Can you believe Christmas is less than two weeks away?? Me either! I kicked off my Christmas baking yesterday and this Easiest Homemade Chex Mix was the first thing on my list?.
Even after years of watching my mom make this, I never quite realized how easy it is — this recipe, not the 12+ types of cookies she produces, as if by magic, every Christmas. One day, the house is cookie-less. The next, there are a dozen varieties of cookies, ranging from the simplest things (this Chex mix) to the most difficult (spritz and fudge).
I aspire to reach that level of baking prowess someday – but today is not that day.
Today is a day for something that takes about 30 minutes start-to-finish, is fuss-free, and requires minimal ingredients.
I bet some of these things are in your pantry already, begging to be given a purpose. Chex cereal, pretzel sticks, mixed nuts – now is your time.
These most basic of ingredients get their chance to shine at Christmas – in a coat of buttery, spicy goodness.
Each box of Chex cereal has enough to make 2-3 batches of this recipe.
What shall I do with the leftover cereal you ask? Well, you can make a lot of Chex mix and use it on your holiday cookie plates, or add it to little baggies and tie them up with a ribbon for a festive and easy gift to give to neighbors, co-workers, teachers, etc. ?
Your other option is to enjoy a lovely bowl of cereal. I’m probably the only kid who looked forward to eating the leftover Chex for breakfast as much as I looked forward to the Christmas cookies ?.
Easiest Homemade Chex Mix
- 1 stick butter
- 1 1/4 tsp seasoned salt Lawry's
- 4 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 2/3 cups corn Chex cereal
- 2 2/3 cups rice Chex cereal
- 2 2/3 cups wheat Chex cereal
- 1 cup salted mixed nuts
- 1 cup small pretzels mini sticks or squares
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add the stick of butter to one of those foil/reusable roasting pans - mine is a little larger than 9 x 13 and about 3 inches deep.
- Put the pan with the stick of butter in the warm oven - let the butter melt (it takes about 3-4 minutes).
- Once the butter is melted, add the seasoned salt and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine.
- Add the chex, pretzels, and nuts and stir to evenly coat with the butter/spice mixture.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
- Pour onto a clean baking sheet to let cool. Store in any airtight container.
*Note: I don’t recommend using a baking sheet instead of the roasting pan here – the Chex will likely spill everywhere when you go to stir it. You also don’t need to use the Chex brand of cereal for this – I’ve used name brand and off brand – whatever is on sale!
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