Coconut Pecan Cookies
Food is an integral part of any holiday season. It is a way for families to keep their
heritage and traditions alive, and to spend quality time together around the dining
room table. In our home, baking is also a big part of holiday meals. I highly
recommend baking as a way to get the children involved in the preparation of
holiday meals by enlisting them to combine many of the ingredients under your
supervision. They will take great pride in the result! This recipe for Coconut Pecan
Cookies has been a family favorite. For extra sweetness, add your favorite jelly or
jam to the top of the cookies and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a bowl, combine the sugar, shortening, flour, salt, vanilla, coconut milk, and chopped pecans.
Knead the ingredients by hand until a dough is formed.
Let the dough rest for five minutes.
Shape the dough into one-inch balls and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, turning the pan when the cookies are halfway finished to ensure even browning.
Optional jam version
For a sweeter touch, use your thumb to make an indentation in the center of the cookies. Place a small amount of jam or jelly into the center. When
finished baking, you can also lightly dust the cookies with powdered sugar.
2 ½ cups of sugar
1 cup of shortening
2 ¼ cups of flour
½ teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon of vanilla
3 tablespoons of coconut milk
½ cup of chopped pecans
½ (12 ounce) jar of your favorite jam or jelly (optional)
¼ cup of powdered sugar for dusting (optional)
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