My "back porch" is my kitchen, my favorite room in the house. Come on in, the coffee is fresh, and I just made a pitcher of sweet tea. The cookies will be out in a minute. I have over 40 years of recipes to share with you, along with my opinion on everything. Oh my, you are right, it is cocktail time. What can I get you? Of course I can make you a Mint Julep! Stop by anytime, something is always cooking, and the back door is never locked.

Bon Appetit, Y'all

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February Jumbles

No wonder I thought this month was going on forever. Someone threw an extra day in here. We might as well make cookies!

You just have to have cookies on hand. Someone important might stop by, like the cute UPS guy or my funny mail lady, Vicki, and Glenn that reads my electric meter. These people work hard and they need cookies. Of course there is always my brother, he needs food all the time. To be honest, I'm trying to use up leftover ingredients from Christmas cookies. These are very easy and delicious. Plus the cookie dough freezes beautifully.

February Jumbles
11 dozen (they are small cookies)
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1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
1 1/2 cups raisins
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, beat the shortening, butter, and brown sugar together until smooth. Beat in the eggs, then stir in the buttermilk and vanilla. Blend the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a small bowl; stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until incorporated. Stir in the coconut, nuts, raisins, and chocolate chips. Drop by level half-tablespoons onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes, until the cookies are puffed and slightly brown. Cool on a rack. Cookies keep well in an airtight tin.


  1. what a sweetie you are, I bet these are warmly recieved.

  2. Well! This sounds like a MOST DELICIOUS way to end the month! Thank you for the idea, Bev.

  3. You are too funny! 'Might as well make cookies'! Reminds me of 'Let them eat cake'. :) How nice that you make treats for the meter readers, mail person, etc! I'm sure they really enjoy it. Those are kind of thankless jobs, often, that people just 'accept'. Good for you!

  4. these sound good. if i use up my xmas leftovers i will make 10 dozen of these! i live in fear of using things up! i like the idea of the raisins, nuts and chocolate. sounds like a chunkie candy bar!


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