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12 Days of Christmas Cookies 9 & 10: Go Nuts! Almond Toffee Bars and Cranberry Walnut Squares
December 15, 2020
Dear Cookie Elf reader,

Welcome back to The Cookie Elf File! It’s that time of year when we send you cookie recipes, cookie trivia and simple baking tips to give you easy ways to bake 12 days of Christmas cookies.

This year, we’re sending you two recipes in each email to cut down on the mail in your inbox. Bookmark or pin these recipes so you can use them in your holiday baking.

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 9: Almond Toffee Bar Cookies - Easy “Back-of-the-Bag” Recipe

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Almond Toffee Bar Cookies are an absolutely luscious layer bar cookie – one that looks incredibly elegant but is super easy to make, with just 7 ingredients.

You can find cookie recipe jewels like this one if you carefully study product packaging.

If you know where to find them, these “Back of the Bag” or “Back of the Box” recipes let you score big. They are created for specific products by manufacturers.

For instance, confectionary giant Hershey’s developed this recipe, sometimes known as Chewy Toffee Almond Bars (or other almond-toffee names) as a vehicle for its popular Heath Bits O’ Brickle Toffee Bits.

Here’s a secret: you can use any kind of toffee in this recipe – even homemade. Simply chop it first to allow you to melt it evenly.

Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Bake time: 30-35 minutes, divided
Makes about 35 bars

Almond Toffee Bar Cookies… and check out more Bar Cookies on our Pinterest board.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 10: Cranberry Walnut Squares - Easier Than Pie!

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Cranberry Walnut Squares combine cranberries, walnuts, and a sweet syrup filling over a cookie crust.

Can you say "better than pie"? Plus they are easier to make because you needn’t roll out a pie crust.

And you can cut them in smaller bites than a slice of pie.

That means you can eat more of them.

Seriously ... these bars are a great way to use up fresh cranberries when you have leftovers.

But you can use chopped dried cranberries, too. Which means you can make these all year long.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 45-55 minutes, divided
Makes about 60 squares

Get the full recipe for Cranberry Walnut Squares … and check out more Bar Cookies on our Pinterest board.

The Un-Santa Book: Plan Now for a Meaningful Christmas

The Un-Santa Book is packed with ideas for celebrating the Christmas season in fun ways that teach about the gift of God's Son.

It's filled with fun, meaningful Christmas activities for your kids, homeschool group, class, or event - with reproducibles!

You can even use the book to host a complete festival or sponsor a unique holiday event or simply doing Christmas crafts with kids during this special time of year.

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Cookie Baking Tip: Why Back-of-the-Bag Recipes Are So Good

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That’s it for now. See you next time!

Happy baking,

Kathy, The Cookie Elf

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