Food for Thought – June 21, 2016

By NANCY ZAMBELL

For The Vista

Our office was invited to attend a luau at Good Samaritan’s the other day, so I needed a quick recipe for a Hawaiian dessert.

I found this one listed on Allrecipes.com.

However, it was titled “Hawaiian Nut Cookies”, and there’s not a nut to be found in the ingredients!

But I’m also sure you could add 1/2 c. of pecans, and they would make the cookies even better.

I just made the recipe as is, and everyone loved them!

By the way, if you haven’t toured Good Samaritan and seen what an absolutely fantastic facility it is, please take some time to visit.

It is a fabulous amenity for the Glade, and keeps a lot of our residents living among us, instead of moving back near family.

Have a wonderful rest-of-the-week, and enjoy the cookies!

Hawaiian Drop Cookies

1/3 c butter

1/2 c packed brown sugar

1/4 c white sugar

1 egg

1 tsp almond flavoring            1 3/4 c all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder            1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt                          1 T coconut flakes

1 (8 oz) can pineapple tidbits, drained

Preheat an oven to 400°.

Beat the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth.

Blend the egg and the almond flavoring into the creamed butter and sugar.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl. Blend the flour mixture into the butter mixture.

Fold the pineapple tidbits and coconut flakes into the dough.

Drop teaspoonfuls of the dough 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets.

Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.