Favorite Christmas Cookie

There’s nothing remotely Christmasy looking about this cookie. The only reason I associate it with Christmas is because my mom made them every year during the holidays and I adore them. They have a decadent, buttery crust and then the top layer consists of brown sugar, sliced almonds and coconut. It is baked until it reaches a gorgeous golden brown color, not at all this:

Dream Bars

Have I mentioned that my oven is 30 years old? It tends to cook a little hotter than I anticipate and I forget to check on this batch. They’re not burnt at all, just browner than usual, but they still tasted chewy and buttery. So freakin’ good.

I got on the scale today, after I promised myself that I wouldn’t and damn it! I have put on 2 pounds. Now I’m all freaked out and want to lose 5 before Christmas. Am I crazy? Is it unreasonable to try and do that during the holidays? Not like I have tons of friends and am going to be inundated with party invitations so I don’t have to worry about party food gluttony. I think I can do it and I’m going to give it a shot.

Anyway, I wanted to give you all the recipe for my favorite cookie. It’s from a Betty Crocker book called, Cooky Book and it’s chock full of other great cookie recipes. If you like baking cookies, then I highly recommend this book!

Here’s the recipe:

Dream Bars, Sometimes called Toffee-Nut Bars

1/2 cup shortening (part butter or margerine) I use all butter
1/2 cup brown sugar packed
1 cup flour
Almond Coconut Topping (below)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix shortening and sugar thoroughly. Stir in flour. Press and flatten with hand to cover bottom of ungreased oblong pan (13×9.5×2″). Bake 10 minutes. Then spread with Topping. Return to oven and bake 25 min. more or until golden brown. Cool slightly then cut into bars. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen 3×1″ bars.

***NOTE FROM EVIE*** My sister and I have found that we have to make a double batch of the crust to get this to turn out right but my mom says we’re crazy. Take that for whatever it’s worth.

Almond-Coconut Topping
2 eggs, well beaten
1 cup Brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup moist shredded coconut
1 cup slivered almonds, or other nuts (I used 2/3 cup sliced almonds)

Mix eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Mix with flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in coconut and almonds.

Unless you have a serious aversion to coconut I believe everyone will enjoy these cookies. I usually bake up a bunch of these and give them out to my neighbors!


ClaireBoe - Yum, that looks good!!!

You can lose those 5 lbs. by Christmas. I was just thinking this morning that my goal is the same!!! That’s only a little over 1 lb per week – piece ‘o cake, I say (though don’t eat any cake for those four weeks, please.) 🙂

I’ve been at a plateau for a month or more, so I’m ready to kick it up a notch. Wanna join me?

whimsigal - Sure! Why not? I think I need to get back to posting what I eat at each meal. It helps keep me accountable and I was losing weight while doing that.

I’m eating “normal” food though. I don’t diet anymore. My problem lately is that I haven’t been eating “normal” food. Well, I did for the last few days but all the times in the weeks before that caught up to me!

Sheri - You can totally do it! I tend to stay at the same weight for 3-4 weeks then drop about 5 lbs. in a week. I used to get really frustrated but now that I know what to expect it’s all good. 🙂

whimsigal - Well, Sheri, I’m like that too when I’m working at losing weight but honestly for the past few weeks, I’ve been a real slacker about it.

I lose weight easily but gain easily as well. It makes the process very frustrating!

Thanks for your words of encouragement and support!

ClaireBoe - I eat normal food, too. I went to L.A. Weight Loss, and the only thing I eat that might not be considered normal food are the protein bars. I love ’em.

I don’t go to L.A. Weight Loss anymore, but a switch went off in my head at some point in the past 7 months, and I just want to be a healthy weight…eating normal food is the only way to go IMHO.

I haven’t been good about updating my blog, but I’ll check back in with you here and let you know how I’m doing. I’ll look forward to your reports! 🙂

whimsigal - At one time I wanted to do LA Weight Loss but couldn’t afford it. Eating normal food is a slower road to take but in the long run, it develops a healthier attitude with food, I think.

Looking forward to your updates!

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