Sweet & Simple Snacks Pt. 1: Two Easy Treats

Peanut Butter & Jelly Snack Mix and Parmesan Crisps

The life of a college student means there is very little time for preparing food. Since I commute, there are many times where I spend my whole day on campus, and consequently need to eat at some point. However, the cafeteria doesn’t appeal to me much. Usually, this means I grab an apple or a protein bar on my way out the door, but that gets boring really fast. Sometimes, I’ve got to get creative. I need fuel that’s fun and easy to make.

Today and tomorrow I will be bringing you 4 Sweet & Simple Snacks (2 today; 2 tomorrow). By “sweet and simple,” I meant that they’re totally quick and easy to throw together, but super tasty as well.

First up, my latest snack of choice: Peanut Butter & Jelly Snack Mix.

This stuff is awesome for several reasons:

  1. You only need two ingredients: Peanut Butter Multigrain Cheerios and grapes.
  2. It’s healthy.
  3. Kids love it too.

Not only is this snack simple, but it’s fun as well. Who doesn’t love a good spin on PB&J? It’s absolutely perfect for packing in a ziplock bag and toting to school/work/where ever. I love the sweet and salty combination, as well as the mix of textures. So, when you’re in need of a satisfying snack that’s as good for you as it is yummy, this stuff is where it’s at!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Snack Mix
By The Smart Cookie Cook

All You Need Is:

  • 3/4 cup Multigrain Peanut Butter Cheerios
  • 1/2 cup grapes

To Serve it Up:

Combine Cheerios and grapes in a small bowl or pack into a ziplock bag to take to work or school. Enjoy!

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The second Sweet & Simple Snack: Parmesan Crisps.

These are basically the simplest food in existence. It’s literally Parmesan cheese with some garlic powder & red pepper flakes sprinkled on. You let it melt and turn golden, give it a flip, and VIOLA. Like magic, the cheese turns into a thin and crispy chip. They taste like an upscale Cheez-it, and they’re so addicting! These not only make a great snack, but they’re a perfect party appetizer as well. You can churn out dozens of these babies in minutes and keep your guests snacking all night!

Parmesan Crisps
By The Smart Cookie Cook

Yield: 12 crisps (Note: You can easily double or triple this recipe as necessary)

All You Need Is:

  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • garlic powder
  • red pepper flakes

To Serve it Up:

  1. Bring a skillet to medium heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle a tablespoon of cheese onto the skillet in the shape of a small circle, making sure there are no holes. I recommend cooking four crisps at a time. Let cook until cheese melts and turns golden on the bottom. Gently slide a spatula underneath the crisp and flip. Let cook until the other side is golden. Transfer to a plate. Sprinkle with garlic powder & red pepper flakes to taste. Enjoy!

Making appetizing snacks can be easy! Switch up your same ol’ snack routine and try these easy and delicious twists. Make sure you stop in tomorrow for two more Sweet & Simple treats! Here’s a hint for what’s to come in part two: a little bit of indulgence!


Sweet & Simple: Honey Roasted Nuts

When it comes to flavors, sweet and salty treats provide the ultimate eating experience. They give a little bit of this and a little bit of that so you don’t have to choose when you snack sensors start calling to you. It’s the best of both worlds, a complex blend of sugar and salt to create multiple levels of flavor.

Honey is perhaps the most naturally sweet substance mother nature has bestowed upon us (besides sugar itself). It’s like sweet liquid gold. In contrast, nuts are the Earth’s natural salty snack. Combine the two, and you’ve got the pinnacle of salty-sweet snacks in the most basic form that nature intended.

These Honey Roasted Nuts are a handful of honey-kissed delight. With the perfect balance of salty and sweet, they are wonderfully satisfying to your snack attack cravings. They’ve even got a bit of heat that kicks in when you least expect it, spicing up your snacking experience. These aren’t your ordinary store-bought honey roasted peanuts; they’re fresh from the oven, made with real honey, and packing more flavor in one peanut than a whole jar of the store-bought stuff.

Besides being delicious, these nuts are quick and easy to make. Mix up the ingredients and give it a nice and toasty roast, and you’ve got yourself a snack. They’re the perfect finger food for Super Bowl celebrations, or for late-night self-indulging. To share or not to share? That’s up to you, my little cookies.

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Holiday Sweet & Simple: Christmas Cookie Sammies

It’s no secret that Christmas cookies are a seasonal staple. The month of December is dedicated to (lovingly) slaving away in the kitchen over a plethora of different kinds of cookies while your naive face is covered in flour because no one in your family was kind enough to let you know. Christmas cookie baking may seem daunting, but it’s really quite fun, especially if you get your family involved. It’s a must-do activity when Christmas time rolls around.

Or at least, it is for most people. For avid bakers and cookie lovers like myself, it may be hard to believe that some people don’t bake Christmas cookies.

They buy them.

I know, I know. It’s shocking. But some people just don’t like baking. Or perhaps they like it, but they aren’t particularly skilled at it. Now, if you’re one of those people, here is my appeal to you: bake some cookies this year. I’m not asking you to scratch-make sugar cookie dough, roll it out, cut it into Christmas shapes, then whip up some royal frosting and elaborately decorate each one. Let’s be honest; I’m not even going to do that. What I am asking you to do is take the semi-homemade route. It’s still tastier than store-bought, and you get to spend quality time in the kitchen with your loved ones. Don’t have anyone to bake with? Bake with yourself! Baking can be very relaxing; it’s a great stress-reliever.

My Christmas Cookie Sammies are made for those of you looking for simple yet yummy and festive cookies that you won’t have a meltdown over making. They’re as easy as they are delicious. Cute as can be, these frosting-filled cookie sandwiches are sure to impress all your family and friends.

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Easy Applesauce Cookies

Have you ever looked at a recipe and immediately felt skeptical? I have. Did you then say things to the recipe like, “What? Are you sure?” I have. Did the recipe talk back?

…neither did mine.

Anyway, I had one of those experiences when I looked at the recipe for these Easy Applesauce Cookies. There were no eggs, few ingredients, it used powdered sugar instead of granulated, and no mixer/beater was required, only good ol’ elbow grease. Typically, I don’t delve into anything I’m too uncertain about (I’m not a big risk-taker), but this recipe was sent to me by a reader, yankeegospelgirl, who spoke very highly of it. Who am I to doubt one of you little cookies? And so, I set aside my skeptical attitude and tackled these cookies with confidence.

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Magic Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I must confess: I’m not a huge fan of any packaged box/mix/dough when it comes to cooking and baking. This is because, 99.9% of the time, homemade is better (and it’s usually cheaper too). As I have expressed to you little cookies before, my philosophy is this: if you’re going to make something, you should make it right & do it homemade. However, there are minor exceptions (Pumpkin Poke Cake, for example). It doesn’t happen often, but on occasions I find reason to use some sort of store-bought item.

These Magic Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies perfectly prove this point.

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