Cook with your kids: Cheerio Chex Mix

Cook with your kids: Cheerio Chex Mix

My daughter hangs out with me every night while I'm making dinner.  She is usually playing school.  I wish her teachers could hear the impact they have on her as she explains to her imaginary students about the "Morning Message."

She would rather help me cook, but honestly it is SO MUCH easier for me to do it myself.

Chex Mix is the perfect cooking project with school-age kids because it involves a ton of measuring. Be prepared for spills if you give them control, but luckily the dry ingredients don't make a big mess and for some reason the kids find it hysterical when the measuring cup overflows.

There are many variations to Chex Mix.  If you look on the back of any box there are recipes for sweet, spicy and salty versions.

I always stick to the old basic, the one my mom used to make for Super Bowl parties.  The one I spent many happy times snacking on. I never asked my mom why she put Cheerios in our version, but I can't imagine eating the combo without them.

There are microwave directions on the back of the box, but I highly recommend you cook it in the oven for an hour stirring every 15 minutes.  Your home will smell cozy.

Put it in jars and give out as holiday gifts.  Or bring it for your hostess at your holiday party.  It is so hard to stop eating.

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Cheerio Chex Mix

3 cups Corn Chex

3 cups Wheat Chex

3 cups Cheerios

1 cup peanuts

1 cup pretzels

1 cup small garlic bagel chips

6 tablespoons Earth Balance or butter

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

3/4 teaspoon onion powder

2 teaspoons seasoned salt

Mix all dry ingredients in large bowl.  Heat oven to 275 degrees and melt butter in large pan.  Stir in spices and Worcestershire.  Slowly add dry mix and stir.  Cook for one hour stirring every 15 minutes.

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