12 Days of Christmas…Goodies


December 14, 2020

12 Days of Christmas…Goodies

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My daughter and I sport matching Christmas sweatshirts in honor of our favorite mouse.   :o)

Can you believe that Christmas will be here in less than two weeks!!!  
In honor of the upcoming holiday, I share with you twelve of my family’s “tried and true” Christmas goodie recipes. in a nod to the Christmas carol The Twelve Days of Christmas. 

The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree..

three French hens

four calling birds

five gold rings

six geese a-laying

seven swans a-swimming

eight maids a-milking

nine ladies dancing

ten lords a-leaping

eleven pipers piping

twelve drummers drumming

An added bonus is that the majority of these recipes, below, can be prepared quickly, with several being of the no-bake variety.  Let’s face it, with so many Christmas movies to watch, I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen baking!  :o)

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The Twelve Days of Goodies

1. Two-ingredient Peanut Butter Cups


If you are a fan of peanut butter and chocolate, then this recipe is for you!
This Two-ingredient Peanut Butter Cup is served up on my dear sweet (departed) grandmother’s Christmas plate.
Find the recipe here.  

2.  Peanut Clusters


One of my favorite holiday treats, that I find myself making year round!
Get this recipe, here.  

3.  Haystacks/Birds nests


These can made with, or without the m & m’s, but either way they are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Find this recipe, here. https://imannette.net/2020/11/01/apple-cider-donuts-high-school-memories-and-voting/

4.  Reindeer “Belly Buttons”


Not just restricted to just Christmas, these belly buttons can be customized to any holiday by changing the m & m colors.
Get this recipe here.

5.  Christmas “Trash”:


This trash got its name from when it used to be “cooked up” in a paper trash/grocery bag.  This trash is delicious, but beware it is very habit forming!
Find this recipe here.

6.  Almond Toffee Brickle


When devouring this sweet treat, it is hard to believe that soda crackers are at its base!
Get this recipe here.

7.  Chocolate Cookies


A favorite cookie around my house at Christmas, or anytime!
Find this recipe here.

8.  Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies


These chocolate chip cookies are so good, and I make them quite often, not just during the holiday season.
Get this recipe here.  

 9.  Date Truffles


Featured on last month’s blog post, these pack a lot of flavor!
Find this recipe here.

10.  Scotcheroos


This Rice Krispie treat was a Christmas favorite of mine as a youngster.  :o). Back then, the topping was made with a sweet chocolate, but now I prefer a darker chocolate flavor.  Customize this recipe to your taste.
The recipe is below.



1 cup light corn syrup

1 cup sugar

1-1 1/2 cup peanut butter

6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

1 cup semi-sweet, or dark chocolate chocolate chips
(I use Ghirardelli’s 60%)
(for a sweeter chocolate use 1/2-1 bar of Bakers Germans Baking chocolate)

1 cup butterscotch chips



Place corn syrup and sugar into 3-quart saucepan.
Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves
and mixture begins to boil.
Remove from heat.

Stir in peanut butter. Mix well.

Add Rice Krispies cereal.
Stir until well coated.
Press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray.
Set aside.

Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, or in the microwave carefully at 30 minute intervals.
Spread evenly over cereal mixture.
Let stand until firm.
Cut into bars when cool.

11. Snowfall Cranberry Bark


This combination of pistachios and cranberries, wrapped up in a confection of creamy white chocolate, is one of my favorite Christmas goodies!
Find the recipe below.


3/4-1 cup dried cranberries

1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

1/2-3/4 cups shelled pistachios (my preference)
(sliced almonds can be sustituted)

2 (11- or 12-ounce) bags white chocolate chips, or almond bark


Heat oven to 250.

Line a 12-by-17-inch jellyroll pan (or rimmed baking sheet) with parchment paper.

In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, pulse together cranberries, orange zest, and almonds (or chop them with a large knife).

Spread mixture over the prepared pan to within 1 1/2 inches of the edges, then evenly cover that mixture with the chocolate chips and put the pan in the oven.

When the chips just start to look melty (5-6 minutes or so.  Do not overbake!), take them out of the oven and use a rubber spatula to spread them evenly over the parchment.

Chill until firm, about half an hour, then break into pieces.


12.  White Fudge Covered Oreos


I saved the easiest goodie to prepare, for the last.  Only available at Christmas time, these white chocolate dipped Oreos have been a family favorite for years.  Beware though, just one cookie packs a 5 point punch for you WW (Weight Watcher) people out there! :O)

 Childhood Christmases


Mysteriously, my letter (age 5?) to Santa found its way into our local newspaper!


My local sixth grade Girl Scout troop created this pinecone Christmas tree for our elementary school’s lobby.


In seventh (?) grade, I posed for our Girl Scout’s county Christmas card.


Cooking with Gammy


Reindeer (Cosmic) Brownies

I have made this easy food craft with my grands (grand children) for several years now.  I believe that I first came upon this idea on Pinterest a few years ago.  I think that there was just a photo to go by, and no instructions. This is actually more of a craft than a recipe. Either way, it is fun to create these Rudolph Brownies using pre-made packaged  Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies!


Reindeer Brownies in the making…
We made the mistake, here, of putting on the eyes and nose before the antlers.
I suggest that you begin by taping on the antlers, first.  :o)


Loop the scotch tape around to place under the google eyes and nose,
or use two-sided tape.

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Ingredients and Materials

Individually wrapped Cosmic Brownies

Google eyes

Red pom poms for Rudolph, or various colors for other reindeer, for the nose

Brown construction paper cut to the shape of antlers
(Use my photo above as your guide.)

Tape, or two-sided tape


Begin by taping two antlers to the back of a Cosmic Brownie.

Using a piece of looped tape (as pictured above), or two-sided tape, attach eyes and nose.

Admire and then enjoy!

Fun Fact for Ya!

I just learned this, and had to pass it along.  :o)


Did you know that giraffes give birth standing up!
Birthing in this manner prevents damage to the baby’s long neck.
In other words, a baby giraffe enters the world by falling 5-6 feet to the ground!!!
Photo courtesy of my daughter.  :O)  


Made Me Smile :o)
Sharing things that put a smile on my face, recently. 

Motherhood Moments


New mom, Brandy, gives her little guy a bath.  :o)
Thank you, Brandy, for this adorable photo!

My Kindergarten Report Card!


I found my kindergarten report card the other day.   “Annette still does a lot of talking” made me laugh.  Some things don’t change.  :o)
My heart warmed, though, when I read her final comments as my teacher.  :o) 

On my daily walk…


I discovered this “hidden Mickey” in the neighborhood, formed from leaves.

The true “reason for the season” Christmas lawn displays

Food Glorious Food!


I spotted this pretty Scandinavian Kransekake (wreath cake) at the grocery store!


 Christmas cookie baking!  :o)


Check Out My Earlier Christmas-Related Posts


December 1952 
Photo Courtesy of Ames Historical Society

Christmas Cheer, May 2020, here.

Have a Sweet Christmas, December 2019, here.

What’s Slumgullion, December 2018, here.

It’s Christmas Time!  Enjoy These Often-Missed Yuletide Movies, December 2017, here.

A Christmas Story Christmas, December 2016, here.

Procrastination and Merry Christmas, December 2015, here.

Christmas in Black and White, December 2014, here.

Counting the Days Till Christmas, December 2013, here.


May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!

Thank you for reading,  
Merry Christmas!


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12 Responses to 12 Days of Christmas…Goodies

  1. Jennifer Sharpe says:

    Always fun to read. Much love Jenny. Xxx

    Sent from my iPhone


    Liked by 1 person

  2. Debra Makol says:

    We had so much fun creating things in girl scouts! The pincone tree memories are flooding back. 😳


  3. bwbuttons@q.com says:

    A lot of easy recipes and ideas for the holidays, thanks Annette.


  4. marjorie mattson says:

    I loved the letter to Santa. I copied off several recipes. I am sure I will use them. Great Blog.


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