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Holiday Chex Mix aka Snack

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This is a family must-have every holiday season! Whether it’s a small house party or formal family dinner, it’s great to have a snacking option for people to enjoy, like chex mix.

My family’s recipe is called “snack.” I grew up eating my mom’s original version of snack, my grandma’s version (with cheerios), and many other family versions…and they are all delicious with their variations!

I’ve made my version a few times already this year, and with Thanksgiving a few days away I will be making a double batch soon! See below for the ingredients and directions for Snack and Snack the original.

Chex Mix

Snack

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 cup cheddar Cheez its
  • 1 cup mozzarella Cheez its
  • 2 cups pretzel O’s
  • 1 cup corn Chex cereal
  • 1 cup rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 cup honey roasted peanuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 250 degrees.
  2. Melt butter, add Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, and garlic salt.
  3. Pour butter mixture over other ingredients in a large bowl and gently mix.
  4. Spread onto large baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  5. Let cool and enjoy!

Snack the original

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 cup cheddar Cheez its
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup corn Chex cereal
  • 1 cup rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 cup cashews

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 250 degrees.
  2. Melt butter, add Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, and garlic salt.
  3. Pour butter mixture over other ingredients in a large bowl and gently mix.
  4. Spread onto large baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.Let cool and enjoy!

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Award Winning Smoky Chipotle Chili

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This is an award winning chili recipe that is delicious to make for the family at least once every chili season. The chili cook-off that I entered was held my last office job, and this was the winner (I was so proud!)

I originally found the recipe on Allrecipes, but have made it my own over the years with different spices and salsa that gives the chili a spicy & sweet kick. I usually make a double batch because it goes quickly and is perfect to freeze a few portions for later. See recipe below for the double recipe ingredients and directions.

Smoky Chipotle Chili

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 2 packets taco seasoning (we like hot & spicy!)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 2 jars chipotle pineapple salsa (if you can’t find chipotle salsa with pineapple, you can get a small can of diced pineapples to add in)
  • 2 cans french onion soup
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • cornbread or corn chips

Directions:

  1. Brown meat, drain, return to stove and simmer with 1 1/3 cup water and taco seasoning over medium/low heat 4-5 minutes
  2. Combine taco meat, garlic, kidney beans, salsa, soup, and thawed corn in slow cooker.
  3. Cook on High 3-4 hours, or Low 5-6 hours.
  4. Serve with cornbread or corn chips.

Enjoy!


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Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice Burrito

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Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice Burrito

I was recently given an opportunity to sample and review BRIANNAS Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing with one of my recipes.  Let me tell you, this dressing made my dish complete!

I first poured the dressing in a salsa dish and set it out as an appetizer (next to my favorite spicy salsa) and served it with tortilla chips . The creamy cilantro lime dressing cooled my palate between bites of the spicy stuff, it was a delicious combo!

The burrito recipe I created requires minimal prep & is easy cooking, but the specialty dressing really gives the dish restaurant-quality taste at my own dinner table. You could even make this without tortilla shells and have a burrito bowl.

I usually cook Mexican dishes extra spicy, but this dish is not spicy so almost anyone can enjoy it…my 1 year old daughter loved it! If you enjoy spicy food, you can always add hot pepper flakes to the chicken (and the creamy cilantro lime dressing is great to even-out the spice). See recipe below.

Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice Burrito

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a grill pan with cooking spray and preheat on the stove top under med/high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Turn down stove top to medium heat and cook each side of chicken for 4-5 minutes. Place pan with chicken in the over for 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked all the way through. Let the chicken rest 4-5 minutes before slicing.CIlantro Lime Chicken & Rice Burrito
  3. Cook rice as directed on package. (The express cook packet only takes 90 seconds!) Pour cooked rice in mixing bowl, stir-in juice from 1 lime and fresh chopped cilantro.Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice Burrito
  4. Heat up corn and peppers as directed on package. (The frozen bags take about 5 minutes in the microwave.) Once cooked, mix with 1/4 cup creamy cilantro lime dressing.
  5. Warm tortilla shells in microwave for 15-20 seconds. Assemble burritos with a layer of rice, chicken, corn & peppers, and a drizzle of cilantro lime dressing (shredded cheese optional). You could even make this without tortilla shells and have a burrito bowl.

Enjoy!

CIlantro Lime Chicken & Rice Burrito


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Must-Have Guide for Baking Christmas Cookies

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Baking Christmas cookies is on my must-do list this Holiday season! I created a must-have guide for baking Christmas cookies. Everything you need in your kitchen to make, bake, and store cookies.

I have a lot of these in my kitchen already…but I decided to treat myself and replace my cookie sheets, upgrade my hand mixer, and get more cookie & treat gift boxes so I can share my delicious creations.

Before I start researching recipes, I use this checklist to make sure I have the basics for baking:

Mixing:

Baking:

Storage:

Optional:

The fun part for me is finding cookie recipes! I pick a combination of classic recipes and new recipes. I usually decide on 3-4 different cookies, and get together with friends for a baking day so we can share our treats & cookies. After last year, we decided to include fun cocktails while baking this year (I don’t know why we didn’t think of this before!?)

Christmas Cookie Recipes

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8 Christmas Cookie Recipes

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Here is a lineup of 8 Christmas Cookie Recipes I baked for the 2016 holiday season. I have a mix of traditional Christmas cookies, easy treats, and new cookie recipes. Let the holiday baking begin!

Christmas Cookie Recipes


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1. Hershey’s Secret Kisses Cookies

Christmas Cookie Recipes

This recipe takes a classic shortbread cookie and adds a chocolate surprise in the center!

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine 1 cup softened butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla.
  2. Add 1 3/4 cups flour and 1 cup finely chopped walnuts, stir until well blended.
  3. Cover and put in fridge for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Remove wrappers from Hershey’s milk chocolate kisses.
  6. When dough is firm enough to handle, take 1 TBS of dough and shape it around each chocolate kiss and roll it to make a ball. Cover each chocolate completely.
  7. Place balls on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 12 minutes, or until cookies are set but not browned.
  8. Cool for 2 minutes and remove from cookie sheet.
  9. Roll in powdered sugar while still warm.

2. Spritz Cookies

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I always pull out my cookie press and look for a new spritz recipe to try. I’ve made original spritz, chocolate spritz, cream cheese spritz (just to name a few). This recipe is an easy original spritz.

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix 1 cup softened butter, 3 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup orange juice, and 1 egg yolk with hand mixer.
  2. Cover and put in fridge for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Using a cookie press fitted with a bar-plate tip, press dough in long strips. about one inch apart down the length of the cookie sheet.
  5. With a sharp knife, cut each strip into 2 1/2 inch pieces. Leave pieces in place. Shake sprinkles over cookies before baking.
  6. Bake 8 minutes or until light golden. Do not over bake.
  7. Remove from oven and immediately cut again between the cookies to separate. Place on wire rack, and allow to cool completely. Store tightly covered.

3. Vanilla Dipped Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles

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You can make this one even easier and use pre-made sugar cookie dough. I included the ingredients to make your own sugar cookies, but you can dip the cookie in melting chocolate or vanilla and use sprinkles or candy crumbles (I used melting vanilla with red & green sprinkles!)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together 2 3/4 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp cream of tartar for 20 seconds, set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl use hand mixer to cream together 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 cup softened butter. Mix in 1 large egg, 1 large egg yolk, and 1 tsp vanilla extract until combined.
  4. Scoop out 1 1/2 TBS of dough at a time and shape into balls. Set 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake 10-11 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for several minutes before transferring to wire rack to completely cool.
  5. Place melting chocolate or vanilla in a microwave safe bowl, and follow directions on package for microwave temperature and time to melt.
  6. Set out a piece of parchment paper. Dip half of cookie in melting chocolate or vanilla and set on parchment paper. Immediately sprinkle with peppermint bits or your favorite candy crumbles. Allow to set at room temperature before storing in airtight container.

Another variation of this recipe I made was vanilla dipped sugar cookies with Butterfinger crumbles, yum!

Christmas Cookie Recipes


4. Oreo Pretzels

Christmas Cookie Recipes

This one is so simple, you can find ideas almost anywhere online. You need pretzel rods, melting chocolate, and candy or cookie crumbles. I made pretzels dipped in vanilla with Oreo crumbles…yum!

  1. Place melting chocolate or vanilla in a microwave safe bowl and follow directions on package for microwave temperature and time to melt.
  2. Set out a piece of parchment paper. Dip pretzel rod in melting chocolate or vanilla, you may need to use a spoon to help cover the pretzel.
  3. Set pretzel on parchment paper. Immediately sprinkle with candy or cookie crumbles.
  4. Allow to set at room temperature before storing in airtight container.

5. Pretzel Turtle Bites

Christmas Cookie Recipes

We made these last year too, it’s an easy recipe that makes a delicious sweet and salty treat!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lay square pretzels out in a single layer on cookie sheet.
  3. Place 1 Rolo candy in the middle of each pretzel. Bake 3-4 minutes.
  4. Place 1 pecan half on top of melted candy. You will want to push down slightly to spread the chocolate over the pretzel.
  5. Let cool and enjoy!

6. Easy Lemon Bars

Christmas Cookie Recipes 

This is a traditional Holiday treat in my home! I like the easy recipe for this one that uses lemon cake mix.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pour 1 package lemon cake mix with pudding into a mixing bowl. Add 1 egg and 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Use hand mixer to mix until well blended. Mixture will be slightly dry.
  3. Reserve 1 cup of mixture for the topping, and pat the rest into an ungreased 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, beat 1 (8 oz) package softened cream cheese with 1/3 cup sugar and 1 TBS lemon juice until smooth. Spread evenly over the baked crust. Crumble the reserved cake mix mixture over the top.
  5. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until filling is set and the topping is lightly toasted. Cool before cutting into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.

7. Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Christmas Cookie Recipes

Nothing goes together better than cherry and chocolate!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat 1/2 cup softened butter and 1 cup sugar together in a mixing bowl. Add 1 egg and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla and use hand mixer to beat well.
  3. Add 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp baking soda, and 1/4 tsp baking powder and stir until smooth.
  4. Roll the mixture into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press center of each ball with thumb.
  5. Drain 1 (10 oz) jar of maraschino cherries and reserve juice. Place a cherry in indentation of each cookie ball.
  6. In a saucepan, heat 1/2 cup condensed milk and 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips until chips are melted. Stir in 4 tsp cherry juice. Spoon about 1 tsp of mixture over each cherry and spread to cover. (More cherry juice may be added to keep frosting in spreading consistency.)
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, then let cool. Enjoy!

8. Oatmeal Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Christmas Cookie Recipes

I got this recipe from Candy’s Farm House Pantry. This is a drop cookie you can make anytime of year. It is a delicious combination of oatmeal, butterscotch, and chocolate chip!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheets.
  2. Add 1 cup softened butter, 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon in mixing bowl. Mix with hand mixer for 2 minutes.
  3. Beat in 2 eggs and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla. Beat in 1 1/2 cups flour.
  4. Stir in 3 cups oatmeal, 1 cup butterscotch chips, and 1 cup chocolate chips.
  5. Drop by large TBS full onto greased cookie sheets.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are brown.

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