Pretty and Not So Pretty Cookies

It’s officially Christmas Eve- I’m so ‘cited! 

Here are two easy cookie recipes to help get your Christmas On!

Reindeer Droppings and Cranberry Pistachio Cookies

Neither of these require a mixer, piping bags, or icing!

I learned about this recipe from my father-in-law, ‘The Don’. I think the rest of the world calls it Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake cookies, but my kids have re-named it Reindeer Droppings, which are fun to give to your neighbors with a tag that reads:

 From- Your Crappy Neighbors. Smile

Reindeer Droppings (or Patties or Poop)

  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. cocoa
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter (smooth or chunky-ickier lookin Smile)
  • 3 c. One Minute Oats
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • wax paper or parchment paper

Mix the first 4 in a saucepot and boil 1 minute.  Turn off heat and add the rest of the ingredients.  Drop onto paper and let cool.



Cranberry Pistachio Cookies

which are great when you’re over the chocolate thing 


I discovered this Betty Crocker cookie on Pinterest via



  • 2 pouches Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
  • 2 boxes Jell-O Pistachio mix
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup dry roasted salted pistachio nuts, chopped
  • 1 cup (or more!) dried cranberries
  • green food coloring (optional-we didn’t use it)

 Heat oven to 350

In a large bowl stir cookie mix, dry pudding mix, and flour. Add melted butter and eggs then the pistachios and cranberries.

Drop rounded teaspoonfuls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. A teaspoon, so that they don’t require more time in the oven which would dry out their edges before the centers are done. The picture below shows dropped cookies on the left and cookies that we rolled around in our hands a bit first on the right.  You decide.  We prefer the chucky bits sticking out.


Bake for 9 minutes. Do not over bake or they’ll lose their color as well. Let them sit on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before they go to the cooling rack. Makes almost 4 dozen.

  Merry Christmas!



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