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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Almond Coconut Sugar cookies

Two very exciting things happened this week. 1) I made up a cookie recipe on the fly that I absolutely LOVE. 2) I got engaged.

So awesome. I went to a DiStefano family party today to say hello to my soon to be family, and knew I should bring something along. SO I decided I'd make some snickerdoodles.

I creamed together my shortening, butter and sugar, and then realized that I didn't have several of the ingredients I needed for snickerdoodles. Crap. I'd already mixed the ingredients, so I decided to just make something up on the fly. I scoured my cupboard and found some Almond extract and Coconut.

Here's what I came up with:
1/2 cup salted butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup flake coconut
Since I'd already creamed the butter, I went ahead and added my egg and almond extract, then slowly added the dry ingredients. I rolled out tablespoon sized balls of dough, and then rolled them in a bowl full of coconut.

I baked the cookies at 375 for 9 minutes.

Seriously Delicious. This is a keeper recipe and possibly a new favorite. I couldn't even bring myself to save some cookies for my new fiance. I tried, but I ate them.

Make some. You won't be sorry.

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