November 26, 2014

Easy Chocolate Drizzled Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats

Need a super easy holiday dessert that everyone will love? Try these Chocolate Drizzled Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats. I mean who doesn’t love rice krispie treats? They’re the perfect combination of gooey and crunchy!

Super easy holiday dessert that everyone will love! Chocolate peppermint rice krispie treats

Drizzling them with chocolate really takes an ordinary rice krispie treat and makes it into something special!

FYI: I do believe I saw gluten free rice krispies at either Trader Joe’s or Kroger (so check your grocery store if you want to substitute those for regular Rice Krispies).  Also, you can cut these into mini squares for a more grownup presentation.

Easy Chocolate Drizzled Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats

5-6 C. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies
1 10.5 oz package of Peppermint Marshmallows (check the seasonal section of your store)
4 tbs. butter
4 oz. chocolate chips or chocolate candy melts, any brand (white chocolate looks pretty too)
5 candy canes, crushed (or peppermints if you don’t have candy canes)
2 small sandwich baggies
Kitchen scissors

How to make chocolate peppermint rice krispie treats

Directions:

1. Melt the butter and peppermint marshmallows on low heat stirring frequently until melted.

2. While the marshmallows and butter are melting, line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper or spray with some non-stick cooking spray. This will help tremendously with sticking.

3. Once the marshmallows and butter have completely melted, pour in the Rice Krispie cereal and stir well coating all the Rice Krispies.

4. Quickly pour the mixture in the baking dish and press down. Evenly. This is where sandwich baggie #1 comes into play. I wore it like a glove and sprayed it with non-stick spray and then evenly pressed down on the Rice Krispie bars making them even in the pan.

5. Pour the chocolate chips into a small microwave safe dish and heat in 20 second increments, stirring every 20 seconds until melted. Remove from the microwave and let cool a few minutes.

Easy holiday dessert! Chocolate covered peppermint rice krispie treats!

Scoop the melted chocolate into sandwich baggie #2 and snip the corner of the baggie with the kitchen scissors.

6. Gently squeeze the chocolate out of the sandwich bag over the Rice Krispie treats. It doesn’t have to be perfect, I just criss-crossed and went back and forth.

7. Lastly, sprinkle with the crushed candy canes (or peppermints). They will stick on top of the melted chocolate.

8. Cut evenly into 24 squares. 2 squares = 1 serving. Store in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

Easy Christmas dessert! Chocolate peppermint rice krispie treats!

Let me know if you try this recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats!

Easy Chocolate Drizzled Peppermint Rice Krispie Treats
 
Author:
Recipe type: Chocolate Drizzled Rice Krispie Treats
Cuisine: Desserts
Ingredients
  • 5-6 C. Kellogg's Rice Krispies
  • 1 10.5 oz package of Peppermint Marshmallows (check the seasonal section of your store)
  • 4 tbs. butter
  • 4 oz. chocolate chips or chocolate candy melts, any brand (white chocolate looks pretty too)
  • 5 candy canes, crushed
  • 2 small sandwich baggies
  • Kitchen scissors
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter and peppermint marshmallows on low heat stirring frequently until melted.
  2. While the marshmallows and butter are melting, line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper or spray with some non-stick cooking spray. This will help tremendously with sticking.
  3. Once the marshmallows and butter have completely melted, pour in the Rice Krispie cereal and stir well coating all the Rice Krispies.
  4. Quickly pour the mixture in the baking dish and press down. Evenly. This is where sandwich baggie #1 comes into play. I wore it like a glove and sprayed it with non-stick spray and then evenly pressed down on the Rice Krispie bars making them even in the pan.
  5. Pour the chocolate chips into a small microwave safe dish and heat in 20 second increments, stirring every 20 seconds until melted. Remove from the microwave and let cool a few minutes.
  6. Scoop the melted chocolate into sandwich baggie #2 and snip the corner of the baggie with the kitchen scissors.
  7. Gently squeeze the chocolate out of the sandwich bag over the Rice Krispie treats. It doesn't have to be perfect, I just criss-crossed and webnt back and forth.
  8. Lastly sprinkle with the crushed candy canes. They will stick on top of the melted chocolate.
  9. Cut evenly into 24 squares. 2 squares = 1 serving. Store in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

 

10 Clever Kitchen Tips You Need to Know

I thought it would be fun to share some kitchen tips and tricks with you. Some of these I’ve tried and others I want to try!

10 handy kitchen tips and tricks to help you in the kitchen! Love the butter one!

Here are 10 handy tips & tricks to help you in the kitchen!

10 Kitchen Tips

10 kitchen tips you need to know like this one from Naturally Loriel

1. Instead of using your finger to get that piece of broken egg shell out of the bowl use one of the egg shell halves! How to Easily Remove A Broken Egg Shell

10 Amazing kitchen hacks you need to know like this one!

2. Have you ever tried using your mixer to shred chicken? I have and it works great! I like to make big batches of shredded chicken that I freeze in meal sized portions.  Perfect shredded chicken every time!

10 Kitchen Tips you need to know.  Like how to make these almost instant mashed potatoes!

3. I microwave my potatoes all the time instead of making baked potatoes, but for some reason I never thought to use those potatoes to make mashed potatoes?  Almost Instant Potatoes

10 kitchen hacks you need to know like this one.

4. I tried wrapping the stem of a bunch of bananas in plastic wrap and I didn’t feel that worked so I’ve got to try this tip of separating the bananas and wrapping the stems – read more about it here

10 kitchen tips you need to know like this one to pre-heat your baking sheet or pan to save cooking time and no flipping!

5. You don’t have to flip your fries and some other foods if your pre-heat the baking sheet  or pan (not just the oven)! Time saver! 3 Reasons Why You Should Preheat Your Baking Sheet

10 kitchen hacks you need to know!

6. Forgot to take your eggs out of the fridge? Get your eggs at room temperature in 5 minutes with this tip.  How to Quickly Bring Eggs to Room Temperature 

Great list of kitchen hacks like this one!

7.  Do you feel like you don’t have any cake decorating skills? Use cookie cutters to help you decorate a beautiful cake (use metal ones to make shaped pancakes). How To Decorate A Cake With Cookie Cutters

Kitchen tip for cutting butter into flour when it's frozen.

8. I can’t wait to try this tip!  I always buy extra butter and freeze it. Sometimes  I forget to take it out to let it defrost when I need some for baking.  Grate the frozen butter into your baking mix! Kitchen Tip For Cutting Butter Into Flour

10 Kitchen tips like this one for avoiding freezer burn on ice cream

9. I use this trick when storing leftovers in the freezer but it works on ice cream too.  Put some plastic wrap on the top!  How To Avoid Ice Cream Freezer Burn

10 awesome kitchen hacks!

10.  I always do this and it makes clean up a breeze. When you’re measuring honey, molasses, peanut butter or anything that’s sticky, spray your measuring cup with some non-stick spray first.

What’s you favorite kitchen tip or trick?
10 clever kitchen tips & trick you need to know!!

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10 Printables to Keep You Organized & Help You Save Money

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Nesting Skills: Homemade All Purpose Muffin Mix

The Nesting Skills Series is all about making your own home-made versions for various store-bought products. Here’s a fabulous recipe for an all purpose muffin mix. Definitely a pantry staple if you bake a lot! I love that you can customize it by adding in berries, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, whatever you like! The options are endless!

All Purpose Homemade Muffin Mix Recipe| Replace your store bought muffin mixes. You'll save money & it's healthier for you. No weird ingredients, plus you can add in whatever you like - fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, anything!

I often make chocolate chip muffins for my daughter and berry for my husband and myself all at the same time. I just add the chocolate chips & berries after I’ve poured the batter mix into the muffin pan :) Plus she doesn’t like a lot of chocolate chips so I can control the amount.  As always, homemade is better for you because you don’t have all those weird preservatives and food coloring added and it’s usually cheaper too!

Homemade All Purpose Muffin Mix Recipe

Ingredients:

4 C. flour
2 tsp. salt
½ C. sugar
1 ½ tbs. baking powder
½ tsp. cinnamon (optional)

Directions:

Combine the ingredients and store in an airtight container until ready to use.

All purpose muffin mix recipe.  The add -in options are endless!

Making Muffins With The Mix:

2 C. muffin mix
2 eggs
4 tbs butter, melted
¾ C. milk
¾ C. fruit small fruit/chunks or berries – your choice (optional)

#1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a 12 count muffin tin with non-stick spray or use liners.

#2. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet and fill each muffin about ½ way full.

#3 Bake 15-17 minutes or until muffins have turned golden brown (cook times may vary depending on what you’ve added to the mix)

*Makes approximately 12 muffins. Store in an airtight container 2-3 days or freeze up to 2 months.

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Nesting Skills: Homemade All Purpose Muffin Mix
 
Making Muffins With The Mix: 2 C. muffin mix 2 eggs 4 tbs butter, melted ¾ C. milk ¾ C. fruit small fruit/chunks or berries – your choice (optional) #1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a 12 count muffin tin with non-stick spray or use liners. #2. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet and fill each muffin about ½ way full. #3 Bake 15-17 minutes or until muffins have turned golden brown (cook times may vary depending on what you've added to the mix) *Makes approximately 12 muffins. Store in an airtight container 2-3 days or freeze up to 2 months.
Author:
Recipe type: muffin
Ingredients
  • 4 C. flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • ½ C. sugar
  • 1 ½ tbs. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine the ingredients and store in an airtight container until ready to use.

This homemade muffin mix would make such a cute gift – bake up some muffins, add the mix in a cute jar, put it all in a little basket (you can find a ton of these in thrift stores) or mixing bowl, maybe add a cute napkin and you have a wonderful inexpensive gift that anyone would love!

You may like these other Nesting Skills Series Posts:

Dry Ranch Seasoning Recipe

DIY Orange Clove Gardener’s Soap

Homemade Cinnamon Syrup

Homemade Cream of…..Soup

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

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Nesting Skills: DIY Dry Ranch Seasoning

The Nesting Skills Series is all about making your own versions for various store-bought products. Last week I shared a homemade brownie mix recipe and today I’m sharing a homemade dry ranch seasoning mix recipe!

Nesting Skills Series | How To Make Dry Ranch Season Mix | Frugal Homemaking

It’s really easy and inexpensive to make your own ranch dressing mix. Not to mention that you don’t have to deal with unknown ingredients or fillers! Plus these are ingredients that most people always have on hand! If you want to make ranch dip or ranch dressing you just had this dry mixture to sour cream or mayonnaise (instructions below).

Dry Ranch Seasoning Mix

5 tbs. dried minced onion
1 tsp. garlic powder
7 tsp. dried parsley flakes
4 tsp. salt

Mix all ingredients and store in airtight container. If you prefer, you can mix it up in a blender to get a finer consistency. Shake the seasoning well every time prior to using to mix the ingredients up.

Dressing Directions:

Add two tablespoons of the ranch seasoning mix to one cup of mayonnaise and one cup of sour cream( or Greek yogurt) .  Mix well and let set in the fridge for at least one hour prior to using. If you like a thinner consistency you can add a bit of milk (or buttermilk) as well.

*Add more or less seasoning to taste if you wish.

Dip Directions:

Add two tablespoons of the ranch mix to one cup of sour cream (or Greek yogurt). Mix well and let set in the fridge for one hour prior to serving.

Nesting Skills Series: DIY Dry Ranch Dressing Mix

Either way you make it, I’ve found it stores well for several days in the fridge.

You could also give this as gift – just increase the amount and place it in a pretty mason jar with a cute label!

Nesting Skills: DIY Dry Ranch Seasoning
 
Author:
Recipe type: Seasoning
Ingredients
  • 5 tbs. dried minced onion
  • 7 tsp. dried parsley flakes
  • 4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients and store in airtight container. If you prefer, you can mix it up in a blender to get a finer consistency. Shake the seasoning well every time prior to using to mix the ingredients up.
  2. Dressing Directions:
  3. Add two tablespoons of the ranch seasoning mix to one cup of mayonnaise and one cup of sour cream( or Greek yogurt) . Mix well and let set in the fridge for at least one hour prior to using. If you like a thinner consistency you can add a bit of milk (or buttermilk) as well.
  4. *Add more or less seasoning to taste if you wish.
  5. Dip Directions:
  6. Add two tablespoons of the ranch mix to one cup of sour cream (or Greek yogurt). Mix well and let set in the fridge for one hour prior to serving.

 You Might Also Like These Other Nesting Skills Posts:

DIY Orange Clove Gardener’s Soap

Homemade Cinnamon Syrup

Homemade Cream of…..Soup

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

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9 Yummy Ways To Use Leftover Halloween Candy

I hope everyone had a fun Halloween! Do you still have some Halloween candy? There are  lots of things to do with that candy if you don’t want to eat it as is! Here are some scrumptious ideas for ways you can use up that leftover Halloween Candy.

9 scrumptious recipes that use leftover Halloween candy
Get inspired to make some yummy Halloween candy recipes! I think that the candy that you can use in these recipes is fairly interchangeable.

Ideas for what to do with leftover Halloween candy like this one  from I Heart Naptime

Loaded candy bar brownie  from I Heart Naptime. She uses a brownie mix but you could substitute my make your own brownie mix recipe

Scrumptious ideas for using up leftover candy like these Hand Pies from Diethood

Leftover Candy Hand Pies from Diethood

Great ideas for using up leftover Halloween candy like this candy cookie cake from Baker By Nature

Halloween candy cookie cake from Baker By Nature

Fabulous ideas for using up leftover Halloween candy like this one from Taste and Tell

Halloween popcorn Cake from Taste and Tell

Fabulous ideas for using up candy like this Butterfinger cake from Chef In Training

Better Than Anything Butterfinger Cake from Chef In Training

Fabulous ideas for using up leftover Halloween candy like this Twix Bar Chocolate Chip cookie from Averie Cooks

Twix Bar Chocolate Chip Cookie from Averie Cooks

Fabulous ideas for things to make with leftover Halloween candy like this Halloween candy bark from Seeded At The Table

Halloween Candy Bark from Seeded At The Table

Halloween candy coated caramel apples

Caramel Apples coated with leftover Halloween candy  by AllYou

Scrumptious ideas for using up that leftover Halloween candy like this candy dessert pizza from  Crumbs and Chaos

Trick Or Treat Dessert Pizza from Crumbs and Chaos

If you don’t have any leftover candy you might want to head out to the stores and pick some up while they’re on clearance just to try out these recipes!

You may also like:

25 Creative Candy Corn Recipes

 

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Nesting Skills – Make Your Own Brownie Mix

Here’s a really ridiculously easy brownie mix that you can make at home instead of buying a boxed brownie mix.  You can buy brownie mix really cheaply when it’s on sale but at least in a homemade version you know what’s in your mix and you can easily customize it to your taste!

Ridiculously easy homemade brownie mix: Never buy boxed brownie mix again! Not only frugal but better for you since it eliminates all those crazy unknown ingredients.  Makes a great gift too!

With the holidays right around the corner, this would also make a great gift that you can dress up with a cute tag/label & ribbon. Include some add-ins like chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, nuts, crushed peppermints or crushed cookies to really take it up a notch!

Homemade Brownie Mix -

1 C. sugar
½ C. flour
1/3 C. cocoa powder
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. baking powder

*Mix makes 1 pan of brownies.

Directions:

Combine all ingredients well and store in an airtight container until ready to use.

To Make Brownies (write this on a tag or label if giving as a gift):

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×9 baking dish with non-stiock spray.

2. Combine the homemade brownie mix with 2 eggs, ½ C. vegetable oil and 1 tsp. of vanilla.

3. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Insert a toothpick around 20 minutes and if it comes out clean, the brownies are done. Don’t over cook if you want moist brownies!

Thick chewy brownies made from scratch! Ridiculously easy brownie mix that so much better than boxed and would make a great gift!

My favorite way to have brownies is hot out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! What’s yours?

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Nesting Skills - Homemade Brownie Mix
 
Ridiculously easy homemade brownie mix: Never buy boxed brownie mix again! Not just frugal but better for you since it eliminates all those crazy unknown ingredients. Makes a great gift too!
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 C. sugar
  • ½ C. flour
  • ⅓ C. cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
Instructions
  1. To Make Brownies (write this on a tag or label if giving as a gift)
  2. #1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x9 baking dish with non-stiock spray.
  3. #2. Combine the homemade brownie mix with 2 eggs, ½ C. vegetable oil and 1 tsp. of vanilla.
  4. #3. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Insert a toothpick around 20 minutes and if it comes out clean, the brownies are done. Don't over cook if you want moist brownies!

You may also like these recipes from the Nesting Skills Series:

Homemade Cinnamon Syrup

Homemade Dry Onion Soup Mix & Cream of….Mix

Homemade Liquid Soap

Homemade Gardeners Orange Olive Oil Bar Soap

 

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