Making Holiday Memories

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When my husband I were first married a friend gave us a gift card to buy Hallmark ornaments for what would be our first Christmas tree together. It was such a brilliant idea and helped us to begin to establish some Holiday traditions of our own. I remember that first year as he and I lovingly placed our Hallmark ornaments on our tree and now as the years have passed we have added more members into our family and more ornaments. Each year the memories again resurface as our family places the ornaments from each previous Christmas onto our tree.

This year the children and I purchased a new Hallmark ornament at Walmart as a special gift for their father. We will of course give it to him on the night we decorate our tree and we know that it will be a BIG hit.

Isn’t this just the cutest!

And of course the children and I had to add this adorable Hallmark card as part of his ornament gift!


During those early years of our married life my husband and I were both busily finishing off our college degrees and working full time. Nights that we were able to be home together were few and far between. So the first year that we decorated our Christmas tree I wanted to make it as special as possible and I baked up a batch of cookies. Eighteen years later we still do this as a family on our tree decorating night. Isn’t it fun how family traditions come to be?

Today I would like to share with you my recipe for “Out Of This World” (made in no time) peanut butter cookies!

Out Of This World Peanut Butter Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Out Of This World Peanut Butter Cookies


  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Shortening
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 tbsp. Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda


  1. Cream together shortening, sugar and butter. Add egg, vanilla and peanut butter. Add dry indregients. Chill dough 20 minutes. Roll dough into small balls and press flat with a fork. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Now of course, since we are adding a little Star Wars bling to our Christmas tree, what better way to enjoy our cookies than with the addition of some blue Tatooine milk! Because if it is good enough for Aunt Beru, Uncle Lars and Luke, then it’s good enough for us!

To make your own blue Tatooine milk, just add a few drops of blue food coloring to your milk and now your cookies and milk are really “Out Of This World”!

If you would like to add to your Hallmark ornament collection, Walmart has 16 exclusives including resin figurines, Holiday Barbie, new deco figurines and more! You can check out more great Holiday ornaments HERE.

And don’t forget the Hallmark cards!

Have fun making your own Holiday memories!

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      Haha! I knew we were kindred spirits! The new Barbie ornament from Hallmark is so cute and we almost got that one this year and then the girls decided to be altruistic towards their brother and Dad :) The cookies are so easy and delicious! I hope you enjoy them!
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  1. How fun. We had all kinds of holiday traditions and have gone by the wayside. It’s all good though. Now we are making new ones as we are in our golden years. We don’t decorate or have family over anymore. Too much work and our family wouldn’t help. So, this Thanksgiving we are taking a train ride and having our Thanksgiving meal aboard. It’s a three hour tour up in the hills. We can’t wait. If we like it we may do Christmas too.

    Oh the cookies look and sound fabulous. My husband is addicted to peanut butter anything.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺
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      If my son knew there was such a thing as a Holiday train meal, we would be doing that already and that would be our new tradition! He LOVES trains! His goal is to become a millionaire and then create a model railroad train display for kids to come and enjoy for free. I like the sound of your Holiday plans very much indeed!
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  2. Absolutely love this! And he looks SO cute as a Hallmark ornament! I can definitely see why you wanted to add him to your tree! ;) Thanks for sharing the recipe for those cookies. Peanut Butter is kind of my jam ;) #Client

  3. Funny. I looked all over last year for an Angry Birds ornament and then went to a Hallmark/Paper store and found a Hallmark one. I love holiday traditions. We haven’t settled on a new one that we do every year, but we’re working on it.
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      Oh so you have some Angry Birds lovers in your family? Me too! I absolutely adore Hallmark ornaments! Good luck creating those holiday traditions! I even love changing ours up sometimes.
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  4. Your R2D2 is so adorable! My Husband’s family has a tradition of getting ornaments when they go travel places and then writing about it on the back with a sharpie. My family was definitely the ‘let’s bake cookies and play Christmas music’ type of family. We’ve incorporated both of these traditions into our tree decorating evening.
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  5. Hi Jen, I am sure your hubby will love his new ornament. I love family traditions, especially at Christmas time as for me Christmas is about family and loved ones. We decorate the house with Christmas carols blaring and plenty of light hearted bickering over what goes where (I do now allow the children near the tree, but have often been caught moving ornaments when I think nobody was looking). When it’s all done I make hot chocolate for the children and we enjoy something Christmassy to nibble.

    Will be trying out your peanut butter biscuits for sure. The blue milk I’m not so sure about, but when my husband used to make green scrambled eggs for the children they loved it, so who knows!

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