Sweet Pumpkin Chex Mix Fix

22Dec09

Ah, the joy of the holiday season. Time for baking up batches of cookies, candies, bars, cakes and more all to celebrate the arrival of a fat man in a red suit. Not that I need an excuse to buy Costco-sized parcels of butter. This year, in search of inspiration, I pounced on the innerwebs for a new snack and found Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix. Now I believe recipes are much like traffic laws, something that is adhered to only by the uneducated simpletons of society. As an experienced chef, (and driver) recipes (and traffic codes) are merely a general suggestion and advanced thinkers are given the leeway to apply adjustments where appropriate. As such, the results are my edited version of this Sweet Pumpkin Chex Mix.

½ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
¼ cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups Corn Chex® cereal
2 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
2 cups honey nut toasty o’s cereal
¾ cup sugared pecans
2 tablespoons sugar

Heat oven to 250-275. Mix brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Melt butter and add vanilla and extract. Mix cereals and pecans in large baking tray. Pour butter mixture over top and dust with brown sugar mixture. Bake for 30-45 minutes, taking time to stir the batch every 10-12 minutes. Pour out on counter to cool. Dust with table sugar for a sparkly sugary finish.

I sure hope you all are surviving the season unscathed, or at least without permanent scarring. This is certainly a time to endure tension-filled family visits, no matter how hard you try to delete them from your life. Perhaps eating your way through the event will help dull the pain. Meanwhile the Cookie Fairy is off to deliver her goods today. If you don’t receive a box, then I suspect you must really regret not being nicer to the fatties near you.

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