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snickerdoodles with gingerbread oreos inside and on christmas plate

Let’s talk about Elf on the Shelf, shall we?

Do you have an elf? We do. His name is France, and he shows up about the time the Christmas decorations do. Since we were gone over Thanksgiving, we will be decorating next weekend, thus saving me from an extra week of trying to beat Jordan downstairs in the morning to throw France to his new location without her seeing me.

Because really. After a long day and a glass of wine, moving France from the Barbie car to his new home on top the curtains or making a mess in cornstarch is the last thing on my mind.

Let me give you a tip if you have never had an elf before and this is your first year: take it slow, don’t over promise. One year, France left Jordan a note encouraging that she use the Christmas stocking mail to become his pen pal. This led me to become the worst mom everrrrr because, wouldn’t you know it, France always forgot to type his note in the evening before he turned off his computer. Weeks would go by without mail delivery, my daughter thinking that France (a) hated her or that (b) Santa thought she should get coal in her stocking.

So yeah, don’t do more than you have to. #wordstoliveby

And, while we’re on the topic of the elf, I’m a little upset with Target. They sell the Elf on the Shelf there now, I’m sure you’ve seen it. Because they place it on an end cap (this year, by the registers) IN FULL VIEW OF MY KID. So now, going to the store is like a Mission Impossible movie: avoid the elf at all costs. Because really. Did Target even read the book? The elf comes from Santa, NOT mass retailers.

“Oh yes honey, I bought France for you. Then I, without touching him, mailed him to Santa to get his magical powers and he was then sent back to watch over you.” Really? So yeah Target. Take a lesson from those girly magazines. Maybe put a cover over the box?

I mean, my kid is inquisitive. LOTS of questions. I’d like to preserve what little Santa time we have left!

snickerdoodles with gingerbread oreos inside and on christmas plate

The one thing I do prefer about our Elf over Santa is that I don’t have to leave cookies for France. I can keep them all for myself.

Which is good, because I didn’t want to share these Snickerdoodles. They’re stuffed with a Gingerbread Oreo cookie. {Best. Oreos. Ever. Well, maybe. They’re all pretty good!}

Stuffing an Oreo inside a cookie is not new. Jenny, over at Picky Palate kind of invented it. Since then, I’ve seen them everywhere! Most recently, my friend over at Back for Seconds did it. And Hayley (aka The Domestic Rebel) has done it too. I’ve wanted to do it forever, and now was the perfect time.

The spicy gingerbready flavor of the Oreo pairs awesome with the sweet Snickerdoodle. I actually made these twice – the first time the cookie spread too much so that it looked like a fried egg. So I made these in a muffin pan and they worked perfect!

Santa would love these cookies. So would your elf. And you!

A stack of gingerbread oreo snickerdoodles on a plate next to oreo cookies and holiday sprinkles.

Gingerbread Oreo Stuffed Snickerdoodles

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Cookie recipe from Land O’ Lakes.


  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons sugar , divided
  • 1 cup butter , softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • About 18 Gingerbread Oreos


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray regular sized muffin pans with cooking spray (this recipe makes about 18 cookie cups).
  • Cream butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until fuffy in a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat in eggs, cream of tartar, baking soda, vanilla, salt, and flour. Beat until well mixed.
  • Place 2 tablespoons of cookie dough in each of 18 muffin cavities in your prepared pan. Press a Gingerbread Oreo on top of the dough. Top another 1 tablespoon of dough on top of the Oreo. Press gently on the top of the dough to flatten and cover the Oreo. (It helps if you spray your hands with cooking spray to avoid the dough sticking to your hands.) If you have leftover dough after doing 18 cookies, continue making cookies until all the dough is gone. (I got 18.)
  • Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the top of each cookie.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, until they begin to get golden brown. Let cool in pan. To remove from pan, use a butter knife to gently unstick the cookie and lift it out.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Author Dorothy Kern

Love Oreos? Check these out:

Cookies ‘n Cream Magic Bars

Candy Cane Oreo Stuffed Cheesecake Brownies

Deep Dish Gingerbread Oreo-Stuffed Cookies by The Domestic Rebel

Oreo and Cookie Dough Cookies by Back for Seconds

Kiss Stuffed Oreos by Something Swanky

Thanks for reading!

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Last Updated on May 12, 2020

Dorothy Kern

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  1. I’d love sooooooooo much to try these cookies.
    Oreas and snickerdookes together – wowwwww
    You never cease to amazing me with your fabulous treats