Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Holiday Crispies from Woman's Day magazine

Clover Crispies picture from Taste of Home

1 bag white chocolate chips *or Wilton Candy Melts
4 tbsp. butter
4 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies®
2 cups M&M’S® Brand Holiday Mix Milk Chocolate or Peanut Chocolate Candies
* I added holiday sprinkles.
1. Place 1 bag (12 oz.) of white chocolate chips and 4 tbsp. butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat at medium power for about 1 minute. Do not allow chocolate to burn.

2. Stir until mixture is smooth; combine with 4 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® and 2 cups M&M’S® Brand Holiday Mix Milk Chocolate or Peanut Chocolate Candies. Add sprinkles if you'd like to.

3. Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with foil, then pour the mixture. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Cut into 2-inch squares.

In my opinion: I made these for Valentine's Day this year using the Valentine mix M&Ms. The white chocolate wasn't as fluid as I'd like it to have been so I panicked and thought it wasn't going to mix well so I melted some pink Wilton candy melts and smoothed it over the top plus I added sprinkles. They tasted wonderful, but were very hard to cut and did not make perfect squares. Next time I'll try scoring the melts.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentine's Day

There are so many wonderful things you can do with food for Valentine's Day...

don't forget to make heart-shaped ice cubes, heart-shaped sandwiches, or heart-shaped pancakes. We let our kids spray whipped cream on their pancakes and use chocolate syrup and leftover sprinkles.

Valentine Pizza by Pillsbury

1 can (13.8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated classic pizza crust or 1 can (11 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated thin pizza crust
1 can (8 oz) pizza sauce
24 slices turkey pepperoni with 70% less fat
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (3 oz)

1. If using classic crust: Heat oven to 425°F. Lightly spray or grease large cookie sheet. If using thin crust: Heat oven to 400 F. Spray or grease 15x10-inch or larger dark or nonstick cookie sheet.
2. Unroll dough on work surface. With sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut dough into 4 rectangles. Place rectangles on cookie sheet. Cut 1-inch slit in center of wide edge of each dough portion; on opposite wide edge across from slit, pinch dough together to shape point of heart. Slightly separate each cut slit, and gently press dough into a 6x5-inch heart, creating slight rim on edge of dough.
3. Divide pizza sauce evenly onto hearts, spreading to within 1/2 inch of edges. Top each with 6 slices pepperoni and 3 tablespoons cheese.
4. Bake classic crust 13 to 16 minutes, thin crust 9 to 13 minutes, or until crust edges are golden brown and cheese is melted..

Heart Shaped Breadsticks by Pillsbury

1can (11 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated breadsticks
1egg, slightly beaten
1/4cup finely crushed nacho-flavored tortilla chips

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Separate dough into 12 breadsticks; stretch each until 12 inches long. Twist and shape each breadstick into heart shape; place on ungreased large cookie sheet.
2. Brush breadsticks with beaten egg; sprinkle with crushed chips.
3. Bake 10 to 13 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm..

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine Chex Mix by Betty Crocker

1/2 recipe

4 1/2 cups Rice Chex® cereal
1/2 cup white vanilla baking chips
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup red, white and pink candy-coated chocolate candies
2 tablespoons red or pink jimmies sprinkles

1.Place cereal in medium bowl. In small microwavable bowl, microwave vanilla chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
2.Place 1/2 of the cereal mixture in 1-gallon food-storage plastic bag. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper or foil; cool about 15 minutes.
3.Meanwhile, stir candies and sprinkles into remaining cereal mixture. Spread on waxed paper or foil; cool about 15 minutes.
4.In serving bowl, mix both cereal mixtures. Store in airtight container.

In my opinion: This was quick and easy or I would not have had time to make it with 4 small kids and an elderly father to take care of. It is super yummy!