The holidays are upon us, and chances are good that you will attend at least one dinner or party in which you are asked to bring a snack. Or maybe not, but if you're like me, you hate to show up empty handed. While a bottle of wine is always a nice gesture to bring your host, sometimes it's more pleasing to think outside the box and bring something homemade. Or maybe you you just need a really tasty snack in your home that you don't plan on sharing at all. Hey, I'm not judging!
Whatever the case, I've got you covered! I've made this Chex mix recipe several times now, and it's been a big hit with both my own family and the guests receiving it. I'm warning you now, it's hard to stop at just a handful.
The ingredients are simple, and this is the perfect way to infuse some pumpkin spice into your snacks without baking. Whipping up a batch takes no time at all, and I promise you this is a recipe you'll keep coming back to. Throw it in a mason jar, add a ribbon, and you have yourself the perfect hostess gift!
Pumpkin Pie Spice Chex Mix
(adapted from Peanut Butter Fingers)
Makes approximately 8 cups of Chex Mix
6 cups Rice Chex cereal
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped dried apple slices
1/2 cup dried cranberries
6 small-medium sized chopped oatmeal cookies
1. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon.
2. In a large microwaveable bowl, combine Chex cereal and chopped pecans.
3. In a microwaveable dish, microwave the butter until melted (approx 30-40 seconds). Then add vanilla extract.
4. Pour butter mixture over the Chex cereal and pecans, then add the brown sugar and spice mixture from step 1. Stir until well coated.
5. Place Chex mix in microwave and microwave on high for one minute increments, stirring after each minute. Repeat approximately 3 - 4 times, until mixture begins to brown.
6. Stir in chopped dried apples, cranberries, and chopped oatmeal cookies. Allow mixture to cool before storing in an airtight container.