Every family has their own Christmas traditions that we hold near and dear to our hearts. When I met my husband, I was so excited that he enjoyed the holiday season as much as I do! Both of our birthdays fall around the holidays as well, so we associate this special time of year with lots of celebrations with loved ones.
In our home, we look forward to chopping down our Christmas tree in the mountains. When we get home from our adventure, we can’t wait to decorate around the house and trim the tree while watching White Christmas. Finally, we sit back with a warm fire and admire our beautiful work.
As a special treat, I enjoy baking a special cookie from my childhood: Santa’s Whiskers. These cherry and coconut cookies look festive and are delicious! They don’t last long in our house. Below is the recipe I have used since childhood, and it never fails! Just be sure to plan accordingly, as the dough does need to be chilled.
Santa’s Whiskers: (makes about 5 dozen)
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (optional)
3/4 cup flaked coconut
Cream butter and sugar, blend in extract. Stir in flour, cherries, and nuts (if desired). Form n 2 rolls, each 2 inches in diameter and 8 inches long. Roll in coconut. Wrap and chill several hours or overnight. Slice 1/4 inch thick; place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes or until edges are golden.