December 23rd, 2013

Easy Treats for Santa: Reindeer Chow & Peanut Butter Nutella Thumprint Cookies

I’m sharing this week’s video a day ahead of schedule as an early holiday gift to make sure that you have these recipes for Reindeer Chow party mix and Peanut Butter Nutella Thumbprint cookies in time to make treats for Santa!

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is preparing a plate of treats for Santa with my boys on Christmas Eve (with a side of carrots for the reindeer, of course!). And not because I get to eat the, uh, leftovers. There’s just something magical about going through the motions of preparing for the big man’s arrival. Anticipating when he’ll show up and how hungry he’ll be. Wondering if he’ll be in a rush or will have time to take a break. Talking about all the ways we can try to stay awake to sneak a peek.

I’m not sure how much longer my boys will believe in Santa, so every chance I get to go through this ritual is a gift to me.

Reindeer Chow recipe | One Hungry Mama

Making treats for Santa doesn’t have to be a big production. In fact, it shouldn’t be. The easier the better, so no worrying that it’s too late or that you don’t have enough time. Both of these simple treats, Reindeer Chow and Peanut Butter Nutella Thumbprint Cookies, come together in 1 bowl in 5 minutes and can be made up to the last minute.

So grab the ingredients and start cooking with the kids. Ask them lots of questions. Enjoy every moment.

Click here for the recipe for Peanut Butter Nutella Thumbprint Cookies

Reindeer Chow
Recipe slightly adapted from Bakerella with permission

5 cups Crispix, Chex or other similar cereal
1 8-ounce bag of pretzels
1 12-ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 cup peanut butter
1 1-lb box confectioner’s sugar

1. In a large bowl with a snap on lid**, combine cereal and pretzels; set aside.

2. Melt chocolate in microwave 1 minute at a time until melted. Add peanut butter to melted chocolate and mix well.

3. Pour melted chocolate and peanut butter over cereal and pretzels, and mix well.

4. Add confectioner’s sugar and cover bowl with lid. Shake well to coat thoroughly.

*Note: I recommend this starting at 12-months-old due to the high sugar content. No matter how old your eaters, be sure to serve age appropriate portions. A little of this sweet treat goes a long way with wee ones.

**Note: If you don’t have a bowl with a lid, you can place the coated cereal and confectioner’s sugar in a large ziploc bag and shake well.

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