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It’s that time of year to start earnestly thinking about Christmas gifts. This week the 4 Moms are sharing some of our favorite ideas for food gifts.
Every December our family dons Santa hats (sorry to those who don’t like Santa, but the children wear Santa hats nearly everywhere we go during the month of December. It makes people smile.) and heads out to Christmas carol to people in our neighborhood and an assortment of friends around the area.
At each house we sing a couple of Christmas carols
and we leave each family a plate with a variety of cookies and holiday treats.
Here are some of the recipes from last year’s plates.
My little ones love laying out all the saltines for this recipe. It’s fun for little helpers because all the ingredients are snitch-able.
- 1 sleeve saltines
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 12 oz peanut butter chips (actually the package is 10 oz and that works)
- 12 oz chocolate chips
- Cover the bottom and sides of a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with one sheet of tin foil. Spread saltines in a single layer on top of the foil.
- Next, in a saucepan heat butter and brown sugar and boil for 3 minutes. Pour over saltines.
- Place tray in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle with peanut butter chips. Spread chips into a smooth layer as they melt.
- Sprinkle with chocolate chips and place in oven for 1 minute more and then spread.
- Allow to cool and refrigerate until hardened.
- Break into pieces and try to only eat one, mmmm.
This super easy crock pot recipe for chocolate-peanut clusters is ideal for last minute.
2 pounds dry roasted peanuts (I used one pound salted and one pound unsalted)
48 oz white bark
4 oz sweet German chocolate
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
Dump the peanuts into your crock pot and then add the remaining ingredients (no need to stir). Cover and cook on low for 3 hours. Then stir and drop by teaspoon full onto wax paper and allow to cool.
Yes, it really is that easy. One batch yielded over 100 clusters.
Peppermint meringues are light crispy and peppermint-y wonderful for a plate of treats.
2 egg whites
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar
2 peppermint candy canes, crushed
Beat egg whites until foamy; add salt and cream of tartar and then beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar while beating until stiff peaks form (about 6-7 minutes).
Drop meringues by teaspoon full onto un-greased foil and sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Bake at 225 for 1 1/2 hours. Then turn off heat and slightly open oven door. Leave meringues in oven until cool (1-2 hours).
Makes 3 dozen.
Candy Bar Fudge
- 6 candy bar of your choice (we used Snickers)
- 3 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup butter
- 2/3 cup evaporated milk
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 jar marshmallow creme
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Line a 9 x9 with foil and butter the foil. Cut candy bars into 1/2 inch segments.
In a saucepan bring sugar, butter and milk to a boil. Cook and stir over medium heat until 234 degrees (soft-ball stage), about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips, vanilla and marshmallow creme.
Pour half of mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle with candy bar pieces and top with remaining chocolate mixture and spread evenly. Let cool at room temperature, then lift out of pan and remove foil to slice.
We also included some kid-decorated sugar cookies.
Another one of our food gift giving ideas is homemade hot chocolate mix.This mix much better than any pre-made mix that you can buy in the store. (We’re hooked, we never buy store bought mix anymore.)
Hot Cocoa Mix
Hot Chocolate makes a beautiful gift just put it in a quart jar with an ornament .
4 cups powdered sugar
2 cups cocoa (the nicer quality cocoa you use, the nicer the hot chocolate will be, but honestly the regular cocoa that you find in the grocery is delicious)
5 cups powderred whole milk (not non-fat) – This is important. We purchase Nido brand.
2 tsp salt (scant)
4 tsp corn starch
2 pinches cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Use 1/4 or 1/3 cup (or to taste) for hot chocolate. We store it in half gallon sized canning jars for home use.
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