Cookie Swaps and a “go to” recipe

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A few years ago a dear friend of mine started hosting an annual cookie swap. I absolutely love going to these parties at the holidays because it takes the pressure off of me to cook so many different treats for my family. I just make a batch of something I love and share it with my friends who have done the same. We all come home with a box full of treats for our families to enjoy throughout the holidays. It is a low stress party, even for the host and provides a fun opportunity to get together. And dad doesn’t mind so much being on kid duty while mom parties because he knows there are amazing treats coming home at the end!

I have my first cookie swap of the season (yes I’m going to more than one!) this weekend and when I was thinking about what treat my entire family enjoyed most from last year, I immediately thought of my friend Kate’s Christmas Crack. When I googled the recipe (it was ALL over the internet) I knew it was a winner. Easy, low ingredient list and made in a crock pot = SWEET!

I also love that this treat is gluten free. I have a few friends attending this swap that avoid gluten for health reasons (myself included.) It’s nice to know that amidst the mostly gluten-filled cookies and sweets, they will be able to bring something like this home to their gluten free family.

This recipe makes a BUNCH so buy some cute Christmas baggies and plan to share with neighbors and co-workers. If you can possibly restrain yourself and find you have too much, it freezes beautifully too. But it’s a very addicting treat so be warned if you make this you might not be able to control yourself around it!

Christmas Crack

Ingredients
1 – 16 oz jar unsalted peanuts
1 – 16 oz jar salted peanuts
1 – 12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 – 12 oz bag milk chocolate chips
2 – 10 oz bag peanut butter chips
2 – 1 lb pkg white almond bark or vanilla candy coating

Layer all ingredients in a large crockpot (starting with peanuts). Turn the pot on low, cover with lid, and leave sitting for 2 hours. Then, remove lid and stir to combine. Replace lid and leave sitting for another 30 minutes. Stir again and then spoon mixture on to wax paper or non-stick aluminum foil. Allow to harden for at least 1 hour.

What is your favorite Christmas treat? Did you grow up eating something your mom only made around the holidays? Fill me in!

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