THIS WEEK IS CHRISTMAS WEEK!
Happy Holidays! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving as I did. I know that you stuffed your faces with turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, candied yams, collard greens, green bean casserole, and the list goes on, right? I overate to the point where I was miserable and couldn’t wait for the feeling of a slightly empty stomach. This year, my significant other and I, were invited to his and my family houses for Thanksgiving. To me, it is rude to not eat something when you are invited over for dinner. So I ate and ate and now I am ready to eat sugar delicacies that you find around Christmas. Aren’t you?
Quick story, when I was younger, every Christmas Eve my mother would make holiday treats galore! I’m talking cookies, fudge, toffees, and other yummy treats. My brothers and I would eat the treats and take our pick of which Christmas show to watch first. Typically, we always go with my favorite, “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!”. I love that darn cartoon. I watch it every year and never miss it. I’ll record it if I have to. Now, my mother no longer loves her children (just kidding) and I am sharing our family tradition with all of you.
SIDE NOTE: The reason I am giving my mom a hard time is because my mother no longer pursues this tradition. Because none of us live with our mother, she feels that is just cause to no longer make us treats. After I told my mom what I was doing on the blog this week, she felt guilted into restarting the tradition so we are suppose to start again this year, but we shall see. I’ll keep you guys posted.
Anyway, this week I will share with you 5 super easy holiday treats that you can make as gifts, holiday parties, or other festivities that you may have for the holiday. Here is what you will see this week on my blog:
Cranberry Orange Bread
Hot Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting
Shortbread Pecan Sandies
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
All of these treats are super easy and perfect for gift giving. Sooooooo…let’s get started!
Cashew Clusters…what can I say? They are amazing!
If you enjoy peanut brittle, toffee brittle, or any type of nut cluster, I promise that you will enjoy these clusters! The best part of this recipe is that it only requires 3 ingredients! You heard me, only 3! Once you make them you can put them in cute little baggies or tins and hand them out as gifts. I think it is far more meaningful for someone to make something from the heart and give as a gift, especially if they can’t figure out what to buy someone. I tried this recipe twice and gave the clusters to my family and they absolutely loved them. They couldn’t stop eating them. SO, these Cashew Clusters is the first recipe that I am sharing this week and I hope it serves you well!
*Recipe adapted from Food Network MagazinePrint
- Total Time: 20 mins
These Cashew Clusters are perfect for gift giving on the holidays! Put them in festive baggies or tins and hand out to your friends and family!
- 1 1/2 c. sugar
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 3 c. salted cashews
- Cook the sugar in a saucepan on low- medium heat only swirling the pan but not stirring until dark amber. This should take about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add the butter and cashews and stir making sure the cashews are evenly coated.
- Pour onto an oiled baking sheet and separate into small clusters with forks and let harden and cool before placing in packaging.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Category: candy
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