Introducing the 12 Days of Christmas✨

This week, someone made a comment about me being super on the ball. I simply replied, “It’s the holidays. I slay 11 months out of the year, but in December – I’m in SLEIGH mode.”

I’m pretty jolly 365 days of the year, but when the holidays roll around, there is nothing stopping me from baking up a storm, shopping till I drop (then drinking another starbucks latte and getting back up again), sending out 50+ holiday cards, and of course – creating plenty of festive content for the blog.

This year, following what was arguably the biggest year for this blog – Santa, did I mention I was incredibly good this year AND rebranded AND launched an online shop? – I thought it was only appropriate to go big or go home this Christmas.

Which is why, I’m thrilled to tell you a bit more about this year’s 12 Days of Christmas here on East Coast Mermaid in the video below! 👇🏻

✨12 Days Of Christmas✨ from Crystal on Vimeo.

And now – here is Day 1 of the 12 Days of Christmas! 

When it comes to the holidays, I’m a total creature of habit. Traditions are important. Having a holiday wrapping paper theme is important. Baking each and every one of the holiday essentials is important.

This year, I’m trying to live a little on the edge and try some new things, which means new holiday recipes.

Here’s a ridiculously cute one I played with that was a hit with everyone that tried one!

Rudolph Cookies

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted Butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Red M&M’s for the noses
  • Chocolate Chips for the eyes (I used semi sweet milk chocolate)
  • Pretzel Pieces for the antlers (bring your patience for snapping these into perfect antlers)

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To get started, preheat your oven to 375℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Next, in a large bowl, mix together your butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Slow speed to medium and add your egg + vanilla extract.

In a smaller bowl, whisk together your flour + baking powder + salt for about 20 seconds.

Toss that mixture into your creamy mixture and stir together. Make sure everything is nicely combined with no flour clumps remaining.

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Next, it’s to roll your cookies. Create small balls, like the size of a peanut butter ball, and add to your lined cookie sheet. Make sure they’re about 2″ apart. Push the balls down to slightly flatten them.

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Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are slightly golden.

Remove from the oven and immediately add your eyes (chocolate chips), nose (M&Ms) and antlers (pretzels). It helps if you have broken your pretzels into antlers earlier.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then add to a cooling rack.

And now the most important step – ENJOY! Take these cute treats to your holiday party, office, or home to family and watch the smiles fill the room.

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What’s your favorite holiday recipe?

Disclaimer: This recipe was found on Yummly and credit goes to White on Rice Couple.

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