Cookies, cakes and candies are dandy, but when we’re assembling our trays of holiday treats, we also like to include a little something extra in the mix. A sweet, crunchy snack mix made of nuts and cereal is sure to add a little goodness to your cookie trays.
To start, mix 1 cup each of unsweetened whole-grain or rice cereal (such as Cheerios or Rice Chex), whole almonds, pecan halves and popped popcorn. Add ½ cup each of sunflower seeds and soy nuts. Melt 1 stick of butter in a saucepan, and add ¾ cup of corn syrup or pure maple syrup, 1 cup of packed light brown sugar, ½ tsp. of vanilla extract and 2 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice. Remove the glaze from the heat.
Pour the cereal mixture into a greased baking dish, then pour the hot glaze over the cereal mixture. Stir the snack mix to evenly coat the pieces, being careful not to burn yourself. Bake at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour, stirring the snack mix every 15 minutes. Pour the cooked stack mix into a heatproof container and continue to stir it every 15 minutes until it cools completely. (This keeps it from hardening into a big lump.)
Add 1 cup of raisins to the mix and store it in an airtight container.
What are some of your favorite holiday treats?