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Holiday Gifts From The Kitchen:Peppermint Sticks

Posted on 21 December 2011 by noelskitchen

There are many of us out there, me included who look for last minute gifts ideas or think we just need a few extra gifts for our loved ones. That’s why I love finding new ways to make gifts from the kitchen. If you don’t already subscribe to Disney Family Fun magazine, it might be a good idea to just pick up a copy when you’re looking for inspiration on family fun ideas. I was just browsing through it and came across these seasonal treats that are such a cinch to make. And they look just as simple and sweet!

Peppermint Sticks


  • 1 cup dark or milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 15 (4-inch) soft or hard peppermint sticks
  • White nonpareils


  1. In a small bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and oil for 1 minute, then continue in 10-second burts, stirring between heatings. When most, but not all, of the chips have melted, stir the chocolate until it is smooth.
  2. Spread the nonpareils on a sheet of wax paper. Dip one end of each peppermint stick into the chocolate, then roll it in the nonpareils. Set the sticks on another sheet of waxed paper until the chocolate has set, about one hour.

Place sets of five candies in clear cellephone bags, staple them closed, then affix decorative paper labels.

Recipe courtesy of Disney Family Fun Magazine.

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Gifts In A Bag: Holiday Party Mix

Posted on 06 December 2011 by noelskitchen

Last night was our 4-H groups monthly meeting with a small holiday party and gift exchange for the kids. For the holiday meeting, our treat was to make a holiday party mix. I’ve seen lots of  yummy ways to make the party mix but simple as they are, I’ve never tackled the recipes. We wanted to make something easy and not so messy. So last night before the party, the kids and I made this yummy holiday party mix. This would also make a great gift in a bag for stocking stuffers.


 Holiday Party Mix




  • 2 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 2 cups Corn Chex cereal
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups peanut butter chips
  • 2 cups M&M’s candies (I used regular because the store didn’t have the holiday ones)


  1. Carefully combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Serve in holiday snack size bags.

Our kids seem to be enjoying being part of the 4-H group and the activities they are involved in. My hope is that they will make some great friendships and learn some of life’s skills along the way.

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Cooking With Kids: Easy Peanut Butter Balls

Posted on 05 December 2011 by noelskitchen

Hosting a Kids Holiday Cookie Swap? These Easy Peanut Butter Balls are sure to be a hit!  No baking required.  I love to bake with my kids as I’m sure most of you do too.  Baking with kids is a fun way to get the little ones in the kitchen and teach basic skills like measuring, math and of course making a mess and cleaning it all up. So why not bake a batch of your kid’s favorite cookies together? 


Easy Peanut Butter Balls




  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 cups powdered milk

Optional Coatings:

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed cornflakes
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Crushed Reeses pieces


  1. Mix peanut butter, honey, and milk together in a large bowl to form very thick mixture.
  2. Refrigerate mixture for 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Using a Tablespoon or small ice cream scoop, scoop mixture out andr oll mixture in small balls about the size of a walnut.
  4. Roll the balls in either the crushed cornflakes, finely chopped nuts, powdered sugar, cocoa, or Reeses pieces
  5. Place on waxed paper and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

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What’s Cooking With The Elves:Oatmeal Cranberry Coconut Cookies

Posted on 30 November 2011 by noelskitchen

This year, I have two more helpers this holiday season. Aren’t they adorable? You all know I’m a thrifty shopper and on one of my usual stops to the thrift store, this cute little pair caught my eye. I had to give them a home.  This holiday season, I’ve decided to change much of my holiday decor to a Santa’s Workshop theme. It’s still a work in progress but the kids seem already excited about Christmas with the decorations I’ve put up so far.

What’s Cooking With The Elves?

The elves were already getting ahead start on Christmas cookie baking last night. This cookie recipe was inspired by my Sweet Apple Oatmeal and Coconut Cookies .


Oatmeal Cranberry Coconut Cookies
Recipe Type: Cookies
Author: Noel’s Kitchen Tips
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total time: 22 mins
Serves: 60 cookies
Get a head start on your Christmas cookie baking with these chewy and scrumptious cookies!
  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup plus 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup dried Cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, cream first 3 ingredients until light; beat in egg. Add oats, dry ingredients, coconut and dried cranberries; mix well. Chill several hours.
  2. Shape into balls about the size of a walnut and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or baking spray; flatten slightly with floured tumbler. Bake 10-12 minutes.

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Christmas Gifts From The Kitchen:Mixes-in-a-jar

Posted on 29 November 2011 by noelskitchen

Christmas Gifts From The Kitchen just makes me want to start baking cookies with the kids. Every year, we pull together some of our favorite baking mixes, hot cocoa mixes or soup-in-a-jar mixes and start making gifts. Mixes-in-a jar are a beautiful and yummy treat! Not only are they fun to make, but they are practical too!

You can make Christmas gifts using your favorite muffin, cornbread, scone, biscuit, brownie and even pancake recipes. Today, I’ve put together some of our favorite mixes-in-a-jar. Batter bowls like the one picture below are perfect for the mixes-in-a jar because you can decorate them with wodden spoons and a ribbon and they get the batter bowl as a gift too.

Celebration Cookie Mix


  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • ½ cup white or semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick or old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cups pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped
  1. In small batter bowl or large jar, layer ingredients as follows, gently patting each layer before adding the next ingredient: granulated sugar, cranberries, chocolate morsels, brown sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oats and pecans. Cover with lid. Attach the gift tag recipe.

Gift Tag Recipe

Celebration Cookie Mix

¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 recipe Celebration Cookie Mix

Preheat oven to 375˚F. In large bowl, combine butter, eggs and vanilla; mix until well blended. Add cookie mix to butter mixture; mix until well blended. Drop 2 tablespoons scoops of dough 2 inches apart on baking stone. Flatten dough slightly using back of spoon. Bake 13-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool 5 minutes; remove to cooling rack. Makes 3 dozen cookies.


Cowboy Chili Mix


  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup dried cilantro or parsley leaves
  • ½ cup dehydrated minced onions
  • ½ cup dried black beans
  • ½ cup dried kidney beans
  • ½ cup pinto beans
  • 2 snack sized (1 oz) corn chips, unopened


  1. In a small batter bowl or large jar, layer ingredients for chili mix in order listed, gently patting each layer before adding the next. Place corn chip packages on top of chili mix. Cover with lid. Attach gift tag recipe, below.

Gift Tag Recipe

Cowboy Chili

1 recipe Cowboy Chili Mix
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 garlic clove, pressed
4 cups water
1 jar (16oz) salsa
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce

Remove corn chips, set aside. Heat oil in 4 quart pot over medium heat until shimmering. Add meat and garlic. Cook and stir 6-7 minutes or until browned. Stir in chili mix and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1 ½ hours. Stir in salsa and tomato sauce. Simmer, covered, 30 minutes or until beans and meat are tender. Top with corn chips. Makes 8 cups.

Brownie Mix


  • 1 1/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup candy-coated chocolate miniature baking bits
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves, coarsely chopped (optional)


  1. In small bowl or large jar, combine 2/3 cup sugar and cinnamon, mix well and set aside. In a mason jar or decorative plastic bag, layer ingredients as follows, gently pat each layer before adding the next ingredient: salt, baking powder, 1/2 cup of the flour, cocoa powder, remaining 2/3 cup sugar, baking bits and remaining 1 cup flour. Top with reserved cinnamon-sugar mixture, chocolate morsels and walnuts(optional).
  2. Cover with lid or tie with ribbon depending on what you choose to put the ingredients in. Attach the gift tag and give it as a gift and don’t forget to attach the recipe below.

Gift Tag Recipe

Batter Bowl Brownies

  • 1 recipe Batter Bowl Brownie mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray square pan with vegetable oil. In large bowl, combine brownie mix, oil, eggs, water and vanilla; mix until well blended. Spread mixture into pan. Bake 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.
Yields: 20 brownies


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