I have a Betty Crocker recipe book from 1982 that my grandma gave to my mother.  It’s so awesome and I love this cookbook.

Anyway, I decided to try some of the recipes from the book, including this one for coconut chews.

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup shortening (half margarine or butter softened)
  • 1 1/2 cup of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnut
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut

Heat oven to 350.  Mix powdered sugar and shortening.  Stir in 1 1/2 cup of flour.  Press in an ungreased 13×9 pan.  Bake until golden brown, 12-15 minutes.

Betty Crocker Coconut Chew Dough

Mix remaining ingredients.  Spread over baked layer.  Bake for 20 minutes; cool.  Cut into bars about 3×1.  32 cookies. 

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There is a recipe for a frosting with the chews, but I didn’t make it because the bars were rich enough without.  They are seriously awesome. 

Heads up — for the second baking, you may want to bake the bars only 15-20 minutes.  You’ll need to check it so the ingredients don’t get overbaked.

I bought a bunch of large naval oranges and thought it’d be fun to make this recipe for orange cookies.   It’s an easy recipe to throw together.  And the cookies? 

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They are buttery, moist, soft, and really good.  If you wanted to subsitute lemon zest for the orange zest plus a little more sugar, I think that’d work.  And lime zest would probably work too.

I had never heard of magic cookie bars, but this recipe was shockingly simple and easy.  I wasn’t sure how they’d turn out and more importantly, how they’d taste.

They taste pretty good, but you definitely have to give them a long time to cool down before you can handle.  The graham cracker crust is quite crumbly and soft.  Actually, now that I think about it, I think next time I wouldn’t make it in such a big pan — maybe half the size they call for so then there’s a thicker crust.

Here are the step-by-step photos:

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Growing up, this was one of the cookies my mom always made for the holidays.  So I thought I’d make them this year.  They were always huge hits and we rarely had any leftover.  Here’s her recipe:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans (or almonds)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Pre-heat oven to 325 F. In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar, vanilla,flour, and salt.  Similar to when you make biscuits, don’t over mix!  Add the butter and mix with either your hands or dough blender.  The mixture is going to be very sticky!  Once it’s mixed together, then add the pecans and mix.   Put the dough in the fridge for an hour or so until the dough is cold (this prevents spreading). 

Mexican Wedding Cookie Dough

Now shape into 1-inch balls (or use your small cookie scoop).  Place inch apart on un-greased cookie sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes until set but not brown.

Mexican Wedding Cookie Dough  Mexican Wedding Cookie Dough 

Immediately remove from cookie sheets and let them cool for 5 minutes. 

Mexican Wedding Cookie  Mexican Wedding Cookie

Quickly roll them in 1 cup of powdered sugar and let them cool completely.  Then re-roll them in powdered sugar and serve. 

Mexican Wedding Cookie

I love watching Giada De Laurentiis’ Everyday Italianbecause the food always looks delicious.  So I was intrigued when I saw this recipe for Italian Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with an orange filling.

To be honest, I was unsure how this was going to taste, but it was a fantastic cookie.  I’m not sure if kids would like this because the corn meal gives it a little crunch.   But the combination of  dark cocoa cookie and orange filling makes it a sophisticated cookie recipe.

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A few tricks —

  • Put flour down on your workspace and rolling pin when you’re rolling the dough pretty thin.
  • To pick up the dough, use a scraper so the dough stays in a perfect circle.
  • Make sure to let the cookies cool before you put in the filling!
  • Be careful when you’re putting in the filling — those cookies are fragile.
  • I was able to make 23 cookie sandwiches

My recipe for shortbread is really good (if I may say so myself).  But I was looking for new cookie recipe and I thought this recipe for orange shortbread cookies would be good. 

They were awesome and went into my holiday cookie gift bags.

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I also dipped them in dark chocolate to make them even better! 

Chocolate Dipped Orange Shortbread

While I love these pumpkin and chocolate chip cookie recipe, I thought I’d try making some “regular” pumpkin cookies

These are very light and fluffy cookies with a delicious mix of spices and pumpkin.  They are really good, but my favorite pumpkin cookie recipe is this one

Pumpkin Cookies  Pumpkin Cookies

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