Santa, allergic to peanuts? Who knew?
That’s the premise of a charming new children’s picture book, written by Tarra Kiamos Andrews, a former teacher and now stay-at-home mom to two kiddos, one of whom has food allergies. Here are Olivia and Logan, reading their mom’s creation. Of course the main characters share their names!
“I started looking around for holiday books that addressed food allergies for kids,” she explains. “And there are very few. So I wrote one.”
The synopsis: On Christmas Eve, Olivia’s mother shares a magical secret with her…just like Olivia, Santa has food allergies as well. Peanuts and tree nuts are on the naughty list!
Olivia is determined to make nut-free cookies for Santa, so she and her little brother, Logan, do just that! As she waits for Santa, Olivia can’t help thinking about his reindeer. Will they like the nut-free cookies? Olivia gets her answer when she wakes up to a charming letter from Santa on Christmas morning!
SunButter is proud to sponsor an Instagram contest featuring Tarra’s book and of course our favorite holiday cookie ingredient, SunButter! Ten people will win a jar of SunButter and a signed copy of the book.
How to win
Enter to win on Instagram by posting a photo of your favorite peanut-free cookie recipe that you’ll leave out for Santa with the hashtag #SunButterForSanta. You can also simply regram the photo from our Instagram feed.
Double entries if your recipe includes SunButter. We’ll pick 10 random winners on Thursday, December 18. Tarra will even personalize the book inscription to your favorite food allergy reader!
Good luck and happy baking (and reading!).
Here’s our entry:
SunButter Reindeer Cookies
Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine SunButter, sugar, shortening, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add egg and mix. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the SunButter mixture. Mix until blended.
Form dough into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake 8 – 9 minutes, until set. Remove from oven. When cool, pipe chocolate onto cookies for antlers and eyes. Use a dab of SunButter to adhere the candies as noses!
SunButter Reindeer Cookies Variation
Substitute brown sugar for the granulated sugar and use regular size nut-free chocolate candies for noses; mini nut-free chocolate candies for eyes and chocolate covered mini pretzels for antlers. Press them into the cookies right after removing from oven. Here’s part of our herd (because, according to our younger bakers, there’s only ONE Rudolph.)