Snow-Covered Coconut Christmas Tree Cookies (gluten free)
Hello my friends! Well, despite my best efforts, it seems like there is no way to slow down the march of time and Christmas keeps inching closer. And that’s okay; with Kate home for a few days over the Thanksgiving holiday, we did a ‘speed-decorate’ and now our home looks ever so festive. Because we only had so much time before she needed to get back to school, we were incredibly efficient and it got done speedily! We were also able to get a little baking done and these Snow-Covered Coconut Christmas Tree Cookies were a big hit…as in, they are all gone! And…as if they couldn’t be any better, they are also gluten-free!
So, it’s with Christmas in my home and in my heart, that I am tickled to be participating in Sondra Lyn’s 3rd Annual Home for the Holidays blog tour. Each day of this week focuses on a different area of making Christmas in your home.
You can pop in to see all the other Holiday goodies through the links at the bottom of the page.
When Kate was in Middle and High School, we would host a Christmas Cookie Swap for her friends and their moms. It was such a great opportunity to enjoy the holidays and expand our cookie repertoire in the process.
We would ask our guests to bring a couple of dozen cookies and then they would be able to gather an assortment to take home. These Snow-Covered Coconut Christmas Tree cookies were our contribution at several of our gatherings.
Kate originally found this recipe on Martha Stewart’s website and we’ve pretty much stuck to Martha’s recipe.
One year we did add some mini chocolate chips to the batter which did add a little something extra. I mean, COCONUT PLUS CHOCOLATE! One of those combinations made in heaven.
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This year, I added a gold tree topper and some edible gold star glitter to give my coconut Christmas tree cookies that certain ‘je ne sais quoi.’
That little house? I bought 2 of them probably 10 years ago and they always sit at my children’s’ place settings on Christmas day. They are German incense ‘smoker’ cottages and I was pleased that you can still find them…on Amazon of course.
And I know you’re thinking ‘incense on Christmas?’…but the incense is lightly scented pine, fir, and gingerbread scents. And really, you’re just aiming for the smoke that comes out of the chimney of your little cottage or the pipe of your German Smoker.
Don’t you just love seeing these little cookies in the midst of the snow storm?
This Coconut Christmas Tree cookie recipe is so incredibly easy, but if you love coconut macaroons, you’ll love these little morsels of yumminess.
Coconut Christmas Cookies
- 2 1/2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large egg whites lightly beaten
- 5 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Confectioners' sugar for dusting
- Gold Star on Toothpick optional
- Edible Gold Stars optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Thoroughly combine coconut, granulated sugar, egg whites, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl using your hands or a wooden spoon.
Form 2 tablespoons of the mixture at a time into 2-inch-tall trees with your hands, using your fingertips to make pointed tops. Transfer each tree to a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing them 1 inch apart.
If you are going to put the little stars on after they are baked, then poke a toothpick through the top so that after the trees are baked the toothpick holding the star goes in easier.
Bake until edges are golden and trees are firm, 12 to 14 minutes.
Let cool on baking sheet on a wire rack at least 15 minutes.
Cookies can be made up to 1 day ahead.
Two tablespoons of the batter is all you need for one tree.
Pinch the top to get the point of the tree. Don’t smooth the sides too much, you want them a little ‘rough’ to resemble the tree’s boughs and for the ‘snow’ to have somewhere to collect.
While the cookies are baking and cooling, punch out your stars.
I used a 1/2″ star paper punch and glued them on to half of a toothpick…the blunt half so that the pointy end goes in to the tree. I had such a great time photographing the’snow’, never mind that my kitchen was covered in powdered sugar and that I cleaned it up for days!
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Seriously, if you need some quick Christmas cookies, this is your recipe…Snowstorm is optional.
Once again, it is with much excitement that I join this year’s Home for the Holidays blog tour sponsored by Sondra Lyn at Home! This is the 3rd year for her HFTH tour, and we promise to bring some of the most awesome decor, craft and recipe ideas you’ll find anywhere.
It has gotten bigger and better each year and I think you’re going to love what you see! So stay tuned – it’s 30 blogs over the week, with a different topic each day.
Be sure you come back here every day to get the links for that day’s featured blogs! Here’s a run-down of the topics and featured blogs:
Monday – Holiday Mantels
Tuesday – Holiday Recipes
Wednesday – Holiday Crafts
Thursday – Holiday Decor
Friday – Holiday Tablescapes
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Home for the Holidays 2016
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