Sunday, December 5, 2010

Santa's Whiskers - My new cookie to try this Holiday Season

I found a recipe online back in 2001 and printed it off - but it always went into my one cookbook.  Every Holiday Season I would go through the sack of recipes and decide which ones to make - this one always was put to the side - but I never had the heart to throw it away.  I knew I wanted to make them some year. 

Well, 9 years later - it finally happened - after a few personal tweaks of the recipe - the "Santa's Whiskers" came to life.  The biggest challenge with the recipe is cutting up the candied cherries.  Wow are they sticky, sticky, sticky!  That was the most time consuming part of the entire process - but well worth all the effort. 


1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup chopped candied cherries
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut


Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Cream together butter and sugar

Blend in milk and vanilla

Stir in flour and mix well

Stir in Cherries, Pecans, and Coconut

Make into balls (walnut size) and flatten on ungreased cookie sheet

Bake for 10-12 minutes - until light golden brown on the bottom.

They are so buttery and delicious. The smell of them baking reminds me of my snow balls recipe. The candied cherries add a nice touch and are not too sweet.


  1. Those sound really good! I've always wanted to try the candied cherries in something. It's fruitcake without having to be fruitcake!

  2. Yum! Lots of love went into those.

  3. Thanks so much for linking up to This Week's Cravings. I am also hosting a 12 Days of Christmas Goodies, so make sure you come back every day in December and link up a Christmas Goodie!

  4. My Step-Mom makes cookies she calls Santa Whiskers and she will not give any of us the recipe and only makes them once a year. I love them soooo much I have been searching for a recipe like this one. All the others have egg and no coconut. This has got to be it! Can't wait to try it!


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