10 Santa Snacks

Did I say 10 Santa Snacks ? For one night? Yum!

Here's 10 Santa snacks your favorite Christmas Elf will be sure to love.  You'll be ready when he pops down the chimney!

It's traditional to leave snacks out for The Jolly Old Elf and here are some favorite treats to make it easy for you. Every Santa loves his milk (or Christmas Spiced Tea) and cookies with a special note from the children.

Here's the selection of 10 Santa Snacks:

1. Easy Sweet Bar Cookies
2. Quick & Easy Fudge.
3. Diabetic Fudge
4. Diabetic Chocolate Chip Cookies
5. BASIC COOKIE MIX
6. Popcorn Snowmen
7. Miniature Cheesecake Cupcakes
8. Zucchini Cookies
9. Rice Krispies Peanut Butter Bars
10. Christmas Spiced Tea

Christmas recipes for cookies for Santa, fudge, spiced tea and more. These 10 Santa snacks are easy to make snacks and cookies Santa (and your family) will love.

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1. Easy Sweet Bar Cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 c. butter, melted
1 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 c. coconut flakes
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate or carob chips
1 c. chopped nuts
15 oz. sweetened condensed milk (1 can)

Directions:

1.    Combine melted butter, cracker crumbs, and coconut in an ungreased 9-by-13-inch pan.
2.    Press mixture down lightly.
3.    Cover with a layer of chocolate chips. Sprinkle a layer of nuts on top.
4.    Drizzle milk over the mixture. Bake at 350° F. for 25 to 30 minutes.
5.    Cool thoroughly before cutting.

2. Quick & Easy Fudge. For Sweet Tooth Santa!

Some Santas have a really sweet tooth: Quick & Easy Fudge might be the perfect Santa Snack!

Here’s a family favorite recipe:

Ingredients:

1 2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt (optional)

Directions:

1. Simmer sugar and evaporated milk together for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
2. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients.
3. Stir until melted and smooth.
4. Pour into a buttered 8 or 9 inch square pan.
5. Cool. Cut into squares.

Some Santas are diabetic. These next two recipes for Santa snacks are perfect for diabetic Santas who come popping down your chimney.

3. Diabetic Fudge

Ingredients:

1 14 1/2 oz. evaporated milk
3 Tablespoon cocoa
1/4 cup oleo (margarine)
Liquid Sweetener to equal 1/2 c. sugar
1/4 teaspoon. salt
1 teaspoon. vanilla
2 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup nuts

Directions:

1.    Put a small amount of the milk in a saucepan, add the cocoa. Add the rest of the milk slowly while blending with whisk or wooden spoon. Beat well.
2.    Add oleo, sweetener, and salt. Bring to boil. Remove from heat.
3.    Stir in remaining ingredients omitting 1/4 cup graham crackers.
4.    Cool about 15 minutes. Divide mixture into 1 inch balls.
5.    Roll in remaining cracker crumbs and chill.

4. Diabetic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

1/4 cup margarine
1 tablespoon  granulated fructose
1 egg
1 teaspoon  vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon  salt
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1.Cream together margarine and fructose, beat in egg, water and vanilla.
2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in sifter. Sift dry ingredients into creamed mixture, stirring to blend thoroughly. Stir in chocolate chips.
3. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
4. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

Makes 30 cookies.

You might want to make a selection of Christmas Cookies for Santa so he can choose his favorites Santa snack. Then use this easy Basic Cookie Mix.

5. Christmas Cookie Bonanza

BASIC COOKIE MIX

Ingredients:

2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1/4 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or shortening, softened slightly

Directions:

1. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt; mix well.
2. With pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
3. Place in airtight container; store in refrigerator (mixture will keep for up to 8 weeks).
4. Bring to room temperature before using.

Recipe can be doubled or tripled.

Use the Basic Cookie Mix to make:
ROLLED SUGAR COOKIES
CANDY CANE COOKIES
GINGERBREAD PEOPLE
LEMON LINZER COOKIES

And more.

Find 6 Christmas Cookies from Basic Cookie Mix here at Christmas Cookie Mix Selection.

6. Popcorn Snowmen

 Ingredients:

4 Tablespoons unsalted  butter
4 cups mini marshmallows
9 cups  ‘popped’ popcorn
1/2 cups icing or confectioners' sugar
1 Tablespoon milk

To decorate:
Gumdrops, cinnamon candies, fruit leather (for scarves), jelly beans, licorice, pretzels

Directions:

1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows and cook, stirring often, until melted and syrupy, about 5 minutes. Place the popped popcorn in a large lightly greased shallow pan. Pour the syrup over the popcorn, tossing to coat evenly.
2. While still warm, form 6 balls about 5" in diameter from the coated popcorn for the bottom sections, giving the balls flat bases so the snowmen will stand.
3. Form 6 balls about 3-1/2" in diameter for the middle sections. Then form 6 balls about 2" in diameter for the top sections.
4. Stir the confectioners' sugar and milk together until smooth.

Use the icing to stack three popcorn balls of decreasing sizes into a snowman, then attach candies to decorate. (Gumdrops for hats, fruit leather for scarves, etc.)

Want to skip the marshmallows and get right to the popcorn? We loved how Amy at Creative Kids Snacks did hers. So quick and easy - and when the kids help decorate the cups, they're sure to have fun.

If you're thinking, as I do sometimes, that plain popcorn needs a bit of an edge, you will love  this over-the-top Melted Snowman recipe - which I found on Leigh Ann's blog Your Home Based Momfrom Jenny at The Melrose Family (but exercise GREAT caution if you go there cause you just might find THIS).

All these options is taking us wa-ay beyond just 10 Santa Snacks. I love it! More for you.

7. Miniature Cheesecake Cupcakes

Use miniature cupcake tins or miniature muffin pans for these delicious Santa snacks:

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon vanilla

Cream Cheese Filling:

Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
Dash of salt
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Combine all the ingredients for the cupcakes in large bowl. Mix with electric mixer until well blended.
3. Combine the cream cheese, egg, sugar and salt in a separate bowl. Beat until creamy. Add the chocolate chips.
4. Fill muffin cups 1/2 full with cupcake batter. Put 1 teaspoon cream cheese filling on top, making certain that each spoonful has a couple of chocolate chips.
5. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Remove from oven; cool slightly on racks.
6. Remove cupcakes from tins.

Cool completely before serving.

8. Zucchini Cookies (so good for you! Oops! I mean, so good for Santa)

Ingredients:

1 C. grated zucchini
1 t. baking soda
1 C. sugar
1/2 C. shortening or Oleo
1 egg, beaten
2 C. flour
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. salt
1 C. chopped walnuts
1 C. raisins

Directions:

1.Mix together zucchini, baking soda, sugar, shortening and eggs.
2.Sift in flour, cinnamon, clovers and salt. Stir to blend well. Stir in nuts and raisins.
3.Drop by teaspoon on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in 350 oven.

Makes 3 dozen.

9. Rice Krispies Peanut Butter Bars


Ingredients:

1 10.5-ounce bag of miniature marshmallows
1/2 stick margarine
6 cups crisp rice cereal
2 tablespoons peanut butter

Directions:

1. Grease a 9x13 pan and set aside.
2. In large glass mixing bowl, place 1/2 stick of margarine and marshmallows.
3. Microwave for 3 minutes.
4. Stir well, then add peanut butter stirring constantly.
5. Add rice krispies coating well.
6. Pour mixture into greased pan. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Cut into squares.

Variations for these Santa snacks:

1. Omit peanut butter.
2. Add smarties or m & m candies, cut-up gum drops or chocolate chips.
3. Drizzle or spread icing, candy melts or chocolate chips on top and decorate with candies or glazed cherries (chopped or halves).

10. Christmas Spiced Tea

Even the children can help to mix this Santa snack!

Ingredients:

2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Ground cloves
2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup instant tea (I use herbal)
18 oz Jar of Tang Juice Mix

Directions:

1.Mix together all the ingredients and store in air-tight container.

ADD boiling water to 2 HEAPING teaspoons for each mug of tea.

Option: Omit the instant tea from the Christmas Spice Tea mix and add mix to your favorite tea or herbal tea. Gift idea if you leave out the instant tea? Give a jar of Christmas Spiced Tea without a package of Tea Bags.

I'm ready for some right NOW! Think I'll have it with Ginger Peach.

Oh, yes, put your feet up, Santa, and enjoy these 10 Santa snacks! I can't decide which to try first - I may have to get the grandchildren over to make the choice!

But that's a dangerous move to make! They'll choose each one of the 10 Santa Snacks - and all the variations!

Best Pennywise Tip:
Have yourself a Merry Christmas with these
10 Santa Snacks!

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