THE BEST Christmas Cookie Recipe

For those of you who have been following our blog and read my many entries about healthy eating, know that I’m all about things that taste great and are good for you. But, I have one BIG weakness…holiday cookies. Not all cookies, but there are about four family recipes I grew up on…and if you put these in front of me, we’re done!

I still say, eat healthy and find balance around the holidays—but sometimes it’s ok to sneak in a cookie (or two, or three!) One of my absolute favorite ‘cookies’ is a SIMPLE and quick bake called Christmas Bark. Not like the other holiday bark recipes that you’ve probably heard of that take tons of work to make…nope, this is simple, fast and easy; and as a new mom, that’s about all I have time for this Christmas. So if you’ve seen me sign up to bring cookies to a party, there’s a pretty good chance these are going to be them as they whip up in a jiffy!

So what’s the secret—Saltine Crackers! Don’t judge it until you try it…and trust me, you won’t regret it (nor will your guests, if any actually make it to their house!)

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Sweet & Salty Holiday Bark

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup butter (real butter, not margarine or Crisco)

1 tsp. vanilla

Saltine Crackers

12 oz bag of chocolate chips

Line a cookie sheet with foil. Line with saltine crackers, salted side up. Boil butter and sugar for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Spread over crackers. Bake at 375 for 8 minutes.

Remove from oven and spread chocolate chips across top of crackers. Return to oven for 1 minute to melt. Remove and spread chocolate chips evenly over crackers. When cool, refrigerate to set chocolate. Score and break apart.

I always like to serve on a cute Christmas plate and try to keep them cool as long as possible (I store them in the fridge too.) They will not last for long though if you like a sweet and salty cookie treat!