Nutty Ginger Snap Clusters

by Joanne on December 20, 2014

It’s the last weekend before Christmas which means times is running out to get all those treats made for gifting and eating.  Oh Wait! You still have shopping to do? Yikes!  Better check out this easy no-bake recipe for quick treats.  But first…

…what ways have you been keeping fit this month to deserve a little bit of sweetness?  

Even though I thought my running was going to be put on a two to three week hold, I’ve managed to find a way to get the miles in without aggravating the left knee any more than it already is.  I ran every other day this week but put in a longer than normal run on those workout days.  In addition to running, I’ve hit the weight room HARD.  Still doing 3 to 4 sets of each exercise with just slightly heavier weights so I can still pump out 10 – 12 reps.

After my 15 plus miler this weekend, there are a few body parts aching so a day or two off is on the books and I expect that will enable me to get up and go while in the Carolinas for Christmas.

And now, something good and simple you can enjoy making with the kids and eating as well.

Nutty Ginger Snap Clusters

An easy, no bake treat.  Fun for kids to make with just a few ingredients.  You can use Ginger Snaps or use another crispy, cookie favorite. Experiment and design your own nutty cluster.

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Makes 3 dozen or more

  • 1 box Ginger Snaps
  • 1 12 oz bag white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 TBS Crisco All Vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 TBS butter
  • 1 TBS creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup salted peanuts or mixed trail nuts with candy pieces
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits

Put the cookies in a bag and crush to bit size pieces or put in a food processor but don’t turn the entire bag of cookies into crumbs.  Leave some chunky pieces.

In a large microwavable bowl, add white chocolate, shortening, butter and peanut butter.  Microwave for 35 seconds on high then stir.  Microwave another minute, stir until smooth.

Place cookie pieces, nuts and toffee bits into the bowl with the melted chocolate and stir to coat. 

Drop by tablespoons onto baking sheets lined with wax paper and allow to set. 

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Super sweet and easy.

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Is all your baking done?  Thank goodness YES! Ted and I have more than we can eat for months.

Is all your shopping done?  Yes. Got that completed a few weeks ago.

What ways have you been able to save money this holiday season?   I like giving gifts made in the kitchen.  It’s personal, useful and fun to do. You can save money by finding cute little trays and jars from discount stores.

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1 Comment

  • At 2014.12.21 06:59, Tina@GottaRunNow said:

    Glad you’re getting in some running. Weights are always great to focus on when you can’t run like you’d like to. I like how quickly no-bake treats can be made and toffee bits are one of my favorites!
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