This week Sunday Supper is showing you how you can make the holidays extra special by creating some wonderful gifts from your kitchen.
One of the things I love to do at the holidays is make homemade gifts for my friends and family. I have gotten my kids involved in it with me going back to when they were little bitty. I always had them make homemade cards and gifts because I just felt they were more personal and helped them to realize that you don't have to spend money to make someone happy. To this day I treasure each and every little treasure they made me, and many of the ornaments they made still decorate my Christmas tree every year.
What they really enjoyed helping me with was the baking. Not just because they got to lick the spoons, bowls, and beaters (although I do think that was a big part of it), but because I would let them pick some of the treats we would be making for everyone. Oh there were years that we ended up with a mish mash of candies sprinkled into the cookies or fudge, but then there were the ideas that ended up becoming a yearly tradition. Like chocolate dipped fortune cookies, and dark chocolate fudge with maraschino cherries. Last year we went the adult route and made Christmas Fire Balls, a spin on the classic rum ball made with cinnamon whiskey, oohhhhh they are good!
This year I discovered cookie butter and my heart went all a flutter! Have you tried it? OhhEmmmGeee if you haven't you need to rush to the store and by some.....NOW.....I'll wait.....
But seriously, it is amazing. My daughter, who was a huge Nutella fan, flipped for it, and my son tried to steal the entire jar!! When I have it in my cupboard I have to fight the urge to just grab a big ol' spoon and eat it straight from the jar. I guess I feel that slathering it on graham crackers is more civilized for some reason. So my little brain has been busy coming up with as many things as possible to use cookie butter in.
One of the new family favorites is my Chocolate and Cookie Butter Marble Brownies. Then I, of course, had to combine two of my loves in one great dessert by making Browned Butter Pumpkin Brownies with Biscoff (which is a fancy name for cookie butter) Buttercream Frosting. My son actually dropped everything he was doing when he found out I was making them, and drove straight to my house so he could have some.
I thought about making some cookie butter rice crispy treats (which will still probably happen), but I decided to go with a puppy chow AKA muddy buddies first. Kind of a Chex mix for the sweet lover, this stuff is
like crack seriously addictive. We all love it. I was going to give this batch to the kids, but Kevin put a stop to that real fast! It is so good that I have to limit myself to one handful and walk away. Do NOT take the container with you to the sofa....I can not be held to blame if you eat the whole thing!!
The next batch will be for gifts and you can best believe that it will be put into tins and wrapped ASAP so nobody can be tempted to eat it all!
1 year ago - Bacon Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Frosting
2 years ago - Gumbo with Chicken Sausage, and Shrimp
3 years ago - White Chocolate Chip Cookies with Rum Soaked Craisins
Cookie Butter Puppy Chow
- 2/3 cup cookie butter
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 12-ounce box Rice Chex cereal
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine cookie butter, butter, and chocolate chips until fully melted, stirring constantly. Slowly stir in cereal, mixing gently until cereal is completely coated (this will take a bit of time and patience).
- Transfer to a 2 gallon zip top bag bag, and pour in powdered sugar and shake shake shake until all of the pieces are coated with powdered sugar. Lay out to cool on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, then store in an airtight container.
Total time: 15 mins.
Tags: cookie butter, chocolate chips, Chex cereal, powdered sugar, Desserts and Sweets,
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