Sunday, December 5, 2021

2021 Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange Blog Hop


        Merry Christmas and welcome to the 2021 Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.  Hands down, this is my favorite blog hop of the year, and I always ask permission to participate.  Carol has hosted this hop for many years and it is always such a treat to share memories, see new ideas, and swap recipes for Christmas goodies with fellow quilters.  Thank you, Carol, for another year of yummy goodness!  

        'Tis the Season to be Makin' and Bakin' and Takin'!  And I imagine the busiest lady is Mrs. Claus.  It can't be easy being married to the big guy and making sure he and the reindeers make their flight on time.  It's my guess Mrs. Claus and the elves breathe a sigh of relief when they see him shoot across the sky on his merry way.  If I were in her shoes, I would drop in front of a cozy fire, switch on a Hallmark movie, and fill my lap with a big plate of cookies. 

            And what better treat than a plate Rice Krispies treats in the shape of 8 tiny reindeer!

        These are so simple to make.  To make you will need a full batch of thhe original Rice Krispies Treats, milk chocolate wafers melted, candy eyes, chocolate-covered pretzels, candy sprinkles of your choice, and round candy pieces for the nose (like M&M's, Whoppers, Junior Mints, etc.).  

        Follow the directions on a box of Rice Krispies cereal to make the treat mixture.  Scoop the mixture into 2 greased pie plates and flatten with a spatula.  Let set until cool.

        Remove the firm cereal mixture from the pie plate, being careful to keep its round shape, and cut pie shape into 1/8th slices.  You will have 16 slices. 

        In microwave, melt approximately 15-20 chocolate wafers.  Dip candy nose, eyes, and pretzels in melted chocolate and set in place.  Drop a small amount of melted chocolate between pretzel antlers and cover chocolate with candy sprinkles.  Wait a minute, then shake excess sprinkles back into plate. 


         If you would like to make your own Mrs. Claus Cookie runner, the dimensions are in the blueprint below.  Her mouth is a 3" circle cut in half and sewn between the middles and bottom face pieces.  Her eyes are 1 1/2" circles sewn between the top and middle face sections.  Her nose is a 1 1/2" x 4" rectangle folded into thirds so that width of nose is 1/2", and then the 4" length folded in half and sewn in seam between top and middle section of face.   

        In the coming week, you will see many more projects and, best of all, more yummy recipes.  Make sure you add them to your cookbook!  Be sure to visit all the busy elves in this blog hop for the merriest of times!

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