Santa’s Favorite Cookies

Welcome to Marvelous in my Monday, hosted by the positively fabulous, Katie


I have definitely got lots of Marvelousness to share with you today! My VERY favorite Christmas cookie!!!!!! This is the perfect cookie to make for gifts….everyone loves them and the recipe makes tons. They also freeze really well. Madelyn and I did some baking on Sunday and I will freeze the cookies to give to coworkers.

Santa’s Favorite Christmas Cookies

Recipe Type: cookies, dessert
Author: Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl, adapted from Kraft
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You will be on Santa’s “nice list” with these scrumptious Christmas cookies! Packed ful of yumminess with pecans, cranberries and white chocolate. About 100 calories per cookie. Makes 72 cookies.
  • 1 cup (sticks) butter, softened
  • 1cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2-1/4 cups flour (I use all-purpose.)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1-1/4 cup white chocolate morsels
  • 1-1/4 cups chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1-1/4 cups dried cranberries
  1. Heat oven to 375 F.
  2. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in chocolate, nuts and cranberries.
  4. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough, 1-1/2 inches apart, onto baking sheets. *Cookies will spread!
  5. Bake 9 to 11 min. or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 3 min.; remove to wire racks. Cool completely.


Now these cookies aren’t really what I would call healthy, but they are only about 100 calories per cookie. Don’t worry, I will be posting some healthy holiday treats, but I’m making these for others who aren’t necessary used to eating healthy desserts. I also think it’s important to enjoy the holiday season and all that comes with it, like sweets! #dominatediva

Aside from baking on Sunday, Landen had another gymnastics meet all day on Saturday and we celebrated my niece, Ava’s, 3rd b-day with a little Chuckie Cheese action.

Landen’s meet completely wore him out and this was him for several hours afterward. He did great, though and won 3 medals {you can see them around his neck in this pic}. So proud of him!!

The kids had a blast at Chuckie Cheese! They played and the adults were able to chat. ;) Ava is in an owl stage and loves everything with owls {notice the yummy cupcakes}. She wasn’t too thrilled with Chuckie, though. Ha!

Hope everyone else had a wonderful weekend and are off to a marvelous Monday!

Something to think about…..

What was something fun you did this weekend?

Why is your Monday going to be marvelous?

What is your VERY favorite Christmas cookie?


  1. Gotta love classic holiday treats! But I’m looking forward to seeing some of your healthy treat ideas too! Have a great Monday!
    Michelle @ Eat Move Balance Friday’s Five!My Profile

  2. That’s so awesome that Landen won 3 medals. How exciting =)
    Jessie Marvelous In My MondayMy Profile

  3. These sound amazing! What a great weekend too! Your kids are just adorable!
    Danielle @ clean food creative fitness Marvelous in my Monday!My Profile

  4. Those cookies look great! And I think 100 calories for a cookie is not too shabby! I cannot wait for you to post some of your favorite healthy holiday treats, though! :)

    My favorite Christmas cookies are definitely peanut butter blossoms. I am obsessed with the peanut butter and chocolate combination.
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl Vegetable, Lentil, and Barley StewMy Profile

  5. pecans, white chocolate, AND cranberries?? YUM.
    Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear Girls NightMy Profile

  6. Those owl cupcakes are too adorable!

    I love the name of those cookies. :)

    Because of my stomach, allergies, etc. I won’t be able to eat any Christmas cookies this year. But, we are still having a baking day and we’ll make whatever the rest of my family will want to eat. My brother is kind of boring though… Chocolate chip cookies for him. Me? I love Mexican Wedding Cookies, (Fluffy) Snickerdoodles, my cousin’s sugar cookie recipe, gingerbread cookies… I love basically all of them. Haha.

  7. The holidays are a perfect time for not-so-healthy cookies, although honestly, anything that’s homemade and has pretty simple ingredients is healthy in my books. These cookies sound fantastic, and absolutely perfect for Christmas. I’d have to say that my favorite holiday cookies are probably shortbread, especially when half is dipped in chocolate.
    Amanda @ .running with spoons. . it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas .My Profile

  8. The cookies look awesome, how cute the kitchen helper is! So sweet!

    Congrats to him on his 3 medals! I bet he felt so proud!

    How many kids do you have, 2 or 3?

    Happy Monday love!

    Way to go dominating!
    Katie MIMM with Love, Domination, and More!My Profile

    • I have 3. I have a 16-year-old daughter….she like to stay out of photos as much as possible…hehe. I was 17, like you, when I had her. Happy Monday!

  9. White chocolate and cranberry is one of the best holiday combinations out there! Those cookies look great :) I have had a marvelous Monday as well, so it’s nice to see all the marvelous being spread around :)
    Devon @ Health in Equilibrium Musings on a Marvelous Monday MorningMy Profile

  10. Oooooh those cookies look amazing! I’m not sure if this counts as a cookie, but my mom makes chocolate peanut butter bon bons for Christmas every year and they’re to die for!

    Have a wonderful week!!
    Kim @ Healthy Nest Cupcake Insomnia and Marvelous in My MondayMy Profile

  11. I just found your blog through Healthy Living Blogs. I spent a lot of long Saturdays at gymnastics meets when I was younger, too. :) Those cupcakes are too cute!
    Casey (A Healthy Spin) Making Changes, Making HappyMy Profile

  12. Great recipe. I bet they taste delicious!
    Katy Listen to Your BodyMy Profile

  13. There is nothing better than a yummy cookie and a tall glass of milk. Not only could this be Santa’s favorite cookie but this could very easily be my new favorite cookie as well. Can’t wait to try it.
    Vita @ Juicer Depot Omega VRT350HD Juicer – Upright Masticating JuicerMy Profile


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