Elf Poop Cookies are peppermint flavoured and packed with sprinkles, chocolate, and of course, sugar! Despite the odd name, these are a delight to make with both the big and little kids in your life! After all, who doesn’t like to bake with sprinkles?
We grew up believing that the life of one of Santa’s Elves had to be the best life possible! They get to build and play with toys every day. They get to eat as many candy canes as they want, which is why these cookies taste like peppermint! Hey, Elf Poop Cookies are meant to be a little crass and a lot of fun! And, above all else, elves had Santa Claus as their best friend!
I swear, Dear Reader, I would be one of Santa’s Elves if it were a feasible and lucrative career option. I’m just not sure how my size 14 feet would look in those narrow pointy shoes!
Every single Christmas Eve without fail, we all change into our matching Christmas pajamas. I pile a plate full of snacks and grab a comfy spot on the couch. We watch the Elf movie first. That’s followed by either It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, or the original A Christmas Carol.
The Elf movie has been a tradition since McKenna was just a toddler. The movie was released the same year she was born! Even now that she’s almost 17, the tradition continues.
Christmas traditions are important. Whether you celebrate it with your family, your friends, or if it’s just you and your fur babies. I know a few people who like to celebrate Christmas Eve alone. They have traditions that they carry out by themselves because it’s important to them. What are your traditions? We have several and you can read all about them in our Annual Christmas Posts.
Maybe this year, I’ll make another batch of these Elf Poop Cookies and serve them warm from the oven as a part of our Christmas Eve spread!
MORE CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES!
Did you know that I’ve been posting a 24 Cookies of Christmas series for a few years now? There are over 100 Christmas cookie recipes that you can find right here at Lord Byron’s Kitchen! To make it easier to find, I have created a page for each series. Just click on the image below and you’ll find the full series for that volume all one page!
WANT TO MAKE SUBSTITUTIONS? READ THIS!
Baking is a science, Dear Reader. So, I’m afraid you don’t have many options when it comes to substitutions in this recipe. Ingredients like flour, baking soda and baking powder, butter, and eggs, have all been tested to get a proper looking and tasting cookie. If you change those measurements, the results won’t be the same.
Here are the few changes you can make. First, if you don’t care for peppermint, you can leave it out. Add either vanilla, almond, or coconut extract in its place. Although, I still stand by the notion that Elf Poop tastes like peppermint!
Secondly, you can leave the chocolate chips out, but if you do, we can’t be friends. Don’t increase the amount of chocolate chips or your cookie will be too heavy to rise in the oven.
Lastly, if you want to lower the amount of sugar in this cookie, you can. Just don’t lower it to less than 3/4 of a cup. If you do, the cookie will taste too salty and a little too much like baked flour – gross!
MORE CHRISTMAS CONFECTIONS!
In some cases, we want more than a cookie. That’s why I have two more Christmas-themed collections you might want to consider. The first, is my 12 Bundt Cakes of Christmas, and the second is my 12 Biscotti of Christmas. Click on the image below to see each collection all on one page with links to each recipe!
MY NAME IS LORD BYRON AND I’M A SPRINKLE-HOLIC!
I’m not trying to make light of Alcoholics Anonymous. But in truth, I do have a sprinkle problem, which I have openly discussed here at Lord Byron’s Kitchen before.
Let me start by saying that I am not paid or endorsed by Sweetopolita in any way. It is the best damn sprinkle product I’ve ever used. I order them online, but you can also find some of the collection at Winners, HomeSense, and Bulk Barn.
Sweetapolita is in Canada, and I’m not sure if they deliver to the United States. But, it looks like state-side, Fancy Sprinkles stocks very similar mixes and themes. I know that shopping for sprinkles online might seem a little over the top. But, I’ve never once pretended to shy away from pretty things!
STORING, PACKAGING, AND FREEZING
These cookies will stay fresh for about 3-5 days in a covered container and in a cool place. But, if you plan to freeze these cookies, use a food-safe container that can be frozen. You’ll want to ensure a very tight fitting lid too. (I use these quite often when freezing baked goods.) I like to place a sheet of plastic wrap over the top of the container before pushing the lid on. This helps to create a better seal. The goal is to keep all of that cookie freshness locked in!
You can freeze these cookies for up to three months. They will come out of the freezer looking just like they did when you put them in there. Once you thaw them, they will taste just as fresh as the day you first made them. When thawing, place the cookies onto a wire cooling rack in a single layer. Wait about 20 minutes or so and they will be perfectly thawed and ready to devour!
Let’s put all of our sprinkles and substitutions talk aside and bring this post to a close. I know the name is vulgar, but these Elf Poop Cookies are meant to be whimsical and fun. And, if we can’t put aside our differences and relax a little at Christmastime, then when can we!?
Get the kids to help you with these. If you don’t have kids, then borrow some from your siblings, your neighbours, or your workmates. They will thank you – trust me! And, good news, you get to give them back as soon as the cookies are done. Everyone wins!
Elf Poop Cookies
- 1¼ cup sugar
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons peppermint extract (can be substituted with vanilla extract)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 2½ cups all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup candy sprinkles
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs and beat into the mixture.
- Next, beat in the peppermint extract.
- Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. On low speed, beat the dry ingredients into the butter and egg mixture.
- Next, stir in 1/2 cup of the candy sprinkles and all of the mini chocolate chips.
- Use a small cookie scoop to portion the cookie dough into 1 1/2 tablespoon sized mounds. Gently roll the tops of the cookie dough mounds into the remaining sprinkles.
- Place onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for exactly 15 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling.