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In The Kitchen

Christmas Coal

1/4 cup butter
10.5 ounce bag mini marshmallows
1/8 tsp. black icing color
4 cups rice cereal

In a large pot melt butter and add marshmallows. Stir until melted, add black color and mix in well. Add rice cereal and stir until blended. Drop by small spoonfuls onto parchment paper. Be sure they are in odd shapes. Cool. Place 3 in a small cellophane bag and tie with ribbon. Include a tag saying...

"I heard you have been naughty not nice,
And Santa even checked his list twice.
So all the way from the cold North Pole
all you're getting is a bag of coal."

~Submitted by Trish

Baby Jesus Haystacks

Make haystacks to represent baby Jesus lying in the hay in the manger. This is really easy. No oven involved, just the microwave. You need: 1 package choc chips, ½ cup peanut butter, 4 cups chow mein noodles, and mini marshmallows. Melt choc chips and peanut butter together for 1 min in microwave, stir and microwave for additional 1 ½ min until melted. Add chow mein noodles and stir with 2 spoons/forks as tossing a salad. Drop onto waxed paper. Add a marshmallow to represent baby Jesus. Cute & the kids love them!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts Childcare

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Ritz Bitz Treat

I just made a snack item for Christmas. You take the Ritz Bitz sandwich crackers (with the peanut butter filling) and melt some chocolate down then stir the crackers in drop them on wax paper and sprinkle with candy sprinkles!! MMMMmmmmmmm, they are sooooooo good and soooooo easy!!

~Submitted by Sandy in MN

Crispy Bells

Ingredients: 3 TBS. margarine, 1 package (about 40) regular marshmallows, 6 cups rice krispies cereal, cooking spray, 1 pretzel stick per child and 1 gumdrop per child.

I'm sure you recognize the famous rice krispie squares recipe! Just make as usual, and allow to cool slightly, but not harden. Spray the inside of small plastic cups with the cooking spray. Also spray your hands! Fill the cups with the mixture. Add a gumdrop to the top. (This is the bell's "clapper). After about 10 minutes carefully take the mixture out of the cup. Insert the pretzel into the top of the bell to resemble the handle. Very cute---& the kids love making them & eating them!!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts Childcare

Edible Christmas Tree

Begin with a durable white plastic (Chinette type) plate turned upside down. Using a sugar cone inverted, allow the children to spread green frosting all over to represent the tree. Many cake decorating supplies are available to now "trim the tree". You attach the tree to the plate using white frosting. Using frosting cover the plate and add decorations: candy canes, gumdrops, gummy bears, etc.

Eggnog

In a blender container place 1 egg, 1 cup milk, 1 tablespoon softened cream cheese, 1/2 banana, 2 drops vanilla and a dash of ground cinnamon. Blend until smooth and creamy. Makes 3 small servings.

Edible Snowflakes Recipe

Ingredients:
Tortillas
Oil

Instructions:
Using the same technique as cutting out paper snowflakes, make snowflake shapes out of flour tortillas. Put a touch of oil in a pan and fry tortilla until it is crisp. Top with one or more of these ideas:

Sprinkle it with powdered sugar.
Spread butter on one side of the tortilla.
Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon and sugar.
Use bologna, turkey, ham, cheese, etc. and make a snowflake sandwich.

~Submitted by Megan

Cornflake Wreaths

Melt together 4 tablespoon butter or margarine and 3 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon green food coloring. Fold in 4 cups corn flakes until evenly coated. Shape the mixture into wreath shapes. Decorates with cinnamon candies.

Christmas Cocoa

Place 2-3 candy canes in a plastic bag - use a wooden mallet to crush the candy. Mix the candy together with 1 cup powdered coffee creamer, 1/4 cup cocoa, and 2 cup sifted confectioners sugar. Store in airtight container. To make the cocoa, combine 1/4 cup cocoa mix with 3/4 cup hot water.

Gingerbread Bowl

Use your favorite gingerbread cookie recipe. When dough is rolled out, shape it over a small stainless steel mixing bowl, shaping as needed to create a bowl shape. Cut small shapes out around rim of dough (which is still on the bowl). Put bowl (inverted) and dough, into a preheated 325 degree oven. Cook for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Remove bowl CAREFULLY and you now have a gingerbread bowl! You can use the remaining dough for cookies! The children will love all aspects of this!

Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees

Ice cream cones (sugar cones), green frosting, white frosting miscellaneous candy items. Take a sugar cone, turn it upside down & spread with thick, green or white frosting & add sprinkles & candies on to decorate it.

Stained Glass Cookies

Mix together your favorite sugar cookie recipe or use refrigerated sugar cookies. Roll the dough out on waxed paper and use cookie cutters to cut shapes. Cut a small circle from the center of each cookie and fill with crushed hard candy. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until browned and candy is melted.




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