Happy 6th Day of Christmas guys! Today I have a yummy treat from my friend Kim at Cravings of a Lunatic. Her blog is full of delicious recipes you're sure to love! And here she is!
I am so pleased to be here guest posting for Chelsea today. I'm going to be honest folks, I seldom guest post for people. It makes me all kinds of nervous so I only do them once in a blue moon. The pressure tends to get to me. I second guess every decision and stress myself out. Plus I never know how much to edit myself other blogs. I tend to have an "if I think it, I say it" attitude. So I worry my snarkiness will not translate well on other sites. But I'm throwing caution to the wind today. Why? Well for Chelsea of course. She's awesomely fantastic and cute as a button. So today I'm not going to worry if my photos could be better or my big mouth is going to get me in trouble. What's a little snarky attitude amongst friends.
Here's another confession for you all. I am not done my holiday shopping. I know right! This is completely unacceptable from the chick who used to have her Christmas shopping done by April every year. One year I did it all in January when all the sales were slamming good. The problem with that is as the hooligans get older it's harder to choose things that far in advance. Or if something malfunctions you can't return it. So every year the kids got older I shopped later in the season. Now that they are 24 and 18 I'm shopping moments before the stores close on the 24th. It's a sad state of affairs. One more year and we might be celebrating Christmas on New Year's. Apparently the mama needs to get her act together.
We also have the challenge of trying to organize a time when all 4 of us are free so we can decorate the tree. Let's just say I don't have a tree at this point in time. I'm really not Scrooge, I just have insanely busy kids. B-Dude flew in from Calgary on Monday but hubs had to go out-of-town for work on Tuesday. So we will be picking out our tree on mini-me's birthday this year. Happy Birthday Mini-me, here's your birthday christmas tree. Yup, we're all kinds of weird here at the Bee household. It's hilarious to those who know me well. I'm usually one of those folks that has the tree up early and a different "themed" tree in every room of the house. All the ornaments are usually home-made. I give tons of home-made gifts. I used to be Martha on steroids. Somewhere along the line I've lost my Christmas mojo. I need to find it. But first I need a nap.
One thing that always happens no matter how busy or lazy we are over the holidays is making cookies. Coconut macaroon no bake cookies get made every single year. It's tradition and dates back to me being a teenager. This year I just happened upon the coolest bag of coconut M&M's. I stowed them away for safe keeping until the holidays. I just knew they would be awesome in my coconut macaroon cookies. I am so glad I held onto them. These are some over the top yummy cookies. You can do them in a jar to give as gifts. I mean if you're "one of those kind of people". You know, the kind who is organized and on the ball. Not the kind that curls up to nap every afternoon.
Double Coconut Macaroon Cookies:
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup shortening
3 cups oats
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup coconut
3/4 cup coconut M & M's
1/2 cup of mini M & M's
In a large pot combine your sugar and cocoa. Cook on low heat, slowly add the milk to this and stir until all the sugar dissolves.
Now bring to a boil, add your shortening and oats and stir quickly. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes more, remove from heat and continue to mix until well combined.
Add the vanilla, salt, and coconut and mix well.
Add your coconut M & M's now and mix.
With a spoon drop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and let cool.
Once almost cool you can add extra mini M & M's for extra pops of holiday cheer.
Serve with a big old coconut smile!
If you would like to give these as gifts in jars you can add all the dry ingredients in the jar and then place a tag on the jar with instructions how to make them. They adapt well to be a dump it all in, kitchen sink type of cookie. I would just tell people to scoop out the coconut and M & M's and add those after they are done cooking. But everything else can be done in one fell swoop. You would have them follow these instructions if doing a jar cookie:
"Combine 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup shortening in a large pot and cook over medium heat until shortening melts. Add all the ingredients to the pot and stir until well combined. Drop cookies onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Allow to cool. Garnish with extra M & M's if desired. Enjoy!"
I would like to thank Chelsea so much for inviting me to her blog for the holidays. It's been an absolute pleasure working with this young lady. Anyone who loves pink as much as I do is a friend for life. Add to that her motto is to indulge and we're like soul mates or something. I'm a big believer in living large for time to time. Life is meant to be enjoyed, especially around the holidays.
Have a wonderful and loved filled holiday season everyone. If you have some free time stop by Cravings of a Lunatic and say hello. You can stalk my sassy butt on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as well.
Toodles and smoochies! xx
Thanks so much Kim! I LOVE that these fabulous cookies can be made into a fun gift!