Why I Should Really Stop Eating Christmas Cookies…

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I am officially on "Christmas vacation" - whee! Five, glorious days of leisure, spending time with family, friends and lots and lots of holiday cookies. Lets come back to that though, shall we?!

Per my weekly menu, I was supposed to make my 10 minute, quick & easy Cold Sesame Noodles tonight. I went to put the dish together, came across some spring roll wrappers in the ol’ pantry and thought – what if I merged this cold, slurpy, noodle delight with my Fresh Spring Roll recipe and create a Frankenstein-esque cold noodle roll?

Out of the fog emerged Sesame Spring Rolls! MUWAHAHAHA!

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The rolls started with my sesame-soy-ginger spiked recipe for Cold Sesame Noodles, but instead of serving them in a bowl, I stuffed them in spring roll wrappers.

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Same rolling technique as my Fresh Spring Rolls!

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The rice paper wrapper is chewy and thick-yet-thin at the same time. It’s magical.

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The noodles, which are rice STICKS not to be confused with rice NOODLES, are easily the star of the dish though.

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They’ve got a bite like they’re still al dente, even when cooked through, and are super squiggly. I just love them!

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"O Christmas Tree!"

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Anyways, the sauce comes in a close second for best item on the plate. It’s a mixture of rice vinegar, soy sauce, a little sugar, peanut butter and some other ingredients. It would be AMAZING as a salad dressing! 

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I get a little crazy when eating these puppies – as in, I try and eat the whole batch. Husband has to hold me back. It’s nuts.

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In other news, maybe you were wondering if BOTH buttons on the front of my coat popped off as I was walking through Walmart after work today? They did. My buttons popped off my jacket and rolled onto the floor. There was a ping-ping-ping noise as they bounced and rolled to a stop in front of my loafers.

ie I NEED TO STOP EATING CHRISTMAS COOKIES…

…right after this last batch, I swear! They’re White Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cracker Sandwiches for Heaven’s sake!!!

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Here’s the sitch: a woman at my office brought these bad boys to work the other day and I found myself whisking by the break room to "refill my water bottle" every five minutes…aka snag a sweet, salty, buttery handful of these cookies!! They are INCREDIBLE!

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All you do is create a double boiler by boiling a couple inches of water in a small sauce pan, placing a heat-safe bowl on top (make sure the water isn’t high enough to touch the bottom of the bowl,) 

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and pour in some white chocolate chips.

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Continue boiling the water until the chocolate gets melty,

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and creamy,

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and silky smooth, then turn the heat down to medium low.

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Next, take your precious Peanut Butter Ritz-bitz Sandwiches, dunk the bottoms in the chocolate and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.

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Once you get going, you can start to do a bunch in a batch. :) 

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Line those soldiers up! Ready to receive a top!

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Working quickly (the chocolate won’t stay silky smooth forever) dallop 1/2 teaspoon chocolate on top of each sandwich and help the chocolate run down the sides.

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Or when the chocolate starts to sieze up, due to the fact that you’re cooking dinner, charging your camera battery, watching the news and talking on the phone at the same time, just dunk the top halves in there instead!

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Honestly you guys? I would have NEVER thought to put Ritz Crackers, peanut butter and white chocolate together, but it is a SINFULLY decadent & delish combo!

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The salty/sweet action in these cookies (I call them cookies after they’re dunked in chocolate!) is unbelievable. The Ritz crackers have a sprinkling of salt which is simply divine with the sweet white chocolate.

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I had about 35. They are addicting, poppable, mini and magnificent. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! :D

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Need some more last minute Christmas cookie/treat ideas?

2nd Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

Caramel-Filled Chocolate Cookies

Browned Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Double Chocolate Chunk & Butterscotch Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies

Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Chocolate Caramel Heath Cake Bar

Snickers Salad

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some buttons to sew back on…

Goodnight!

ps don’t forget to enter the Choose a Case of Chobani Giveaway! You have until Wednesday @ 5 to enter!

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Do you have a favorite Christmas or Holiday treat? One that you indulge in every year?

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Comments

  1. Angie 12.21.2010

    Those spring rolls look delicious. I’m definitely going to have to try them. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lauren 12.21.2010

    Wow, these cookies do sound dangerous. Sometimes, those little guys are the worst contenders. People may think they’re not doing any harm with such a little bite, but then end up eating an entire box without noticing. I’m definitely a victim but it’s oh so worth it.

  3. maryann 12.21.2010

    its really quite embarassing how many times I read the choco-caramel heath bar cake as “health” bar… a girl can dream, right?

  4. I adore the sweet and salty combo.

  5. My dad’s Christmas tree pancakes for sure. They’re ginourmous! Oh and my Grandma’s white chocolate candy filled with nuts and marshmallows. YUM!

  6. jen 12.21.2010

    Kristen, where do find spring roll wrappers in the DSM/WDSM area? I crave spring rolls SOOO BAD but cannot find the wrappers! Your “cookies” look delish!! :-)

  7. everything on this post looks delicious!

  8. I love spring rolls!! It isn’t necessarily a (sweet) “treat,” but my family’s Christmas wouldn’t be complete without lefse (and lutefisk)! Sadly I will miss out this year!

  9. Ha. I had a button pop off my pants in a restaurant bathroom one time. That was where I drew the line, too.

  10. Kristin from MN 12.21.2010

    Russian Tea Cakes, Oreo Truffles, and Sugar Cookies made by my son :)

  11. Kristen 12.21.2010

    Where do you get the rice wrappers? I don’t know if I’ve ever seen them before, but maybe I’ve just never noticed them.

  12. Dee 12.21.2010

    This post is TOTALLY being evernoted!

  13. kate.d 12.21.2010

    ah, so that’s how you double-boil. I tried making oreo balls last years and was supposed to double boil the chocolate to “coat” the balls. Well, the mixture was not so smooth and they ended up looking like poop balls…but still tasted great! haha.

  14. Sarah 12.21.2010

    Peanut butter chocolate delights are by far my favorite. Must be that salty sweet combo!

  15. Steph 12.21.2010

    I’m planning on dunking some peanut butter filled pretzels from T-Joe’s in almond bark for this weekend. Yum!!

  16. Jane 12.21.2010

    I love pretzels dipped in white almond bark, they are so good and also have the sweet/salty combo. They’re also good if you roll the pretzel rods in the almond bark, then sprinkle/roll over toffee bits, or peanut butter chips, yum!

    One good way to deal with the white choc chips seizing is to melt in smaller batches and that way you can coat your stuff easier, that is what I do with the pretzels. Love the site, have a great Christmas :)

  17. Christina 12.21.2010

    We make the same “cookie” at Christmas, except we use regular ritz. Spread peanut butter on a cracker, top with another cracker, and dip in white chocolate. AMAZING!!!

    • Machelle 12.21.2010

      My mother in law did it your way too but dipped in regular chocolate. One of my favorites for sure!!

  18. What a fun dinner and cookie! I am on Christmas Vacation too! Hooray!

  19. Machelle 12.21.2010

    My friend Penny makes THE BEST buckeyes (peanut butter balls) ever! They are extra smooth & creamy & feel wonderful in your mouth! Must be consumed with a big glass of super cold milk to wash em down! She only makes them at Christmas time & she always saves me a private stash….just for me!!!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 12.24.2010

      My Mom makes Buckeyes every year (she and my Dad are from Ohio) and they are OUTRAGEOUS! Love them!!

  20. Mimi 12.21.2010

    It’s actually a Christmas tradition for me to make those cookies (but with milk chocolate) with my grandma. Good memories AND good taste!

  21. Healthy Honey 12.22.2010

    I’m sure those cookies would be great with milk chocolate too…. mmmmmmm…. :)

  22. Hope 12.22.2010

    Those look so good! I reccently made Mexican Wedding Cookies and Puppy Chow. I can’t stop eating them! I need to stop asap but they are too darn yummy! :)

  23. Linda W 12.22.2010

    Take two regular size Ritz crackers, put peanut butter in the middle to make a sandwhich then dip your sandwhich into melted chocolate almond bark for a totally YUMMY cookie treat. It’s taken me all these years to realize that these are good in the summer too since they don’t require the use of the oven, duh! Yes, the chocolate melts but if you store them in the fridge….YUM!!!

    Why stop eating cookies now? I’ll do that Sunday. Well better make that next Sunday after the New Years Eve party!

  24. Valerie 12.22.2010

    Those look sinfully delicious, and dangerous! Great idea!

  25. Sara 12.22.2010

    OMG I totally know how you feel right now. Yesterday was my mom’s BD and she chose Waffle House for breakfast (it’s her favorite), pizza for lunch, then we had my grandma’s chocolate fudge cake. THEN I came home and baked FOUR different kinds of cookies for my dad to take to work, and of course I tried each kind. Needless to say, I woke up with a HUGE junk food hangover :-/ Whatever, tis the season!

  26. Dana 12.22.2010

    yum yum! thanks for the great ideas. They are very useful especially because of the season.

  27. Courtney F 12.22.2010

    I have been making the PB ritz pieces of heaven for years and they are one of my all time favorite treats!!

  28. Terin 12.22.2010

    Oreo truffles are my favorite holiday treat! They are sinful, but this is the only time of year that I eat them!

  29. Elyse 12.22.2010

    OMG I am totally trying those “cookies” out! They look so easy, and who would have thought ritz crackers and white chocolate! I had to cleam the drool off my keyboard from reading this post! hahaha I adore spring rolls too and your dipping sauce sounds fantastic! I love the peanut sauce they serve at pho places but I have never tried to make it myself at home. That will soon change :-D Happy Christmas break!

  30. Julie S. 12.22.2010

    Kristin, you are such a bad influence today! I was already making too many kinds of Xmas cookies (Fri. is our baking day). I’ve just added Ritz bits & white choc. chips to my grocery list. :)

  31. Carrie 12.22.2010

    My favorite Christmas treat is my mom’s Italian meatballs!! No one can make them quite like her! I really need to learn…

  32. A.J. 12.22.2010

    My favorite christmas treat is my mom’s sugar cookies with homemade frosting. YUM.

    This is totally unrelated to your post today, but I have a post request…. If you ever do find any cheap workout clothes that you don’t sweat through, please post on that!! I remember you were looking a few weeks back and would be interested to see if you found anything that works well, as I am also in the market for workout gear.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 12.24.2010

      omg I am seriously still on the look out. I bought a shirt from Kohls and it was crap… I’ll keep you posted though!

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