Oh, the weather outside has been frightful…

Brr…

We had a few cold weather days that gave our long johns a run for their money last week, didn’t’ they? Rolling without a hat or gloves was a crazy definite no-no. It was cold like a mofo… Made you almost want to hide under your covers with your portable heater, didn’t it?

That’s a fire hazard, by the way – Don’t do it. Sleep in your leg warmers. It’s safer.

Some states were cold enough to freeze a finger off – And I don’t know about you, but I need my ten digits intact; my thumbs especially.

Que frio, carajo!

I didn’t bring you here to discuss the cold weather. It’s January, it’s winter – We know it’s cold…

I um… I brought you here to talk about, um… Las Navidades.

What, wait – It’s January 28, 2013!

Um… Yea, I know that…

It’s just… It’s just that the holidays breezed through, you know? They came, went, and I felt we rushed into it. We jumped in with fervor, with the zeal only seen during the holiday season. We shopped online; we hit the stores Black Friday. Then we danced our Navidad merengues, tore into those pasteles and…

Now what?

Nothing…

Nothing!

Seriously, Latinos – How many times did you play Mi Burrito Sabanero this year – What, 25? That song should be played a total of 153,256.2 times. If not, we are doing the burrito’s camino de Belén a disservice!

Navidad felt so rushed that my tree was back in its box by January 4th. OK, you don’t understand –That’s crazy talk! My tree usually still shining bright a couple of days shy of February 1st.

Don’t judge me… I love the twinkling lights of my Christmas tree!

Have we as a collective lost our Navidad spirit? Are we so intent on rushing through this holiday that we don’t play Feliz Navidad at least 16,000 times? That we don’t try to extend these moments as long as we possibly can? I mean, one day it’s November and the next day we are two weeks shy of Valentine’s Day!

It’s just not right!

I’m bringing Navidad back today, right now – For 1 day –  And I’m dragging you down this wreathed Navidad spiral with me.

As a self-respecting Dominicana I have MP3s of Fernandito Villalona’s “Dejame Volver” and for some Puerto Rican flavor, El Gran Combo’s “La Fiesta De Pilito” in my ipod at all times – And I’m busting them out – For coquito cookie time.

These feelings aren’t new. Last year I felt the same way about the holidays; how rushed they felt, how before they began it was all over – And there I was in the middle of January, sitting amidst the memory of empty gift wrap, wondering; “where did Navidad go?” So I made Coquito ice cream. And I made that jammy every single time I wanted a taste of Navidad.

This year I’m bringing you coquito cookies; a lightly spiced cream cheese sugar cookie with – Get this – A coconut topping that tastes just like coquito.

JUST.LIKE.COQUITO!

The dough comes together as any other sugar cookie dough would. The only downer is you have to place the dough in the freezer for a few hours. Once the cookie dough has chilled it is rolled and cut using your preferred cookie cutter. I went the round cookie cutter route and cut a smaller round in the center of each cookie. It reminded me of a wreath; a wreath you can eat…

The filling has all the components of the coquito drink (there’s RUM!), cooked until thickened and reduced. Once the filling has thickened two types of shredded coconut, sweetened and unsweetened are added and mixed until combined. I felt using both sweetened and unsweetened cut down the sweetness of the cookie. The filling is cooled slightly then spread on top. Easy…

Check out this coquito deliciousness right here…

And there you have it – Latino Christmas, in a cookie you can enjoy year round, any time the feeling strikes.

Or simply when you just want to belt out Aires De Navidad in the middle of July.

Like you needed an excuse…

Coquito Cookies!!! Soft-baked cream cheese cut out cookies topped with a coconut filling that tastes just like our beloved Latino eggnog - Coquito! www.mind-over-batter.com

 

 

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