Holiday Baking – Skillet Cookies

This holiday season, I’m working hard on trying to have more holiday spirit. In the past, I’ve been sort of a notorious Scrooge. One of the things I associate with the holidays is a day or weekend of holiday baking – Christmas cookies, fudge, divinity and Chex Mix are the staple goodies I think of when I think of holiday treats.

While I’m not very handy in the kitchen, I am okay at desserts. I have no idea why, but I can manage cookies and the like. I’ve never tried to make fudge. My mom and aunts are always lamenting fudge gone wrong. In spite of that, I may be brave and ask my 14-year old cousin, Madeleine, to teach me how she makes her amazing peanut butter fudge. If a teenager can master the art of holiday baking, surely I can!

One of my favorite holiday treats are my Aunt Jean’s Skillet Cookies. Since we are planning to spend the holidays with my husband’s family this year (we did Thanksgiving with my family), I don’t think I’ll get any of her cookies. Instead, I’m going to make some for us to enjoy and to share with friends and family as gifts!

Here is her recipe, shared with her permission. One note. I’m one of those people that HATE nuts in food. I really despise them. I had no idea that this contained pecans until I read this recipe, tonight. I still love them, but be careful if you have an allergy.

Aunt Jean’s Skillet Cookies




  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 stick soft butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 C pecans
  • 1 C chopped dates (usually come in 8 oz box in dried fruit section near the raisins)
  • 2 C Rice Krispies
  • Flaked coconut (I pour a small bag of sweetened flaked coconut in a shallow pan)


Mix sugar, butter, egg, pecans and dates in large skillet over low heat.

When butter is melted & everything is well mixed turn up heat to medium high.

Stir constantly and once it reaches a bubbly boil cook 3 minutes.

Remove from burner.

Add 2 cups Rice Krispies and mix until they are coated.

Form into balls & coat with coconut.

Since the mixture is so hot I usually drop rounded teaspoons of the mixture into the coconut and coat it.

Then roll it into a ball.

Serve and enjoy!

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Do you do a lot of holiday baking? What are your favorite or traditional items?

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