Usually Anna is my cooking buddy. But early last week, I wanted to try a recipe I had found and Anna was at a play date so I asked Sam if he wanted to help. He reluctantly agreed. But by the end of the adventure, he had warmed considerably. And then when he actually TASTED the fruits of our labors...? Well, I think I might be able to talk him in to helping me bake again one day. He just won't wear an apron.
Macadamia Coconut Icebox cookies
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups quick cooking rolled oats
1 cup flaked coconut
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups chopped macadamia nuts
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Stir in vanilla. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir into the butter mixture. then stir in the oatmeal, macadamia nuts and coconut. Divide dough into three portions and roll into a log in plastic wrap and put into the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours, or wrap and freeze for up to two months. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease baking sheets. If dough is frozen, allow to thaw on counter for 10 minutes. Slice each log into 1/4 inch rounds and place about 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool for one minute on baking sheet, then remove to wire racks to cool.