The “Un-Christmas” Christmas cookie

*originally published December 6, 2011.

Years of Christmas baking has taught me one thing: make what they eat.

There’s no point spending the money .. and the time .. to bake something pretty if no one’s eating it up.

So, every year, I make what my boys (hubbs included) call, the “Un-Christmas” Christmas cookie:  Chocolate chip-butterscotch chip-macadamia nut cookies (otherwise known as “Mondo” cookies).

There’s no jam, ginger or molasses in sight.

These are the ones my guys go back to time and again and that’s why I bother.  Plus, I rarely make this treat the rest of the year so, in our house, they’ve become a “Christmas” cookie in their own right.

Here’s the recipe for MJ’s Mondo Cookies:

  • 3/4 sticks of Crisco Butter flavored shortening  (no substitutions) (1 1/2)
  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar (2 1/2)
  • 2 tablespoons of milk (4)
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla (2)
  • 1 large egg (2)
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour (3 1/2)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (2)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda (1 1/2)
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips (2)
  • 1 cup of butterscotch chips (2)
  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts (2)

(The numbers in brackets are the quantities if you wish to double the recipe; I usually do).

Who says I’m not a Christmas cookie?


Pre-Heat oven to 375 F.

Using an electric mixer, beat shortening, brown sugar, milk, vanilla and egg until light and fluffy.

Add salt and baking soda, mix in well. Stir in flour slowly until blended then stir in chips and nuts. Stir well until all ingredients are blended, especially any remaining flour. *The dough may feel a bit stiff, just take your time and work in the flour.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2-inches apart onto cookie sheets (a single batch makes about 2 cookie sheets full; double batch makes 4).  Bake 12 min. (I usually cook these 6 min per pan then switch pan locations and cook another 6 min).  Set pans and cookies on top of stove for 2-3 minutes before removing cookies from cookie sheet.  Transfer to cooling rack and enjoy!

Recipe makes 3-6 dozen cookies. These freeze well and travel beautifully, rarely falling apart in shipping.   The best part?  Santa loves ’em!

Hubbs’ idea of heaven ..

There’s one more treat I’ll make for my chocolate-loving fiends and that’s some Chocolate covered peanut clusters.

"I could quit smoking before I could quit eating these" - Mr Hubbs

“I could quit smoking before I could quit eating these” –  Hubbs

Yep – like last year – I have decided to stop watering the weeds.

* * *

How have your Christmas traditions evolved over the years? What’s your family’s “must have” Holiday treat?



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18 thoughts on “The “Un-Christmas” Christmas cookie

  1. I have never made cookies with macadamia nuts, but I sure do love them. I have to make these soon to stuff the snowman cookie jar. Doubling the recipe is smart and a time saver.

    A friend from school brought these. If I don’t make them, daughters do. You need a box of vanilla wafers. Sandwich two at a time with peanut butter in between. Dip in melted sweet or dark chocolate or white chocolate. Place on waxed paper to cool. They’re wonderful like homemade Reese’s pieces.

    • the Mac nuts are often on sale at this time of year, which helps, but you can also use pecans or walnuts – any are good.

      Those cookies sound divine!! MJ

  2. I’ll take two dozen mondos, MJ. The checks in the mail.
    Mucho thanko!!


  3. You are one smart cookie (I couldn’t resist). I stopped making cookies from the magazines. My husband only eats chocolate chip so that’s what I make along with a few Austrian ones just for my brother and me. Your recipe is a take on the chocolate chip with a few added treasures!

    • ha ha! I still love the old favorites like Mom used to make but the kids don’t have the same connection to them that I do — and I don’t need to eat 3 dozen butter tarts or a pound of shortbread cookies. So I make what they eat and they’re all soon gone ~ everyone’s happy 🙂 MJ

  4. Yum…love macademia nut cookies! And Georgette’s recipe sounds good, too!

  5. I used to make pressed cookies (loved the cookie shooter), and other holiday varieties. One year, hubby asked why I didn’t just make oatmeal, chocolate chip, or fruit cocktail cookies. That was the end of “Christmas” cookies.

    • I, too, loved the pressed cookies – so pretty and delicate! I’m a little sad that the “Christmas” cookies have gone by the wayside but I don’t miss all that work – I used to make dozens of different varieties – insanity! MJ

  6. I’ll definitely try the Mondo cookies. They sound amazing! Your recipes are always as good as you promise they’ll be!

    BTW, I made the creamed corn you recommended for Thanksgiving. I’ve been informed it will be a requirement at all future Thanksgiving meals in our family. Thanks!

    My daughter and I make Christmas cookies every year, but we’ve scaled back to the absolute favorites and easy varieties. Our fave is a sugar cookie recipe that has been in Mark’s family for years. They are SO buttery, they melt in your mouth. We roll them and make cutouts which Kacey always frosts. They’re a big hit around here.

    • Definitely try them – they are easy to make, freeze well and travel beautifully 🙂

      So glad you loved Leah’s creamed corn recipe – it’s the bomb! Rich and hearty but oh so good.

      I would love to try a good sugar cookie recipe if you’re able to share it – Hubbs loves a nice frosted cookie, too. come to think of it, he loves MOST cookies 😀 MJ

  7. I don’t NEED this. I WANT this. (many)

    • ((smile)) guaranteed you will love them – give them a try, they’re easy to make and have “normal” ingredients. No trip to fancy cooking stores needed – just delish! MJ

  8. I love your cookie recipe! And even more, your post on watering the weeds. I’m trying to work through a lot of life issues this year, and this is a good reminder to do what is right for me. Haven’t sent Christmas cards in four years, and doesn’t look like this will be any different. Sometimes life changes, and you just don’t go back to the old ways. That can be a good thing! Thanks for sharing, and of the encouragement to do what’s right for me, for now! ~ Sheila

    • Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do 🙂

      Those cookies are amazing and I’ll be making some for hubbs later today.
      I wrote a few cards out yesterday & I hadn’t sent many in too many years, either. I felt inspired so I did it. And if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have – and that’s it 🙂 MJ

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