Christmas Goodies 2016 Version

After several years of making some of the same treats for Christmas (some of the favorites are posted here), I decided to make some new random treats along with some tried and true recipes.

I made Snickerdoodles from the classic Betty Crocker Cooky Book – these are a well loved family favorite with green and red sugar instead of cinnamon. The other regular treat that I couldn’t skip was the M&M pretzel hugs – they are easy and delicious.

I wanted a thick chocolate cookie so I made these Chocolate Crinkle cookies – prettier than I expected and just enough chocolate flavor.

mm-hubgs chocolate-crinkles

As a replacement for my favorite peppermint cookie, I found White Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cookies ( The recipe calls for Andes Peppermint Crunch which was impossible to find locally. I combed through the comment sections of this and similar recipes to find out what other people substituted for the Crunch. There were lots of suggestions and I decided to work with something I have used in the past – Hershey Candy Cane Kisses. I pulsed them in the food processor into tiny pieces and the resulting bits would be great in hot chocolate on as an ice cream topping.
peppermint-chocolate-chip peppermint-crumbs

To replace the classic toffee recipe, I made Heath Toffee Cookie Bars (

And finally I added another simple pretzel and chocolate recipe. I made pecan turtles last year and these were much easier and just as good. (
toffee-bar pecan-rolo

I spent a lot of the weekend in the kitchen and sometimes I even had a good little helper or two.

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2 comments to Christmas Goodies 2016 Version

  • Julie Oldach

    I may switch from all this tree decorating which I love dearly back to baking cookies! These are all gorgeous & I’ve tasted some & they are luscious. Is there no end to your talents Jen!!! Well then again, I think you take after me a little bit???
    Love you & all of yours. Have a wonderful Christmas. I wish I could be with you but I will be in spirit. GRAM

  • hello haha narf

    you rock.
    that is all.