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Sugar and Spice

Sweets to Entice!

What better gift to give than the aroma of fresh-baked Zucchini Bread—especially when packaged in such cute containers?

And at your holiday party, your guests will have more than sugar plums dancing in their heads after enjoying delicious Ginger Snap Cookies, Sweet and Spicy Popcorn and our warmed, chill-chasing snicker-doodle holiday drink.

Zucchini Bread 
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 24

3 cups flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups grated zucchini (about 1-2 zucchini)
1 apple, grated
1 cup chopped pecans
3 eggs
1 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tsp vanilla extract
3 (10.5 or 11 oz) metal coffee cans (remove label and  cut away lip inside the can if present)

Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, grated zucchini, grated apple and chopped pecans. In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, canola oil, sugars and vanilla. Pour into flour mixture. Butter and flour each can, to prevent the bread from sticking to the can; make sure crevices are covered. Divide batter into cans and place in the oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until golden brown. Allow cans to cool for 20 minutes before
removing bread and slicing.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 243, Fat: 13 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 23 mg, Sodium: 159 mg, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g

Christmas Gingersnaps 
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 12

3/4 cup canola oil
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup light molasses
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Tubinado sugar, to garnish

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine oil, sugar, molasses, vanilla and egg. In a medium bowl, combine flour, spices, baking soda and salt. Slowly pour flour mixture into molasses mixture; mix well. Sprinkle Turbinado sugar on top of cookies. Place cookies on pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 269, Fat: 14 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 16 mg, Sodium: 319 mg, Carbohydrates: 33 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g

Snicker-doodle Holiday Drink
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4

1/4 cup Turbinado sugar
3 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup whipping cream
1 oz Baileys Irish Cream
1 oz cinnamon liqueur
2 oz Smirnoff Vanilla Twist Vodka

In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Place the rim of 4 glasses into the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Fill a cocktail shaker with some ice and the remaining ingredients and shake. Pour cocktail into the 4 glasses.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 181, Fat: 8 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 51 mg,  Sodium: 17 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 6 g

Cinnamon-pecan Popcorn
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 6

1 bag Food Club Natural Light Popcorn
2 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
1 Tbs sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup pecans, toasted
1/2 cup caramel bits
1 1/2 Tbs water

In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. In a microwavable bowl, combine caramel bits and water; microwave, stir and repeat until melted. Pour caramel over popcorn; mix well.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 103, Fat: 6 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 15 mg, Sodium: 42 mg, Carbohydrates: 12 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 1 g

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co. Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number. All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician.

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