What really is a Southern Belle?

What do you think of when someone says Southern Belle?  Perhaps you envision a dainty, frail young lady from the South with perfect manners and extraordinary beauty.  A true Southern Belle must at all times remain poised and refined, even in the midst of turmoil, batting her eyes and waiving her handfan about and talkin' in that good ole' Southern drawl.  Ya'll know what I'm talkin' 'bout, don't you sugah?  I do declare, I almost forgot to mention that she is completely helpless and always has a flock of gentlemen callers waiting to do her beck and call.  Today, however, most "Southern Belles" have been replaced by "classy lady" "cool chick" and the ever so popular, "hot mamma".  Doesn't quite paint you the same picture does it? 

Did you know that a "Southern Belle" can also be a cookie?  Really!  They're a nice, dainty, delicate cookie that is rather unique in shape, thus giving them their name.  They are quite simple to make and you will enjoy showing these beautiful cookies at your next girl's night, bridal or baby shower, or whatever special event you have planned.  You will need:

1 large bag of coconut

1 can of sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 cup of chopped pecans

To the can of condensed milk, stir in the vanilla.  In a large bowl, combine the coconut and chopped pecans, then slowly begin to add this to the condensed milk.  You may not need to use all the milk mixture because the dough should be firm, not gooey or runny.

Shape into golf ball sizes and place on a cookie sheet lined with buttered parchment paper (you can also use a cookie sheet without parchment paper, but they tend to stick more).  Go ahead and invest in a roll, it will save you lots of cleanup for the other things you bake as well.  Bake at 375 in a preheated oven for 15 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

While still hot, carefully remove cookies from parchment paper and put on wax paper.  The sweetened milk will form a "skirt" around the bottom of the cookie so be careful not to tear it or break it when removing from the pan.

So there you have it, a  really neat cookie for you to enjoy.  Go on, you have permission,  pour you a good ole' glass of sweet tea, go set on the porch and enjoy your new cookies and remember to cook easy, but eat good.