christmas crunch

Holiday cheer has hit the Capital Region:

albany capitol building

It’s festive everywhere I turn.

albany mannequin heads

Decorations are everywhere..except my house.   I still had my Thanksgiving stuff out till this past weekend.   Judge away, I’ve been busy.    Right now a wreath and Christmas Crunch will have to tide me over until my decorations go up next week.   Oh, you need to go make Christmas Crunch asap, aka White Trash.

christmas crack

Christmas Crunch

2c Chex cereal

2c Cheerios

2c pretzels (I used the waffle kind)

2c M&M’s

2 bags of white chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients except white chocolate chips together in a large bowl.

Melt white chocolate chips (in microwave slowly or in a double boiler.)

Pour melted chocolate over dry mixture, mix, spread over wax paper lined cookie sheets

Refrigerate for 2 hours.   Serve or store as needed

This recipe gave me 11 ziploc baggies worth of Christmas Crunch, if you’re looking for  a saltier taste, I’m pretty sure the recipe would still work sans M&M’s.

peanut butter fluff cupcake

I seem to be on a bit of a cupcake kick.   Cray-Cray Saturday nights!   I was organizing my cupboards this morning and came across a jar of Fluff I’m pretty sure the kid tossed in the shopping cart a few weeks ago.   Peanut Butter Fluff sandwiches seemed meh, Peanut Butter Fluff cupcakes seemed genius.

Started out by making chocolate cupcakes (mix, egg, water, oil, bake, cool…or be fancy and make from scratch.)   Grab some Fluff and then get to work on your Peanut Butter frosting:

Ingredients

1/2 c butter, softened

1c creamy peanut butter

2c confectioner’s sugar

3tbsp milk

Directions

1.  Place the butter and peanut butter into a medium bowl, and beat with an electric mixer (or stir like crazy.)   Gradually mix in the sugar, and when it starts to get thick, incorporate milk one tablespoon at a time until all of the sugar is mixed in and the frosting is thick and spreadable.   Beat (or stir like crazy) for at least 3 minutes for it to become fluffy.

When the cupcakes have cooled cut a small circle, remove and set aside.   Place a spoonful of Fluff into the hole and then take the cupcake top and place back on.   Mine obviously had a crumbling issue, but whatevs, you’ll be shoving it into your mouth later:

When you’re done with your filling, frost, and voila!   Peanut Butter Fluff goodness: