Tropical Christmas Cookies, Music, and More Holiday Ideas

 Tropical Twist to the Season –

 

Celebrating the holiday!

Enjoy tropical Christmas or Holiday Cookie recipes, an on-line relaxing spot to take a breath, take in a Hawaiian holiday song and an adorable holiday ornament to decorate a tree or window.

 

 

 

 

Be sure to stop by iTunes, Amazon MP3 or Google play and purchase this Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song) by Bing Crosby, on the White Christmas album. (It’s a must have for your holiday playlist:)

 

 

Try these holiday treats for your sweet tooth. Taste the melody of sunny flavors that melt in your mouth.

Yum! Tropical Holiday Treat!


Tropical Carrot Cake Cookies

INGREDIENTS

1 stick butter (8 Tbsp.) at room temperature

½ cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 cup finely grated raw carrots

½ cup crushed pineapple packed in it’s own juice, drained (save the juice for frosting)

½ cup chopped pecans

½ cup shredded sweetened coconut

 

 INSTRUCTIONS:

*Pre-heat oven to 350˚.  Grease your cookie sheet (or line with parchment paper).

*In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy, (1-2 minutes using handheld mixer).

*Add both sugars and mix until fluffy (about 5 minutes).

*Add egg and vanilla. Mix well.

*In medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

*Add flour mixture to butter mixture until just combined.

*Fold in carrots, pineapple, pecans and coconut.

*Drop by Tbsp. onto baking sheet.

*Bake at 350˚ for 13-14 minutes or until set and edges slightly golden brown.

*Remove from oven and cool on cookie sheet for a couple of minutes, then onto a cooling rack.

*Let cool completely, then frost.

 Tropical Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. Neufchatel cheese (can substitute cream cheese, this one has lower fat and fewer calories)

2 cups powdered sugar

3 Tbsp. pineapple juice

1 Tsp. vanilla

½ cup sweetened shredded coconut (for sprinkling)

 

Mix all ingredients together except coconut. Sprinkle coconut on top.

 

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Hear the waves crash, see the peaceful shore. Relax.

 

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Coconut, Pineapple and Orange, a delicious cookie combination:)

Tropical Macaroons

Add a tropical twist to a favorite macaroon.

(Adapted from http://yearonthegrill.blogspot.com/2010/12 /pina-colada-macarooms-tropical.html)

INGREDIENTS:

2 ½ cups sweetened, flaked coconut

1/3 cup granulated sugar

4 tbsp. flour

½ tsp. salt

3 egg whites

1 tsp. vanilla

4 tsps. orange juice

1 cup crushed pineapple

INSTRUCTIONS:

*Pre-heat oven to 350˚.  Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or coat with cooking spray.

*Mix coconut, sugar, flour and salt together in large bowl.

*Whisk egg whites, vanilla and orange juice in medium bowl until light, frothy and evenly colored.

*Drop dough by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet and use your fingers to form the dough into tight pyramids or domes.

*Bake about 20 minutes until edges and tops lightly browned.

 

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JELLYFISH TROPICAL ORNAMENT

The coolest tropical ornament on the planet. I happened upon her booth at this art show in between games at a soccer tournament. Beautiful, whimsical, lovely.

 

Adorable ornament

I love this colorful, whimsical little ornament!

Check out the rest of Liza Abelson’s amazing art glass works at www.daskendesigns.com. Be sure to see the little mermaids!

 

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What’s your favorite Tropical Holiday Tradition?  Did you find a cookie cutter in the shape of a palm tree or put a little pineapple in your cranberry sauce.  We want to know.  Share your tropical ideas in the comments.

 

Wishing you and your family a happy tropical holiday and a sunny New Year.

 

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4 thoughts on “Tropical Christmas Cookies, Music, and More Holiday Ideas

  1. Yummy, yummy! Those treats look good. And I love the flamingo christmas decor. I usually make my Scottish grandmother’s shortbread cookies. A wheat allergy has stopped me this year. But I’m still considering doing it and putting up with a few days of discomfort from the allergy!
    Merry Christmas! Thanks for the tropical break!

    • Mele Kalikimaka David. I love that song too. I can’t listen to it without picturing the Christmas Vacation movie:) Happy New Year!

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