Skip to main content

Cookies for Santa and a fun Ornament

One of my favorite traditions is making cookies for Santa. The girls help me pour in ingredients and stir everything together, then they help with placing them on the cookie sheet. It ends up being a HUGE mess but, we have fun. We usually do chocolate chip cookies, but this year I wanted to try a new recipe.

I searched through the Nestle Seasonal Confections site and thought the Mrs. Claus' Favorite Oatmeal Cookies recipe seemed interesting. So, I made a list and checked it twice then to Walmart we flew in the blink of an eye!

I loved that this recipe called for sweetened dried cranberries, I LOVE those!  It also called for Nestle Crunch Jingles.  Hubby, of course, LOVED that. This is a cookie for everyone, because it has something for everyone. It is filled with the yumminess of a regular oatmeal cookie, but kicked up a notch with the Sweetened Dried Cranberries, Crunch Jingles and nuts. Even the girls liked them. I know Santa is going to absolutely love the change this year when he stops by our house! Oh, and in case Rudolph is reading this, don't worry....we won't forget your carrots and maybe a little extra treat. 

To make the cookies you will need: Oats, Craisins, Nestle Crunch Jingles, and the basic ingredients to make oatmeal cookies (sugar, butter, vanilla, flour and eggs).
Place your dry ingredients into a bowl and set aside.
Next, cream together the Sugar, Milk, Egg, Butter and Vanilla.
You will then slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet, mixing after each addition until combined.
Now it is time to add the #HolidayCandy. The recipe calls for you to quarter each Jingle. I had a hard time doing this, so I just chopped each piece.
Next, add your oats, cranberries and nuts.
Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 10 min or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and allow to cool. These are perfect with milk! You can find the complete recipe here.
 We did not stop with the cookies though!  I also picked up a package of SweeTarts Candy Canes!  I wanted to try making ornaments out of them.
All you do is place the desired amount of candy canes in a bag and crush. Then, place a cookie cutter on a parchment lined baking sheet and add the crushed candy canes. 
Carefully lift cookie cutter from baking sheet and put any candy that has gone astray back in place, then bake.  
Super easy!  I put a piece of bakers twine down before the cookie cutter to make a loop to hang from the tree. I baked the ornaments for about 3 minutes at 350 degrees.  
Be sure to watch carefully, if you over heat they will burn and spread.

Allow to cool for at least an hour, I left mine overnight, then hang on your tree.
The girls LOVED them, Mads wants to take some to school.  Not sure how to get them there in one piece though.

Be sure to check out other fun Nestle recipes on their website.  You can also find them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Nestle #CBias #SocialFabric All opinions are my own.

Popular posts from this blog

Fun Family time at America's Incredible Pizza Company

This post has been compensated. All opinions are my own.  What do YOU like to do for family time? A few times a year we love taking the girls to America's Incredible Pizza Company. We love spending time together, munching on yummy pizza, and playing fun games.
Fun, Food and Family America's Incredible Pizza Company is the place to find it all! Incredible Pizza Company delivers high energy and a quality experience for the entire family. After enjoying our freshly homemade buffet; enter our world famous Fair Grounds and play over 100 arcade and carnival style games. Race to the finish line while driving our go karts, get lost in a friendly game of laser tag, get a hole-in-one while playing glow golf, and spin away on the bumper cars and more! So whether you're 6 or 60, enter our fairgrounds and have an incredible time while making memories that will last a lifetime!

Get a 99 cent All-You-Can-Eat Buffet with a $15 Game Card Purchase at America's Incredible Pi…

Strawberries and Cream Instant Oatmeal | Recipe

I don't know about you but, we go through oatmeal like that is the only thing to eat on this planet!   Seriously a TON! My youngest would eat it for every meal and snack....every day....if I let her.
Yes, the little packs can be cheap (if you can find a coupon and get them on sale) but it still adds up.  I used things I already had on hand so there was no extra cost to make this.  FREE is ALWAYS good! I tried before to make little packets to keep on hand but that was a complete fail.  I have since reworked the recipe and am happy with the results.  I decided to just keep the oatmeal in a glass container this time and scoop out what we need, when we need it.  You can also make this into packets by just scooping the desired amount into zip-top bags.
{Strawberries & Cream Instant Oatmeal} 12 Servings
6 Cups Quick Cook Oats 1 1/2 Cups Oat Powder 2 Cups Powdered Milk 1 - 1 1/2 Cup Sugar 1 Cup Freeze Dried Strawberries
Directions for mix: To make Oat Powder, place 1 1/2 cups Quick Co…

For Such a Time as This

This post is a sponsored post from Family Christian, all opinions are my own.
You know when you find a group of friends and you just sit back in amazement when you think of just how awesome they are? I am SO lucky to have a group like that in my life. I am even luckier to have this group in my girls' lives.  It is so very important to me for my girls to see the relationships I have with these women. The way we interact and love each other. It is important they see that even though each one of these women are very, very different, we still come together in love and laughter. It is also important to me that my girls see the relationships that these wonderful women have with their families. I am lucky enough to be close friends with two AMAZING families. We do things together, as families, we also do things together just the moms and kids. I love that my girls see these strong families and know that these families are there for them should they ever need them. In the times that we l…