Okay, it’s that time of year! Christmas cookie time! I was on Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family and we made Santa’s Whiskers, the most amazing Christmas-y cookie in existence! The recipe is below, and if you want to watch the segment, you can click here!
Makes 20-24 cookies
Prep time 10 mins.
Bake time 12-15 mins.
1 cup soft butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 12 oz. jar maraschino cherries, stained, stemmed, and pitted
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 3/4 cup flour
2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
In the bowl of your stand mixer, or by hand, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add whole cherries, almond extract, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix thoroughly. Fold in flour and mix until it forms a crumbly but moist dough.
Lay a 16-inch sheet of parchment paper onto the counter. Sprinkle 1 cup coconut on the center in a loose rectangle shape, making sure it does not reach the edge of the parchment. Place cookie dough on top, flattening a bit with fingers, and sprinkle remaining coconut over the top of the dough. Form the dough into a 12-14 inch log, about 3 inches thick. Evenly press the coconut around the log and roll to make the log an even cylinder. Roll the parchment up with the dough inside and twist the ends. Chill dough for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Slice cookies in 1/4-1/2 inch rounds, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake for 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool before serving. Store in an air-tight container.