I found this recipe in a Better Home and Gardens cookbook… I received an entire set from my sister after graduation in 1976. I started using them soon after, when my son was small I ran across this recipe again and tried it just because of the name.  We made them together and left them out for Santa along with his glass of milk. My son is now thirty something and he and the family still love them; now that I have grandkids we share the same joy of  baking them for Santa.  I cannot begin to tell you how many friends and family members I have shared this recipe with over the years. This is an old time favorite so I thought I might share it with you as well.

Refrigerator or “icebox” cookies with chopped cherries and pecans rolled in flaked coconut. Festive and easy!

Makes about 60

1 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-cup red candied cherries, finely chopped ( I often use both red and green candied cherries)
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
1 cup flaked coconut

In a large mixer bowl beat butter till softened. Add sugar and beat till fluffy. Add milk and vanilla and beat well. Add flour and beat until well mixed. Stir in cherries and pecans. Shape into three 7″ rolls. Roll in coconut to coat. Wrap and chill for several hours. Preheat oven to 375F. Cut into 1/4″ thick slices. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake about 12 minutes or until done. Remove and cool.

Note: Adapted from “Homemade Cookies Cook Book” (1975) by Better Homes and Gardens.

Santa Whiskers

Santa Whiskers

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