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Kit Kat Muddy Buddies

Kit Kat Muddy Buddies

So, when I made the Peanut Butter Brownie Muddy Buddies I totally unleashed a monster. I’ve been brainstorming some ideas that I’ll be sharing closer to Christmas. These are inspired by one of my favorite candy bars of all time- the Kit Kat. The chocolate coated cereal squares are coated in a mixture of powdered sugar and crushed Kit Kats with broken pieces of Kit Kat added in before serving if desired.


Kit Kat Muddy Buddies

Recipe by Micha @ Cookin’ Mimi

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rice or corn Chex
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips 
  • 1/2 teaspoon shortening
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 regular sized Kit Kat Bars

Cooking Directions

  1. Crush one Kit Kat until crumbs form. Combine with powdered sugar in a 1 gallon zip top bag.
  2. Place cereal in a medium.
  3. In a small bowl combine chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each time, until chocolate is melted.
  4. Pour chocolate over cereal and toss to combine. Add cereal to the zip top bag, close, and gently shake to combine.
  5. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Add the other Kit Kat broken into pieces if desired.
  6. Store in an airtight container.


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Peanut Butter Brownie Muddy Buddies | Secret Recipe Club

peanut butter brownie muddy buddies

It’s time for another Secret Recipe Club reveal, This month I got the blog Cupcakes with Sprinkles. Meghan seems to love lemon desserts as much as I do, but I decided to go in a different direction for this month. This is the second month in a row I’ve made chocolate and peanut butter for SRC.

Until I made these I had never made Muddy Buddies. Once a couple of Christmases ago I made Poppy Chow which is made with popcorn and is a play on the other name given to Muddy Buddies, Puppy Chow, but I’d never used the cereal.

In a way it’s a good thing I’d never made it before because it’s addicting, and now I want to try other flavor combinations like Thin Mint Muddy Buddies or Cookies and Cream Muddy Buddies


Peanut Butter Brownie Muddy Buddies

Recipe by Micha @ Cookin’ Mimi adapted from Cupcakes with Sprinkles

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups corn Chex
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup dry boxed brownie mix

Cooking Directions

  1. Place cereal in a medium bowl and brownie mix in a zip top gallon bag.
  2. Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, or in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. I used the double boiler method because my microwave burns chocolate no matter how careful I am.
  3. Pour the chocolate and peanut butter over the cereal and stir well to coat all the pieces.
  4. Pour the cereal into the bag with the brownie mix, close and shake to coat.
  5. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in an airtight container.


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Cherry Lemonade

Cherry Lemonade

 

Lemonade is my drink of choice this summer and while I like it just plain old lemonade can be boring sometimes. I decided to try a flavored lemonade. Most of the flavored lemonades I found recipes for were for strawberry lemonade and I really didn’t feel like getting my blender out to puree strawberries.

Given my love of cherry Dr Peppers and my new fondness for Sonic’s Cherry Limeades I decided to try cherry lemonade. I was quite happy with the results and this will be something I serve year round.

Cherry Lemonade

Recipe by Micha @ Cookin’ Mimi

Ingredients

  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 to 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup juice from a jar of maraschino cherries
  • 6 cups water

Cooking Directions

  1. Combine lemon juice and sugar in a pitcher. Stir well to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Add in the maraschino cherry juice and stir to combine,
  3. Stir in the water.
  4. Refrigerate to chill.
  5. Serve over ice with maraschino cherries and slices of lemon if desired.
  6. Makes 2 quarts of lemonade.

Note: I would start with the 3/4 cup sugar because the cherry  juice is pretty sweet itself.


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Quick and Easy Salsa

quick and easy salsa

Salsa and chips are a must have at most parties. Here is my recipe for a quick and easy salsa. This recipe doesn’t have cilantro because I’m not a fan. If you want to add it I would try 3 or 4 Tablespoons. Also I like chunky salsas so I didn’t run this through a blender or food processor.

Quick and Easy Salsa

Recipe by Micha @ Cookin’ Mimi

Ingredients

  • 1 10 ounce can mild diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained if desired
  • 1 small to medium onion, diced
  • 1/2-1 jalapeno, seeded, membrane removed and diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • To taste salt
  • To taste pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. Mix ingredients together.
  2. If desired blend in a food processor or blender to desired consistency.
  3. Chill for several hours before eating.

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Three Layer Dip

three layer dip

This is an incredibly easy dip. Just three ingredients that you layer in a pie pan or other oven safe dish and bake until bubbly. Serve with corn or tortillas chips and you have a delicious appetizer perfect for serving while watching football or during a family game night.

Three Layer Dip

Recipe by Micha @ Cookin’ Mimi

Ingredients

  • 1 15 ounce can refried beans. This is one instance where I would recommend using canned refried beans. I’ve made it with homemade beans and it doesn’t work quite as well.
  • 1/2 cup salsa. I used mild but feel free to use your preferred heat level.
  • 1/2 to 1 cup shredded cheese. I used Cheddar but Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack would be excellent.

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a 9 inch pie plate or other oven safe dish layer the beans, salsa and cheese.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the beans are bubbly and the cheese has melted,
  4. Serve with corn or tortilla chips.

 

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