Winter Themed Recipes

The holidays are a time for friends and families to come together, and one way people connect is through cooking.

A great holiday recipe is peppermint popcorn. For this treat you will need: 1 pound of white candy coating coarsely chopped, 24 cups of popped popcorn, 4-6 crushed peppermint candy canes, and red nonpareils- or green for Da Vinci Pride! (optional) The directions for the peppermint popcorn are
(1) Melt the candy coating in a microwave and stir it until it is smooth
(2) In a separate large bowl, combine the popcorn and the crushed candy canes
(3) Pour the candy coating over the popcorn, and toss the bowl to mix
(4) Pour onto a baking sheet with wax paper and sprinkle on the nonpareils if wanted
(5) When it has hardened, break apart and store in an airtight container. (This recipe was provided by Taste of Home at https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/peppermint-popcorn)

The second fun and easy holiday recipe is peanut butter blossom cookies. This recipe requires: ½ cup of granulated sugar, 1 cup of packed brown sugar, 1 cup of creamy peanut butter, 1 cup of butter or margarine, 2 eggs, 3 cups of all purpose flour, 1 ½ teaspoons of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, an addition 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, and 7 dozen Hershey’s Kisses. The steps to create these cookies are
(1) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
(2) In a large bowl mix the granulated sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, and eggs with an electric mixture. Stir in the flour, baking soda, and baking powder
(3) Shape the dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in the additional granulated sugar and place on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart from each other
(4) Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges are light brown
(5) Immediately after taking them out of the oven, press in the Hershey Kiss to the center of the cookie and let cool. (This recipe was provided by Betty Crocker at https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/peanut-butter-blossoms-cookie-exchange-quantity/78806839-e0bd-4710-8b10-82abbece7ce5)
With these creative recipes, the holidays are sure to be fun and delicious!

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