Nothing tells your whole being that it's the holidays like the smell of fresh-baked homemade snacks floating around the house! In bowls or gift baskets, on dining room or coffee tables, these tasty treats are inexpensive alternatives to the overpriced, overly unhealthy store-bought options you could buy if you managed to make your way through the crowded grocery stores! Here are a few ideas for tasty, simple homemade snacks you can bring to parties or put out in your own home for hungry guests.
Croutons are surprisingly simple, and a great way to keep from wasting bread that would otherwise be too stale to eat! Start with a loaf that's starting to go stale (too hard, and you won't be able to slice it) and cut it into inch-thick slices. Those should then be cut into one-inch cubes, all of which should be put into a bowl and tossed with a desired amount of olive oil (you don't have use any, but they don't end up as flavorful). Then, toss in salt and your favorite herbs to taste -- Italian seasoning blend works excellently. Bake at 350 degrees F for about half an hour, stirring regularly, then let cool and serve!
Cheese crisps aren't the healthiest of snacks, but they're so richly delicious that you only need a few to feel satisfied! Blend together butter and shredded cheese -- you can use cheddar or Italian blend, or even Parmesan (but you'll have to put in a little half-and-half to make up for the drier cheese) -- and then mix in flour, cayenne pepper, salt, and some crispy rice cereal. Bake small, flat rounds at 350 degrees F until lightly browned and solid.
Crackers covers a very wide range of snack foods, and you can do just about anything with crackers! From buttery crisps that stand alone to water crackers with herbs that will compliment your favorite cheeses, you can customize your cracker experience in a way few other baked goods will allow. Just be sure you roll out the crackers very thinly before baking, or you'll end up with something other than the desired crispy texture.
Miniature cookies require the same ingredients as a regular-sized cookie, but they're cuter and faster to bake! Just mix up a batch of your favorite cookie type and then mold tiny versions to bake. Keep an eye on them to make sure you don't overcook them -- they won't take as long as if they were normally-sized.
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