Betty Crocker: Red Hot Holiday Trends
Betty 10 Red Hot Holiday Trends includes Gluten free lifestyles!
Here is a list of the trends:
1. Bright Colors, Playful Food: Food Is Fun Again
2. Street Eats and Tweets: Meals Go Mobile
3. Man Up, Eat Up: Beer. Bacon. Good.
4. Spot at the Table: Pets Are Part of the Family
5. Gifts to DIY for: Wrap Up Some Creativity
6. Food for a Cause: Feed The Soul
7. Kids in the Kitchen: Connect While You Cook
8. Alternative Diets Go Mainstream: Hold the Gluten
9. Retro Rewind: Get Back to Great
10. Mixology Mashup: Cookies Meet Cocktails
Thanks to General Mills/Betty Crocker embracing the needs of those with dietary restrictions going into a grocery store and holiday planning is not as stressful as it used to be. After receiving the Red Hot Trends list, I tried 2 recipes immediately: Gluten Free Fudge Crinkles and Reindeer Feed. Both were effortless and I have provided pictures of my own finished product to show my results. Feel free to check out the complete Red Hot Holidays Trends here
Gluten Free Fudge Crinkles:
~1 box (15 oz) Betty Crocker® Gluten Free devil’s food cake mix
~1 box (4-serving size) gluten free chocolate instant pudding and
pie filling mix
~1/2 cup butter, melted
~1/4 cup water
~1 teaspoon gluten free vanilla extract
1. Heat oven to 350° F. In large bowl, mix dry cake mix and dry pudding mix. Add melted butter, egg, water and vanilla; stir until soft dough forms.
2. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls; roll in sugar. On ungreased cookie sheets, place balls about 2 inches apart; flatten slightly.
3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 20 minutes: store tightly covered.
~These were some of the easiest gluten free cookies I have ever made. They were so delicious with a slightly crisp outside and cake-like moistness on the inside that everyone enjoyed.
On to the next recipe…
~While reindeer feed is not in the Alternative diet section, thank you General Mills for making Rice Chex Gluten free! I had my 2 older boys (age 3 & 5) help me make the reindeer feed. They had so much fun cooking and sampling, of course. At the end, my oldest claimed reindeer probably wouldn’t like this kind of food, so we should just eat it ourselves. I took that as a seal of approval
~6 Cups of Rice Chex
~1 bag (12 oz) of vanilla baking chips (2 cups)
~1/3 cup coarsely crushed peppermint candy canes (14 miniature, unwrapped)*I used Hershey’s chocolate mint
1. Line cookie sheet with foil or waxed paper. Place cereal in large bowl.
2. In microwavable bowl, microwave white vanilla baking chips uncovered on High about 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until chips can be stirred smooth. Stir in half the crushed peppermint candy.
3. Pour over cereal; toss to evenly coat. Spread mixture in single layer on cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle with remaining candy. Let stand until set, about 20 minutes. Gently break up coated cereal. Store in airtight container.
~20 (1/2 cup) servings