Christmas Cookies!

This past weekend was “December Nights” in Balboa Park.  For those of you not from San Diego, it is essentially a two-night community holiday party in the park, with museums giving the gift of free admission each night.  At SDNHM, our volunteers were having a bake sale.  I jumped at the opportunity to make 3 different kinds of cookies, and NOT have them laying around my house tempting me.

Randy came over on Thursday night to help me make the cookies.  We searched through a cookbook my Nana gave me a few years ago that is entirely dedicated to cookies, and decided on Coconut Macaroons with Macadamia Nuts and Cranberry-Nut Pinwheels.  I was very excited to try the Cranberry-Nut Pinwheels because of the nice Christmasy red color that swirled through them.

Coconut Macaroons

To round it out we made some Seven Layer Bars. Graham cracker crust, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, toasted coconut, peanuts, all topped with sweetened condensed milk. So good!

Seven Layer Bars

We made the dough for the Cranberry-Nut Pinwheels, but I waited to bake them at the Museum, hoping that the smell of fresh baked cookies would waft from the kitchen into the atrium, and persuade more people to buy cookies.  Sadly, that didn’t work.  The cookies did turn out delicious.  Next time I will make more of the cranberry filling, because they could have used a bit more.

Bake Sale Table

When I checked at the end of the night, all but one bag of my cookies had been sold!

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