Crunchy Snow Mounds

Crunchy Snow Mounds

White chocolate goodness with a little crunch! These little gems are so quick and easy to make. Whip up a batch in no time to take to a potluck, or for company arriving in a few hours.

These little treats can be made year round, but I tried them and decorated for a Christmas Cookie Exchange. If you want to make them for Valentine's day, add a little red food colouring to make pink treats topped with a couple cinnamon hearts, or at Easter top with a couple mini eggs.

You will need:

  • Mini muffin tin
  • mini muffin liners
  • microwave safe bowl
  • wooden spoon for mixing
  • teaspoon for scooping into muffin liners

Crunchy Mounds

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 1/4 cups White Chocolate Chips
  • candy sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place muffin liners in mini muffin tins.
  2. In microwave safe dish, combine Chocolate Chips and Coconut Oil. Melt in microwave in 20 second increments until smooth when stirred.
  3. Add Rice cereal and Coconut. Stir to combine. Scoop out into lined muffin tins. Sprinkle with candy topping.
  4. Let sit at room temp for approximately 1 hour, or place in fridge for 30 minutes to set.

Makes approx. 22 mounds.

For more cookie ideas, check out this roundup of 34 Holiday Cookie Recipes!

Holiday Crinkle Cookies Only 4 Ingredients

Holiday Crinkle Cookies Only 4 Ingredients

With a cookie swap looming and trying to pick a recipe for something delicious and easy, I decided to try Cake mix crinkle cookies. I have seen them in a few places and tweeked the recipe to be as simple as possible and festive for the holidays.

These are a soft cookie that everyone in my household loves!! Needless to say, we will be making another batch before the holiday season is over.

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HOLIDAY CRINKLE COOKIES

  • 1 white or yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Optional: Food Colouring (red & green)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line cookie sheet with silpat or parchment paper.
  3. In a mixer or by hand, combine Cake mix, Eggs and Oil.
  4. Once combined divide in half and add food colouring if desired. Mix to evenly distribute colour.
  5. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes. (wrapped in plastic wrap)
  6. Place powdered sugar on a plate or in a low bowl.
  7. Remove dough from fridge and form into 1-2 inch balls.
  8. Roll balls in powdered sugar to cover, and place 1-2 inches apart on the baking sheet.
  9. Bake 10-13 minutes.

Cake Mix – Crinkle Cookies

At Christmas time each year I look for a new cookie or treat to try. I had to bake something for a sale at the school dance and decided to tr y my hand at the cake mix cookies. Keeping it simple, I choose to use a vanilla cake mix and add food colouring to mat them seasonal colours. Rolling the cookies in icing sugar made for a nice touch and brought out the cracks in these easy to make cookies. 

Try adding your own flavourings with extracts, vary the type of cake mix, or add chocolate chips or candy sprinkels to them.

HOLIDAY CRINKLE COOKIES

  • 1 white or yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Optional: Food Colouring (red & green)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line cookie sheet with silpat or parchment paper.
  3. In a mixer or by hand, combine Cake mix, Eggs and Oil.
  4. Once combined divide in half and add food colouring if desired. Mix to evenly distribute colour.
  5. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes. (wrapped in plastic wrap)
  6. Place powdered sugar on a plate or in a low bowl.
  7. Remove dough from fridge and form into 1-2 inch balls.
  8. Roll balls in powdered sugar to cover, and place 1-2 inches apart on the baking sheet.
  9. Bake 10-13 minutes.

Hosting A Cookie Exchange

Hosting A Cookie Exchange

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I love baking, and Christmas tends to be my favourite time of year for baking, and being creative. That being said, it also gets very expensive to buy all the supplies to create all these little nuggets of goodness!

Wouldn't you rather be spending the money on having fun with your friends and family? I know I would. So let's chat about a fun way to spend time with those you love and share some goodies to use over the holidays.

Cookie Swaps or Cookie Exchanges have been popular for decades, but honestly, I have only participated in a couple. One through a workplace and one with friends. It is a fabulous way to try new cookies and treats and to grow you recipe list as well.

Here are some tips for hosting a successful cookie swap:

Have a theme

Perhaps you want to host an Ugly Sweater Party, Fancy Dresses, or Slippers & PJs! You can get very creative with a theme and it will take the cookie exchange to another level of fun for the evening.

Pick a type of cookie or treat to exchange

Simply pick a type of cookies/treat to share, such as No Bake Treats, or Sugar Cookies. Trust me, there will be a variety no matter what type of cookie or treat you choose. If you select sugar cookies, gingerbread or shortbread, ask that they be decorated in some way with icing or candies.

Send out an invitation

Send an invitation to your friends and family outlining the evening. Be specific with what you are requesting for # of cookies and what they need to bring. You can create the invites and send via email or traditional mail. You could even create a facebook private group and invite the people you are having.

Ask what people  are bringing (about a week in advance)

You don't need to have the specifics, but knowing the types of cookies or treats that are coming will help you ensure there will be a variety for people to take home.

Ask guests to bring samples of the treats

In addition to the amount of cookies required for the exchange, ask your guests to bring a few samples, or smaller versions of the cookie they brought. Set this number according to # of guests attending. This will allow everyone to have a treat at the party and also try the cookies they will be taking home.

 Notify guests of any food allergies

If anyone attending has a food allergy, be sure to request the treats are free of the food they are allergic to.

Share the Recipes

Ask guests to bring their recipe printed out for other guests to take home. If you are into being uniform, you could ask guests to send you the recipes and then print them out together. You can create a yearly Cookie Exchange Recipe Book! Wouldn't that be fun?

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We all have our favourite cookies and holiday treats, participating in a cookie exchange allows us to have a larger variety on hand over the holidays, without having to do all the baking!

I am headed to a cookie exchange with a friend tomorrow night and will be taking my Red & Green Crinkle Cookies. If you are looking for more inspiration, be sure to check the link below for a huge list of holiday cookie ideas!

Need ideas for what to make?

Check out this amazing list shared with me by other Canadian bloggers.

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Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies, or Peppermint Swirls

I have made these a few times over the years and have tried a few recipes. Some require more prep time than others (putting in fridge for hours). My preference is simple and at one sitting!

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Today, Clayton, my almost 3 year old (Dec 30th birthday) and I made Candy Cane cookies. Needless to say, they started out as candy canes and by the end became Peppermint Swirl Cookies 🙂

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These are fairly quick to make and baking is 8-10 minutes. They cool fast and can be enjoyed right away.

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Once your cookie dough is made, you divide the dough in two and put half back in the mixer with red food colouring. you will end up with a white and a red dough.

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Candy Cane Cookies

These are a cute and showy cookie. You can top with coloured sugars, crushed candy cane or icing sugar. I enjoy the plain and simple.

  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 10 drops Red Food Colouring
  1. In mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add Egg and Vanilla & Peppermint extracts. Mix well.
  2. On low speed and 1/2 cup at a time, add Flour and Salt. Mix until well combined and dough forms.
  3. Divide dough in half and add food colouring to one half of the dough. At this point you can refrigerate the dough for about 1 hour. This will make the dough easier to shape and handle. Or you can flour your work surface and hands and start assembling right away. (we were not patient enough to wait for the refrigerator part 🙂 )
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Placing oven racks with one in second to bottom setting, and one in top 1/2 of oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment, silpat or use baking stones.
  5. Using about 1-2 inch size balls, form a long rope of each colour. Once ropes are formed, pinch ends together and twist the dough to make the candy cane. Place on cookie sheets laid our long with a hook on the end to create the Candy Cane shape.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes and remove to cooling racks.

Cake Mix Cookies

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Did you know that you can make many types of very quick and easy cookies with Cake Mix?
I have compiled a list of some of my favourites and ones that I would like to try (they all sound so yummy).

You can be creative. Using the cake mix as the base for your cookies, try different combos of add ins, or the flavours of cake. Red Velvet cake and M&M candies, Confetti Cake and white chocolate chips, Chocolate cake with nuts, chocolate chips and marshmallows! The possibilities are endless.
If you have tried any of these, please share your favourites in the comments. Do you have any to share? Let me know your recipe and I will make it to feature here on the site!

Enjoy, and Happy Baking.

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Yellow Cake Batter Cookies
From Anna Monette Roberts, POPSUGAR Food

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Easy Snickerdoodle Recipe
From Skip To My Lou.org

 

The recipes BELOW were all found on AllRecipes.com, submitted by various users.

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Lemon Snowflake Cookies:
These are a very soft cookie with lemon flavour. Cake mix and Cool Whip!

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Basic Cake Mix Cookie (with variations)
"A twist on plain old cake or cookies. Great combos of the optional ingredients - toffee bits, walnuts, peanut butter chips - make this recipe everyone's personal favorite."

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Chocolate Oatmeal Drop Cookies
This recipes produces a soft and chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookie.

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Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies:
If you like chocolate chip cookies, these are a quick version. They are soft and sound be chewy in the middle. Not your classic Chocolate Chip Cookie flavour, but a very easy version that would be fun to make with the kids.

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Chocolate Snowdrops:
Here is another version of a Cake mix and Cool Whip cookie. Soft chocolaty goodness.