Dreaming of a White Christmas

One of my all-time favorite Christmas movies is White Christmas.

I tear up every time I see Bing Crosby in the battle field serenading his entire division with memories of the glistening white stuff while bombs are exploding just beyond their camp.

In real life, the war in Iraq might be over but that doesn’t necessarily mean that troops will make it home in time to see their families for the holidays.

Even stateside, there are thousands of soldiers that will only get to dream of a white Christmas.

Dover Air Force Base hosts Operation Cookie Drop every year so that the young Airman that can’t make it home for the holidays can enjoy some homemade treats.

 I wanted to bring them something they don’t get to see in Delaware very often.

Snow.

The classic sugar cookie gets revamped with coconut extract and flaked coconut so that you can stop dreaming about a white Christmas and start eating it.

Snowflake Cookies

(Vegan)

½ cup vegan margarine (I used Smartbalance Organic)

1 ½ cup confectioners sugar

¼ cup coconut milk + 2 teaspoons cider vinegar

½ teaspoon coconut extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

Mix coconut milk and cider vinegar. Set aside. Beat margarine and confectioners sugar together for 3-4 minutes. Add coconut milk and extract. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to wet ingredients and stir to combine.

If dough is too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Form into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for one hour or overnight.

Roll to 1/4″ thickness onto surface dusted with confectioners sugar.

Dusting your surface with confectioners sugar instead of flour ensures that you will get a sweet cookie that's not too dry.

Cut with snowflake shaped cookie cutter.

I wanted to make gingerbread men holding M-16's but I couldn't find a semi-automatic cookie cutter.

Repeat until dough is gone.

Place two inches apart on cookie sheet.

Tidbit: These cookies only need to bake for a short time otherwise you will end up with a crispy cookie. If the bottoms are brown, you've cooked them too long. They should look doughy and under-baked when they come out of the oven.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 6 minutes.

Let cool for five minutes and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Coconut Icing:

2 cups confectioners sugar

3-4 tablespoons coconut milk

¼ teaspoon coconut extract

1 cup flaked coconut (for garnish)

Mix sugar, coconut milk, and extract. Add additional milk if necessary.

Spread each cookie with icing and top with flaked coconut.

Snowflake Cookies

Full Recipe

½ cup vegan margarine (I used Smartbalance Organic)

1 ½ cup confectioners sugar

¼ cup coconut milk + 2 teaspoons cider vinegar

½ teaspoon coconut extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

Mix coconut milk and cider vinegar. Set aside. Beat margarine and confectioners sugar together for 3-4 minutes. Add coconut milk and extract. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to wet ingredients and stir to combine.

If dough is too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Form into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for one hour or overnight.

Roll to 1/4″ thickness onto surface dusted with confectioners sugar.

Cut with snowflake shaped cookie cutter. Repeat until dough is gone.

Place two inches apart on cookie sheet.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 6 minutes.

Let cool for five minutes and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

 Coconut Icing:

2 cups powdered sugar

3-4 tablespoons coconut milk

¼ teaspoon coconut extract

1 cup flaked coconut (for garnish)

Spread each cookie with icing and top with flaked coconut.

Thank you to all those who serve.

May God Bless you and keep you safe this holiday season.

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