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Day 12: Reindeer Chow

December 24, 2017 by Nicole Collins

Guys…we made it to Day 12 in our 12 DAYS OF COOKIES!!!

I can’t believe this is the last one? It’s been so much fun!

I hope you guys didn’t gain too much weight the past few days. But, if you did, it was totally worth it. And there’s always that pesky New Year’s resolution right around the corner.

We had Junk Food Cookies yesterday to help keep Santa’s belly nice and jiggly, but today’s cookie is for Rudolph and the Gang.

Day 12: Reindeer Chow!

These little nuggets may not be the prettiest, but they might just be my favorite of all of the cookies we’ve had over the past 2ish weeks.

We start with the same type of peanut butter/chocolate mix that you’d use to make traditional muddy buddies or puppy chow.

But instead of coating cereal with it, we’re coating chow mein noodles and cashews! We’ve pretty much had all of the salty sweet combos out there these past few days. How could we deprive the reindeer of the same?

So, we’re not.

The chow mein noodles keep their crunch which is part of what makes these so fun. And the cashews add a little touch of salt.

Plus, it’s as simple as melt, toss, drop, dry, done.

Don’t forget to leave these out for the hardworking fellas that make sure Santa gets safely around the world in one night.

And, here’s a recap of the past cookie recipes:

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you and your loved ones!!

Let’s eat!


Reindeer Chow

Serves: 30 cookies Print


  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

  • ½ cup peanut butter

  • ½ stick (4 tbsp) butter

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 2 cups chow mein noodles

  • 1 cup cashew halves, lightly salted


  1. Add chow mein noodles to a mixing bowl. Use your hands to break the noodles down to smaller pieces (about 2 or 3 squeezes in your hands). Add cashews, and mix to combine.

  2. In a large microwave safe bowl, add chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir to combine. Place back in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add in vanilla, and stir til combined and smooth.

  3. Add noodle/nut mix to the chocolate mix. Stir to combine until all everything is evenly coated. On a wax paper lined tray or table, drop in to about 1- 1 ½ tbsp mounds. Allow to dry completely (about 2 hours) before storing in an airtight container.

Recipe notes:

*The chow mein pieces can be kinda of big some we just want to break them down a little bit when we squeeze them in our hands. We certainly don't want crumbs. We're aiming to just break the noodles roughly in half.

*If you want to go all in with the puppy chow theme, you could lightly dust these with powdered sugar on the top...mmm!

*The clusters will hold themselves together after they dry, so we have to make sure they have enough time to dry and harden completely.

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