Santa’s Cookies & Elf Donuts

This recipe comes from my cousin’s husband, Dave. They are soooo mouth-watering, good. I think we have had the recipe for about four months and have made it at least six times. Every time someone eats one they immediately ask for the recipe. So I figured “Santa” would really enjoy this midnight snack 🙂 

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Note: We doubled this recipe to make close to 50 cookies for all our Christmas parties!

Dave’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies


1 3/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons milk

1 bag of miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (24)


Preheat oven to 375ºF.

Stir together flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

In a mixer cream together butter, sugar, peanut butter, and brown sugar until fluffy.

Beat egg, vanilla and milk together in a small bowl and add to peanut butter mixture.

Pour flour mixture over everything and mix well.

Shape cookie mixture into balls. (I actually skip this part because I use my handy, dandy Pampered Chef Medium Scoop which makes the PERFECT size to fit into the mini-cupcake pan!)

Place in an ungreased mini-cupcake pan.

Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes. (Note: My mom’s oven actually takes 8 minutes, mine takes about 12 minutes. You do not want the cookies to start turning golden brown. Then they will be over-done. They will cool in the pan so they will still have a chance to “bake” a bit more).

While cookies are baking, unwrap Reese’s Cups.

Immediately press Reese’s cups into the hot cookie and let cool in the pan.

All ready for “Santa” to enjoy!

We couldn’t forget about Limey & Lolly (read about them here).

So we made them some little donuts to enjoy.

I took Cheerios and uses a toothpick to dip them into melted chocolate. Then covered with Christmas sprinkles and placed in an Altoids Tin. (Got this idea from here.)

On Christmas Eve Kenley set out the treats for Limey, Lolly and Santa!

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3 Responses to Santa’s Cookies & Elf Donuts

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  2. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! These are the best cookies in the world! I finally have the recipe….muuhahhaha (evil laugh)! I first had these when your mom made them for something….can’t remember what, but they changed my life…they are soooooo good.

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