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Does anyone else get super nostalgic when it comes to the holidays? It seems like every smell, song, and decoration bring me back to the days where I would
patiently anxiously count the days until Santa’s arrival. Thinking about coming home from church, getting ready for bed and then making sure his cookies and milk (along with notes for Mrs. Claus and carrots for the reindeer) makes me all kinds of giddy.
I am so ready to kick off the Christmas season inside our home but my husband still thinks it’s a little too early for decorations. (boo, right?) He had no qualms about me trying out some cookie recipes for Santa though. Hmmm, I wonder why…
With all of the amazing recipes floating around the blogosphere, I’m sure Santa gets quite the variety of treats on Christmas Eve but, at our house, he still finds good ol’ cookies and milk waiting for him under the tree.
This year, he will probably find a nice spread of cookies at our house (gotta stay on his nice list) including these festive cookies made with Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix and M&M’s®.
The ingredient list for these cookies is short and sweet (perfect for the busy holiday season) and everything can be found at your local Walmart. You’ll need: 1 box of Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix, eggs, coconut oil (or vegetable oil if you prefer), a little bit of baking powder and a package of your favorite holiday M&M’s®. For my cookies, I used M&M’s ® Holiday Milk Chocolate and M&M’s® White Peppermint.
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Using the cake mix as the base for this cookie keeps them soft and fluffy – just the way that Santa likes them. I mixed M&M’s ® Holiday Milk Chocolate inside my batter, and then just before baking, I added a few M&M’s® White Peppermint to the top of each cookie.
Can’t wait until Christmas Eve to give these cookies a try? I don’t blame you! The good news is, this is the season of giving so nobody will think it’s weird if you make a batch (or 10) of these festive white peppermint cookies to gift to friends, neighbors and any other person you come into contact with from now until December 25th.
Speaking of giving, the holiday season is the perfect time to make a donation to America’s food banks. Did you know that more than 46 million Americans rely on food banks across the country (including 1 in 6 children?!). These are our friends, neighbors, co-workers and children’s classmates. One of the most requested items for families is milk – a request that, sadly, isn’t met most of the time because the food banks don’t receive a lot of donations of perishable items.
This year we can change that! Please consider supporting families in your community by making a small donation at www.pourmilklove.com. With every donation, the Great American Milk Drive will deliver a gallon of milk to a family in YOUR local community – providing them with all of the essential nutrients and proteins that they may otherwise be missing out on. PLUS if you purchase any 2 bags of M&M’s ® (9.9 ounce or larger), a gallon of milk will be donated to the drive. May I suggest a gallon of Great Value Milk and the M&M’s® Holiday Peanut Butter?! (aka my favorite mid-afternoon snack as of late)
You can get the full recipe for my Festive White Peppermint Cookies on the recipe card below! What yummy treat is Santa going to find under your Christmas tree?
Festive White Peppermint Cookies
Festive cookies for Santa using M&M's® candies
- 1 box Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- M&M's® Holiday Milk Chocolate
- M&M's® White Peppermint
- Preheat oven to 350 (F)
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper
- In large bowl, mix together the Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix and baking powder, set aside
- In medium bowl, whisk eggs, coconut oil and vanilla together
- Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and stir by hand until no dry pockets are found
- Gently stir in a handful of M&M's® Holiday Milk Chocolate
- Roll dough into balls (approximately 1 inch) and place onto parchment paper
- Flattening dough only slightly, push a few M&M's® White Peppermint into the top of each cookie
- Bake 9 minutes - do not let cookies get golden brown
- Remove from oven, cool on baking rack
- Great tip: Coconut oil can be replaced with vegetable oil if preferred
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