Tree Trimming Treats

My husband has this tradition where they eat homemade treats while they trim the Christmas tree.  My family’s tradition was listening to John Denver and the Muppets on the record player while we put the ornaments on the tree.  A couple Christmases ago my brother bought me the Muppets album on CD. We have since “married” our two traditions.  As our tree is going up tonight to the tunes of Kermit and Miss Piggy singing the 12 Day of Christmas, here’s what we’re snacking on…

Smores Mix

I found this on the side panel of the Kellog’s Crispix Cereal box.  Very kid friendly!

You need:

  • 3 cups Kellogs Crispix cereal
  • 1 cup Teddy Grahams, honey flavored
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup M & Ms Chocolate candies (I used mini’s)

In a 13 x 9 x 2 – inch baking pan, combine cereal and Teddy grahams.  In a small bowl, stir together butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  Drizzle over cereal mixture.  Stir until coated.  Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes stirring every 15 minutes.  Spread of foil.  Cool completely.  Stir in marshmallows and M & Ms.  Store in air tight container at room temperature for up to one week.

Smores Mix

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I had a bunch of over-ripe bananas.  I got this recipe from a friend and I’ve used it several times.  I actually made them gluten-free by using gluten-free four with a measured amount of xanthan gum.  Here is the regular recipe…Banana Chocolate Chip muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

You need:

  • 1 3/4 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c. cooking oil
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1 c. mashed bananas (3 medium)

Mix dry ingredients. Make a well and set aside. Beat egg until frothy. Mix in oil and milk. Pour this mixture into well along with the bananas. Stir until moistened. Batter will be lumpy. Put into muffin tins. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

We also made Rice Krispy treats (which are gluten free as well).  I let my kids all help make them including the two-year old.  So it was a little chaotic.  They turned out a little messy.  The marshmallow was not evenly dispersed.  The kids don’t care.  We cut them into Christmas shapes and coated them with chocolate frosting leftover from my son’s birthday cupcakes.  And added leftover M & Ms.

And lastly I had leftover pumpkin in the fridge so I made some pumpkin chocolate chip mini breads.  Some I am bringing to church Sunday night for a dessert social.  I am keeping one for us.  Very simple recipe from Taste of Home I found from a google search. Happy baking this holiday season!  More treats to come in the next few weeks!


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