Di's 3rd Annual Virtual Cookie Exchange
It's so hard to believe that it is that time of year again when we are busy doing holiday shopping and there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. Normally, I would be a little bit more organized and have a plan of what cookies that I plan on baking for Christmas, but this year it seems I'm farther behind than ever and Di's virtual cookie exchange kind of snuck up on me. What immediately came to mind when I first received her e-mail were the no bake cookies my mom used to make for her Christmas drop-ins. They saved her a lot of time and freed the oven for other cookies and desserts. And they were always a family favorite. Mom used to make chocolate haystacks and butterscotch haystacks, but because I love chocolate and peanut butter so much, I decided that this year I would use both in mom's haystack recipe.
They couldn't be simpler to make. You melt 1/2 cup of chocolate morsels and 1/2 cup of peanut butter chips in a double boiler (You can also do this in a microwave). Mix in 2 cups of chow mein noodles. Drop the mixture by tablespoons onto waxed paper. Sprinkle them with chopped roasted peanuts and let them set. That's it!
The result is a chocolate peanut butter crunchy cookie that is good enough for Santa himself. Thank you to Di for organizing her annual cookie exchange so that we can share some of our favorite cookie recipes. We may not be able to exchange them in person and come home with a plate of assorted cookies and recipes, but this is the next best thing. Visit Di at Di's Kitchen Notebook for the links to the other cookies in the exchange.