Monday, November 15, 2010

MISTLETOE MAKE AND BAKE BLOG HOP Day 1

How exciting is this, 6 days of hopping around the blog world, meeting new friends, learning new things and all in the comforts of your pj's...so grab a cup of coffee...
and let the hop begin!!!
Up First...
Sherri Falls – This & That




Let me take you back to Christmas 1966, my father was in the United States Marine Corps and we were stationed at Camp Lejeune NC, all was right with the world.  I have two older brothers, at the time Jimmy was 12, Karl was 11 and I was 6, we lived in a mobile home that had no storage, at the time a mobile home made sense to those families in the military, get orders to a new duty station and just pick up your home and move.

That Christmas morning we woke up to our biggest load from Santa ever, there was a guitar, drum, bugle, keyboard (I'm pretty sure my parents thought we'd be the next Beetles), and I'm pretty sure there was more stuff but what sticks out in my mind is how in the world did Santa make it in, we didn't even have a fireplace.  If you've ever lived in the south you would know that the weather on Christmas day could be freezing or so warm that all those new sweaters you got for presents would need to wait till January, well this Christmas was one of those very warm days...so once the presents were opened and had ample time to be played with outside we went and what do we discover when we walk out the door...boxes, yes boxes that "Santa" brought our toys in.  Now, and this is were the story has changed over the years, I remember the boxes having Sears & Roebuck printed all over them, my brother and mother both say, no they were just plain boxes but I'm stickin' to my story.  It was then and there that Santa was revealed, but so as not to make anyone mad I kept that to myself, who was I to tempt fate, in case there was a real Santa I didn't want to make him made.  So to this day I still "believe" in Santa..and if Santa wants to leave his boxes outside to be recycled I'd be happy to help him out.  

Now...your reward for reading my Santa story I have a yummo recipe for you to try...




1/3  cup butter
1 3oz package cream cheese (softened)
3/4  cup white sugar
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 teaspoons fresh orange juice
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 cups sweetened coconut flakes
1 bag Hershey’s kisses (any flavor)

Beat butter, cream cheese and white sugar until well blended, the creamer the better.  Add egg yolk, almond extract and orange juice,  beat until well blended.  In separate bowl sift flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating till well blended; stir in 3 cups coconut.   Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to handle.  Remove wrappers from kisses’.  Heat over to 350 F. shape dough into 1 inch balls; rolls balls in remaining 2 cups of coconut.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (my preferred method).  Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove from oven; immediately press kiss on top of each cookie.  Cool 1 minute; carefully removed from cookie sheet to wire rack; cool completely.  Makes about 4 dozen cookies

Tip:  You can change out the almond extract for orange and use dark chocolate kisses’ for a nice rich flavor.   Use mint extract and juice with a mint kiss, with the variety of flavors Hershey’s has for kisses the possibility for fun flavors are almost limitless.
*To make it easy for you to save my recipes click on the name of the cookie and download the pdf file.

Don't forget to keep stopping by, we'll have lots of links and lots of goodies for you to try...
until tomorrow...
Happy Blog Hopping...
Kelly Ann

63 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing. Sound yummy!

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  2. Thanks for sharing...sound yummy!

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  3. Fun story...your cookies are going on my "to-make" list this year! :)

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  4. Coconut and Chocolate...nothing better!

    Love the Santa story ;-)

    Janet xox

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  5. What a great story! I can't wait to try the cookies! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Thanks for sharing your story and your recipe.

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  7. This is going to be one fattening hop! Good thing we have to hop everyday! Can't wait!

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  8. Can't wait to try the cookies.

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  9. Love the story...the cookies look good too! Thanks!

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  10. Oh, the further I go on this bloghop, the better the recipes get! I am really going to have a lot of wonderful cookies on my holiday tray this year!

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  11. These look divine. I will have so many new recipes to try, due to the blog hop.

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  12. Interesting, might need to make these!

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  13. Your cookies sound yummy!

    Nancy E

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  14. Thank you for the recipe! They look so good!

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  15. Baking cookies is like making quilts you can never just stop with one. Oh my, what is a girl to do. Thanks for sharing the yummy cookie recipe.

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  16. Yummy recipe.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Stephanie M

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  18. Sounds good. Thank you for sharing

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  19. thanks for the story and receipe sharon M

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  20. Thanks for the recipe- hubby loves macaroons

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  21. I can't wait to try these. I love coconut.

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  22. My daughter LOVES coconut! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Looks good! I'm new to your blog, so I'm having fun looking around. Thanks for the recipe and for participating.

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  24. Love that story! And the recipe sounds delish! Thansk for sharing!

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  25. Love your story. Anxious to try the recipe. Thanks

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  26. Love macaroons.. Can't wait to try this version.

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  27. Thanks for the recipe--anything with chocolate is great in my book :)

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  28. Thanks for the yummy recipe, I do love coconut!

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  29. Love your story - and your recipe!

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  30. Fun story! Thanks for sharing...and the recipe sounds wonderful

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  31. I believe Santa has lots of helpers including Sears & Roebuck ;-D

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  32. Thanks for the recipe - I'm not a coconut fan, but my extended family likes it, so I can make this recipe for them! dsb448@att.net

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  33. I think I'm gaining weight just doing this blog hop and reading all these yummy cookie recipes LOL

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  34. Thank you for the delicious recipe!

    SheilaC

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  35. Great blog hop and recipe. I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings! Thank you for participating. ~Kathleen

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  36. Yummy! Thanks for sharing, both the recipe and the story!

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  37. The recipe sounds delicious, thank you for sharing your story!

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  38. Thanks for sharing, I love coconut.

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  39. I love your story. ANd I think you are right, Santa would want to recycle the boxes and wouldn't have room in his sled to take them with him!.

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  40. Will give them a try, thanks for the recipe.

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  41. Thanks a bunch! HUGS... and stitches

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  42. What a great story. This looks like a great recipe. Thank you. LOVE macaroons.

    vburr at charter dot net

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  43. This looks great and so is your story.... Keep believing!

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  44. Cute story! So, sometimes Santa's elves want a day off and he has to stop by the store ... nothing wrong with that :) Gotta believe!

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  45. Great recipe. Thanks

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  46. That's a sweet story. Thank you for it and for the great recipe.

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  47. There's always the chance that Santa needed boxes to pack because his bag was too full. Thanks for the recipe...it sounds delicious!

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  48. Kelli Ann -
    Thanks so much for sharing your talents and the yummy recipes.
    I cannot wait to try all of the recipes and will use your design on a table runner before the holidays.

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  49. Kelli Ann -
    Thanks so much for sharing your talents and the yummy recipes. I cannot wait to try all the recipes and plan to use your design on a table runner before the holidays.
    Sharen J

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  50. Looks like a delish receipe. Thanks for sharing it as well as your story about Santa. We were always told our front door was kept unlocked cause it took less time to get in the house that way. Who knew? Sounded good to me as a kid.

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  51. thanks for the receipe.

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  52. We LOVE coconut macaroon-type cookies...these sound delish! Thanks!

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  53. These are a little different from the macaroons I've made - cannot resist that kiss.

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  54. I love the Santa story! And macaroons are always good but with kisses? mmmm

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  55. Don't you love it when kids think that Santa is really Mom and Dad, but they don't want to stop believing in case they are wrong!

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  56. Great variation to Peanut Blossom cookies.

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  57. Great recipe....want to try it soon.

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