Simple to make, these Santa Cookies will be a sure fire hit with your family, friends, and the big man!
I have to tell you I’m a total sucker for the holidays. Christmas is such a fun time of the year. For me it’s all about family and food. It’s a time when I can slow down a bit and really enjoy all the little things in life.
Being a food blogger during the holiday season is a bit of an interesting dynamic. It’s a time where we all post a bit more often than usual, our sites are a bit busier than usual, and we’re typically working extra hours leading up to the holidays. Much like most people I think.
The interesting part is that our family and friends know we’re pretty adept in the kitchen. So I think the bar gets set high. I know for me my real life peeps expect me to put out quite a spread for the holidays. So there’s this extra pressure to make sure you get it right.
Since I tend to march to the beat of my own drummer I just never give in to that pressure. I think keeping it simple is the best approach to the holiday craziness. If you try to overdo it you just end up frustrated, and that’s a recipe for disaster if you ask me.
So my advice this holiday season is to keep things simple. Slow down your pace, and actually enjoy the process. If you take some pressure of yourself you will be a lot happier, which in turn makes your family and friends happier too.
I like to make a ton of simple cookie recipes during the holidays. Some I’ve been making for over 30 years. I know right, I’m flipping old. But with age comes wisdom, or something like that. If I keep it simple I have more time to spend with family, and for me that’s what the holidays are all about.
This recipe is one I’ve been making since I was a teenager. We call them Santa Cookies, although they are not shaped to look like Santa at all. We call them that because they are the cookies we left out for Santa every year. They are so simple to make and from what I hear Santa really likes them. They are his favourite cookies of all time. Trust me, I know Santa well.
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- Line two cookie sheets with parchment. Set aside.
- In a medium size saucepan cook the granulated sugar, cocoa powder, and milk over medium-low heat until all the sugar dissolves. If it's got a nice bubble going this should take about 3 to 5 minutes, or so. Keep stirring but not obsessively, it just needs a light stir every 30 seconds or so.
- Once the sugar is dissolved add the butter, don't fret if you didn't soften it. If it's not softened just cut it into small chunks, it'll totally still work. Keep stirring until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth.
- Now add the vanilla, oats and salt. Stir until combined, then remove from the heat.
- Add the coconut, stir again. I know right, it's a lot of stirring.
- Now toss in the milk chocolate chips and the white chocolate chips. Stir again. Stop rolling your eyes at me. Stirring is good.
- You are now done stirring. Yah. Round of applause.
- Take a tablespoon or an ice cream scoop and drop the cookies onto the cookie sheets. It's okay for them to be lop-sided and not perfect. They actually look better if they are imperfect. I also suggest making some really big and some small. Since you are not baking them they don't need to be uniform in size. Making different sized ones is nice, that way wee little hooligans can grab small ones and bigger adult hooligans can grab the bigger ones. Santa can grab any size he wants as long as he leaves good gifts.
- Allow to cool completely. Good luck with this step. It's impossible not to dig right in. Quite honestly I was eating this right out of the saucepan with an ice cream scoop before I took photos. Just keepin' it real peeps. Just keepin' it real.
- Serve with a big old jolly Saint Nick smile!
Thanks for reading today. I hope you have the best holiday season ever. One filled with family, friends and lots of amazing food. I know I’ll be taking time off this holiday season. I just booked my son his plane ticket home for the holidays, he’ll be with us from the 16th to 26th so I’m a happy mama today! Happy Holidays everyone!