07 November 2011

Mix It Up Monday: (2!) Apple Dip & Pumpkin Pie Crunch Chex Mix

I keep meaning to get something a little gourmet
on here but, you know, it's what I call my
"craft season" so I seem to be making a lot of

quick and easy stuff these days...

I found this first one after I'd made 2 batches
of apple butter and was looking for ways to use it.
The second is on the Chex website but I've changed it. 
Both are super-easy, super-yummy, super-fall snacks!


Creamy Caramel Apple Dip

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 c apple butter (kudos if you have the healthier "home brew")
1/4 c brown sugar
1/4 t vanilla
chopped peanuts (optional--funny, I've never tried these in it!) 
  • Beat all ingredients till combined. 
  • Serve with apple slices. 
  • Refrigerate any left-overs.  Makes about 2 cups.
I found a recipe similar to this that said it could also be used on bagels so I tried it out the other day.  Eh....not bad, really, but I prefer it with the apples.  Also, you could go "easy" on the brown sugar (my apple butter is pretty sweet so I might try leaving it out altogether).
Pumpkin Pie Crunch Chex Mix
The recipe called for 3 pre-sweetened cereals but I choose to use corn & rice (and generic!) and it's just great.  Wheat would probably work, too, but I haven't tried it.  I also don't stock "pumpkin pie spice" but I put in nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.  I threw in just a handful of candy corns for color but it's sweet enough without.  The recipe also shows to cook it in the microwave but I prefer to cook it in the oven--tho I'm still working on the timing, as you'll see...

1/4 c brown sugar
1 T pumpkin pie spice*
1/4 c butter
2 t vanilla
6 cups corn and/or rice Chex cereal
8 oz pecans

  • Melt butter and pour into large bowl.. 
  • Stir in spices, brown sugar and vanilla. 
  • Stir in cereal(s) of choice and nuts; mix till well-coated.
  • Bake 350' for 5 minute intervals, stirring between.  Should take 15 to 20 minutes but watch closely as it can burn quickly.  At 10 and 15 minutes, I set a few pieces aside to cool for a few minutes.  Then I check to see if mix is nearing crunchy (bake a little more) or is already crunchy (you're good).

5 comments:

Debbie said...

Got to try these...my husband was drooling.

Miranda said...

Yummy! I've never had home made chex mix but I've heard that it's better than the bagged kind :)

Sheila said...

Going to have to try the Chex mix recipe! I always have extra rice & corn chex after I make regular chex mix :)

annemarie said...

These recipes sound great - thanks for sharing.

Peppermint Mocha Mama said...

I made fall festive food as well - an apple crumble was what we needed around here. It was delicious! I'll have to try your dippers next time.

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