Friday, December 26, 2008

COCONUT CHEWS

This recipe is from one of my late mother's neighbors.

3/4 cup shortening (best to use 1/2 butter or margarine with the shortening)
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsps flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, your preference
1/2 cup flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream shortening and confectioners' sugar together. Blend 1 1/2 cups flour into the creamed mixture. Press mixture into the bottom of an ungreased baking pan, 12x9x2-inches. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Mix together the eggs, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, baking powder salt, vanilla, nuts and coconut. Spread the mixture over the hot baked layer. Bake another 20 minutes. While still warm, spread with the icing (recipe below) and let cool. Cut into bars about 3-inches by 1-inch. Makes 32 bars.

Orange-Lemon Icing: Mix 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoon butter that has been melted, 3 tablespoons orange juice and 1 teaspoon lemon juice until smooth.

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