Christmas Traditions: Making Christmas Cookies

Every year before Christmas, my mom and I designate a day for a holiday baking extravaganza. We spend the entire day making an absurdly vast array of sweet treats. There are a handful of signature items that we repeat annually: buckeyes, truffles, chocolate covered pretzels, church windows, butterscotch haystacks, and chocolate jam bars. We usually throw in something new, too. Afterwards, we are left with enough cookies and candy to feed a small army. We deliver an assortment to neighbors and friends, and end up eating WAY too many ourselves also. This year my mom and I had some extra help from my brother, his girlfriend, and of course, Chris (my dad is the official taste-tester).

Here is the recipe to the Butterscotch Haystacks, which are one of my favorites and super easy:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 6 oz. butterscotch morsels
  • 1 large can of chow mein noodles

Melt peanut butter and butterscotch together on stove. Take off burner and stir in noodles. Drop by spoonful onto wax paper. Put in fridge or freezer to harden. This recipe makes at least 2 dozen, but we normally do a double batch!

We hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season!

~ Kristin Eberts

~ Chris Mackler

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