One of our newest traditions, the Elf on the Shelf, has quickly become one of my favorites. Caitlin is very into it this year and can't wait to look for Elfie every morning. We have a girl elf, because Santa would only send a girl elf to our house, you know. When Eflie appeared the first day, she brought a special treat and a suprise for each of the kids. Caitlin got the movie Brave, and Ryan received some Puffs and much needed boy bibs. He no longer has to wear the pink Sleeping Beauty bib to eat his bananas. ;) I don't think Santa wanted him to wait until Christmas to get them.
(excuse the bedhead)
You never know where Elfie is going to be or what she might get into. We've found her playing dress-up with the Princesses, replacing the stockings on the mantle with underpants and diapers, using Caitlin's shoes as a sled to slide down the banister, and last week, she got out my mixing bowl and put in a couple boxes of SnoCap candy. Hmmm. The next day she added marshmallows, m&m's and poptarts! What was she trying to tell us? We put all of our clues together and figured out that she wanted us to make her Elf cookies! Everyone has seen the movie, Elf, right? These cookies have all of Buddy's favorite things. In case you are wondering, Pop Tarts in cookies actually work! My only tip is to not let them get too dark in the oven. I had one tray bake closer to 16 minutes and they were starting to taste like a burnt Pop Tart.
I think these cookies might have just been added to our list of Christmas Traditions. What are your favorite Christmas Traditions?
There's only one week left in the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats! Browse the other treats below in the Blog Hop. Thanks again, Brenda, at Meal Planning Magic, for all of your effort!
Source: Spork or Foon
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 /2 cup (1 stick) + 6 tablespoons butter
- 3 cups quick or old fashioned cooking oats
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup M&Ms
- 1/2 cup mini-marshmallows
- 1 cup Sno-caps
- 4 S'mores Pop Tarts, chopped
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350°F.
In large bowl of a stand mixer using a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugars on medium speed until creamy (you can use an electric hand mixer as well). Add eggs one by one and beat until fully incorporated. Add vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; mix well. Add oats. Add in sno-caps, Pop Tarts, M&Ms and marshmallows.
Using a 1/4 cup ice cream scooper, place rounded circles on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool for 5 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Drizzle glaze on top and Cool completely. Store tightly covered.
For the Glaze
In a medium bowl, combine maple syrup, vanilla and powdered sugar, whisk until smooth.