Friday, December 23, 2011

Countdown to Christmas: Gingerbread Party Mix

Oh, crap.  Your next door neighbor just delivered a bourbon-soaked fruitcake as a holiday gift.  They weren't on your list...after all, that legal wrangle about where the fence should go have made things a little (ahem) uncomfortable.  No's the gift you can give back...if you're so inclined.

A quick trip to the grocery store and a raid of your spice cabinet will bear delicious results.  Oh...and you can make it for people you actually like as well.

Gingerbread Party Mix
Makes about 7 cups.  (But make several batches and put in cool tins to share.  The boxes of cereal make 2-3 batches.)

3 cups Cinnamon Chex cereal

3 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 ½ cups cinnamon graham snacks
6 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons crystallized ginger, chopped (Hint: Buy this in bulk at your gourmet market and save some bucks.)
¼ cup white vanilla baking chips

In a large microwavable bowl, add cereals and graham snacks; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on high 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and vanilla until blended. Pour over cereal and stir until coated.

Microwave uncovered on high 5 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. Stir in ginger until blended. Spread mixture onto paper towels. In small microwavable cup, microwave vanilla baking chips uncovered on high 1 minute, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted. Drizzle over snack; let stand until set. Store in airtight container.

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