Quick and Easy Gifts from your Kitchen
MICROWAVE PEANUT BRITTLE
My kids make this for gifts with my supervision. Quick
1 cup raw peanuts
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup white corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
Stir together peanuts, sugar, syrup, and salt in a 1-1/2 quart
casserole or batter bowl. Place in microwave oven and cook 7-9
minutes, stirring well, after 4 minutes. Color should turn a pale
yellow-brown.Add butter and vanilla to syrup, blending well. Return
to oven and cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Peanuts will be lightly
browned and syrup very hot. Add baking soda and stir as quickly
as possible until light and foamy. Pour mixture onto lightly greased
cookie sheet, let cool 1/2 to 1 hour. When cool, break into small
pieces and store in airtight container.
NOTE: If roasted salted peanuts are used, omit salt and add
peanuts after first 4 minutes of cooking.
This is another quick and easy recipe kids can help with.
3 - 6 0z pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips (18 oz)
1 - 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 - 1 Cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
In a saucepan over low heat, melt chips with condensed milk
and salt, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add nuts and
vanilla. Spred evenly in 8 X 9" pan. Chil until firm.
Cut to desired size.
Directions: Fill sandwich-size zip lock bags with:
one packet hot cocoa mix - or 1/4 Cup Commercial Hot Chocolate
some chocolate chips
a mini candy cane
Label: Snowman Soup (Poem)
I was told you've been real good this year.
I'm always glad to hear it!
With freezing weather drawing near,
you'll need to warm the spirit.
So here's a little Snowman Soup
complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water, sip it slow.
It's sure to do the trick!
The little poem could be printed on a computer label or nicely
written or calligraphied with special pens, stickers, etc. Place
the baggie in cute little mugs found in the dollar store for an
extra special, and economical gift.
Try using our famous Country Cream Dutch Chocolate Cocoa
Mix. It is perfect for camping and cold winter nights! Made
from REAL Dutch cocoa. It is the finest, creamiest, smoothest
hot chocolate o
r wonderfully refreshing chocolate milk or your money back! Each
can makes nearly five gallons. Compare this mix with any other
brand and I think you'll see this is tops!
ZIPPY SPICED NUTS
(This is another very easy to make snack/gift with children)
4 T oil
2 tsp. sesame seeds
1/2 - 1 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin
dash cayenne ,optional, if you like something hot
1 1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 C. raw almonds
2 C. raw pecans
2 C. raw walnuts ( or any combination of nuts desired)
Raw sunflower seeds, optional
Pour oil into non-stick skillet. Add all ingredients EXCEPT
the sunflower seeds. Cook over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring
occasionally, be careful that nuts don't burn. Add sunflower
seeds, drain on brown paper sack and store in the refrigerator.
Yummy, healthy, habit forming! Package in jars, cans or holiday
decorated bags for gifts.
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