These are not my cookies.
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The first Christmas after Mark and I got married, we decided to make cookies. I don’t remember if we mixed up a sugar cookie recipe or if we went store-bought, but I distinctly remember lots of frosting, cookie cutters and sprinkles.

Yes, we definitely had sprinkles.

Actually, now that I think about it, if we took the time to mix up frosting and cut out candy cane and tree-shaped cookies, I’m pretty sure we used an actual recipe for that cookie dough.

And there was A. Lot. of cookie dough. Which made A. Lot. of cookies. I remember starting the process so excited and all newlywed-y, but by the time we got finished, we were so sick of cookies! We had cookies on every surface of that tiny one-room apartment. Lucky for all of our friends – because they all got a plate of those puppies. Or, trees and candy canes, as the case may be.

Since then, I haven’t done much Christmas baking. Sure, I make all sorts of side dishes. And my Brownies From a Box never fail. But cookies? No, not so much.

So when I started reading about the fun cookie [recipe] exchanges going on this week, I was kind of bummed out. And then I was delusional thought I’d just whip something up, so I could join in.

And then I forgot.

But today I saw Jessica’s First Cookie Recipe Exchange at The Mom Creative, and I remembered again. And I decided to stop by the store after work, get some cookie dough and frosting in a can, and write about how you don’t have to be fancy to have Christmas fun in the kitchen.

And then I got to the store.

They were out of the frosting I wanted, and they didn’t have any red and green sprinkles. So I bought almond bark and pretzels instead. And M&Ms.

You never know when you’re going to need M&Ms.

Long story not short but finally to the point? I made almond bark-covered snack mix. Does it have a name? I don’t know. My cousin makes it, and I call it . . . YUM. Here’s a picture:

And here’s the recipe, if you can call it that:

3 cubes of almond bark
Half cup of cheerios
Half cup of little marshmallows
Half cup of broken pretzels
2 packages of M&Ms

I might be wrong on the “half cup” part. Basically, I melted those three cubes and started dropping the other ingredients into the bowl. Possibly at random. And when it looked good? I put it in the fridge.

(You don’t have to put it in the fridge unless you’re in a hurry. To eat the YUM.) Makes 4 servings. Or two really big ones.

So, that’s what I’ve got for you. If you have your own (real) cookie recipe or want to look at a couple or hundred, check out The Mom Creative’s First Cookie Recipe Exchange and Blissfully Domestic’s 12 Days of Christmas Cookies.

This post will also be linked to Mouthwatering Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

What’s your favorite kind of Christmas cookie? Have you made any yet this year?


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