Christmas is just around the corner. I think I am getting close to being ready. I have a few things left to bake, but then I think I am done! If my 6 year old will agree. He keeps asking for more things. “But Mom, Santa loves fudge, we have to leave him fudge.” How can you say no to that? My in laws arrive today, we are very excited for them to get here. I will be taking a couple days off from posting to enjoy the holidays. In the meantime, if you are looking for a few last minute treats or ideas be sure to check out some of my favorites!
White Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
Cookie Dough Truffles
Hershey Peppermint Macadamia Oatmeal Cookies
Caramel Cashew Clusters
Andes Mint Cookies
Peanut Butter Bars
I hope you have Merry Christmas!
I am going to go ahead and nominate myself for Mom of the Year after dealing with these. They are super cute, and fun, and they taste good, but they are some work. Word of warning, if you are going to send them to school, make sure homemade snacks are allowed! In Iowa there was never a problem with making snacks or treats to send in. Well, in Colorado that is different!
My son’s first grade class was asked to send in something small to give the class for Christmas. They are teaching about giving and thinking of others on Christmas. A great lesson, especially for young kids. I was browsing Pinterest for inspiration with my 6 year old by my side, and we spotted this snack mix. Perfect! We also made, make your on play-doh kits. You can see instructions for those at Homemade Tip Junkie.
I sent all 22 of these pretty little packages to school to get passed out. A couple days later though, the phone rings. It is my son’s teacher calling. Immediately my heart drops, what happened, what did he do?! I have never gotten a call from a teacher before, I panicked! His poor teacher had spent 2 days trying to figure out a way for the district to allow these treats to be sent home with the kids. But the district has a policy of nothing homemade, and there was nothing she could do about it. She felt so bad, she knew how hard I worked on them, and she knew the kids would love them. At least the play doh kits were allowed!
So now, I have 22 bags of snack mix (plus the extra) sitting on my counter. My husband has taken to going through the bags to pick out the Santa hats to eat, and leaving the rest.
Jen over at The Three Little Piglets is hosting 12 Days of Cookies! How fun does that sound? She shared her Holly Wreaths here last week, and today I get to share with you my Caramel Cashew Clusters!
I was contacted by Oh! Nuts a couple weeks ago to see if I was interested in trying some of their nuts for my holiday baking. I made these great cookies with Macadamia Nuts, and then wanted to do something a little different with the Cashews. This is my version of a childhood favorite we used to get every Christmas. It is super easy to make too!
Please go check it out, and tell Jen that I said Hi!! She also has a great giveaway going on, you won’t want to miss!