This Christmas season is making me crazy! With all the awesome Christmas boards on Pinterest, I somehow feel the need to make EVERYTHING I see! Am I the only one? I was looking at some boards the other day and there were lots of reindeer cupcakes and Santa hat snacks, and tons of gingerbread men cookies. Then it hit me, “What about the elves?!” The cute little guys that help Santa and make all the gift giving possible? There was nothing for them? Unacceptable.
That part makes me giddy. Just like these cookies.
I saw this peanut butter kiss cookie recipe on Ashleigh’s Kitchen blog and I thought it would be perfect for little tiny elf cookies. Her recipe makes 24 big cookies, so I halved the recipe and ended up with 86 elf cookies!
Peanut Butter Elf Cookies
adapted from Ashleigh’s Kitchen
1/2 C natural, creamy peanut butter
1/2 C sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
White and dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together the peanut butter and sugar until creamy. *In a small dish, beat the egg, then pour 1/2 of it in the peanut mixture. Discard the other 1/2.
Add the vanilla and stir to combine. The mixture will be slightly crumbly.
Form into tiny balls and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place a chocolate chip next to one ball to make sure the size is ok. They will only spread a little.
Bake for 4-5 minutes. They will be slightly golden.
The cookies are too small to place on a cooling rack, so after about one minute, pull the parchment paper off the baking sheet and place it on a cool counter top. Top each cookie with a chocolate chip or white chocolate chip. They will crack slightly.
The chocolate chips will be slightly melty. Place the cookies in the fridge so the chocolate will set back up.
I found little boxes at the dollar store to package these up as gifts.
These cookies would also make a fun treat for a cookie swap or a holiday party. It would also be a fun activity for kids to help with! We liked both types of cookie, but I think my favorite is with the white chocolate chips. The cookies themselves are not very sweet, so the sweet white chocolate with the peanut butter is a nice contrast.
Why should Santa get all the milk and cookies?