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.

 

 

 

 

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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!

    • Thanks so much, Sharon. Your Scottish grandmother’s shortbread cookies sound scrumptious too. Merry Christmas to you:)

  2. Mele Kalikimaka! Just looking at your recipes gave me a sugar high and a the music produced a good holiday feeling. Good luck with your writing in 2013!

    • 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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