Holiday Treats {Recipes}

This time of year usually means lots of holiday work festivities.  Most of them requiring you to bring a food dish and sometimes a gift.  This year we chose to do the Chinese Christmas game.  Choosing what to bring gets really interesting based on the dynamic of the group.  Out of the eight of us, we had one semi-strict vegetarian, one who used to be vegetarian until this year but has never eaten pork, one who doesn't eat beef or pork, five who eat everything, two who don't put up Christmas trees, two with no pierced ears, and one who always brings gag gifts.  So when purchasing random gifts and deciding what foods to make, lots of considerations must be made.

I love to bake but one thing I've learned over the years is that when you bake while tired, even when you follow the recipe to the "t", it still doesn't seem to come out right.  So, I opted to bake only one dish (for the office folks) and make one easy chex mix dish for the party.  And thankfully, the baked dish was excellent!

Dish One:  White Chocolate Chex Party Mix

This dish was a major hit.  I followed the recipe exactly, with the exception of using Honey Nut Cheerios instead of plain ones.  I will be making these again.  And I'm thinking of adding some raisins.

Keep in mind, I only have a cell phone right now, but here's my version:

* The recipe for the chex mix is linked to the original image that was pinned.

Dish Two:  Congo Bars

Now some people call them "Blonde Brownies," but I've always known them as "Congo Bars."  Pardon the fact that I forgot to photograph them after I cut them into beautiful squares, but you get the point.

1 lb. brown sugar
½ tsp salt
3 eggs
1 cup nuts, chopped
2/3 cup oil
1 6-oz. pkg. chocolate chips
2 ¾ cups flour (all purpose)
1 6-oz. pkg. butterscotch chips
2 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
Mix sugar, eggs, and vanilla together.  Sift together flour, baking powder, soda and salt and add to first mixture gradually.  Alternate between adding dry ingredients and oil.  This will help keep the mixture from being so stiff.  Then add nuts and chips and mix well.  Spread on ungreased cookie sheet and bake in 375˚ oven for 15 minutes.  DO NOT OVERBAKE.

 * The key to cutting brownies, is to cut them with a plastic knife.  Trust me, it works like a charm.

Happy Holiday Baking,

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  1. Merry Christmas, Libby! I'm feeling like a could eat one of your conga bars right now, and I haven't even had breakfast! You are also reminding me that I still need to make some Chex mix. I always make the original, savory one for the holidays, but my kids prefer the one we always called puppy chow with chocolate and powdered sugar. And whoops! I forgot to buy pretzels! Hope you have a good holiday. I've been thinking about you.

  2. Chex Mix for the Holidays is the best! I keep on munchin away...

  3. Looks like you made two very good choices to me Libby! I'd be all over them. :) Back to baking here. The kitchen is a cookie factory here today.

  4. This does sound like a difficult group to prepare food for! The Chex mix looks delicious. I have been wanting to attempt a gluten free one since I keep seeing recipes on the rice and corn boxes!!! The brownies look delectable too! Have a Merry Christmas Libby!


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