Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Frugal and Fabule$$ Holiday Treats!!

I just wanted to do a quick post about a Fabule$$ holiday recipe I found over at Frugal Chic Living! I always try to find a new recipe to try out every Christmas season and this year, these were it!

Chocolate Dipped Ritz Crackers - These cute little cookies taste just like a Thin Mint I swear, they are SO good!

1 pkg. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. Peppermint Extract (I used 1/2 tsp.)
1 sleeve Ritz Crackers (I ended up using 1 1/2 sleeves)
Crushed Candy Cane

Heat the chocolate in the microwave until just melted or melt in a double boiler and add the extract, stir well. Dip* crackers in chocolate until completely coated and gently remove excess chocolate, only needs a thin layer. Place dipped crackers on sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with crushed candy cane. Then place the cookie sheet in the fridge for 30 min until the chocolate is hardened. That's it, super easy!

I also used a bag of white chocolate chips for one batch and instead of completely coating the cracker, I left a tiny bit plain so you can eat them without getting chocolate on your fingers! I then dipped them in the crushed candy cane powder and they came out a little sparkly! This batch tasted kind of like a crunchy peppermint bark!

*Helpful Hint: use kitchen tongs to do the dipping, your fingers will thank you for it by not being coated in very hot, sticky, messy, melted chocolate!

Looking for any last minute gift ideas or basket fillers? These are perfect, just put 4 or 5 in a cellophane bag and tie with some ribbon!

So how are these "Frugal" you ask? I got 2 big boxes of Ritz crackers (4 sleeves in each box) last week for $1.99 with coupons and the bags of chocolate chips for only $1.88 each at Albertsons this week without any coupons. The peppermint extract was the most expensive ingredient at $4.05, however, I only used about 1 tsp of the bottle and will have plenty left for next year as well. I also had lots of mini-candy canes left over from last year so I didn't have to buy any.

Thanks for the great recipe Frugal Chic Living!

What are some of your favorite holiday treat recipes?!

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