Category Archives: Appetizers/Snacks

7-Layer Dip

Whether you’re wanting to make a good game-watching snack or just something your family can munch on, this 7-Layer Dip is really easy to put together! It has all the great Tex-Mex ingredients and flavors that everyone loves…a tasty refried bean base layer topped with guacamole, sour cream, Cheddar cheese, a mix of diced tomatoes and salsa, green onions, and black olives!

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Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board

I’ve seen so many great charcuterie boards on blogs, websites, and Pinterest, and I was inspired to try one myself! It’s really pretty easy to put one together. I thought it would be fun to do one in the shape of a Christmas tree! You’ll want to decide ahead of time what items you’ll want to include in your board—most savory charcuterie boards include cheese, crackers or baguette slices, veggies, fresh or dried fruits, cured meats, nuts, pretzels, or other dippers, and even some dip. Then there are dessert charcuterie boards that can include holiday cookies, candy, and other fun snacks.

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Chexicago Party Mix

A friend of mine made this Chexicago Party Mix for a holiday open house one year. I could not stop eating it! I like the Original Chex Party Mix, but I think I like this even better! It’s called Chexicago Party Mix because it’s inspired by the sweet-and-salty caramel and cheese popcorn combination that’s popular in Chicago. I started mixing up my popcorn that way about ten years ago, and had no idea it was a favorite Chicago treat! I really like the sweet and salty (and cheesy) combination of flavors, so I have to say that I think Chicagoans have great taste when it comes to snacks! 🙂

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Cinnamon Bun Caramel Corn

When I think of autumn flavors, cinnamon is one of the first to come to mind for me. I use cinnamon in quick breads, muffins, cakes, all kinds of treats…and I guess that’s why this Cinnamon Bun Caramel Corn stood out to me when I reviewed the cookbook Sally’s Candy Addiction: Tasty Truffles, Fudges & Treats for Your Sweet-Tooth Fix  a few years ago. 

As the book mentions, this Cinnamon Bun Caramel Corn is inspired by a caramel sticky bun drizzled with vanilla glaze. It has a yummy, slightly cinnamony caramel coating and it’s drizzled with melted white chocolate—a combination that’s definitely hard to resist!

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S’mores Granola

The first time I ever added chocolate to granola was when I made Chocolate Chip Cherry Granola. I loved the combination of chocolate and granola! So I thought I’d try making S’mores Granola. S’mores are such a classic treat, so why not make a granola version? I used Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits, mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, and Golden Grahams cereal to mimic the chocolate-marshmallow-graham cracker flavors, and these all worked really well with my granola base.

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