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At Halloween I mentioned that the kids were huge fans of Blue’s Clues when they were little.  However, I’m not entirely sure that I expressed the FULL depths of that.

It was our “must see” TV and we knew ALL the songs.

We saw the live stage show, not once… but twice.

Blue's Clues Live

We owned the Thinking Chair…

Thinking Chair

… AND Side Table Drawer.

SideTable Drawer

Evan was convinced that even though they don’t sell those in stores, Santa could get one made in his workshop.  Kid logic is a dangerous thing.  Thankfully, Grandma (who has an “in” with Santa) helped deliver on his Christmas wish.

Blue's Clues

And somewhere along the way, Tess decided she wanted to make Snowball Cookies.

Snowball Cookie Recipe

The “recipe” was in one of our holiday Blue’s Clues books.


Although it didn’t come from a regular cookbook, over time these treats have become a Christmas tradition.

The cookies are super easy to make and fun to do with young kiddos.  For those interested in the adult (non-cartoon) version of the recipe, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of crushed pecans (walnuts, we discovered, work too)
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 4 tbsp of sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • Sprinkles and powdered sugar for decorating

Mix everything together in a bowl until a dough forms.

Mix Ingredients

Roll dough into balls.  I’m not sure of the exact size since the recipe comes from such an unconventional source, but we make them about bite size.  Then place them onto a greased cookie sheet.

Make Snowballs

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Once they are cool enough to handle, roll them in powdered sugar and add sprinkles.


We get about three dozen highly addictive cookies that don’t stick around our home for long.  They are crumbly little nuggets, but they’re delicious.


Is there any special holiday baking that you are doing? Do you have “must make” goodies that you whip up each year? Where is the most unexpected place you have found a favorite family recipe?