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Gingerbread Oreo Stuffed Snickerdoodles

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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!

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!

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Gingerbread Oreo Stuffed Snickerdoodles

Cookie recipe from Land Oโ€™ 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray regular sized muffin pans with cooking spray (this recipe makes about 18 cookie cups).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the top of each cookie.
  5. 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.

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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  1. I looove the gingerbread/snickerdoodle combo! And oreos inside other cookies is always a good idea ๐Ÿ™‚
    We don’t do Elf on the Shelf…sounds like a lot of work, ha!

  2. I’m a bad mama, I’ve never done elf on a shelf. To be honest, I think I’d end up forgetting to move him and upset the kidlets! Mind you, my eldest is 12 now and told my younger kiddos that Santa didn’t exist! I had to do some talking again to the younger two to get them to believe in Santa again.

    I’m digging all these Oreo stuffed cookies and gingerbread Oreos in a snickerdoodle does sound pretty darn amazing. We only get the chocolate Oreos here which is a shame so I may have to make these with some homemade gingerbread Oreos as a two-parter! Pinning.

  3. Do you stay awake all night thinking these recipes up!! How clever of you and what a combination–it’s a triple threat of treats! XOXO

  4. I am practically in tears I’m laughing so hard right now! I’ve thought about getting an elf but now I’m worried that I’ll end up scarring my children for life! These cookies look sooo good – I think I could eat about five right now with a tall glass of milk ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Our elf (Edward) showed up this morning, and I’m already stressing out about where I’m going to hide him tonight. But it’s fun and I am just trying to hold tight to these years before they are over (which will be way too fast, I think). I’m DYING over this combination of gingerbread Oreos and the snickerdoodles. So freakin’ fab.

  6. Thankfully my boys are WAY past the age of believing in Santa or Elves. I see “The Elf on the Shelf” all over the internet and I just don’t think I could do it!

    Snickerdoodles, however? Those I can do! YUM!

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  8. I believed in Santa until I was 10. And I still insist he’s real when children ask (and they do). However, this little Elf creeps me out.
    I am telling myself I do NOT need to buy these Oreos.

  9. Are ju seeeerious?! Lol these look amazing! I need to get me some gingerbread Oreos! And this post also makes my glad my kiddos are still too young for Elf…. I mean, really Target!? Ball. Dropped.

  10. i need to get my hands on those gingerbread oreos ASAP!!! These are so darn clever. I love snickerdoodles!

  11. I have a friend bringing me some gingerbread Oreos because I can’t find them at any stores near me. So sad! These look awesome!

  12. Just recently made snickerdoodles for the first time! Fell. In . Love. I need to give these a try!

  13. Gingerbread Oreos inside a snickerdoodle muffin? Kill me with yummy goodness please!!! I love hiding cookies inside cookies…better bring out those stretchy pants for sure! Is it bad of me to say that I am glad the Elf became popular after my kids were too old for it? I would never remember to move it every night…I don’t even remember to do the tooth fairy’s job:-)

  14. I had never heard of Elf on the Shelf until you brought it up last xmas! I still think you’re an awesome mom for doing it with Jordan, even if you’re forgetful sometimes (in his defense, maybe France really enjoys being in the Barbie car so much he really just didn’t want to leave overnight. The seats are SO. PLUSH). My parents would have never done that stuff with me because well, I don’t know, they just wouldn’t have. And I LOOOOVE this idea. The gingerbread Oreos are def. my favorite of all time.. and inside deep dish snickerdoodles? Helllll yeaaaah!

  15. GIngerbread and snickerdoodle. . .sounds like a fabulous combination of flavors!

  16. I love snickerdoodles and I love gingerbread – this is a winning combo! Oreo stuffing – ah yes, I’ve done my fair share of it, too!

  17. Between you and Hayley I have gained 5lbs today just by reading these awesome posts! Have I mentioned how much I love Gingerbread?! Well I L.O.V.E. gingerbread!! Oh and hey snicker doodles aren’t too shabby themselves!

  18. I have felt like a bad mama for not doing Elf on a Shelf…but I see I’m not the only one! And my kids have seen them at Target ๐Ÿ˜‰ But Gingerbread Oreos?! GET.OUT. How did I not know these exist. I’m going on a hunt tomorrow!

  19. The elf on the shelf thing is new to me. My dad always dressed up as Santa Clause which equally upset me and delighted me. We would set out a plate of cookies for him which would be licked clean when I got up in the morning . Hence the upset part. I never liked how selfish Santa was. This year though, I will make a big batch of these cookies and eat them all myself! Gingerbread Oreos sound amaze – balls!

  20. I can’t believe Target! They need to get a clue. We have the elf on the shelf, Bernard. He finally showed up last night after I forgot about it 3 nights in a row. I feel so blessed my 10 year old (5th grader) still believes. I know this is the last year though, once she goes off to middle school, those rotten big kids will ruin my fun. I’ll need lots of cookies, like these cookies, after all, eating one of these cookies only counts as one cookie even though it’s really 2.

  21. Yes! Thank goodness I read this! I was literally moments away from buying a stupid elf, and of course! Target! What jerks. Given that we are there nearly everyday, and I gave birth to this generation’s Columbo, whew. You saved me, Dorothy.

  22. Can I come over and eat 3 or 4 of these? ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. I want these now! I need these now! Love gingerbread and snickerdoodles! Excellent, Dorothy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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