Southern Hummingbird Christmas Cookies

Southern Hummingbird Christmas Cookies

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Christmas cookies. There are so many flavors, colors, shapes and wonderful memories! Every year I find myself in a sea of Christmas cookies. Everyone has a favorite and undoubtedly they will be disappointed if they don’t find it on the plate when Christmas day finally arrives. Although it’s a job and half to bake all the cookies, I love to see those delightful cookie filled smiles! This year I added a new recipe to the mix and I think they have become my new favorite. These cookies take a twist on the classic Southern cake, Hummingbird Cake. They will make you want to see what other cakes taste this good in cookie form!

Hummingbird Cookies
Makes about 30
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  1. 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1⁄2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  4. 1 large egg
  5. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  8. 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
  10. 1⁄8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  11. 1⁄8 teaspoon ground allspice
  12. 2⁄3 cup crushed pineapple, drained,
  13. 2 tablespoons juice reserved
  14. 1⁄2 cup mashed ripe banana
  15. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  16. 3 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  17. 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  1. 1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add egg; beat well. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. Add flour mixture, pineapple, banana, and vanilla to butter mixture, beating just until combined. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
  2. 2. Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. 3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in coconut. Place 2 inches apart on prepared pans.
  4. 4. Bake until lightly browned around edges, about 17 minutes. Let cool on pans 3 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.
  5. 5. In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar and 2 tablespoons reserved pineapple juice. Drizzle over cookies.
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What are your favorite Christmas cookies?

Comments 4

  1. Thses cookies sound scrumptious!!
    My husband is the original Cookie Man – he’s never met a cookie he didn’t like! For me, Mother’s Refrigerator Cookies or Tea Cakes are my always favorite!
    Merry Christmas to all!!

  2. Thank you, thank you I have all the ingredients on hand and am making a batch today!
    I have always preferred cake like cookies to hard cookies and shared this with my husband.
    We both look forward to this being our NEW favorite cookie for Christmas besides our favorite; good ole sugar cookies made in different Christmas shapes and decorated. I think I will add some slivered almonds I have on hand to the cookie ingredients. At Christmas time our ovens get plenty of use their is so much to be grateful for; good eats, family and friends old and new, even distant friends like YOU! Merry Christmas….California Carmel

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