posted by bethanne 12-02-98 6:55 PM
Coconut wrapped around each cherry-filled cookie is reminiscent of Santa's whiskers.
3/4 cup margarine or butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup finely chopped candied red or green cherries
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
3/4 cup coconut
In a large mixing bowl beat the margarine or butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30 seconds or till softened. Add about half of the flour to the margarine.
Then add the sugar, milk, adn vanilla. Beat till thoroughly combined, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Then beat or stir in the remaining flour. Stir in the candied cherries and pecans.
Shape the dough into two 8-inch rolls. Roll in coconut. Wrap each in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Chill for 4 to 48 hours.
Cut the chilled dough into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes or till edges are lightly browned. Remove cookies and cool on wire
racks. Makes about 60.
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