Christmas Cookies! Looking for favorite recipes.

Posted on: Sun, 12/02/2001 - 10:54am
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Hello,

Now with the Holidays upon us, I was wondering if anyone had good (peanut free) recipes that we could share here.

I have one called Coconut Joys and I will share it with all of you now.

ingredients:

1 stick of butter or margarine
3 cups of coconut flakes
2 cups of powdered sugar
2 squares (2oz.) unsweetened choclate, melted
(I usually use semi sweet nestle's)

Melt butter in sauce pan. Remove from heat. Add powered sugar and coconut, mix well. Shape rounded teaspoons of mixture into balls. Make indent in center of each and place on cookie sheet. Fill centers with melted choclate. Chill until firm. Store in refrigerator. Makes 3 dozen.

I have made these cookies several times and every time I do I have a dozen people who ask for the recipe. They taste almost like Almond joys without the almonds lol. If you like coconut I think that you would really enjoy these and they are so simple to make.

Best wishes and enjoy!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Renee

Posted on: Mon, 12/03/2001 - 4:01am
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renee111064,
These sound good, but one question though. What brand of coconut have you found that works for you. I think our store carries Baker's, but I've been very hesitant to even think of buying coconut flakes.
Our favorite holdiay cookie recipe is listed somewhere on this board under Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies. My husband just goes bonkers over them.

Posted on: Mon, 12/03/2001 - 6:50am
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Ryans Mom,
I have used our store brand flakes and also Mounds coconut flakes. My pa son does not eat them though.....he only eats chips ahoy and oreo's....
My pa son does not eat any homemade cookies except for choclate chip and then it is not very often that he eats them either. He has never cared for them. I know that this does not help you in regards to your pa child and I am sorry for that...
I will have to look for the cherry choclate chip cookies though they sound yummy.
best wishes,
renee

Posted on: Tue, 12/04/2001 - 8:55pm
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renee111064,
Another question here. Does your son not eat these cookies because he's not a big cookie/sweets eater, or because you don't feel comfortable with him eating coconut or an issue like that?
After visiting this site, I learned a coconut was a fruit, not a tree nut, but we've avoided it since diagnosis. I know he isn't allergic to coconut because he ate plenty of Mounds bars and Easter coconut eggs before he was diagnosed with no problems. However, I haven't bought coconut products since because I was worried about cross contamination. Do you not let him eat the cookies because of this, or is it like I asked before--he's simply not a big junk food lover.

Posted on: Wed, 12/05/2001 - 7:01am
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Ryans Mom,
My son does not like to eat homemade cookies. He has always been this way even before we found out about his peanut allergy. When it comes to snacks he prefers to have an oreo or chips ahoy over homemade. The only other type of cookie that he likes is wafer cookies but that is about it. I use to buy Nabisco teddy grahams. He is very very picky eater, like most children.
He has complained in the past when eating different foods that they burn his mouth so he is hesitant to try new things.
Best wishes,
Renee

Posted on: Wed, 12/05/2001 - 7:56am
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ryan's mom,
I apologize for interrupting...
I looked up your cherry choc. chip recipe - it sounds soooooo good.
Can I use margarine, or does it have to be butter? I only ask because I want to make some by Saturday, and don't know if I'll get butter by then.
Thanks,
Tammy

Posted on: Wed, 12/05/2001 - 8:42pm
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Tammy,
When I make cookies, I only use butter because I think it imparts a better flavor, but that's just personal preference. If you're used to margarine, I don't think it will make a big diference.
I know this will sound quite stupid, but when did companies start producing margarine? I think this recipe is at least 50 years old, or as old as boxed gelatin. My mother never made these, but she said my grandmother probably got it out of some grocery store magazine many years ago. Maybe that's why it says butter, and not margarine, on the recipe. I really don't know.

Posted on: Thu, 12/06/2001 - 9:41pm
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ryan's mom,
Another question... (sorry!)
Do you leave the cookies in the ball shape while cooking? I only ask because in your post you mention something about thumbprint cookies.
Thanks so much for helping me out - Can you tell I'm nervous about trying new things? I'm not the best in the kitchen! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Have a good day,
Tammy

Posted on: Sat, 12/08/2001 - 7:47am
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Tammy,
I leave them in a ball shape. They tend to produce a thicker, tender, and moist cookie. I always slightly underbake most of my cookies, including these, because we're soft and chewy cookie lovers.
LOL! I'm a dummy in the kitchen. I've produced so many zingers I could probably fill a grocery store. My absolute worst was these jalapeno corn muffins I made about a year ago. I'm getting bolder and trying some new cookie recipes I saw in the December issue of Ladies Home Journal. They have these things called Creme de Menthe Bars, raisin/cranberry filled cookies and some minty chocolate type of cookies. Wish me luck! I hope they're not total duds that nobody doesn't want to eat.

Posted on: Mon, 12/10/2001 - 4:36am
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ryan's mom,
I just wanted you to know that I made the cherry choc. chip cookies - my kids, and the kids at church really liked them!
So far, the "grown-ups" haven't been real keen on the cherry taste - too much like Jell-O... not to mention the fact that "They're RED!!!!" - but the kids liked them!! Yeah!!
Thanks for a new twist on an old recipe!
Take care,
Tammy

Posted on: Wed, 04/10/2002 - 11:42pm
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Renee,
I just wanted to let you know I finally made your Coconut Joys. Ryan just had one and really liked it. He hasn't had coconut in two years since I won't buy the store-bought packages, so I bought a coconut, scooped out the coconut meat and used my new blender to make shredded coconut. I also made coconut cream eggs, but I have to chill the filling so maybe this afternoon they'll be ready to dip in chocolate. Coconut and chocolate! Mmm, mmm, good! Great recipe!

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