Cowboy Christmas Treats

christmas treats

 

 

Walla Walla author Shanna Hatfield's latest book, A Cowboy Christmas, is filled with traditions, decor and recipes for a fantastic holiday-cowboy style! Cowboy or not, everyone will love making and eating these simple, sweet treats.

 

Chocolate Chex Trees

These yummy and adorable trees are so simple to make and a great project if you have kids at home who need something to do. Set them on a disposable plate, foil-wrapped piece of cardboard, or a large sugar cookie wrapped in cellophane for gift-giving!

 

Ingredients: Makes 6 trees

3 cups Chocolate Chex™ cereal

6 pretzel sticks (the thick kind,
made for dipping)

½ cup peanut butter

¼ cup Nutella

3 tablespoons butter, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

Mix the peanut butter, Nutella, butter and powdered sugar in a bowl.

On whatever you plan to use for a base, mold the peanut butter mixture around the pretzel stick until it stands upright and forms a slight cone shape.

Hold it steady by using the tip of the pretzel as a handle and begin inserting pieces of cereal into the peanut butter mixture in a symmetrical pattern around the stick. You can tip the cereal pieces up or down, depending on your personal preference. Add more cereal pieces, staggering them as you move upward, until you get near the top.

For the top of the tree, use broken pieces or cut them in half to get the smaller scale of branches near the top.

Use two pieces of cereal back to back to form the top.

Dust with powdered sugar.

 

Elf snack mix

Ingredients: Serves 8

10 cups popped popcorn

1 package white chocolate candy melt

1 bag red and green M&M's

1 cup cocktail peanuts

2 cups pretzels

¼ cup Christmas sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

Mix popcorn with peanuts, pretzels and M&Ms. Set aside.

Melt white chocolate according to package directions and pour over popcorn mixture.
Stir well to coat. Top with Christmas sprinkles, if desired. Store in an airtight container to keep fresh.

 

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