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Christmas gifts that come from the crockpot

Posted by on Dec. 14, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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Here's some recipes that you can do in your slow cooker and turn around and give them as gifts...how cool is that!

 

I'm all about the homemade stuff so if you have any recipes to share please do.

Happy Holidays gift

Mommy to monkeykiss minismile

by on Dec. 14, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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DnSnEsMommy
by on Dec. 14, 2012 at 10:12 AM

 Crockpot Cinnamon Almonds~

1 1/2 C. Sugar

1 1/2 C. Brown Sugar

3 Tbsp. Cinnamon

1/8 tsp. Salt

1 Egg White

2 tsp. vanilla

3 Cups Almonds

1/4 C. Water

In a medium sized bowl, mix together sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside. In another medium sized bowl, whisk the egg white and vanilla until it’s a little frothy. Add almonds. Make sure the almonds are thoroughly coated in the egg white mixture. Add cinnamon mixture to the almonds and toss until coated.

Thoroughly spray with Pam, or whatever, the stoneware of your large crock pot (mine is a 4 quart). Add the divine mixture of almonds and sugars to the crock pot and turn it to low.

Cook ( with the lid on) 3-4 hours stirring every 20 minutes (I only did 3 hours). In the last hour, add the 1/4 C. of water and stir well. This ensures a crunchy yummy coating. (*make sure after you’ve added the water that you continue to cook the nuts for another 45min to an hour.)

You have to stir really well, especially as it gets later in the cooking process.

Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread the almonds flat to cool (if you can wait that long!). The almonds will be sticky at this point, so make sure you separate them a little and have no large mounds.

Store in an airtight container *if it makes it to one!*

DnSnEsMommy
by on Dec. 14, 2012 at 10:13 AM

 

Crock Pot Apple Butter
5-6 pounds tart apples peeled, cored, and sliced/chopped (I use the peeler-corer-slicer like this one: Peel Away Apple Peeler (Google Affiliate Ad))
4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions: Place apples in slow cooker. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl then pour over apples and mix well. Cover and cook on high 1 hour. Reduce heat to low and cook 9-11 hours (this is why I say to do it overnight!). Stir occasionally, scraping sides to prevent sticking. Apples will be thickened and dark brown. If there is still a lot of liquid, uncover and cook 1 hour longer.

At this point, the apple butter may be lumpy. You have three choices: You can stir/whisk it and leave it with some lumps. You can use a potato masher to mash it throughly by hand, or you can use a food processor to puree it in batches before preserving it.

This will keep 2 weeks in the refrigerator, unpreserved. It will also keep in the freezer or deep freeze for up to a year. You can also can it in jars by pouring it into sterilized canning jars, topping it with a lid and seal, then processing it in a water bath for 20 minutes. Apples are one of the easiest things to can because of their acidity, so this is an excellent option.

Apple butter is excellent served with hot, fresh biscuits. I also like it stirred into oatmeal, and you can add it to muffin batter or pancake batter for a wonderful spiced apple flavor! It would be an excellent gift along with a few other goodies in a gift basket.
DnSnEsMommy
by on Dec. 14, 2012 at 10:15 AM

 Crockpot Spicy Pecans

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. white pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups pecan halves

Preparation:

In small bowl, combine butter, spices, peppers, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well. Place pecans in 3-4 quart slow cooker. Pour butter mixture over and stir well. Cover and cook on LOW for 2 hours. Stir well. Cover again and cook on HIGH for 30 minutes. Remove from crockpot and cool. Store tightly covered in a cool, dark place.

If you have a newer crockpot, keep an eye on this recipe. You may need to cook the nuts in an hour or so on low in the first step. Stir the pecans more often if you have a hotter crockpot.

DnSnEsMommy
by on Dec. 14, 2012 at 10:16 AM

 Crockpot Snack Mix

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups thin pretzel sticks
  • 4 cups wheat chex cereal
  • 4 cups cheerios cereal
  • 12 oz. jar salted peanuts
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp. celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients in 4 to 5 quart crockpot and stir gently until well mixed and cereal, pretzels, and peanuts are coated with the butter, cheese, and spices. Cover crockpot and cook on low 3-4 hours, stirring twice during cooking. Remove lid during last half hour of cooking to let the mix dry.

If you have a new hot cooking crockpot, check this after 2 hours.

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