Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Reindeer Chow

Another recipe from I have had this before- delicious!

Reindeer Chow

5 cups Crispix Cereal
1 cup peanut butter
12 oz. package of semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 box confectioner’s sugar

1. Melt chocolate in microwave 1 minute at a time until melted.
2. Add peanut butter to melted chocolate and mix well.
3. In a large bowl (with a snap on lid), add melted chocolate and peanut butter to top of cereal and mix well.
4. Add confectioner’s sugar and cover bowl with lid. Shake well to coat thoroughly.

If you don’t have a bowl with a lid, you can place the coated cereal and confectioner’s sugar in a large ziploc bag and shake well.

Note: This recipe is also called Puppy Chow when not served during the holidays. It was originally given to me by a co-worker and now it’s a must have every Christmas

Christmas Crunch

I can't take credit for this recipe it came from check it out- she makes amazing things!

1 24 oz. pkg. white bark coating (we use Kroger candy coating, but you can also use white chocolate)
1 box of corn chex
1 large bag of mini pretzels
1 large jar of salted dry roasted peanuts
1 package of plain M&Ms (you can use holiday varieties at any time of year
to make it holiday themed – Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc.)

You can really use any size packages you want. It depends on how much of each you want in your mix.
Just have fun!

Cover a fairly large area of your counter space with wax paper and tape down.

In a very large bowl, combine the chex, pretzels, peanuts and M&Ms. You might have to work in smaller batches if you can’t fit everything in one bowl with room to mix. Dump the peanuts and M&Ms in last so they don’t all sink to the bottom.

In a smaller bowl, melt your bark coating in the microwave in 30 second intervals and stir in between. Don’t let it go for too long at once or it will scald and you will have to toss it out and start over.

When the bark coating is melted, gently pour into the larger bowl and toss with the dry ingredients. You can adjust the amount of coating you use based on your preference. I usually stir a little bit in, toss, stir some more in, toss again, etc. to make sure everything gets a little bark coating on it so it will stick together.

Working quickly, dump the mixture out on your wax paper and spread out in a thin layer to dry. Once it’s dry, break it apart into pieces and store in an airtight container or divide into decorative cello bags to give away.

Note: If you half your mix ingredients and bark coating, it will be a little easier to work with in two batches. Otherwise you will need a really large bowl and workspace to spread out on the counter.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Sorry I haven't posted anything since September! I am back! We welcomed our third child to our family on November 17th so life has been a little busy!

These are great for Christmas Plates!

1 cup of butter (2 sticks)
1 cup of peanut butter
2 cups Powdered Sugar
1 3/4 Cups Crushed Graham Crackers ( I have found that if you leave the sleave of graham crackers closed and then take your rolling pin and smash the whole package, it is enough for the recipe and you don't have a mess to clean up after. Then you just open up an end and pour the smashed graham crackers in.)
2 cups of chocolate chips

Heat the butter and the peanut butter in a sauce pan until melted together. Add the powdered sugar and the graham crackers to the mixture and mix until it is all combined. Pour this mixture in to a 9X13 pan and push it down in the pan In a double boiler melt the chocolate chips and then spread the melted chocolate over the top of the peanut butter mixture and place in the fridge to set. When it is set cut and serve. This is a very rich treat so don't make the pieces you cut large or it will be too much. Enjoy! I dare you not to at least want to eat the whole pan of them yourself....too tempting!!! :)