Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cookies Day 13 - Coconut BonBons

Today in NOTL:  Cold outside, with highs of 27F/-2C and occasional flurries.

I love Niagara.  It snowed here yesterday; today the lawns and rooftops are white with snow but the roads are clear and dry.  Now this is the way it oughtta be!  Soon, if we don't get more snow, what's here will disappear and we'll have the pleasure of another 'first' snowfall when another front moves through.  In Newmarket, the snow was amazing - but it piled up and never left.  This is much nicer - and less dangerous!

I just realized that I can label the posts with the names of the cookies to make it easier for folks to find the recipe they want.  DUH!  Honestly, I am so behind the times, lol.  I will work on that today and then get back to gift-making.

Today I'm feeling like a nut - a coconut, to be precise.  I love coconut, and so this easy-peasy bon-bon recipe is perfect for Day 13 - lucky you!

Coconut BonBons
1/2 c butter
2 c confectioners' sugar
3 c coconut
1 tablespoon milk
2 oz semi-sweet chocolate, melted 

1. Melt butter in microwave or on stove.  Remove from heat and add sugar, coconut and milk. Mix well.
2.  Shape mixture into balls, about 1 teaspoon makes a nice size.  Push your thumb into the center to make a little well.  Set onto waxed paper on cookie sheet.
3.  Melt chocolate, and put a small amount into the depression on each bonbon.

4.  Place in fridge to harden.  Store in fridge in container with tight lid.

- These freeze well.
- Instead of coconut, try chow mein noodles, nuts, etc.  
- Other sweet mixtures can be used in place of chocolate - frosting, jam, cream cheese, Nutella, etc.
- Wrapping the coconut 'dough' around chocolate chips, nuts, etc., works well, too.
-  Drizzling chocolate over the top adds an elegant finish. 

This is a fun recipe to use with younger family members.  They can get creative with sprinkles and chocolate candies.  Lots of folks don't bake because of the mess, but kids love to help in the kitchen at this time of year. This is a perfect recipe for family fun at the kitchen table or counter because there is no huge cleanup involved - just the pan or bowl and a few spoons.  If you have younger ones at home, give this one a try.  Together you can make a memory to warm your hearts all year long.

Art today is a snowman mini 2 inches square.

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