What do these cookies have to do with Hanukkah? Nothing, really. Change the blue sugar sprinkles to red or green and they could be Christmas Coconut Macaroons. Change the color to pink or purple and voilà!, you’ve got Easter Coconut Macaroons.
But dagnabbit gosh diddly darn it, Hanukkah gets no attention.
Who wouldn’t want to eat, drink, and be merry for 8 days? I think it’s because it doesn’t have a cute character associated with it, like Santa or Frosty. Even the Holiday Armadillo, a la Friends, didn’t catch on (omg, that was funny.) That’s why it never went commercial, you know. No cute cartoon character.
So, I think Hanukkah needs its own cookie. Here they are. And they will rock those 8 days like nobody’s business.
Hanukkah Coconut Macaroons
Makes approximately 55
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Cool time: 20 minutes
Finish time: 10 minutes
• 1 pouch Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
• 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
• 1 egg
• 1 cup flaked coconut
• 1 2/3 cups white chocolate chips
• 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
• 1 teaspoon shortening
• Blue sugar sprinkles
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In large bowl, whisk together the cookie mix, butter, egg, coconut, 1 cup of the chocolate chips, and the coconut extract until a soft dough forms. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto nonstick cookie sheets.
Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown around edges. Cool 1 minute before removing from cookie sheet; cool completely, about 20 minutes.
In small microwavable bowl, microwave remaining 2/3 cup white chocolate chips and the shortening on high 30 to 60 seconds or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Drizzle over cookies; sprinkle with blue sugars as desired. Let set and enjoy!
(slightly adapted from Betty Crocker)