Handmade Holiday 2016 ~ Day #5

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day #5 of Handmade Holiday 2016. This can be such a busy and hectic time of year but I still enjoy giving something handmade and adding handmade touches to gifts for family and friends. Each day this week, I’ll share a quick Handmade Holiday idea for gift packaging, tags, gift card holders, place setting favors, recipes and more that will be sure to add that special handmade touch.

Day #5 ~ Nuts & Bolts and Whipped Shortbread Cookies


There are certain yummy things that are just part of the Christmas season in our home and these are two of them. Both of these recipes were passed down to me from my Mom and I hope to someday pass them along to my own granddaughters 🙂


Nuts & Bolts ~ This is great for snacking on, serving at holiday parties and for hostess gifts.

Sauce:                                                                 Snack Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter or margarine                            3 cups Cheerios toasted oat cereal

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce              3 cups Shreddies

1 teaspoon celery salt                                        3 cups Chex

1 teaspoon garlic powder                                  2 cups Bugles

1 teaspoon onion powder                                 2 cups pretzel sticks or twists

1 teaspoon garlic salt                                         1 1/2 cups peanuts or mixed nuts

1 teaspoon seasoning salt                                 1 box Cheese Nips crackers


1}In a large glass bowl or saucepan, melt the butter in the microwave or on the stove top.   2}Add the worcestershire sauce and all the seasonings.   3}Whisk together until well blended and smooth.   4}Put the snack ingredients in a large turkey roaster and pour the sauce over top.   5}Mix well but gently.   6}Bake uncovered at 250 degrees for one hour, gently stirring every 10 minutes.   7}Store in freezer bags or air tight containers in the fridge or freezer. *Please note: package these up in a pretty jar, large decorated bakery bag or container to make a great hostess gift.   ∗Makes: approximately 18 cups.





Whipped Shortbread Cookies ~ There are different kinds of shortbread but what I make at Christmas is never any other shortbread than whipped.

1 pound of room temperature butter {yes, 1 pound but it’s worth it!}

3 cups all purpose flour

1 cup icing sugar

1/2 cup cornstarch

garnish, such as colored sugar sprinkles, crushed candy canes or maraschino cherries

1}Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.   2}Cream the room temperature butter in mixer until smooth and creamy.   3}Combine flour, icing sugar and cornstarch in sifter and sift into whipped butter.   4}Blend on low speed to mix and then gradually increase the speed to medium.   5}Whip for at least 5 minutes scraping down the sides of the bowl often. *Be sure the cookie dough is light and fluffy.   6}Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment lined cookie sheets.   7}Shake on some sprinkles, crushed candy canes or add tiny pieces of marschino cherries.   8}Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the bottoms are a light golden brown.   9} Allow to sit on cookie sheets for 5 minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely before storing in freezer bags or air tight containers in the fridge or freezer.   ∗Makes:  4 dozen cookies.


What are your favorite treats for the holidays?



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See you tomorrow for day #6!

The Country Touch

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2 comments on “Handmade Holiday 2016 ~ Day #5

  1. Kim HENDERSON says:

    Just what I needed! Now I don’t have to hunt up a recipe 😊 thanks Erin!!!!

    Sent from my iPad



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