Friday, December 17, 2010

Holiday Treats in Bags (3 Recipes)

Do you know Christmas is NEXT week??? I mean really how the heck did that happen? Usually I have all the treats done early for my Christmas gifts, this year money is tight (now tighter with the new puppy) so I thought I would do home goods. Ok how in their right mind thought that would be cheap .... lol. OK if you do just a few it is but you KNOW me and I went overboard so it wasn't cheap. Looks like mom really isn't getting any gifts this year .. lol. I up until Midnight yet again and I still have a little more to do :).
Real quick a few to choose from to put in baggies to give!
by my Girl Tammy's Two Cents
Microwave Peanut Brittle

1 Cup Peanuts (can be salted or unsalted...your preference)
1/2 Cup Light Corn Syrup
1 Cup Sugar
* Cook for 4 minutes (in an 8 Cup glass container)
* Stir
* Cook additional 4 minutes
* 1 teaspoon butter
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* Stir in and cook 1 minute
*1 teaspoon soda
* Stir until light brown and foamy, pour onto greased foil quickly, let harden and then break into pieces.
ALEXIS NOTE: Being in a hurry I so forgot to do the soda ... lol. It turned out great but I do plan to do it right next time :).
Ma, What's for Dinner?

2 11 ounce bags white chocolate chips

1 T walnut oil

¾ cup dried cranberries

1 cup shelled pistachios

What to do:

In a large microwave safe bowl combine chocolate and walnut oil. Heat on high at 30 second intervals stirring in between until just melted.

Remove from microwave and stir quickly to finish melting. Pour in cranberries and pistachios and stir to combine.

Pour out onto a greased sheet pan into a thin layer.

Refrigerate until cool. Break up into jagged pieces.

ALEXIS NOTES: I used Olive Oil and slivered almonds. (She rocks and put in awesome little boxes, I used bags).
And last on my list is some yummy Chex Treats (Well not last on the list just the bag goodies for humans - yes a doggy treat will come soon).
From Betty Crocker
2cups Corn Chex® cereal
2cups Rice Chex® cereal
2cups Wheat Chex® cereal
1cup dry-roasted peanuts
1cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4cup butter or margarine
1cup natural-flavor malted milk powder
2cups miniature marshmallows
1 1/2cups coarsely chopped malted milk balls
1/2cup dried cherries, chopped
  1. In large bowl, mix cereals and peanuts.
  2. In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and butter on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated.
  3. Gradually stir in malted milk powder until evenly coated. Stir in remaining ingredients. spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container.
ALEXIS NOTES: I only had rice chex so that is what I used :). Skipped the peanuts & malted milk balls. I added up some crushed peppermint candies.

I picked up the bags you see above at Walmart and the ribbon. The plastic bins at a local grocery store and then picked up some blank labels. YOU know my love of Hallmark Channel well it was left on so I caught Martha Stewart and found she has label templates for free. They are great!


  1. You are so fabulous at everything you do! I made peppermint bark, but that's it.

  2. i so agree with blueviolet.. you truly are FABULOUS!!!
    you might get tires.. run outta time.. whatever.. but you always do what you are supposed to FULL FORCE!!

    i think you are an awesome mom.. and those boys of yours.. will know it one day!!!

    have a fabulous wkend!!!!!!!!

  3. that is the best idea for sure.. I am going to be doing that this weekend..

  4. I agree with the others you are FABULOUS!! What lucky people on your gift list! Love these ideas, not to mention how delicious they all look!! YUM!!

  5. Wow, I feel like I havent been here in forever!!

    Ive been so busy with all this Christmas stuff. I should be wrapping presents now. But decided to read blogs instead! lol

    I baked ALL DAY LONG. Tomorrow I will bake gingerbreads and then in a few days I will bake sugar cookies. And THEN - I will be a HUGE cow! LOL

  6. Your holiday treats look delish and I'm sure whoever receives them will love it.

  7. Great! I've been looking for some ideas to make for the teachers and the bus driver.

  8. Lucky people who get all those goodies. You amaze me. I remember when I use to have that energy!
    Give yourself a big pat on the back. ((HUGS))

  9. These all look fantastic! LOVE the peanut brittle, glad it still turned out well.

  10. OH, yummy! These all look totally delicious. I especially think the Chex treat looks really delicious.
    I made 7 different kinds of cookies plus dark chocolate fudge this week. Now I just have to get all the gift plates made up. You really are an awesome person to do this for people.
    BTW, you have been tagged on my blog:

  11. I love peanut brittle.
    It's been a long time since I had some.
    You have some great recipes listed.


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