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These festive cookies are a Christmasy twist on a favorite family recipe. They are no-bake and sure to put a smile on your face!

no bake christmas tree cookie made from chow mein noodles and candy

    Ho ho ho! I just love having plenty of cookies around during the holidays. I tend to bring a tray everywhere we go during the weeks leading up to Christmas. That is a lot of places, so I get to make a lot of cookies.

     Every year I make sugar cookies and gingerbread men. There need to be fudge covered crescent cookies and kolacky as well. Perhaps some chocolate covered cherry snowballs to help round things out.

close up of no bake green Christmas tree cookie.

     But each year I like to try a few new things as well.  The peppermint mocha shortbread cookies and big and chewy chocolate mint chip cookies were both big hits on early seasonal trays. But I wanted something completely different!

     There had been some chatter on Facebook about no bake Christmas cookies.  Of course the peanut butter oatmeal no bake cookies are always fun and so are their chocolate cousins, but neither are particularly seasonal. So I put on my thinking cap and started rummaging through my pantry for ideas.

     I had a couple bags of those crispy chow mein noodles hanging around. That’s when it hit me!

   My family loves the chow mein mests so much that they are an annual first day of spring tradition. They would likely stage a mutiny if we didn’t make any!

plate with several Christmas tree cookies ready to eat.

Why not make them into trees for Christmas? 

Indeed, why not? (So of course I did!)

    It’s the same basic recipe we’ve used all of these years, but with some green food coloring mixed in. It’s totally not necessary, but the chocolate dipped trunks were delicious.

child's hand decorating no bake Christmas tree cookies.

    A few mini candy coated chocolates or fun sprinkles for ornaments and they were all decked out for the holidays. As I expected, Little Dude had fun decorating them and my family went nuts for them.

    So if you are looking for a quick and easy treat that is still festive and fun this holiday season, definitely consider these. My guess is they are going to be a requirement at our house from here on out!

Yield: 24 Servings

No Bake Christmas Tree Cookies

close up of no bake green Christmas tree cookie.

These festive cookies are a Christmasy twist on a favorite family recipe. They are no-bake and sure to put a smile on your face!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 6 cups mini marshmallows
  • green food coloring or gel
  • 12 oz bag chow mein noodles
  • Optional: Chocolate for dipping stems, candies and sprinkles for decorating

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over the stove, or a large microwave safe bowl, melt together the butter and peanut butter.
  2. Add the marshmallows and cook until just melted. Stirring until the mixture is smooth. Tint to the desired shade of green with food coloring and stir in the chow mein noodles.
  3. Grease your fingers and working quickly, form lumps of the chow mein mixture into tree shapes on wax paper. Decorate with candies and sprinkles. Allow to set until firm.
  4. If desired dip trunks in chocolate or spread with a bit of melted chocolate.
  5. Once set, store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 214mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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In a large pot over the stove, or a large microwave safe bowl, melt together the butter and peanut butter. Add the marshmallows and cook until just melted. Stirring until the mixture is smooth. Tint to the desired shade of green with food coloring and stir in the chow mein noodles. Grease your fingers and working quickly, form lumps of the chow mein mixture into tree shapes on wax paper. Decorate with candies and sprinkles. Allow to set until firm. If desired dip trunks in chocolate or spread with a bit of melted chocolate. Once set, store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

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