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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Coconut Chews

For our Troops in the Middle East. This month it's for a young lady who is stationed over there. I made Chocolate Chip Cookies and Coconut Chews. The Chocolate Chip Cookies are good but I would not say they are stupendous, but the Coconut Chews! Oh, yum, yum, yum! Definitely will make again. I always pack two 10-inch square cake boxes, which fit neatly into the APO Box (not sure what the acronym is for but it's military) - needless to say I had a few taste tests but fortunately had plenty left over to fill the package to capacity. (I should hope so! - I reckon about 120-130 cookies are needed to fill the two cake boxes.)

I love doing the Baking Gals cookie making for our Troops; it's a monthly mailing and each time I send my package to a different soldier. It's also fun to surf through the cookie sites and get recipes for real, down home, family type cookies and bars - the kind of goodies that will remind our soldiers of home.

This time I used two recipes that use Crisco instead of butter - apparently it keeps the shape of the cookie better and they last longer, which is a plus as it gets very hot in Iraq.

The Chocolate Chip Cookies are from Recipezaar (another favorite site for me):

2/3 cup solid shortening (no substitutes just use plain white shortening)
2/3 cup margarine (not butter)
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 ounces milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup nuts (chopped optional)


Cream together shortening, butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla.
stir in remaining ingredients.
drop by teaspoon full onto ungreased cookie sheet.
bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes or until cookie is lightly brown on top and darker brown on edges.

The Coconut Chews are from Recipe Goldmine.

3/4 cup butter or Crisco
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1 cup (packed) brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup coconut


Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in flour. Press evenly in 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Combine remaining ingredients; spread over hot baked layer. Bake for 20 minutes longer. Slice into squares when cooled.

My package will be mailed tomorrow AM - it takes about a week to get there.