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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.

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