Saturday, November 27, 2010

Quality Time in the Kitchen

My younger sister and I are 7 years apart.  Now that we're adults it doesn't seem like such a large gap, but when we were kids it wasn't always so easy to find something we liked to do together.  Being in the kitchen , however, we were able to find some common ground.  We found ourselves stretching taffy with our mom, making caramel popcorn for our father's Christmas gift and inevitably making some kind of candy to send off to our relatives. Spending hours upon hours in the kitchen creating cookies and making candy during the holiday season was something we loved doing together.

Until recently my sister and I haven't lived near each other in many years.  To say we live close by now is even a bit of a stretch.  If you've ever tried to get to Virginia Beach from D.C. during the summer you'd understand what I'm getting at.  So it stands to reason that it's been an incredibly long time since we've been able to join forces in the kitchen together and have some fun.  This Thanksgiving we were able to do just that and I'm quite thankful we had such an opportunity.

After putting together a pumpkin pie pudding and apple pie with oat streusel we decided on an easy, crunchy, rather addicting little treat for ourselves.  Of all the things to make, we chose something we used to make together when we were younger, Chex Muddy Buddies.  We claimed we were making it for everyone, but managed to sit and eat the whole batch ourselves.  Oops. There is nothing glamorous or complicated about this snack. But it's the classic combo of chocolate and peanut butter that makes it so easy to eat. With crunchy Chex cereal, all dusted in powdered sugar, it's a quick treat to throw together and saves more time for the good stuff... like some quality time with family.

Chex Muddy Buddies

9cups Corn Chex®, Rice Chex®, Wheat Chex® or Chocolate Chex® cereal (or combination)
1cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2cup peanut butter
1/4cup butter 
1teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2cups powdered sugar
Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.

In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.

Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.


Lauren Corliss said...

Muddy Buddies are delicious, but in my mind nothing beats traditional Chex Party Mix. I've gotta get on the stick and get some put together!

Happy Holidays!

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