Newlywed Santa and Mrs. Claus Cookies

Newlywed Santa and Mrs. Claus Cookies ♥ bakeat350.net

Do you ever wonder what Santa and Mrs. Claus looked like when they were younger? I do. Last week, I took a little poll on twitter asking about Mrs. Claus' hair color before she went grey. The overwhelming result was that Mrs. Claus must have been a redhead.

Newlywed Santa and Mrs. Claus Cookies ♥ bakeat350.net

Let's get two things out of the way before we get to the tutorial.
  1. Mrs. Claus' face is three times as wide as her husband's. 
  2. Young Santa bears a strong resemblance to Yukon Cornelious

Newlywed Santa and Mrs. Claus Cookies ♥ bakeat350.net

I used Sweet Sugarbelle cutters for these. The Mrs. Claus is the same cutter I used for these Dia de Los Muertos cookies. It's part of the original "shape shifter" kit. The Santa cookie cutter is self-explanatory, and the hearts are Sugarbelle's multi-heart cutter.

I'm all heart-eyes for candy cane-ish hearts for Mr. & Mrs. Claus. They're super easy. They're just piped and filled with white with just a few stripes of red icing across. I even like that some of the red goes over the side in a kind Jackson Pollock-type splatter. I dig it. It makes me feel artsy.

12 Days of Trader Joe's Christmas: Day 4, The Snack Bar Mix

Trader Joe's Step Up to the Snack Bar review

The college boy is home! All is right with the world again!

For day 4, we're reviewing Trader Joe's Step Up to the Snack Bar Mix. The description reads, "...with mustard pretzel pieces, honey roasted peanuts, corn chips with flax seeds, cheddar rocket crackers, honey roasted sesame sticks and chili lemon corn sticks." A 12-ounce container costs $4.99.

Trader Joe's Step Up to the Snack Bar review

Nutella Oat Crunch No-Bake Cookies

Nutella Oat Crunch No-Bake Cookies

Is your oven in overdrive this week? Mine, too. Not only that but with every passing day, I think of another recipe or see another recipe online that I MUST make before Christmas. From here until Christmas, I only have time to make...and eat...cookies.

Nutella Oat Crunch No-Bake Cookies

To free up your oven, I have a no-bake cookie for you. I love giving (and getting *ahem*) cookie/treat samplers at Christmas. Having a no-bake cookie in the mix is a time and oven saver.

Nutella Oat Crunch No-Bake Cookies

How fun are these little cookies? They're chewy and chocolatey with a little crunch. You might just have all of the ingredients for these in your pantry right now. Hello, cornflakes!

They come together in short order and store beautifully at room temperature.

Nutella Oat Crunch No-Bake Cookies

I'm sharing the recipe over on The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends today. Add this one to your holiday "no-baking" list! 

Candy Cane Star Pretzel Bites

Candy Cane Star Pretzel Bites : easy Christmas dessert

Prepare. Prepare yourself to make these for gifts and then eat the entire batch yourself.

Candy Cane Star Pretzel Bites : easy Christmas dessert

These are a Plan B treat. I wanted to make something simple like the chocolate peanut butter acorns, but for Christmas and using the Candy Cane Kisses. I decided to make elves with a white chocolate truffle, mini Nilla Wafers, and Candy Cake Kiss. MAJOR FAIL.

12 Days of Trader Joe's Christmas: Day 3, Peppermint Bark Popcorn

Should you buy Peppermint Bark Popcorn at Trader Joe's? Our review...

My shopping cart was filled to the brim with Trader Joe's goodies...truffles, and candies, and pastries...oh my! On my way to the register, I saw this bag of Peppermint Bark Popcorn, and there was just no resisting that cute packaging.

Trader Joe's Peppermint Bark Popcorn > He said/She said review

A 6-ounce bag of peppermint bark popcorn costs $2.99. The description on the package reads, "caramel popcorn coated in dark chocolate & enrobed in a white chocolate and peppermint candy coating."