Peanut Butter Elf Cookies

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  • 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.

    Peanut Butter Elf Cookies
    In the honor of these cookies, Chris and I watched the movie Elf last night. One of my favorite parts of the movie is when Will Ferrell, aka Buddy the Elf, recites The Code of the Elves:
    1. Treat everyday like Christmas
    2. There’s room for everyone on the nice list
    3. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear

    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
    makes 86
    1/2 C natural, creamy peanut butter
    1/2 C sugar
    1/2 egg*
    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.

    These cookies are only about the size of a penny. Perfect for elves!

    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?

    • Deana@CountryMommaCooks

      These are so cute…my 5 year old will love pressing on the kisses….

    • Kiri W.

      I love how few ingredients are required, and that these are perfect bite-size gems. They look adorable!

    • Kim Bee

      These are so adorable. I love that you showed the size of them by the penny so people can actually figure out how big to make them. Great recipe. Love the box!

    • Nicole @ Keeping Up With The Kitchen Mom

      I love the cute box and huge jar of milk in the picture! Can’t have these without milk. I found you through Ashleigh’s blog, her and I started our blogs around the same time :) I’m excited to check out your blog! Looks like you have some amazing stuff.

    • Amalia

      These look so delicious! I could definitely eat 2 whole boxes :) And don’t worry, I want to make every recipe I see too…I have a billion bookmarked!

    • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

      These are so cute! My mom makes a larger version every Christmas and they are one of my faves!

    • Balvinder ( Neetu)

      They look wonderful! I would love to have one box of it.

    • ashleighskitchen

      Ah! I Love how you made these itty bitty! They are super cute! So glad you and your hubby liked them! I enjoyed your pictures, makes me want to make more! I love Elf, and have yet to watch it this year, I better get on that! :)

    • Ann

      They are SO adorable! They are teeny-tiny, too! I love the movie Elf….it kind of reminds us that sometimes it’s a good thing to let the child inside of us out to play!


      They’re so little and adorable and ahhh! I’d get myself into trouble big time with these because I’d eat about a million!

    • Tina

      Ha-I love the whole theme of this post, the elf code is definitely something we all should remember! Your cookies look like they could be a dangerous addiction around here-yum. Great post.

    • Jocelyn

      Oh I love how itty bitty they are!!! Of course then I would eat way more than I should:-) Such a cute idea for the elves:-)

    • Camilla ~ Caffay Way

      That is my favorite holiday movie for sure, and I’ve gotten my 8 year old daughter to thinks its a classic ha ha! I love all of the parts you outlined above, but another really funny line is “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup”

    • Elyse @The Cultural Dish

      Oh I like that you used the white chocolate too! So cute!

    • Lindsay

      i made these yesterday!! My dad took them to work at the ER today, huge hit! easy for docs, nurses, etc to pop in their mouth on the go!! so stinkin cute