Category: Holidays!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies are powdered sugar dusted chocolate peanut butter crispy treats you will love! They’re yummy snacks or holiday gifts!Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies are powdered sugar dusted chocolate peanut butter crispy treats you will love! They're yummy snacks or holiday gifts!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies are a fun little snack during the holidays… or anytime, for that matter. Perfect for snacking OR giving to friends as a food gift… they are sure to make someone smile!

I love these decadent little snacks… with a crunch and the taste of chocolate and peanut butter, they are perfect for serving at a party, or sitting in front of the TV watching a football game!  Best part… they are so easy to make!

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How To Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies

Measure out the Chex cereal into a LARGE bowl. I used corn and rice for this recipe.

The different crispy cereals for muddy buddies are placed into a large bowl.

Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a microwavable bowl on High for 1 minute. Remove and stir until creamy smooth. If necessary, microwave an additional 15 seconds, then stir until smooth. Do NOT overcook or chocolate will burn.

Mine was smooth after first minute of cooking and stirring well.  Once totally smooth, add the vanilla extract. Stir.  Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal. Stir well, to fully coat all the cereal.

Chocolate, peanut butter and butter are placed in bowl in microwave to melt.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies mixture is melted and ready to add to cereal.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies sauce is poured over crispy cereal.

Time To Coat The Muddy Buddies

Once all cereal has been coated with chocolate, place HALF the mixture into a separate clean LARGE bowl.  Add HALF the powdered sugar, and stir to fully coat. When done, remove the chocolate peanut butter muddy buddies to wax paper. Repeat this process with the other half of the cereal and powdered sugar.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies are coated with powdered sugar in bowl.

Let The Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies Cool

Spread the chocolate peanut butter muddy buddies out on wax paper and let them cool completely, before serving.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies are laid on wax paper, to dry.

Store the Muddy Buddies in an airtight covered container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.  Try to stay out of them, cause they are ADDICTING! It’s also fun to divide the mix up into fancy covered containers or jars and give this simple gift to friends over the holidays.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies should be stored in airtight container.

If you’re looking for another recipe using Chex cereal I hope you will check out my Chex Mix Munchies!  They are another great snack, made in the microwave!

Have a wonderful day! I sincerely hope you can find time during this busy time of year to quietly reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. You are deeply loved by the One who created you, and sent His only Son to earth that first Christmas to draw us all back to Him.

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Recipe Adapted From: The cookbook titled : “Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook”, Page 278, Wiley Publishing, Inc., Copyright 2010, General Mills.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies are powdered sugar dusted chocolate peanut butter crispy treats you will love! They're yummy snacks or holiday gifts!
Category: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: muddy buddies
Servings: 36 (approx. 9 cups total)
Calories Per Serving: 134 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 9 cups Chex cereal (any variety- I used half corn and half rice)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Place the cereal into a large bowl. Set the bowl aside.
  2. Place the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter into a microwaveable bowl. Cook this uncovered on the HIGH setting for 1 minute. Remove from microwave, and stir well. It is ready when all ingredients become smooth. If necessary, place back in microwave for15 additional seconds, then stir again until mixture is smooth.
  3. Stir vanilla extract into melted chocolate peanut butter mixture. Pour this mixture over the cereal. Stir well, until all is coated with chocolate. Once coated, pour HALF the cereal into a separate large clean bowl. Add HALF the powdered sugar. Stir well, until completely coated.
  4. Remove powdered sugar coated cereal to wax paper. Repeat process with other half of cereal and powdered sugar. Spread finished cereal on wax paper, until cool. This is the method I used.
  5. (Note: If desired, you can place all the cereal and powdered sugar in a 2 gallon plastic storage bag, and shake until covered).
  6. Store muddy buddies in a sealed, airtight container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 cup serving))
Calories 134 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 116mg5%
Potassium 108mg3%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 5.1mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Gingerbread Muffins

Need a little holiday inspiration? How about serving these delicious and festive looking Gingerbread Muffins for breakfast during the holidays? They are quick AND easy to make!Serve these delicious and festive Gingerbread Muffins for breakfast during the holidays! They are quick, easy to make, and taste wonderful!
I found the recipe in a cookbook that my friend Debbie gave me several years ago. I was browsing through the cookbook getting recipe ideas, but when I saw how easy these muffins were to make, I ran downstairs and whipped some up for our breakfast!  They tasted fantastic (I think my hubby ate THREE of them- they were that good!

The recipe is absolutely simple to make. If you can stir and pour batter into muffin tins, YOU can make these!!! The muffins have a wonderful gingerbread flavor and have a nice “rise” to them. Here’s how you make them:

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Prepare The Batter for The Gingerbread Muffins

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and prepare 12 cup standard sized muffin tin by spraying the bottom only, OR by placing paper baking cups into each muffin cup.  Beat together brown sugar, molasses, milk, oil and one egg in a large bowl. You can easily use a spoon for this.

Batter is mixed together for gingerbread muffins.

Add remaining ingredients (flour, baking powder, ginger, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and ground allspice to the batter. Stir to mix ingredients only until flour is incorporated and moistened. Do not over stir.

Dry ingredients are added to gingerbread muffin batter in bowl.

Gingerbread muffin batter is reading to put into muffin cups to bake.

Fill the Muffin Cups Then Bake

Spoon the batter evenly into prepared muffin cups. Each muffin cup should only be filled HALF full with the batter.

Batter for gingerbread muffins is divided into muffin holders.

Bake muffins at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Check muffins at 18 minutes. Mine only took 18 minutes, so I was glad I checked them. This is necessary because oven temps. vary quite a bit!

Once done, immediately remove the gingerbread muffins from the baking pan, and place them on a wire rack to cool.  Once cooled, they are ready to eat… as is, OR you can fancy them up (can’t help myself!).

Gingerbread muffins out of oven, cooling on wire rack.

Making Icing To Decorate The Gingerbread Muffins

If you want to “fancy them up” a bit, while muffins are cooling off stir together a mixture of powdered sugar, vanilla, and water until the icing is thick enough to drizzle over tops of muffins. I had some red sparkly sugar in my pantry, so I also lightly sprinkled the icing with red sugar after drizzling it on. (Multi-colored sprinkles would add a fun touch, too!).

Powdered sugar icing is mixed to drizzle on gingerbread muffins.

Gingerbread muffins are drizzled with powdered sugar icing and red sprinkles.

Let the icing firm up just a bit, then the gingerbread muffins are ready to eat!  Here’s a peek at the inside of one before it got gobbled up!  My husband enjoyed his warm muffins with a tiny touch of butter, which he said made them perfect!

One of the gingerbread muffins is cut in half to see inside.

It’s such an easy recipe to make and it was kind of fun to have GINGERBREAD muffins for breakfast, right in the middle of the Christmas holidays!  Hope you enjoy them.  I sincerely hope you are finding JOY in this season. Merry Christmas!

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Recipe Adapted From:The cookbook titled : “Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook”, Page 158, Wiley Publishing, Inc., Copyright 2010, General Mills.

Gingerbread Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
28 mins
 
Serve these delicious and festive Gingerbread Muffins for breakfast during the holidays! They are quick, easy to make, and taste wonderful!
Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gingerbread muffins
Servings: 12
Calories Per Serving: 255 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Muffin Batter:
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
For Decorative Icing (to drizzle on finished muffins):
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Few drops of water (a little at a time until desired thickness is reached)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. spray the bottoms (only) of a 12 standard sized muffin cups with non-stick spray OR insert paper muffin baking cups into each cup.
  2. Mix the the brown sugar, molasses, oil, milk, and egg together in a large bowl with a spoon. Mix well.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients (flour, baking powder, ginger, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and allspice). Stir only until all ingredients are mixed in together... do not overmix.
  4. Divide and spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups (only fill HALFWAY).
  5. Bake muffins at 400 degrees F for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of muffin comes out clean. It's best to check them at the 18 minute mark, as oven temperatures vary.
  6. When done, immediately remove muffins from baking pan to a wire rack to cool. Once they have cooled down they are ready to serve warm (unless you wish to add a decorative drizzle).
  7. If you wish to drizzle icing over the top of finished muffins, place powdered sugar and vanilla in small bowl. Stir in a few drops of water, stirring as you go. Continue adding a drop or two of water and stirring, until icing is thick enough to drizzle on top of muffins. Wait until muffins are completely cool before drizzling icing on top. Lightly dust with colored sugar or sprinkles, if desired. Let icing firm up on muffins, then serve! Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 158mg7%
Potassium 281mg8%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tex-Mex Party Nuts

Tex-Mex party nuts are slightly sweet and slightly spicy! These Southwest flavor-inspired roasted mixed nuts will be a big hit at your next party!Tex-Mex party nuts are slightly sweet and slightly spicy! These Southwest flavor-inspired roasted mixed nuts will be a big hit at your next party!
If you are looking for a delicious appetizer for your next party (or just want a unique snack), you should give these Tex-Mex Party Nuts a try! Slightly sweet, slightly spicy and totally addicting, they will be a big hit, AND they are EASY to prepare!

I found the recipe in a cookbook a friend of mine gave me several years ago for Christmas. I was anxious to try it, so I patiently waited until my husband bought an “industrial strength size” jar of mixed nuts at Costco! Then I smuggled enough nuts out of the jar to make this recipe.

Wow- I am sure glad I did! These snacks are amazing, they’re easy to make with a few simple household spices, in only a few minutes!

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How To Make Tex-Mex Party Nuts

Measure the mixed nuts into a large bowl. Add melted butter, and stir well, until the nuts are fully coated.

A large bowl of roasted mixed nuts in a bowl.

Mixed nuts are coated with melted butter before adding spices.

In a separate small bowl, mix together the spices EXCEPT for the granulated sugar (save that for later!). Sprinkle the spice mix over the mixed nuts, and stir to fully coat.

Spice mixture is poured into bowl of butter roasted nuts.

A mixture of spices are stirred into the mixed nuts before baking.

Time To Bake The Tex-Mex Party Nuts

Spread the spiced nuts onto a 15x10x1 inch baking pan. Place the seasoned nuts in a single layer. Bake, uncovered, in a 300 degree oven for 10 minutes. When done, immediately pour the hot spiced nuts into a medium bowl.

All the mixed nuts are baked in single layer on a large pan.

Sprinkle the nuts with granulated sugar while they are still HOT from the oven. Stir the sugar in well, to make sure the nuts are fully coated.

Roasted nuts are sprinkled with sugar just as soon as they are out of oven.

Mixed seasoned and roasted nuts are coated with spices and sugar, and are ready to serve.

Time to Eat!

Let the nuts cool completely, then serve these absolutely DELICIOUS Tex-Mex party nuts on a pretty plate or in a serving bowl.

Tex-Mex Party Nuts served as an appetizer snack, on a white plate.

Close up photo of Tex-Mex party nuts on white plate.

The Tex-Mex Party Nuts also make a lovely gift during the holidays. Simply place them into a canning jar, then decorate, and enjoy giving them as a gift to a friend! Other delicious items for gift-giving are Maple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts, Spiced Tea Mixcandied citrus peels or candied orange, cinnamon & clove spiced pecans!

Tex-Mex Party Nuts can be placed in a decorated jar and given as a holiday gift.

The first time I made these Tex-Mex party nuts I was afraid (before trying them) that they might be TOO spicy, but was pleasantly surprised to find out they were NOT!  They have a perfect combo of slightly sweet and slightly spicy ingredients!

The nuts will keep for up to 3 weeks, if you store them in an airtight covered container at room temperature.  This recipe is EASILY doubled… or tripled.  Sure hope you will give them a try, because they are quite tasty! If you enjoy these roasted nuts, you will probably also enjoy my delicious Coconut Candied Cashews! They are DELICIOUS!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you will come back soon for more delicious recipes. Don’t forget- you can find ALL of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. Have a GREAT day!

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Recipe Adapted From: The cookbook titled : “Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook”, Page 272, Wiley Publishing, Inc., Copyright 2010, General Mills.

Tex-Mex Party Nuts
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Tex-Mex party nuts are slightly sweet and slightly spicy! These Southwest flavor-inspired roasted mixed nuts will be a big hit at your next party!

Category: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southwest
Keyword: Tex Mex party nuts
Servings: 8 servings (1/4 cup each)
Calories Per Serving: 247 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups salted mixed nuts
  • Tablespoons butter , melted
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red cayenne pepper
  • --------------------------------------------------------
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar (set aside)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Place mixed nuts in a medium sized bowl. Add melted butter and stir until the nuts are fully coated.
  3. In a small bowl, place all spices EXCEPT for the granulated sugar. Mix together. Sprinkle spice mix over the buttered mixed nuts, and stir until coated.
  4. Place nuts onto a 10 x15 x 1 inch baking pan in a single layer. Bake the nuts uncovered for 10 minutes. The nuts should be fully roasted. Remove nuts from oven and immediately place them into a bowl.
  5. Sprinkle the nuts with the granulated sugar while the nuts are still HOT. Stir to coat. Let the nuts cool completely, then serve. (If storing, the nuts will keep for about 3 weeks in a covered airtight container at room temperature).

Nutrition Facts
Tex-Mex Party Nuts
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 31mg1%
Potassium 224mg6%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Gingerbread Bundt Cakes With Cinnamon Icing

Miniature gingerbread bundt cakes with cinnamon icing are delicious, and make a wonderful gift to give friends and family during the holidays!Miniature gingerbread bundt cakes with cinnamon icing are delicious, and make a wonderful gift to give friends and family during the holidays!
Do you enjoy gingerbread?  I sure do. The warm flavors of the spices has always been a favorite of mine. There is quite a bit of history behind this beloved cake. You can read all about gingerbread here.

A few years ago I enjoyed making miniature Gingerbread Cakes With Cinnamon Icing to give to our neighbors and friends. Using a miniature bundt pan (preferably a 12 cup pan), I was able to make two dozen of these delicious food gifts to give away!

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How Many Gingerbread Bundt Cakes Will This Recipe Make?

The recipe is simple to prepare, and as written, makes approximately 24 cute, mini bundt cakes.  Each individual sized gingerbread-flavored cake is covered with a delicious creamy Cinnamon icing (or glaze), then drizzled with chocolate to “fancy” them up.

The gingerbread bundt cakes are then garnished with a pecan and a mint sprig. When I made these, I doubled the amount of cinnamon icing. With double the amount of cinnamon icing, it covered more of the top of each cake.

Gingerbread bundt cakes are frosted, then garnished with a pecan and a fresh mint sprig.

Another Way To Serve These Gingerbread Bundt Cakes

Another option for serving these yummy treats is to leave the cinnamon icing off of the finished cakes. When ready to serve, cover the tops of each cake with whipped cream and a light dusting of cinnamon. The gingerbread bundt cakes are delicious served this way, as well.

Gingerbread bundt cakes can also be topped with whipped cream, sprinkled with cinnamon.

Great For Gift-Giving!

It was fun to wrap up each individual mini cake (the ones with the cinnamon icing) and decorate them with pretty seasonal Fall leaves and ribbons. Gingerbread bundt cakes are also a wonderful Christmas gift for friends who enjoy food! They are a nice homemade gift to share (from our kitchen) with our friends and neighbors.

If you enjoy giving food gifts like gingerbread bundt cakes to family and friends, be sure to check out my recipes for Spiced Tea Mix, Old-Fashioned Fudge, and Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies.  These, along with other recipes for holiday goodies are available in my Recipe Index, at the top of each blog post.

The little gingerbread bundt cakes taste wonderful… they are LOADED with flavor!  Sure hope you will consider making these little edible gifts for those you love!  They would be a perfect food gift for the holidays!

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Gingerbread Bundt Cakes With Cinnamon Icing / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From:  http://thesepeasarehollow.blogspot.com/2010/10/gingerbread-bundts.html

Gingerbread Bundt Cakes With Cinnamon Icing
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Miniature gingerbread bundt cakes with cinnamon icing are delicious, and make a wonderful gift to give friends and family during the holidays!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gingerbread bundt cakes
Servings: 24 mini cakes
Calories Per Serving: 216 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Gingerbread Cakes:
  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ salt
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 cube unsalted butter (melted, then brought to room temp.)
  • ¾ cup dark molasses
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg (large)
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup milk
For Cinnamon Glaze:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 6-8 Tablespoons milk (depends on how thick or thin you want icing!)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • (OPTIONAL) Melted chocolate for drizzle, whole pecans and/or mint sprigs for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour the miniature bundt pan cups.
  2. Place flour, baking soda, salt, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, cocoa powder, cinnamon and ginger in a medium sized bowl. Whisk together until combined.
  3. Using an electric mixer or a stand mixer, combine molasses, granulated sugar and melted (but at room temperature) butter until blended well. Add the egg to this mixture, and continue beating until ingredients are completely combined.
  4. Slowly pour in the buttermilk, followed by the milk, beating slowly as you add, until ingredients are combined. Add the dry ingredients from the medium bowl (flour, spices, etc.) in small increments to the wet ingredients in mixing bowl, beating well after each addition. Be sure to scrape down the sides of bowl as you go. Stop mixing when ingredients have all been added and are just incorporated into batter.
  5. Pour or spoon batter into each prepared bundt pan cup, filling each to 3/4 of the way full. Smooth the top of the batter. Bake at 350 degrees, with the pan on the middle rack of oven, for approx. 30 minutes, OR until a toothpick that is inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Remove pan to a wire rack. Let cakes cool for 15-20 minutes, then remove cakes from pan to wire rack.
  6. To prepare icing: Place the powdered sugar, cinnamon and milk in medium sized bowl. Mix well with a fork until smooth. Too thin? Add powdered sugar. Too thick? Add milk. Pour or spread icing over tops of each cooled cake. Let icing firm up before serving.
  7. If desired, drizzle melted chocolate over each cake. Garnish with a whole pecan or walnut, then add a sprig of mint for a festive garnish. Let chocolate firm up before serving or wrapping. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Bundt Cakes With Cinnamon Icing
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 216 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 40mg2%
Potassium 192mg5%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  We really do have so much to be thankful for, if you think about it.  Enjoy this holiday; hopefully you will be able to carve out some quiet time of reflection, and give thanks for God’s many blessings, large or small in your life.Happy Thanksgiving / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

One of the quotes I LOVE is this “There is ALWAY something to be thankful for”.  My sincere hope is that your day is filled with laughter, love, fantastic food, and the gift of family and friends. May your celebration be sweet!

From our home in Oregon to yours… Happy Thanksgiving!

Our dining room table is set and ready for a happy Thanksgiving.

May your Thanksgiving celebration be made even more special by sharing it with your loved ones. God Bless You, and truly hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving.

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Gingerbread Scones

Gingerbread Scones flavored with cinnamon and molasses and drizzled with vanilla glaze are a delicious family treat during the holidays or any time!Gingerbread Scones flavored with cinnamon and molasses and drizzled with vanilla glaze are a delicious family treat during the holidays or any time!
I made Gingerbread Scones recently (trying a new recipe). If you know me, you KNOW I love a good scone. It felt weird… like it “should” be Christmas time when I made them, but it was 90+ degrees outside and the middle of summer! Who cares if it’s hot or cold outside… when you’ve got a tasty breakfast treat in one hand and a mug of coffee in the other!

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We Sure Do Enjoy Our Scones

Do YOU enjoy a good scone?  If you like scones (that aren’t dry and crumble like sawdust), then I hope you will check out my Recipe Index for all my other delicious scone recipes.

I’ve posted the recipes for Cinnamon Chip Scones, Cranberry Orange Scones, and Banana Nut Scones, to name a few. Here’s a photo of just some of the delicious scones you can find on this blog.

A picture collage of some of the scones on this blog.

How To Make Gingerbread Scones

Place flour, brown sugar, ginger, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in mixing bowl. Cut in the COLD butter with a pastry blender (or two forks), until the mixture is the size of small peas.

Cold butter is cut into dry ingredients for gingerbread scones, with a pastry cutter.
Mix together the molasses, egg yolk, and milk in a small bowl, until combined.

Molasses, egg yolk and milk are combined for gingerbread scones batter.
Pour the molasses mixture into the flour mixture. Stir until dough is moistened and has come together.

Molasses mixture is poured into dry ingredients for gingerbread scone batter.

The mixture will be slightly crumbly. Place the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead the dough 6-7 times, incorporating the crumbles into dough, and it forms a solid ball.

The dough for gingerbread scones is very crumbly.

Roll The Dough Into Circle And Slice

Pat or roll the dough ball out into an 8 inch circle, then slice evenly into 8 pieces.

The dough for gingerbread scones is rolled into 8 inch circle.

Gingerbread scones dough is cut into 8 wedges before baking.

Put the gingerbread scones onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet; keep them about an inch apart from each other. Whisk an egg white until it becomes frothy. Using a pastry brush, evenly brush the egg white over the top of each scone wedge. Sprinkle the top of each scone with coarse sugar (I used raw sugar).

Egg whites are brushed onto tops of gingerbread scones before baking.

Bake The Gingerbread Scones

Bake the gingerbread scones in a preheated 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes. Mine took the entire 15 minutes to turn golden brown. When done, remove baking sheet from oven. Transfer the scones to a wire rack (including the parchment paper). Let cool.

Baked gingerbread scones, right out of the oven.
I moved the scones near our open kitchen window to cool in the morning air. See the raw sugar glistening on the top of the scones?

Baked gingerbread scones cooling on a wire rack after baking.Drizzle The Scones With Icing

It’s not necessary to garnish the scones once they’ve cooled off, but I wanted to add a bit of pretty icing to each one to make them look even better!  To do this, simply mix up powdered sugar, water, and a bit of cinnamon into a glaze-like consistency.

Pour the glaze into a squeeze bottle (you can also use a resealable bag, then snip a little corner off the bottom) and decorate the scones with the icing.

Gingerbread scones are decorated with a vanilla glaze on top.
Let the glaze firm up just a bit, and then the gingerbread scones are all done! Ready to eat… so where’s my huge mug of coffee?

Gingerbread scones with vanilla glaze icing on top.

Hope you will consider trying this recipe! It certainly doesn’t have to be the Holiday season to enjoy a good scone now, does it?  Have a fantastic day!

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Recipe source: http://heritageschoolhouse.blogspot.com/2009/11/gingerbread-scones-8-servings-2-cups.html

Gingerbread Scones
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 
Gingerbread Scones flavored with cinnamon and molasses and drizzled with vanilla glaze are a delicious family treat during the holidays or any time!
Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gingerbread scones
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 296 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Scones:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup COLD butter (1/2 a cube)
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg , separated
  • Coarse sugar (for dusting tops of scones prior to baking)
For Icing (to decorate scones)
  • Powdered Sugar (approx. 1 cup)
  • Few dribbles of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In medium bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda, ginger, salt and cinnamon. Using a pastry blender (or two forks), cut in COLD butter until mixture is about the size of small peas.
  2. In separate bowl, combine molasses, milk and egg yolk until fully mixed. Pour this into the dry ingredients in other bowl. Stir until just moistened. (Mixture was fairly crumbly. I added just a smidge more milk).
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, then knead dough about 7-8 times. Shape dough into an 8 inch circle (using your hands). Using a sharp knife, cut into 8 equal sized pieces.
  4. Place scones onto a greased (or parchment paper covered) baking sheet. Place the dough wedges about an inch apart (but still in a circle shape).
  5. In a small dish, beat the egg white until it is frothy. Brush the egg white over the top of each scone using a pastry brush. Sprinkle scones with coarse sugar.
  6. Bake scones in preheated 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes, or until they are light, golden brown in color. When done, remove to wire rack. Let cool.
  7. To add decorative icing to the scones, mix together powdered sugar, vanilla extract and a teaspoon of water. Stir well. Continue to add a couple drops of water at a time until you have an icing that is "drizzle-able" (not too thick... not too thin). Place icing into a plastic squeeze bottle and decoratively drizzle over cooled scones OR place icing into a resealable plastic storage bag, snip a little piece off the bottom corner, and decorate.
Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Scones
Amount Per Serving (1 scone)
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 283mg12%
Potassium 363mg10%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 220IU4%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Happy 4th of July!

I really like this quote from celebrated author Erma Bombeck, which is really quite fitting for our July 4th celebration today…Happy 4th of July

May you enjoy this special day celebrating our FREEDOM!  I am truly GRATEFUL for the freedoms that are mine as a citizen of this great country, and for those who have made it possible throughout our history because of their hard fought determination and sacrifice.

May God continue to bless America.

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!  I am celebrating this day that changed the world… and my life, FOREVER!Happy Easter / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

May you have a Happy Easter, as you celebrate the sacrifice that was made on our behalf. Truly amazing love.

Our family is rejoicing over a risen Savior!… Happy Easter!

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Merry Christmas 2015!

Merry Christmas 2015!

I love this quote from “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”, by Dr. Seuss:

 “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

Merry Christmas 2015!

Thank You!

Just a quick note to say thank you to all who have visited this blog in 2015. I am taking a two week break over the holidays to narrow my focus onto the TRUE meaning of this blessed season… the birth of Jesus.

My life has been forever changed because of His mercy, grace and unconditional love for me. I am so very GRATEFUL.  My hope and prayer is that this Christmas season holds special meaning for you, as well.

I look forward to a new year and sharing many delicious recipes in 2016 with you. God Bless!

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Chex Mix Munchies – Made In The Microwave!

Chex Mix Munchies are a classic treat that has been updated to make in a microwave oven. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying this crunchy snack!Chex Mix Munchies are a classic treat that has been updated to make in a microwave oven. Before you know it, you'll be enjoying this crunchy snack!
My Great Aunt used to make Chex Mix every year. It was a treat, as a young girl at Christmas time, to grab a big handful from what seemed like a never empty bowl of this snack when we visited her home.

My Great Aunt would make then bake her chex mix for hours before we arrived, then serve it to all of us hungry kids. That seems like a lot of work, so I am thankful for a much quicker method to make this delicious, classic snack!

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It’s Now A LOT Easier To Make Chex Mix Munchies!

Well, nowadays we can make Chex Mix Munchies in a microwave oven, in under 15 minutes! Ah yes… the wonders of modern technology! Instant satisfaction for those munchie cravings, without all the time it used to take to make them!

Making this great snack is as easy as mixing the ingredients together, mixing melted butter and spices, stirring, and cooking it in the microwave. Boom! Instant chex mix munchies! Our family polished off a huge bowl of chex mix munchies while playing cards! Holy cow! They are soooo yummy! Here’s how to make this classic appetizer in the microwave!

How To Make Chex Mix Munchies

Put ingredients in a large microwavable bowl. Bet you won’t even break into a sweat doing that!

Chex mix munchies getting ready to be microwaved.

Melt the butter in a small microwave-safe dish in the microwave.

Butter is melted to make sauce for chex mix munchies.

Mix up the spices and Worcestershire sauce in a separate bowl. Add this mixture to the melted butter, and stir to combine.

Worcestershire sauce and spices added to melted butter for chex mix.

Pour this seasoning mixture over the Chex mix munchies. Stir really well, and distribute sauce evenly over all the ingredients.

Sauce added to chex mix in bowl, then stirred to blend.

Time To Cook Them In The Microwave

Microwave the chex mix on high for 5-6 minutes, stirring the mixture well, every 2 minutes. When done, spread the Chex mix munchies out on paper towels, so they can cool completely.

Chex mix munchies are microwaved then cooled before serving.

Storing This Snack Mix

Once they’re completely cool, store the Chex Mix Munchies in an airtight covered container. That’s it, and see how easy it is to make this scrumptious, addictive snack?

Store the chex mix in an airtight resealable container.

The recipe for chex mix munchies makes about twenty four 1/2 cup servings. That’s plenty for everyone to eat, OR to package part of it up and give as gifts!! I really hope you enjoy these addicting snacks, and don’t say I didn’t warn you. They are scrumptious, and it will be hard to keep out of them!

Have a great day, and please come back again soon, for more yummy recipe ideas. Take care.

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Chex Mix Munchies - Made In The Microwave!
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
11 mins
 
Chex Mix Munchies is a classic treat that has been updated to make in a microwave oven. Before you know it, you'll be enjoying this crunchy snack!
Category: Appetizer/Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chex mix munchies
Servings: 24 servings (1/2 cup each)
Calories Per Serving: 212 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Corn Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 cup Cheerios (I used Team Cheerios)
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups stick pretzels (bit size)
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Instructions
  1. Put the cereals, nuts, pretzel sticks, and Cheerios in a large microwavable bowl. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a small microwavable bowl until melted (about 35-40 seconds on high). Stir in Worcestershire sauce, seasoning salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. When completely blended, pour this over the bowl of cereal mix.
  3. Microwave on high for 5-6 minutes (UNCOVERED). Every 2 minutes, stir the ingredients to continue coating everything. When done, spread the Chex Mix out on paper towel and let them cool completely.
  4. Once cool, store Chex Mix Munchies in a covered container.
Nutrition Facts
Chex Mix Munchies - Made In The Microwave!
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/2 cup serving))
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 483mg21%
Potassium 179mg5%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 620IU12%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 99mg10%
Iron 12.2mg68%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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