Among the many jobs I do as a nonprofit development director, I run large scale fundraising events. Every fall, in the couple of weeks leading up to my organization’s biggest fundraising event of the year, I share a conference room as an office with a dozen other highly stressed out coworkers.
My contribution to the office’s mental health? Cookies!
These Creamsicle Coconut Chews are some of my coworkers’ favorite, most-requested cookies, occasionally soothing bad tempers and hurt feelings. Maybe they’ll work on your crazy family this holiday season, too! (Just kidding, I’m sure your family is delightful.)
This recipe is adapted from a copy of Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book from the 1960s with a few changes that I think make it even more delicious.
These cookie bars are great to make ahead of time because they taste even better after a day or two of the caramelized coconut mixture sharing some of its sweetness with the shortbread.
While I love to bake cookies, I can’t do pretty ones–my sugar cookies and other decorated cookies just end up looking ridiculous. But, I can do tasty. As you’ll see in the photos, Creamsicle Coconut Chews are not the prettiest cookies. But once you make them, you’ll see that they are full of flavor. The glaze tastes like an orange creamsicle, but then there’s some depth to the flavor with coconut mixture, and the shortbread helps balance everything out so it’s not too sweet. I hope you enjoy them!