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Through the years my children and grandchildren have
grown to love these treats, so the recipes have copied and
sent to both coasts and points in-between.

Here's the best part: When you serve these cookies, people
always think they took a lot of time and energy. Granted,
they are a little messy to prepare, but making them is a
breeze.

Try them this Christmas season and start your own delightful
Igloo Cookie tradition.


IGLOO COOKIES

1 stick butter (room temperature)
1 cup sugar
1 lb. +  4 oz. crushed pineapple (drained)
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped pecans

1 pint Cool Whip®
1 bag grated coconut
2 8-oz. boxes of butter cookie rings (I use Murray® brand)
1 jar maraschino cherries

In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add pineapple,
raisins, pecans, then mix well.

Spread a small amount of mixture as filler between 3 cookies, then
set on a tray. Repeat spreading mixture between 3-cookie stacks
as long as cookies and/or mixture last.

Let the cookie tray sit, covered with a paper or cloth towel, at room
temperature for 8 hours (or overnight) until cookies are very soft.

Use icing knife or small spatula to spread Cool Whip® on sides and
tops of cookie stacks, then sprinkle with coconut to coat. Top each
Igloo with a maraschino cherry or other candy topping.

This usually makes around 50 Igloo Cookies. And since holiday
seasons always get so busy, you can make a batch ahead of time
and refrigerate up to three days...ready to serve in a jiffy.

Though very simple to make, this can be a very elegant-looking
dessert to serve for the holidays or other special occasions.
(You can make seasonal variations of the Igloo Cookie by using
red, white and blue-dyed coconut for July 4th or toasted coconut
topped with a candy corn or candy pumpkin for fall events.)
KAREN'S IGLOO COOKIES
                                   ...Picture Perfect for Christmas (or Any Season)

What a wonderful season for family get-togethers, gift giving, cherished memories, heartfelt worship, children's laughter,
festive sights and sounds, treasured carols and so much more!

It is also a time that has always been made even more memorable by the tasty treats that seem to accompany this holiday
season. One of my family's favorites is a cookie that became a tradition when I was first teaching school in North Carolina
back in the early 1970s.

I wish I could remember who first shared this recipe with me, but I do know that they were a hit the very first time I made
them. The cookies seemed so wintery-looking, inspired by the actual Inuit ice houses, so I kept making these each
Christmas for church and school socials.
A real Inuit Igloo, inspiration for these
wintery-looking treats. Brrrr! I think I'll stick
with the cookies.