Kids in the Kitchen: Christmas Edition! Strawberry & Cheese Christmas Mouse



“’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” Turn a delicious strawberry into a healthy Christmas mouse snack with slivered almond ears and a cheese tail, perched perfectly on a cracker!

Ingredients:

Strawberries

Sliced almonds

String cheese

Swiss cheese

Whole wheat crackers

 

Directions:

  1. For each “mouse,” cut two squares of Swiss cheese to fit the cracker, place on top and set aside.
  2. Wash and pat the strawberries dry, removing the stem and carving a small hole for the “tail.” Slice off a bit of the side of the strawberry that will serve as the bottom of the mouse, so it will sit flat on the cheese and cracker.
  3. Insert two almond slivers for the mouse “ears” and peel a string of cheese to insert as the mouse “tail.”
  4. Place each strawberry mouse atop the cheese and cracker and serve immediately.

 

 

Cheesy Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread 

Ingredients:

1 lb. pizza dough

¼ cup butter, melted

7 Mozzarella sticks

½ cup Parmesan, finely grated

Rosemary, finely chopped
Parsley, finely chopped
Basil, finely chopped

1 Egg white, beaten

Marinara sauce

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut mozzarella sticks into 33 1″ pieces.
  3. On a floured surface, divide pizza dough into two sections. Stretch and roll each section into a long rectangle, then cut the dough into 2″ squares, for a total of 33. Wrap each piece of mozzarella in the dough, forming a tightly sealed ball. Place each ball seam-side down on the baking sheet, forming the shape of a Christmas tree. (The balls should be touching.)
  4. Brush the beaten egg white onto the dough balls and bake until golden, 15–20 minutes.
  5. While the balls are baking, whisk together the melted butter, Parmesan, and the chopped herbs. Brush onto the baked dough balls.
  6. Serve warm with marinara for dipping.

 

Christmas Cookie Popcorn 

Ingredients:

½ cup un-popped popcorn

¼ tsp. Almond extract

½ tsp. Vanilla extract

Salt

Sprinkles, red and green assortment

2 Tbsps. butter

1½ cups Vanilla candy melts

 

Directions:

  1. Pop popcorn and remove un-popped kernels. Place in large bowl.
  2. Mix together melted butter and extracts, then drizzle over the popcorn and stir to coat. Salt the popcorn mixture lightly.
  3. Melt vanilla candy melts in microwave according to directions and drizzle over the popcorn mixture, stirring to coat.
  4. Spread the mixture on a large baking sheet and add sprinkles.
  5. Allow to sit until set. Break apart and serve in bowl or treat bags.

 

Shopping List for all three!

Produce
Strawberries

Basil

Parsley

Rosemary

 

Refrigerated
Egg

 

Condiments
Marinara

 

Baking & Spices
1 Pizza dough ball

Almond extract

Vanilla extract

Vanilla candy melts

Red & Green sprinkles

Almond slivers

 

 

Snacks
Un-popped popcorn

Triskets or other whole wheat crackers

 

Dairy
Butter

Mozzarella sticks

String cheese sticks

Swiss cheese slices

Parmesan cheese


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