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Top 5 Best Christmas Snacks To Have At Any Gathering


Peppermint Reindeer Bark

These little treats are adorable and delicious. Great for a gift or any family gathering for big and little kids. Watch this short video with instructions.

Santa Hat Brownies

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate
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  • 9 fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup vanilla frosting

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Combine flour, salt, and baking soda together in a small bowl and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, and oil for 2 MINUTES!
  • Whisk in water and vanilla extract until fully incorporated.
  • Whisk in the dry ingredients.
  • Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in microwave on 30-second intervals until melted, stirring in between, about 60 seconds.
  • Whisk melted chocolate into the brownie batter until fully combined.
  • Mix in the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.
  • Pour batter into baking pan.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and transfer to a baking rack to cool.
  • Cut into 9 brownies and pipe a circle of frosting (I used store-bought because you need so little) on each one, top with a strawberry that has had the stem sliced off, then pipe a little dollop of frosting on the point of the strawberry to complete the hat.

Reindeer Chow

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup dry brownie mix or 1 cup powdered sugar mixed with 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 bag Christmas M&M’s 12 ounce bag
  • 2 cups mini peanut butter cups
  • 2 cups pretzel twists

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Place the cereal in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine the chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave the chocolate mixture for 30 second intervals until melted; stir until smooth.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal and use a spatula to gently toss the cereal in the chocolate until completely coated.
  • Place the brownie mix inside a resealable gallon sized plastic bag. Add the chocolate coated cereal. Seal, then shake until cereal is coated in the brownie mix.
  • Spread the cereal out in a single layer on a sheet of parchment paper; cool completely until dry.
  • Combine the cereal, M&M’s, peanut butter cups and pretzel twists, then serve.

M&M’s Christmas Cookie Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of firmly packed golden brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of Christmas M&M’s plus more for topping
  • 1 cup of mini chocolate chips plus more for topping
  • 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil, leave some overhang to make removal easier.
  3. Spray foil generously with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar together until fluffy.
  5. Add in eggs and vanilla extract and continue to beat.
  6. Lower speed of mixer and add flour, baking soda and salt and mix until combined.
  7. Add M&M’s and mini chocolate chips and give a final stir, reserving some M&M’s, mini chocolate chips and white chocolate chips for topping cookie bars.
  8. Transfer cookie dough to prepared baking dish.
  9. Press additional M&M’S, mini chocolate chips and white chocolate chips into top of cookie dough.
  10. Bake 35 to 40 minutes on oven rack in lower third of oven to prevent over browning.
  11. Let cool completely and cut.

Christmas Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 1-2 bags plain popcorn
  • 24 oz vanilla bark or candy coating
  • 1-2 cups plain christmas M&Ms
  • crushed candy canes
  • red candy coating
  • green candy coating

Instructions

  1. Start by popping the popcorn. When it’s done pour it into a bowl making sure no kernels are in the bowl.
  2. Break your candy coating into squares (it makes it melt better) and place in a pan on low heat. Stir until it is all melted.
  3. Pour candy coating over the popcorn and mix until all the popcorn is coated.
  4. Add M&Ms (however many you want) and spread out onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Top with crushed candy canes and drizzle candy melts on top.
  6. Refrigerate for a bit but take out ½ hour before you eat it so it’s not so hard. ENJOY!