Xmas Recipe for awesome cookies – California Style

Here is a real exciting way to do Xmas cookies in California and do it with a California twist.

First you need a recipe. Try this one…

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
Now you will need a cookie cutter – I suggest Googling the words “Palm Tree cookie cutter” and you will see a bunch from Amazon for about $2-$3
Make the cookies BUT the trick is in the ICING!  You want to add a coconut icing to them with green coloring and coconut sprinkles. Here is how to make the coconut icing:

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted (optional)

Directions

Beat the cream cheese and butter in a mixer bowl until light and fluffy and add a few drops of green food coloring. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar, one cup at a time, alternating with heavy cream. Beat in the salt, coconut flavoring, and vanilla extract. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and spreadable. Add additional confectioners’ sugar if necessary to thicken the frosting, or more cream to thin. Stir in the coconut. If desired, spoon toasted coconut evenly
You are going to just love these and they will feel so festive.
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