Every year, our family has an annual cookie exchange where each participant makes one type of cookie and brings a full dozen for each of the other participants.
This year, we had 9 people participating, so we needed to make 9 dozen cookies. For the past several years, I have made a brownie cupcake topped with marshmallows and M&Ms, but this year I wanted to switch things up a bit.
You can see that brownie recipe and read a bit more on our family competition for “best presentation” in last year’s cookie exchange update.
This year, I decided to create a Mulled Cider Biscotti (recipe will be here on the blog tomorrow, so check back!)
We judge our fun competition based on packaging of the cookies (not on the cookies themselves), and while I usually go far below the bar with just a ziploc bag, this year I decided to step it up a bit and packaged them with some pretty ribbon.
Still simple, yet festive looking. I wasn’t going for the “WIN”, but at least wanted to put a *little* effort in 😉
I had also heard a tip while watching The Chew last week that it’s now trendy to serve snacks in a tall jar or glass wine decanter so party guests need to tip the vessel to dump out the snacks rather than digging their fingers into a bowl over and over again, so I wanted to incorporate a jar and a snack to go along with my cookies.
As a yummy treat to go along with the sweet theme of the cookies, I decided to create a Vanilla Bean Puppy Chow recipe.
Some people call it Puppy Chow, some call it Muddy Buddy Mix, or some just call it Chex Mix. Whatever you want to call it, it’s DEFINITELY worth making!
- 14 oz white "chocolate" candy wafers
- 8 tablespoons Tastefully Simple Vanilla Bean Chai drink mix
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 12 cups Rice Chex Cereal
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 additional tablespoons Tastefully Simple Vanilla Bean Chai drink mix
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 1 bag chocolate candies (we used red & green mint M&Ms)
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt the candy wafers on defrost for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until the wafers are almost fully melted.
- Whisk in the vegetable oil until smooth, and then whisk in 8 tablespoons of the Chai mix.
- In a large bowl, pour the mixture over Rice Chex cereal, and lightly stir until the cereal is evenly coated.
- Once covered, mix the powdered sugar and additional Chai mix in a small bowl.
- Add the powdered sugar mixture to the bowl of coated cereal and stir slowly until each piece is evenly covered. Stir in mini marshmallows and chocolate candies. Enjoy!
Quick link: You can find Tastefully Simple Vanilla Bean Chai on my website, oh and I picked up the clear milk bottles pictured above at Pat Catan’s for just a dollar each!
Do you have a serving tip for parties that you like to use and/or a favorite Chex recipe? Let us know in the comments below!
Happy Chex Mixing!~ Kim Denne