The Holiday Cookie Jar: A Sprinky Dink Bakes (& Sprinkles)

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Life | 57 comments

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This weekend I baked.

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Cream cheese cookie dough


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Chocolate dipped cream cheese cookies decked out for a Chanukah party.

 I remember my  mom making Cream Cheese Leaves for me to bring to a Girl Scout meeting way back when.  She dipped them in semi-sweet chocolate and then  nestled them in a wax paper lined coffee can.

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This is my mom’s recipe.


I think they are now her official Christmas cookie.  My mom says she called them Cream Cheese Leaves because of the way the dough rolled off the spoons when she first made them.  She pinched each and every one to make them look more leaf like.

My mom has great patience when baking.

Sometimes I do.  But not this weekend. I used my handy-dandy cookie scoop to make precise dough balls.

Besides I was too occupied being a moving target.


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My apron.   

And I wasn’t stopping at my mom’s cookies.  I needed to try some new ideas for a cookie exchange party.

Next up, Compost Cookies!


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Makes great dirt–not cookies. 

These cookies have a funny name, but they are super easy.  You start with your favorite chocolate chip cookie dough recipe.  It can be vegan, gluten-free, whole grain–whatever you like . . .


It doesn’t have to be homemade.  This works too–just let it soften at room temperature first.


Then mix and match 1 cup of your favorite add ins:


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Candy bars, nuts, cereal, butterscotch chips, dried fruit, pretzels–whatever you want.  Even leftover cookies, although that seems a tad cannibalistic.

Then drop and bake according to your recipe.


easy to make compost cookie


Up next, A Sprinkle of Fortune Cookie.

You take a basic sugar cookie dough (again, your tried and true favorite) and add in some freshly grated orange zest.  After baking and cooling, dip them in melted white chocolate.

Then you can sprinkle crushed fortune cookies and colored sugar on top.


sugar cookie exchange idea

If you like extra sprinkles, then you’re a SPRINKY DINK, according to Urban Dictionary.


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What is your favorite cookie?  Are you a Sprinky Dink?

And to all those celebrating this week, warm wishes for a Happy Chanukah!




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  1. Great post! I LOVE the cream cheese cookies! Best part of the holidays!!!!

  2. Okay, now I must go and hunt down a cookie … for breakfast! Thankfully, my daughter made me gluten-free chocolate chip cookies this weekend — with some chocolate icing to go on top just for fun! I love those fortune cookie cookies … and yes, I am a “sprinky dink.”

  3. I admit it – I’m totally drooling! :) All your cookies look SO good! You’ve put me in the mood to bake… except I have about a billion other things I have to do today… but SOON! :) Oh, and I love toffee cookies, but for holidays, ginger or sugar :)

    • I know, it does take time–even using shortcuts. But it was fun to turn on the music and just hang out in the kitchen. :) I’m a toffee fan too Susanna!

  4. Cream cheese leaves look yummy! I couldn’t help thinking how exciting it must have been for your mom to write that recipe with the microwave directions. Seems like my old recipes say “in a double boiler” with a line that says “or you can ‘microwave’ it”

    • It was just a couple of years ago that she made the printouts for us. So yeah, I imagine she used a double boiler way back when! :)

  5. Oh my goodness what a great idea. the only cookies I bake that the kids eat are the premade ones like that tube, so it’s a great idea to shove other things into it. Nice one, Coleen!

    • As much as I love homemade dough and the ability to tweak it the way I want, sometimes the store bought just has to happen–especially when you just want to have fun!

  6. Cream cheese cookies?! I had not heard of these. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I must give these a try.
    Although my older daughter moved into her own home this summer, she came over to start her Christmas baking yesterday. (The temperature in her oven is “off”) She made lots of rich chocolate cookies with melted Andes candies on top. Yummmmm. I was glad for her company AND that I got to smell them baking all afternoon.
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    • Yes! The house smell is definitely a bonus. And cookies with Andes? Sounds yum!!

  7. Mmmmm…..I’m hungry- and I just ate lunch! These make me think about what my grandpa used to say as he grabbed a cookie; “better take two, they might get stale..” LOL as if!
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  8. Great post! Love the cookie recipes! I will let you know how they turn out!

  9. Your post brought back memories of Christmases past when the women in our family joined forces and cooked and baked in preparation for the holiday dinner. The first cookies to go were crescents made with an almond dough and filled with apricot filling. The raisin walnut filled ones were carried home to last until New Years.

    • I love cookies made with an almond dough. That sounds like a great memory! Thanks Tom.

  10. Yum! Thanks for the recipe.

    I made shortbread, butter tarts, and chocolate gooey butter cookies. They were all amazing! I love baking this time of year. It wouldn’t be season without it!

    • I agree–baking is a big part of the season for me too. All the cookies you made sound super yum—love a cookie with gooey in its title. :)

  11. I am hoping some of those arrive at my house Saturday night!!!

  12. It’s been so long since I had a REAL cookie (I have no cookie baking patience), that I can’t even remember what it was like! But those compost ones with the chocolate look divine! :)

    • Hmm, I guess sending cookies to Australia from the US would be ridiculous, right? :)

  13. You had me craving cookies all day. I thought I had better stop by and tell you about it. I managed to make a few “cowboy cookies” from a mix a friend gave me for Christmas. Happy Chanuka!
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    • Awesome Stacy!! Thanks for letting me know. Hope they’re yum!

  14. A Spinky Dink? Really? Spinky Dink?

    I’m definitely a Spinky Dink. I don’t have time to decorate the cookies. Besides my husband eats them too fast to even bother with decorations.

    I love your suggestions though. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll try my hand at Spinky Dinking! That sounds so dirty.

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    • Sprinky dink. I first heard someone say it on a Food Network show, but she was saying it like, “Now put a sprinky dink of this on this.” But then I looked it up and saw it’s a person. But yeah, drop the “r” and somehow it sounds dirty. :)

      • Oh – you see – my bad eyes automatically dropped the “r.” I guess that’s why it sounded so goofy. It makes more sense with the “r” in there. Duh.

        And I left out a word (I can see that now) I am definitely NOT (it should have said not) a Spinky (or Sprinky) Dink. Funny how one little letter can change everything!


        • That’s ok Patricia. All day yesterday I kept replacing their with they’re and your with you’re. My brain was on strike, apparently. :)

  15. I haven’t done any holiday baking for a couple of years now. I think it’s time to break that nasty trend. Like now. Because my mouth is watering. These look delicious, Coleen! :)

  16. Sounds like a cute name for a story book – Spinky Dink. Beautiful photos of your cookies. I think like the cream cheese cookies the best. I used to bake a lot cookies, make white chocolate peppermint bark, and large gingerbread houses. But, those days are over. Now I enjoy other people’s creations — like yours.

    • I love gingerbread houses! I’ve only made one once, with my kids. So much fun, but lots of work. :)

  17. You have amazing timing. I just bought all the makings for cookies. I may have to try one or two of these. They look soo tasty. And photograph so nicely. Yum, yum, yum.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  18. Thanks for the compost cookie idea. I’m going to try that and will add orange zest (or lemon zest) to my sister Kathy’s excellent sugar cookie recipe. She and I are fools for citrus flavor.

    Your cream cheese cookies are beautiful with their blue sprinkles.

  19. OMG…where do you live??? I am on my way!!!

    Those all look soooo amazing!!! I may have to take up baking…
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    • I am a thousand miles south of you, but I know what to bring if I’m ever up in your area! Thanks Natalie!

  20. I love this post Coleen and you have inspired me to try something new this year…

  21. Woah. Yum. Need cookies NOW! :) Great post, Coleen, scrumptious for the eyes and (soon), my belly.

    Hope you’re having a fabulous holiday week!
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  22. Love your cookie creativity! Especially sprinkling in the fortune cookie crumbs. And the cream cheese cookies look yummie! my fav is five alive balls. ;)

  23. Yummmmmmm. This post mad me so hungry! They all look delicious! I’m no sprinky dink, I actually don’t like sprinkles at all. I usually just make sugar cookies for Christmas but this makes me want to try some new recipes!
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  24. YUM! Know what I love about these recipes? They look delicious and oh, so simple. I think I’d be considered a sprinky dink. The more sprinkles, the better! I’m going to try your mom’s recipe next week when my daughter and I do our holiday baking. Thanks for the cool ideas!

    • Yes, simple is key for me. Sometimes I get BIG, complicated ideas and I end up not having fun. Fun is why I do it–and getting to eat something yummy of course. :)

  25. We’re planning Christmas cookie baking this coming Sunday, which is my sister’s birthday. I’ll bring the kids to my mom’s house, my sister will come over, and we’ll spend the day baking and listening to Christmas music. It’s a huge tradition that I love!

    I make sugar cookies with lemon zest. I’ll have to try the orange zest. That sounds divine!

  26. Oh my goodness, these are look REALLY good. I kind of want to stop by your house on the way to work. Compost cookies, in particular, look like they’d make a really good breakfast.
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    • Yes, all that chunkiness makes them breakfast ready, but I think you will be a little late for work . . . ;)

  27. COLEEN!!! omg, my mouth is SO watering right now! These cookies look FANTASTIC!!! I think I might like the compost ones the best, but mmmm…. those cream cheese cookies look AMAZING. :d

    Thanks for the wonderful recipes! Have a super Merry Christmas! <3

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