Holiday festivities have begun in earnest with community Santa Claus parades, Christmas craft shows, office holiday parties, and ramped up activity at the mall!
If your traditions at this time of year include baking treats for family and friends to enjoy, you just may want to add one (or more!) of the goodies below to your baking tray. But before you get to the recipes, here's a quick reminder of some helpful baking tips:
- Read the recipe through so you are prepared and understand all the steps. Gather your ingredients before you start to bake so you don't run out of eggs, sugar, coconut, etc. partway through the recipe!
- Preheat your oven to the appropriate temperature. I really recommend the use of an oven thermometer. It will let you know how accurate your oven temperature really is. You may need to raise or lower the oven temperature a few degrees so it actually heats at the required baking temperature.
- Measure accurately using dry measures (the ones you fill completely to the top and level off with a knife) for dry ingredients like flour and sugar, and wet measuring cups (the ones with a pouring spout) for liquids.
- Use a timer and check the doneness of your baking a few minutes before the suggested time. Ovens vary in temperature and it's better to check how the cookies or squares are doing sooner rather than later.
Coconut Macaroons - From our friends at Manitoba Egg Farmers
Coconut Walnut Squares - Another coconutty square! I keep hyping this one from egg farmer Dianne McComb, but it really is that good!
Fatal Attractions - Another winner from Manitoba Egg Farmers