As a rule, I generally only make 1 drink and 1 food item per party and buy everything else store-bought. It’s just too much (for me anyways) to make everything from scratch in addition to all the other preparation and work that goes into party planning. And usually whatever I do make is very simple. I haven’t heard any complaints, so it works for me.
Macadamia Coconut Cookie Bars
To start, you need the following:
- 1 pkg dry sugar cookie mix
- 1 stick of butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 1 cup halved macadamia nuts
- 1 cup sweetened coconut
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
To start, prepare the cookie dough per the package directions. Mine said to simply mix it with the butter and egg until it formed a dough.
Then add the nuts, coconut, and white chocolate chips.
Mix it up (not an easy task, as it is VERY chunky), and press it into a thin, even layer on a buttered rectangular baking dish.
Bake it at 375F for 15-17 minutes, or until the edges are just starting to get golden brown.
And then, because I can never leave well enough alone, and because it IS Christmas, I added a light dusting of red & green sugar. You can skip this step.
Let it cool slightly, then cut into squares and serve!
I doubled the original recipe to make one large punch bowl’s worth. It was completely empty by the end of the night!
- 2 bottles of red wine (recipe calls for burgundy, but I used pinot noir)
- 2 cups sugar (I used a bit less)
- 4 bottles of champagne
- 2 cups of brandy
- 2 quarts club soda
Simply dissolve the sugar in the wine, then add everything else just before serving. Viola!