Christmas Goodies Part 1

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I thought I would share a few quick recipes I plan to use this Christmas season courtesy of HyVee's Seasons magazine. Posting to Tasty Tuesday , Tempt Your Tummy Tuesday and Tuesdays at the Table. Thank you Jen, Lisa and Cole for hosting these lovely events each week. Check out ALL the great recipes posted.

Snowy Trail Mix
(Printable Version)

1/2 c. miniature marshmallows
1 c. mini twist pretzels
1/2 c. peanuts
1/2 c. dried cranberries
2 c. popped white popcorn
Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Store in an airtight container up to 3 days. Serves 9 (1/2 cup each).

Holiday Spiced Nuts
(Printable Version)

3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 1/2 c. walnut halves
1 1/2 c. pecan halves
1 c. natural almonds
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves

Preheat oven to 250°F. In a 2-quart sauce pan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Stir in nuts. Add Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, salt, cinnamon, allspice and cloves; stir well to coat. Pour onto a baking sheet and bake 30 minutes stirring halfway through. Serves 16 (1/4 cup each).

Marshmallow Snowmen
(Printable Version)

6 ounces white chocolate candy coating, chopped
3 large marshmallows
1 c. flaked coconut
1 orange gumdrop
1 mini Oreo™
Mini candy sequins
1 chewy fruit snack roll
Black rope licorice

In a heavy saucepan, melt candy coating over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Cut one of the marshmallows in half. Attach one of the halves to a whole marshmallow to form the base. Press the marshmallows together to form a ball. Dip in candy coating, then roll in coconut to coat. Place on baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Dip remaining whole marshmallow in candy coating and coconut. Place on top of marshmallow base. Repeat process with remaining marshmallow half and place on top of second ball. (Turn the marshmallow half so the round side faces the front. For the nose, cut a sliver slice from the gumdrop. Using candy coating as glue, attach nose to snowman’s face. Repeat process using candy sequins for eyes and mouth. For the scarf, cut a strip from the fruit snack roll and wrap around snowman’s neck. For the hat, cut a piece of black rope licorice to fit around the bottom edge of mini Oreo™ cookie. Use candy coating to attach licorice to bottom edge of cookie; allow to dry before placing on snowman’s head. For arms, cut pieces of string licorice and attach to sides of snowman.