like a pudding and not watery looking (stirring occasionally on low heat.)  Stir in the last 3/4 cup of milk, beaten egg and raisins if using and keep stirring on medium heat stirring constantly around another 2 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and take off from heat. Stir in the butter and vanilla.
 Garnish with fresh cubed pineapple and maraschino cherries.


Other suggestions for the pineapple or combined : use chopped up  dates, figs, raisins, shredded coconut, bananas, mini chocolate chips, or dried cranberries or just keep it plain.

Graham Cracker Christmas House

This is a great project for the kids to make at Christmas. I just love the ease of using Graham crackers to make this adorable little house. Please watch the video first to see the pieces and how they fit like a puzzle to make the instructions easier.












Antonio is 3 years old and got to make his first graham cracker house with Grandma. I just love the memories this instills in a child. I did this with my nieces over 40 years ago now. What a blessing to still be here to do it with my grandchildren.




Antonio is very proud of his house for his first time and I couldn't be more proud!  Great job Antonio!!! 






Directions:

powdered sugar
water
2 packs graham crackers sleeves ( I use cinnamon crackers, I love the aroma!
Assorted candy: 
I found most at a local dollar store. Look for small candies that are red and green. I used small chocolate rolls for the log cabin effect. Red and green chocolate covered nuts, candy canes, chocolate bars cut for doors and windows, red hots

Cookies can be used for a wreath, red hot candies, gum drops, jelly beans look like Christmas lights. Get creative!

Add the sheet of wax paper to your cutting board surface so it will be easier to lift off later on top of full crackers for your foundation.
First you will need two full graham crackers and check out the video to see the cuts at a 45 degree angle to make a pitch , for the front and back. You will have two crackers with a pointed top for each side.
Break one full cracker in half. Those will be the sides.
For the roof, cut 1 inch off each whole cracker at the top ( you need 2). 
You are ready to assemble.



In a medium bowl add around 3 cups of powdered sugar. Add hot water by the teaspoon to make a very very thick paste, so thick you can roll a ball with it.

Take the glue and start smearing it on to assemble the house gluing the sides together all four pieces, waiting 3 to 4 minutes in between to add another piece. Then wait at least 10 minutes to dry before adding the roof last.  I usually let it dry around 2 hours before adding any candy. To keep the glue from drying out add a wet towel over the bowl.

Once the house is assembled, I place  4 or more whole graham crackers on the surface of whatever platform I use with a little frosting glue on the bottom, then the crackers to hold in place Add the house on top and start decorating. Use frosting in between and cracks or fill it in wherever you want it to look like snow.

Let it dry, if things slide make sure the frosting is thick and just move it back in place and hold it a few minutes to adhere. You are welcome to make royal icing which has egg whites in it, but I am not of fan of it so I just use a little water and powdered sugar.

Tips: cut on the diagonal with a serated knife with a sawing motion using a cutting board. Make sure you have wax paper on the bottom of whatever platform you use and don't forget to adhere that with frosting glue so it doesn't move. Be patient to let dry a few minutes in between gluing each piece.

Enjoy making memories with your little ones out there!