Christmas Goodies

I have been busy in the kitchen!  I am attempting to work on one “project” at a time.  Life is a little less over whelming for me that way.  Like most of you, the Holidays bring about an increase in social activity in our life.  Today I am sharing the treats I have been making.

I found this recipe for White Chocolate Chex Mix on the Crazy Sweet Tuesday blog hop at Crazy for Crust.  I made a few changes as we prefer mixed nuts vs. plain peanuts and the Hubby ate all his Cheerios!  Here is my version:

Almond Bark Chex Mix

Ingredients:

1 1/2 C. Rice Chex
1 1/2 C. Corn Chex
1 1/2 C. Chow Mein Noodles
1 1/2 C. Pretzels
1 C. Mixed Nuts
6 oz. M & M’s
3/4 lb. White Almond Bark

Directions:

Melt almond bark.

Mix chex, chow mein, pretzels, nuts and M & M’s.

Pour bark over dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly coated.

Pour onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and allow to dry.

Break into pieces and enjoy!  Store in an air tight container.

I found this recipe for Peanut Butter Clusters in a special Holiday edition of Taste of Home.  I made a few adjustments to fit the ingredients I had on hand.  Maybe I should say the Taste of Home recipe was a guideline for the following recipe.

Peanut Butter Clusters

Ingredients:

¾ pound Chocolate Almond Bark

1 C.  Peanut Butter

2 1/4 C. Mixed Nuts

2 1/4 C. Crushed Ridged Potato Chips

Directions:

Melt almond bark.

Stir in peanut butter until smooth.

Stir in peanuts and potato chips.

Pour onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and allow to dry.

Break into pieces.

Store in an air tight container.

The Rancher really liked these.  He was surprised the delicious extra crunch was potato chips.

Here is a Christmas Bark recipe I found last year.  I have made variations to this recipe by mixing in 2 C. of cornflakes or crushed ridged potato chips.  Mixed nuts also work if you don’t have pistachios or your sister is allergic to them.  I had a few M&M’s left over from a the Almond Bark Chex Mix and tossed them in the batch too.

Christmas Bark  

Ingredients:

1 pound White Almond Bark
1 C. Sweetened Dried Cranberries
1 C. Shelled Pistachios

Directions:

Line a cookie sheet with foil. Set aside.

Melt Almond Bark.

Stir in cranberries and nuts.

Spread the mixture in an even layer on the cookie sheet.

Refrigerate until cool, about 20 minutes.

Break into pieces; store in an air tight container.

Here is another recipe I found in the special Holiday edition of Taste of Home.  Again, I made a few adjustments.  Prairie ranch wives are good at changing recipes to use what they have.  In my case, I am usually to frugal to buy something that can easily be substituted with something currently in my pantry.

Cherry Nut Drops

Ingredients:

2 C. (12 ounces) Semisweet Chocolate Chips

1 can (14 ounces) Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 T Light Corn Syrup

1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

2 C. Mixed Nuts

2 C. Dried Cherries

Directions:

In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips with milk and corn syrup for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla until blended.

Stir in mixed nuts and cherries.

I poured the mixture onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet to dry and cut into squares.  The chocolate in this recipe is softer than almond bark and I would recommend to:  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper lined baking sheets. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm.

Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

These are all simple goodies to put together.  They can easily be adjusted to your tastes and preferences or fit what you have available in your pantry.  Above all, these little gems are gorgeous, delightful and easy to share with family, friends and neighbors!  I hope you try one of these recipes (original, my version or your own creation) this joyous Holiday season.

 

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5 Responses to Christmas Goodies

  1. Diana Landis says:

    They all look wonderful…How about baking me up a batch of each? jk on that last part, but they all do look yummy!! Enjoy them, Jim. 🙂

  2. Candy C. says:

    Yum, yum, yum!! My mom was the candy maker in our family and after she passed, it became my job! My dad’s favorite was always the peanut clusters! I’m going to have to try one of your recipes using the potato chips! 🙂

  3. Robyn says:

    Thanks for the comments Ladies! I feel I get a lot of “bang for my buck” as these simple treats are pretty and tasty!

  4. Miz Helen says:

    I would just be so happy to have this fabulous platter of Christmas Goodies in front of me right now. It all looks delicious! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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