Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Santa's cookies

Holy moly, we finally did it - we've reached the last day of the Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies link-up! Today's post features "Santa's cookies" - in whatever capacity that means to you.

Growing up, we always had several special Christmas Eve traditions. My sister and I always got to open one present, which was pajamas (of course), and we usually had an "appetizer picnic" for dinner. Appetizers were easy for my mom to get together during the day, then we could nibble on them before and after church and everyone had a good dinner without having the added stress of doing some sort of sit-down meal. Additionally, we always left a plate of cookies for Santa by the Christmas tree, and we always threw some carrots out onto to the deck for the reindeer. Then it was off to bed!

I don't remember a year when we didn't bake something around Christmas time, so rather than have some specific type of cookie that were "Santa's cookies," we left a plate of whatever kind we had made that year. That included the standard sugar cookies with buttercream icing and usually included the candy cane cookies, too. The other type of cookie that I remember making year after year was haystacks - butterscotch treats made with chow mein noodles and peanuts. Those are still one of my favorites, year after year!

original recipes from... not sure!

  • 1 (12 oz.) pkg. butterscotch chips
  • 1 (3 oz.) can chow mein noodles 
  • 1 c. salted peanuts 
  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butterscotch chips: microwave for about a minute, stir, microwave for a minute, stir, and repeat until fully melted. 
  2. Stir in chow mein noodles and peanuts and make sure everything is completely coated in butterscotch. 
  3. Drop by teaspoonful on wax paper, shaping as necessary to make stacks and connect all little pieces. Allow to cool fully before handling.

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