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

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This weekend I baked.

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Cream cheese cookie dough



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.


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!


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:


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.



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.


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



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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58 thoughts on “The Holiday Cookie Jar: A Sprinky Dink Bakes (& Sprinkles)

  1. 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.”


  2. 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 🙂


  3. 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”


  4. 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!


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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!


  8. 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!


  9. 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.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt


    1. 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. 🙂


      1. 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!



  10. 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.


  11. 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!


  12. 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.


  13. 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!


  14. 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!


  15. 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!


  16. 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.


  17. 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! ❤


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