Christmas is my favorite time of year and most certainly my favorite holiday and not just because my birthday comes along with it. Although I do like the two days of celebrations in a row! Christmas is a time for families to gather together, friends too and make memories. There isn’t a Christmas in my childhood that doesn’t have a memory of numerous family members piling in my parent’s kitchen cooking and baking together. I think baking as a family is a great way to create long lasting memories and bond especially with children. Now that my two toddlers are getting older we have been getting in the kitchen more often to bake together. I have numerous Christmas baking gift ideas for them to help me with this year.
We did a trial run of these amazing Coconut Caramel Pecan Triangles this week. They did not disappoint. Sometimes when I come across a few dessert recipes online, I tend to put them together and create an easy, fun recipe that the kids can do with me. This one was just that. We made the cookie base in the bottom of a large casserole dish and they helped spread the dough out. The caramel sauce was too hot for them to help me but I let them crush pecans and mix in a bowl of grated coconut before I added it to my caramel sauce for our toppings. They are great at helping measure out ingredients and telling stories while we bake. I love that I can create these memories with my children as much as it brings back memories of doing the very same thing as a child myself.
Coconut Caramel Pecan Triangles
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup salted butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 cups lightly crushed pecans
- 3/4 cup grated coconut
- 1/2 cup melted dark chocolate
Preheat oven to 350 F / 175 C
In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter together
Add egg and vanilla and beat until light and creamy
Add baking powder and flour slowly, mixing in between
In a standard casserole dish or medium size deep cookie sheet, spray with non-stick spray
Press dough flat and bake for about 20 minutes
Allow to cool
Boil water and sugar together, stirring constantly until an amber color forms
Turn off heat, add vanilla and heavy cream slowly, it will bubble up, use caution
It will now look like caramel sauce, add coconut and pecans, mix well
Pour over cooled cookie base
Set in fridge over night or freeze for four hours
Cut into triangles and drizzle melted dark chocolate on top
To make Christmas baking gifts, wrap in clear wrap and tie closed with Christmas ribbon and a tag.
This time of year the internet is flooding with amazing Christmas baking gift ideas. This is just one option you could be making up for your friends and family this year. Flora Butter also have a new Christmas page that share more Christmas baking gift ideas that your whole family will love to get involved with in the kitchen. They share cake decorating ideas and sticky ginger cake recipes too. Flora’s site is bursting with easy recipes geared towards baking with children. It really is a great butter to bake with.
What will you be baking this Christmas? Will it be for your party guests, family visiting or presents for friends and neighbors? Whatever it is, check out the Flora’s website for more Christmas baking gift ideas for inspiration. Let’s get those kids in the kitchen and start your holiday tradition with baking!