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Gluten-Free Sugar Cookie Chex Party Mix

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We have a variety of get-togethers at my office that begin in November!  There’s a breakfast, a department lunch, a girls group that meets for coffee, appetizers after work with the suite I’m in, and even snacks for all the Hospitality Committee meetings to plan all the events. The folks I work with love to meet, and they love to eat!

With all of the holiday activities coming up, it’s great to have a simple go-to treat to share. Chex Party Mix has always been one of my favorites and a frequently requested treat.  During December, it’s fun to offer up something that’s familiar and traditional, but with an awesome twist.  This year, I’m bringing Sugar Cookie Chex Mix too many of the gatherings I attend.

This quick and simple recipe is quickly made in the microwave. It’s a crunchy, delicious version of a sugar cookie that you and your friends will eat by the handful.  Make it merry and make Chex Party Mix!


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I picked up everything I need for this at my favorite Publix grocery store. I can always count on them to have everything I need for holiday baking and cooking, even a lot of specialty items. I always find great prices, too. Publix has one of the best coupon acceptance policies of any store I know. Heads up on a couple of sales coming up at Publix.  There’s a BOGO Offer (12/14 – 12/21) and a sale on lots of the ingredients needed to make the Chex Party Mix on 12/10-1/6. Head over to Chex savings website  to print a few coupons that will save you even more on these items:

o $1 Off Any 3 Chex Cereals 12-14 oz (12/10 – 1/6)
o 2 for $6 Ghirardelli® Baking Chips 10-12 oz
o 2 for $5 Smart Balance® Natural Peanut Butter 16 oz
o $1.99 Dixie Crystals® Extra Fine Granulated Sugar 4lb
o 2 for $4.99 Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract 2 oz
o 2 for $5 Ziploc® brand Container 2-4 ct.

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookie Chex Mix 

Secret’s out! Combine butter and sugar with Chex cereal; microwave, and you have a yummy made-in-minutes party mix.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons water
  • 2 teaspoons Spice Islands Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Dixie Crystals Powdered Sugar
  • 1 oz white baking chocolate or 1/4 cup Ghirardelli® white vanilla baking chips
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons gluten-free colored edible glitter or sugar sprinkles

Steps

  1. In large microwavable bowl, measure Rice Chex cereal; set aside. Line cookie sheet with waxed paper or foil.
  2. In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave butter uncovered on High 30 seconds or until melted. Add granulated sugar and water; microwave uncovered on High 30 seconds or until mixture is heated and can be stirred smooth. Stir in Spice Islands Pure Vanilla Extract. Pour over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
  3. Microwave uncovered on High 4 minutes, stirring every minute, until thoroughly glazed. Sprinkle with Dixie Crystal powdered sugar; mix well.
  4. Spread on cookie sheet. In small microwavable bowl, microwave white chocolate uncovered on High 30 to 60 seconds, or until it can be stirred smooth. Place in small Ziploc resealable food-storage plastic bag; cut off small corner of bag. Squeeze bag to drizzle white chocolate over snack mix; sprinkle with edible glitter or your favorite holiday sprinkles. Cool until white chocolate is set, about 10 minutes.
  5. Store in airtight Ziploc container in refrigerator.

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Tips

  • Techniques: For an easy and even way to apply the powdered sugar, pour sugar into large resealable freezer bag. After removing cooked snack mix from microwave, let stand in bowl 1 to 2 minutes to cool, then pour into bag and shake!chex-mix-tip-to-coat
    • Healthy: Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredient sources can change.

    Nutrition

    • Serving Size: Calories 110 (Calories from Fat 35); Total Fat 4g (Saturated Fat 2 1/2g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 10mg; Sodium 125mg; Total Carbohydrate 18g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 8g); Protein 1g
    • % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 6%; Vitamin C 2%; Calcium 4%; Iron 20%
    • Exchanges: 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Carbohydrate Choice
    • MyPyramid Servings: 1 tsp Fats & Oils; 0 oz-eq Grains; 0 oz-eq Meat & Beans
    • *% Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

    Makes: 14 servings

    Try the chocolate and peanut butter yumminess of Gluten-Free Chex Muddy Buddies or grab a bag of caramels to give Chex Caramel Chocolate Drizzles a simple, but flavorful punch!

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Enjoy the holidays by the handful with easy, tasty Chex Party Mix recipes.

Creepy Cookie Puzzle – Pin This One Right Now!

Are you planning a Halloween party? Having little ghosts, goblins, princesses and pirates at your house this year? If you’re looking for a unique party treat or super fun party activity, try this giant Creepy Cookie Puzzle. In the end, it’s treats for all!

Puzzle Cookie

Begin with just a couple of ingredients – a roll of refrigerated sugar cookie dough and about a 1/2 cup of flour. Grab some parchment paper and some cute Halloween cookie cutters and you’re ready to get going!

Puzzle Cookie

 

Start by putting the cookie dough and flour in a bowl and mixing them together until they’re combined. I was super ambitious and thought this could be done elegantly with a spoon.  Wrong. Get in there with your hands and squish it all together.

Once it’s blended, roll out the dough on a piece of parchment paper or a large Silpat to about 11″ x 14″. My parchment paper is right at 11″ wide, so that made it easier. Use a little flour to keep the rolling pin from sticking.  It will seem thin, but it works out just fine. Don’t worry about even edges, you can trim them it it bothers you (shout out to my Type-A friends!)

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At this point, you’ll need to put on your imagination hat, and picture your final product. Arrange your cookie cutters according to where you’d like the puzzle pieces to be.

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This photo shows a light outline of where I envision a hill to be on the base. The top will be sky and the bottom is going to be the hill. Make the cut-outs, but don’t remove the cookie shapes, yet. TIP: In hind site, the small stars were not not a great choice and a bit difficult to work with. Not impossible, though, and they really looked cute.  It’s a personal preference…

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Using the parchment paper, carefully slide the whole thing onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes (this part will make your life much easier, so don’t skip it.)

Puzzle Cookie

Take the baking sheet out of the fridge and gently lift each cookie shape onto a small baking sheet. I use a small offset spatula, but the dough really is firm enough to do this by hand.

Puzzle Cookie

Bake the cookie shape in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 8-9 minutes or until golden. As these cook, they will spread as most cookies do. That’s ok, but we want them to fit back into their original spot. As soon as they come out of the oven, use the matching cookie cutter and trim it to its original size.

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The trimmed part will come right off and the best part is that you get to eat the scraps!

Puzzle Cookie

The large baking sheet goes in next. Same temperature, but for 12-15 minutes. Once again, the cookie will spread and the holes you’ve so carefully cut out will close in a little.

Cookie Puzzle base baked

Eek! Do the same thing as before and trim these up again as soon as the cookie comes out of the oven. Again…eat the scraps. Chef’s treat!

Puzzle Cookie

Ta-daa! All better.

Puzzle COokie

 

So, now comes the fun part. Time to decorate! Really there are no rules here. I used buttercream tinted with gel colors. If you’re good with royal icing and flooding cookies and all that, then by all means, go for it! I frosted each cookie first.

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Then I frosted the puzzle base – a gloomy, scary purple night sky and green rolling hill for the jack-o-lanterns to sit on.

Cookie Puzzle Base

 

I trimmed it with a little more black icing and then dropped the puzzle pieces back in! I really can’t even stand how adorable this turned out. To serve, aside from taking out the puzzle pieces to eat, we just cut the base into pieces. You could even go random on it and break off chunks as you like.

Puzzle Cookie

 

I really love the way this turned out! I think I’ll start thinking about one for Thanksgiving, then Christmas, too.  This would also make a yummy treat for Superbowl Sunday, laid out like a football field with helmet cutouts, maybe?

Have any cute ideas for this?