Cookies for Santa

Greetings everyone. It’s definitely feeling and looking like Christmas here. The kids are in full swing with school activities and playing elves here at home. Their stockings are hung by the fireplace and the cookies are baked. They wanted to share one of their favorites with you. So here is a “quick and easy” cookie for Santa. We promise, they are quick and easy! Enjoy and happy holidays!

Festive Shortbread Logs

1 cup buter (no substitutes), softened
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ¬Ω cups semisweet chocolate chips (or milk choc bars)
4 teaspoons shortening
¾ cup ground walnuts

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and confectioners’ sugar. Add vanilla. Gradually add flour; mix well. With lightly floured hands, shape tablespoonfuls into 2-in. logs. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes or until edges and bottom are lightly browned. Cool for 2-3 minutes before removing to wire racks.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle chocolate over half of the cookies. Dip one end of remaining cookies into chocolate, then sprinkle with walnuts. Yield: 4 dozen.
(Sawyer likes to add crushed peppermint candies ontop.)
This is from:
Taste of Home’s Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook 2002


  1. Dear Northern Elves,

    My what a delicious recipe. I will be sure to try them. But please tell me about the artful photograph. I understand the poinsettia and the berries as they make a beautiful seasonal background. I would also want a mug of fresh milk to drink along with the chocolate covered cookies. But the carrot?! Could it be that someone hopes to feed a reindeer? Or does Santa come to Maine with a team of moose? I know I’ve seen more moose in Maine than reindeer.

  2. I’m thinking that the carrot is for the reindeer. I just hope that they all share. Otherwise, you will need a bunch of carrots! The recipe looks yummy. I can’t wait to try it.

  3. When I was a little kid, we used to mix some oats and wheat with snipped pieces of tinsel, (so the reindeer can see it in the moon light), (it was made of lead back then!!!), for the reindeer to eat. We spread it in the driveway, (that’s why I had to shovel the driveway, good thinking Dad!!!), and Christmas morning we went to see if they had eaten some. If they ate a lot, (because we were good that year), they would be sure to remember our house and come back next year. Actually my Father went out and sweeped most of it up later that night. Had us fooled for some time but the driveway got shoveled.

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