Mint Kisses

Ingredients:

½ cup of Sugar

¼ tsp of Cream of Tartar

¼ tsp of Vanilla Extract

¼ tsp of Peppermint Extract

Gender appropriate gel Food Coloring

1 pinch of Salt

3 large Egg Whites

Directions:

Preheat the oven to a 225˚F and line a baking dish with parchment paper.In a metal or glass bowl, beat egg whites with the salt and cream of tartar on medium speed. When soft peaks are starting to form, add in the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. When the meringue mix starts to stand on its own with glossy-looking peaks, it’s ready and you can now pour in the extracts. To make the meringue swirl kisses, take a piping bag and paint the insides with some colored stripes. Pipe out the meringue through ½ inch tip and make rounds with diameter of 1 ½ inches. Be sure to leave 1 inch of space between the rounds. Put it in the oven and let the swirls bake for 1 hour. Turn it off after that but leave the meringues in the oven with the doors closed for another hour to completely dry out. Store in an airtight container

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Cranberry Stuffed Apples

Ingredients:

5 medium apples

1/3 cup of frozen cranberries, thawed and chopped

¼ cup of packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons of walnuts, chopped

¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

 

Directions:

Core the apples, but leave the bottoms intact. Peel the top third of each apple, and place in a 5-quart slow cooker. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Spoon the mixture into each of the apples. Cover, and cook for 4 to 5 hours.

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Ingredients:

· 1 1/2 cups milk

· 1 1/2 cups water

· 1 cup steel cut oats

· 1/2 cup maple syrup

· 3/4 cup pumpkin puree

· 1 1/2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

· 1/2 cup applesauce

· 1 tsp vanilla

· 1/4 tsp salt

· 1 cup toasted pecans

Directions :

Spray the inside of the slow cooker with non-stick spray or use a liner.

Mix all of the ingredients except the toasted pecans and pour into your slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.

Stir the oatmeal and leave uncovered for 30 minutes to allow it to thicken.

Sprinkle the toasted pecans on top before serving.