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Cookie Exchange

As is typical for this time of year, I’m attending one of many cookie exchanges in the next couple weeks.  I’m really excited about the cookie I choose for my first exchange.  My favorite cake of all times is German Chocolate cake; homemade by my wonderful mom preferably, but a store bought will on rare occasion do in a pinch.  I love the flavors of the pecans and the coconut and just the right amount of sweet.

So to my excitement, I was searching through Facebook pages that I follow and one had a list of 50 cookie exchange ideas; and there I found it.  This is now my holy grail of cookies.  German Chocolate Cookies!!  They are moist, delicious and have absolutely NO calories in them!! (wink, wink, insert sarcasm)

Chef in Training is one of my favorite websites to get recipes.  I don’t think there is a recipe I’ve tried yet that hasn’t hit the mark 🙂  And now for the cookies.

German Chocolate Cookies:

Ingredients
  • 2 boxes german chocolate cake mix, dry
  • 4 eggs
  • 10 Tbsp. butter, melted
COCONUT PECAN FROSTING
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1⅓ cup sweetened shredded coconut, for drizzle
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 oz. melted chocolate candy coating, for drizzle

First combine the cake mixes, eggs and butter.

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Next, scoop 1in balls of dough onto either a lightly greased cookie pan or in my case I used non-stick aluminum foil.  Place 12 on a sheet to allow for spreading.  Cook on 350 degrees for 8 minutes.  You DO NOT want to over cook these.

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Once done, allow to cool completely.

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While the cookies are cooling, start the frosting.

  • Add evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla to a large pan and cook on stovetop over medium heat. Continuously stir until thickened (takes about 12-15 minutes). Once thickened remove from heat and add coconut and pecans. Continue to stir until thick enough to spread.
  • Spread frosting over the tops of cooled cookies.

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The recipe calls for chocolate to be drizzled over the cookies, but I thought these were perfect with out it.

Hope you enjoy and check out other recipes from the websites I’ve included.  I don’t think you will be disappointed!!  Happy cooking.

I’d love for you to share your favorite cookie recipes or websites for your cookie exchanges.

Totally random family picture, but my boys were apparently having a meeting of the minds while I was making cookies last night.

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So Thankful

We are visiting our second home and family this weekend for our next to last home football game of the season. I was surprised when I realized I hadn’t mentioned this before, but my husband and I are proud members of the Fightin Texas Aggies Classes of ’02 and ’04 (Texas A&M University). We are very proud of our alma mater and we spend a great deal of time there especially now that part of our family lives there as well.

Our Caleb loves to be helpful to others, whether it’s helping mommy make cookies in the kitchen or helping his Gigi feed the dog.

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When we adopted Caleb two and a half years ago, I never realized how truly our lives would be changed. He has such a personality and a kind little heart. A couple weeks ago in his gymnastics class there was a little girl in his class that was very upset and he went to her and gave her a hug and sat with her to comfort and help her feel better. It was such a precious moment.

I think when we get into the holiday season it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of things. But it’s so important especially as a parent to a little one to make sure that we are taking time out to be grateful and thankful. Kids are such sponges that they take in everything they see so it’s important for us to be the best examples they see. Whether that be giving at church or helping/supporting a charity or giving your time and talents to those in need. The lessons they learn early on will carry with them all the rest of their lives.

Every year we work with our church and another church to support an Angel tree. This is a way that we can help out local school children and their families in our community who are in need. This year our family has chosen a little boy the same age as Caleb and I’m looking forward to sharing this with him when we go to purchase clothes and toys for this little boy. I want to instill in him a giving heart and how we can take our many blessings that we have and to bless others.

I’d love to hear from you about any traditions that you and your family have that you do each year.

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