Monday, December 19, 2016

Weekend Rewind....Christmas Baking

It was a busy weekend of Christmas parties and baking....

Friday afternoon I spent most of the day in the kitchen making reindeer food, Christmas crack, and my grandmother's chocolate chip cookies.

Saturday we had a Christmas cookie party exchange, a Christmas party with my Sleek Physique crew, and a Team LibFit Shakeology group Christmas party!

For the cookie exchange I made my grandmother's chocolate chip cookies. We follow the recipe on the back of the Nestle Tollhouse bag of chocolate chips but exchange butter for something else (family secret). I personally enjoy my cookies to be put in the freezer and freeze for a bit before enjoying them. I much prefer cookie dough or a frozen cookie to a freshly baked one. Everyone brought 3 dozen cookies and we enjoyed sampling them and just enjoying a low key afternoon.

I also made Christmas crack and reindeer food for my co-workers and neighbors.

Christmas Crack Candy recipe 




TOTAL TIME: 
LEVEL: EASY
SERVES: 10 SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS

  • 35 saltine crackers
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 c. semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 c. mini marshmallows
  • 1 bag red and green holiday M&Ms
  • 1 jar holiday sprinkles, your choice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet or jelly-roll pan with tin foil and coat with cooking spray. Line the baking sheet with Saltine crackers. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously, for about 2 minutes. Pour mixture over crackers in an even layer and bake 5-6 minutes. Top with chocolate chips, baking for 3 minutes, or until melted. Top with mini marshmallows, red and green M&Ms and holiday sprinkles. Cut into squares, then cool until the chocolate has hardened.

Reindeer Food...I used Mix and Match Mama (Shay Shull's) recipe for this one. :-) 


Shopping List
1 bag of popped popcorn (about 4 cups total)
4 cups Rice Chex cereal
8 oz white candy coating or almond bark
1 (9 oz) bag Peppermint M&Ms
1 (9 oz) bag milk chocolate red and green M&Ms
2 cups Peppermint Crunch
Red sprinkles
Lay wax paper down over your kitchen counters to pour your Reindeer Food on.
In a large mixing bowl, combine your popcorn and Chex mix together.
In a microwavable bowl, melt your candy coating, stirring every 45 seconds.  Once it’s melted, quickly pour it over your popcorn mixture and toss.  Working quickly, add in your M&Ms, Peppermint Crunch and sprinkles and then pour the mixture down over the wax paper to dry (about 10 minutes).  Once it’s dried, store in an airtight container.
I personally suggest using more than 8 oz white candy coating..but that was just me.
What is your favorite holiday recipe?!
 

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