December 19, 2010

More Christmas goodies Recipes

Here are some more x-mas cookie recipes.  I have to admit I started getting bored with just making cookies that I had never made before so I mixed it up this week with some x-mas snack making too.  Don’t worry since I make the rules for the 12 days of Christmas cookies, it is now 12 days of Christmas COOKING…Tricky huh???  Here’s what I made yesterday:

Peppermint Shortbread Bites:

1C butter (softened)

1/2/cup powdered sugar

2 c Flour

1 tsp peppermint extract

1 tbsp sugar

3 oz almond bark

1/3 cup crushed candy canes/peppermint candies

1)beat butter and powdered sugar until fluffy.  Beat in flour and peppermint extract.

2) On ungreased cookie sheet (or parchment paper covered sheet), pat dough into 6-8inch square that is 3/4 inches thick.  Cover and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.

3) Preheat oven to 325.   Cut square into 64 pieces and spread out on cookie sheet.

4) Bake 28-35 minutes until golden brown edges.

5) mix sugar and candy.  Pipe cookies with melted almond bark (using a baggie with the corner cut off) then sprinkle with sugar/candy mix.


Ease: 10  so easy

Taste: 1o Christmasy pepperminting gooodness

Appearance: 10 very cute

Overall: 10 I am actually going to make more of these tomorrow.  I can see them becoming a quick favorite.


Salted Nut Roll Bars

1 1/2 (16 oz.) jars dry roasted peanuts
1 (12 oz.) pkg. peanut butter chips
1 (10 1/2 oz.) pkg. mini marshmallows
3 tbsp. butter
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk


Melt butter and chips. Add sweetened condensed milk. Cook for 2 minutes. Put in 1/2 of marshmallows. Let them melt, then add other half. Grease pan, cover bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan with half of the peanuts. Add cooked mixture; spread. Then add rest of peanuts.

Ease: 10

Taste: 9

Appearance: 6

Overall: 8

Messy but DELICIOUS!!!!!


Ranch Oyster Cracker Snack Mix

  • 1 (1 ounce) package Ranch-style dressing mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 5 cups oyster crackers
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the dressing mix, dill weed, vegetable oil, lemon pepper, and garlic powder. Add oyster crackers, and toss to coat. Spread evenly on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring gently after 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to cool before serving.

These are some of my favorite snacks and SOOOOOO easy to make!!!  Kids love them too :)  I suggest bringing them to your next get together.


Original Chex Mix

3 cups Corn Chex® cereal

3 cups Rice Chex® cereal

3 cups Wheat Chex® cereal

1 cup mixed nuts ( i used peanuts)

1 cup bite-size pretzels (I like pretzels so I add about 2 cups per batch)

1 cup garlic-flavor bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1-inch pieces  (I skipped these)

6 tablespoons butter or margarine

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1) Mix Together cereal, nuts, pretzels, etc.  In a separate bowl melt butter and mix in remaining ingredients.

2)Pour butter and spices over cereal and stir well until all is coated.

3) Bake on 250 for 1 hour stirring occasionally

Who doesn’t LOVE chex mix???


Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • 2 (10 ounce) cans Chicken
  • 2 (8 ounce) packets cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup hot sauce (I use Frank's buffalo sauce)
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 2 cups mild cheddar cheese
  • 2 loaves baguette
  • celery

In a sauce pan mix chicken and hot sauce until heated through.

mix in cream cheese until melted

Add ranch dressing and one cup of cheddar cheese

Pour into crockpot, sprinkle top with remaining cheese. Keep on warm.

serve with sliced baguettes and cut up celery.  (also good with Tortilla chips)

This is a favorite of mine.  My friend Malinda makes it and I just had to make it for my family x mas today :)


There- your recipe fix for the day!!!  I made ALL of this yesterday!!!!!  Can you believe it??  I hardly can myself.  Well, enjoy your Christmas cooking.  I’m off to get beautiful before leaving the house.  I don’t think my current attire of a ratty nightgown and robe will be appropriate for Paul’s family Christmas.

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