Don’t forget the cookies this Christmas!

Kristy Dean Cole  Confession of a Baking Queen
Kristy Dean Cole
Confession of a Baking Queen

Is it me or did Christmas show up overnight? This month has been a whirlwind and its almost over. I still have last minute gifts to buy, cards to finish, and time is dwindling down like last seconds of the game time clock and you’re down by two points! I know I’m not the only one, as people rush past me in the stores worried looks upon their faces.

Also this year, seems more so than ever, our little community seems so heartbroken by sickness and loss. So many people seem sad and lonely. Sometimes, it makes me wish I was a child again where the only thing on your mind is opening gifts. Lately, I realized just how blessed I truly was. I have food to eat, a roof over my head, and mainly in good health. We have Christmas trees gloriously decorated, presents wrapped underneath, and family and friends to share the holiday with. Now if you have 2 or 3 of the afore mentioned things, you too are blessed. You never really know how much you have to be thankful for, until you see so many with much less.

I encourage you to find at least one person in the community, someone less fortunate or perhaps ill this holiday season, and be kind. Now some people believe in a monetary donation, but I know there are many who are scraping by themselves.

Think about giving that coat in the back of the closet to someone you see that never has one to wear. Give a pair of gloves to warm little hands that walks out of the holler to catch the school bus. Remember the elderly, some are not able to stand and cook for themselves over a hot stove.

As for me, I’ll be baking some treats for those close to me and some that I know are burdened with sickness and loss. The best part about doing something good for someone is the great feeling that warms your heart while doing so. Hope you enjoy this great recipe, and don’t forget the cookies for Santa! Wishing you a Merry Christmas from my kitchen to yours, send me your recipes

Macaroon Kisses

1/3 c. butter, softened

1 pkg cream cheese, softened

1 egg yolk

3/4 c. sugar

2tsp. orange juice

2 tsp. almond extract

1 1/4 c.all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

5 c. shredded coconut flour

I pkg of Hershey Kisses, unwrapped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper. With electric mixer, cream together butter, cream cheese, sugar until fluffy. Add egg yolk, extract, and orange juice until blended. Add flour, baking powder, salt and 3 cups of coconut; set aside remaining coconut in small bowl. Mix well and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Roll teaspoon size amount of dough in remaining coconut, place on cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until edges start to slightly brown. Quickly after removing from oven, gently press kiss into center of macaroon. Also, can substitute kisses with green or red dried cherries. Allow to cool, keep in airtight containers for up to a week. Yields about 3 1/2 dozen.