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12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 12!: Haystack Cookies

haystacksSo I hope you’ve been paying attention to the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies for the past few weeks- But maybe not too closely!   If you were, you might wonder about those meringue cookies that were going to be Day 12…well, no cream of tartar put the kiebosh on that one for us, and now my next favorite and very weird cookie (if you can even call it that) is the Haystack- Day 12.

My family loves these.  But be warned: they don’t freeze well.  They freeze, but they break apart a bit.  So I left them for the last  cookie, so you can package up all your neighbor gifts and put these in at the last minute…or you can keep them all for yourself, because your family will attack the boxes if you try to get them out the door and not in their bellies!  Your choice.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 12!: Haystack Cookies

12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 12!: Haystack Cookies


  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (not the natural kind)
  • 2 cups chow mein noodles


Melt the chips and peanut butter in the microwave in a safe bowl. Stir.

Mix in the chowmein noodles, crushing them up a bit as you mix.

Drop by the spoonful onto waxed paper. Let cool until set. Keep in the refrigerator.



Seriously.  That was easy, right?

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 11: Spritz Cookies

Spritz Cookies

Welcome back from a great weekend! I didn’t bake once, so today, I am excited and renewed to share this classic cookie with you: the Spritz cookie.

I had always admired the classic Christmas-ness of this little fragile cookie: In a pretty petite package, with just enough sweet and crisp, it is not show-offy or overly done.  It is an understated little cookie that if it was a person, I’d probably like a lot!

Now to make these, you need a cookie press like this:


Cookie press from Pampered Chef

If you don’t have one, just bookmark this recipe for later, and ask Santa or the Hanukah-guy to grant your next present request!  I got mine from Pampered Chef years ago, and it is a cinch to use and clean.  It has lots of little patterns to use like a butterfly, pumpkin, or basic shapes, but for today I wanted classic Christmas; a tree…but, I ran out of green sprinkles -so, now my classic tree cookies are more like George Costanza’s Festivus Trees (Seinfeld)!   But to be completely honest here, that is more in line with the way I roll anyway, right my friends?

Okay! Let’s go make ourselves some lovelies:

12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 11: Spritz Cookies

Yield: 6 dozen

12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 11: Spritz Cookies


  • 3 sticks of butter (! Yes, I know)- this is 1 ½ cups, softened
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour


Preheat the oven to 375°.

In a mixing bowl (or stand mixer) mix the softened butter and the sugar until fluffy- scraping the sides when needed. When this is mixed, add the egg and vanilla until just combined. Add in the flour and mix until just combined.

Place in a cookie press and press out your cookies, one inch apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Decorate with sprinkles.

Bake for 10 minutes watching to see the edges brown just slightly.

Cool on rack.


And I can’t say it enough: Let them do the sprinkles! It was a beautiful thing to watch: Two young girls who don’t know eachother well, found themselves in my kitchen, finding a common interest by doing what they enjoy: they like to bake (and also talk “interior design”!) So I put them to work, doing the whole batch! They got on, like old friends after that.  Leave it to me to create bonding opportunities in child-labor.  Good fun!

The kids also got a kick from my “cookie machine” (the cookie press) and all the possible designs.  I have to say, it is such an easy recipe, but the pressing can be tricky, so make sure you are in a mello mood and have a steady hand.  Just keep the failed pressed dough aside, and reload the press when it empties, repeating until all the dough is gone.  This also proved to be a bonding opp; that is laughing at my mistakes!  Enjoy – the simple ones can be fun too.

For other cookies see the whole 12 Days of Christmas Cookies.

spritz cookies

Nothing bonds, like sprinkles!


12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 10: Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Otherwise known as “Peanutbutter Kisses”, to my people, this recipe is straight from the chocolate experts at Hershey’s.   My only real change was to substitute butter for shortnening, because I am healthy like that (LOL).  Like many of the best recipes around, it came from the label on the product; In this case it was the Hershey Kisses bag.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 10: Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen cookies- Hurrah!

12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 10: Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies


  • 12 oz. bag of Hershey®Kisses Brand Milk Chocolates
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • ¾ cup smooth peanut butter (not the natural kind)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Additional sugar (for rolling the cookies in)


Heat the oven to 375°.

Unwrap the Kisses.

In a stand mixer or hand mixer and large bowl, beat the butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add the sugars and mix until blended. Add egg, milk, and vanilla and combine.

In a separate bowl whisk to gether the flour, baking soda and salt. Add this to the mixture until combined.

Shape dough into 1-inch little balls. Roll in sugar and place 1 inch apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 8-10 minutes. Immediately press a chocolate in the middle of each cookie, and remove all to a cooling rack. Cool completely until the chocolate sets firm.


Once again, my kids love to help with this one.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Little Hands Moving Fast

It’s a good bribery family learning activity.

Them: (Constant)Can we have a Hershey Kiss? Mom? Mom, can we have a Hershey Kiss?
Me: You can have one Hershey Kiss when you are done rolling.
Them: I am done rolling.
Me: Here’s one.  You can have another when you are done with putting the kisses on top.
Them: I am done putting Kisses on them.  Can I have more than one?
Me: No.  Do your homework quick, and then, Yes.  (It goes on…and on, this one little activity).

See? This is the awesome parenting that makes thoughtful and kind children.  It is called bribery and it works every.single.time. Yup. Heard it here first folks. Please tell all your friends~ the rewards are delicious!

peanut butter blossoms