These No-Bake Buddy the Elf Spaghetti cookies have all his favorite toppings: marshmallows, M&Ms, sprinkles, maple syrup, chocolate Pop Tarts, and more chocolate!
Back in December of 2018 , shortly after our lab moved from Ohio State to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, we were told about a Center tradition where each lab comes up with a themed holiday treat cart to sell goodies for charity. The key point was that we were told it was also a competition which they take very seriously.
We busted out of the gates with a Hogwarts Express Trolley, complete with all the items you read about in the books and saw in the movies and then some, including cards inside the handmade chocolate frog boxes with our Center professors on them. Apparently we took it up a level and not only raised the most money, but won best cart as well!
In 2019, we kept the streak alive with our “Have a Typhoid Merry Christmas” cart which included Merry Christmice chocolate covered cherries, petri dish cookies, “raw hamburger” rice crispy treat patties, “unfinished courses of antibiotic” jelly beans, and chocolate covered raisin “gallstones”.
But then we all know what happened in 2020 and continued through 2021, so the cart festivities did not occur. However, this year I took it upon myself to revive it! The turnover is pretty high in science research, at least for staff, so not many people had experienced the holiday treat carts – they did not know about my intensity haha.
We struggled a little bit to come to a consensus but ultimately we went with an Elf themed cart this year. On the menu we had the Lincoln Tunnel of Fudge Cake, Seven Levels of the Candy Cane Forest Bars, Don’t Eat the Yellow Snowball Cookies, Eat a Whole Roll of Cookie Dough Balls, Candy-Candy Canes-Candy Corns-Maple Syrup Fudge, the World’s Best Cup of Coffee, and of course Buddy’s Spaghetti Cookies.
Originally I had Santa I know Him Brownies and Swirly Twirly Gumdrop Punch on the menu as well, but we ran out of room on the cart as it was! I did also dress up like Buddy while I pushed the cart around to everyone’s offices, with a green cardigan cinched with a big black belt, yellow leggings, and hat. Sure enough we won again this year!
The star IMO was these no-bake Buddy the Elf spaghetti cookies which are great fun to make and remind me of my mom’s haystack cookies (I’ve also made a chubby hubby version). Get the kids involved and let them go wild with the toppings!
- 12 oz. white chocolate, chopped
- 1 cup mini marshmallow bits, divided
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup (or 1 tsp maple extract)
- 5 oz. chow mein noodles
- 1/2 cup mini M&Ms
- 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles
- 1 chocolate Pop Tart, cut into small pieces
- 1/4 cup milk chocolate, chopped
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper; set aside.
- In a double boiler, melt white chocolate, stirring frequently.
- Once completely melted, remove from heat and stir in the maple. Immediately add half the marshmallow bits and chow mein noodles, gently mixing until fully coated.
- Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet*. Immediately top with remaining marshmallow bits, M&Ms, sprinkles, and Pop Tart pieces.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave milk chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth. Drizzle over haystacks and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set.
*Yield will depend on how large or small you make them.