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Santa is going to bump you straight to the top of his nice list when he shows up to find these delicious Christmas cookies waiting for him!
I love the holidays and one of my favorite traditions is making Christmas cookies with my girls. Baking is fun anyway and when we do it together, we’re not just making cookies, we’re making memories. I know, I know…over the top sentimental, right? But if you ever baked with your mom or grandma when you were younger, you know exactly what I’m talking about. My grandmother and I baked together all the time when I was little and it’s one of the things I remember most about visiting her.
Christmas and cookies go hand in hand and we couldn’t wait to whip up our first batch. I like to switch it up a little from year to year and this year’s recipe includes one of my favorite new discoveries, Peter Pan Simply Ground™ Peanut Butter. Peanut butter is already one of my favorite go-to snacks and when I picked this up at Walmart, I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I knew I was going to like it but I had no idea just how good it would be! It’s creamy with just a little bit of crunch and absolutely delicious (and this is coming from a self-proclaimed peanut butter afficionado).
While I was at Walmart, I also picked up a box of NILLA Wafers. They were perfect for what I had in mind for our holiday treat. If you’ve never baked with NILLA Wafers before, you should give it a try. There are so many delicious recipes you can make with them…though I’ll admit, they’re pretty good on their own too!
Don’t forget to pick up some Swiss Miss® hot cocoa too. Santa’s going to want something to wash down those cookies.
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When we got home, the girls couldn’t wait to get started. I gave them the Simply Ground and the NILLA Wafers and they got right to work putting them together. It’s nice to have such cute little helpers!
When they finished, I went around the edges and scraped off the excess with a knife.
Next it was time to melt the white chocolate for dipping. I don’t recommend melting white chocolate in the microwave because it never seems to turn out right when I do it. If you have a double boiler, use that. If you don’t have one, you can use my trick. Put approximate one inch of water in a saucepan, then place a bowl on top of it. Pour your chips and vegetable oil in the bowl and you’ve got your own version of a double boiler. Stir frequently and when the chocolate reaches a smooth consistency, dip the cookies and cover evenly. Set them on a piece of wax paper and top with holiday colored sprinkles
Melt the green candy melts and drizzle over the top. I’ve used everything from spoons to icing bags to drizzle but I’ve found you get the best results using a plastic bottle specifically meant for this type of thing. They’re easy to find in the cake decorating section of the store and only cost about $1.
Once you’ve drizzled the green candy melts, go back and repeat with the red.
Refrigerate until chocolate hardens (approx. 1/2 hour) and your cookies are ready for Santa.
Of course, Santa works hard carrying all those toys and he’s going to be thirsty. We could just leave him a boring glass of milk like everyone else but I’ll bet what Santa really wants is a nice warm glass of Swiss Miss® Hot Cocoa with marshmallows! The chocolate tastes so rich and how can you not love those little marshmallows. It’s cold outside and this will warm him up…plus it goes perfectly with a big plate of cookies!
- 12 tbsp. Peter Pan Simply Ground peanut butter
- 48 Nilla Wafers
- 1¾ cups white chocolate chips
- ½ tbsp vegetable oil
- ¼ cup red candy melts
- ¼ cup green candy melts
- Red & green sprinkles
- Put ½ tbsp peanut butter between two Nilla Wafers
- Continue until you have 24 cookie "sandwiches"
- Use a knife to scrape excess peanut butter off the sides
- Add vegetable oil to white chocolate chips and melt over stove with a double boiler or by using a bowl placed over the top of a saucepan
- Dip cookies in chocolate and place on wax paper
- Immediately top with sprinkles (do this before the chocolate hardens)
- Melt red candy melts in microwave or over stove
- Drizzle over cookies
- Repeat with green candy melts
It was really fun making something new for Santa and I think he’s going to love it! Want more recipe ideas? You can find more holiday treat inspiration here!
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