Monday, May 7, 2012

Raspberry Coconut Sandwich cookies

This is a modified recipe from one of my cookie magazines.

Yield 2 1/2 dozen

3/4 C Butter
1/2 C sugar
1 egg (OR 1T  milled flax seed, 3 T water, set for five minutes)
1tsp Vanilla
2 C flour – (low carb or gluten free? – try Almond flour)
1/2 C flaked coconut
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup butter
3/4 C confectioners sugar
2Tsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 C raspberry preserves

I’m pretty sure that cream cheese can be substituted for the butter, confectioners sugar, and milk part of the filling. and for those of you on low sugar diets, cut the sugar down to 1/4 cup or less. The coconut does a nice job add some sweetness to the dough.


Cream softened butter and sugar, add egg and vanilla and cream together. Combine Flour, coconut, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and sift together slowly into the mixture. Combine well.

Shape into 1” balls and place on a cookie sheet. Use a glass dipped in flour to flatten them out. Bake for 12-14 min at 350 or until edges begin to brown. Let cool on wire racks.

Beat together butter, sugar, and milk for filling in a small bowl. Spread 1/2 tsp preserves and a short of a tsp of filling onto half the cookies. Top with the remaining cookies.


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Free Pattern: Crochet crayon pocket

Because sometimes, ziplock bags and cardboard boxes just won’t do for your traveling tot.

This entire project is worked as one piece until the top piece.

Starting with a magic loop, single crochet 6 times into the loop.

Rd1: 2sc in ea, (12)
Rd2: (2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in next 1 st), repeat 6x (18)
Rd3  (2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in next 2 sts), repeat 6x (24)
Rd 4 (2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in next 3 sts), repeat 6x (30)
Rd 5 (2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in next 4 sts), repeat 6x (36)
Rd 6-10 Sc in ea st. (36)
Rd 11 Sc in 1st 18 sts, ch 1, turn

Row 12-23 Sc 36x, ch 1, turn.
Row 24 Sc 36x, ss to join. DO NOT TURN

Rd 25- 30 Sc in ea st (36)
Fasten off.
Weave in the tail.

Repeat rounds 1-5 of the bottom. End with a long tail.
Use the tail to stitch the top onto the bottom using a tapestry needle.

Finished pocket should measure about 5 inches long and 2-3 inches wide. The gauge is not important as long as your stitches are tight and the crayons don’t fall out!