Being snowed in isn’t always a bad thing….especially if you’re way behind on your Christmas cookies! My favorite Christmas cookie recipe’s are the one’s that can be modified, such as the Santa’s Whisker’s recipe below.

If you’re not a fan of cherries, substitute dried cranberries. While they don’t look quite the same, they do taste fantastic and the children really love them!

If you’re having one of those days with the kids underfoot, put them to work…have them help you make Santa’s Whiskers! While the dough is in the fridge chilling, they can easily be bribed into cleaning their rooms or even shoveling the sidewalk!

You will need:

large mixing bowl
wooden spoon
cookie sheets
wax paper ( substitute plastic wrap )
couple of kids ( optional )

1 cup butter flavored shortening, softened ( I use Crisco )
1 cup sugar
2 Tbs whole milk
2-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla ( substitute almond )
3/4 cup pecans- chopped fine
3/4 cup red candied cherries – chopped fine ( substitute dried cranberries or Craisins )
3/4 to 1 cup flaked coconut

In large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar together; slowly mix in milk and vanilla. Stir in flour, pecans and cherries.
Make dough into two 8-inch rolls. Roll each one in coconut until completely coated. Wrap in wax paper and chill several hours. ( You may use plastic wrap if out of wax paper )
Once chilled, pre-heat oven to 375*and cut dough into 1/4-inch slices. Place on un-greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375* until edges are slightly golden.. about 10-12 minutes.
Remove from oven, cool, then serve and enjoy!