Friday, January 04, 2013

Easy Appetizers - Praline Pecan Crunch Snack Mix

I attended a workshop years ago, and one of the participants brought this super delicious appetizer.  Beware - your guests won't be able to stop munching on this delight!

Praline Pecan Crunch Snack Mix

1 (16-ounce) box Quaker® Toasted Oatmeal Squares Cereal (about 8 cups)
2 cups pecan pieces
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
4 tablespoons margarine OR butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1.      Heat oven to 250ºF. Spray 13 x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

2.      Combine cereal and pecans in pan; mix well.

3.      In large microwaveable bowl, combine sugar, corn syrup and margarine. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute 30 seconds; stir. Microwave an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute 30 seconds or until boiling.

4.      Stir vanilla and baking soda into sugar mixture. Pour over cereal mixture; stir to coat evenly.

5.      Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Transfer to baking sheet, spreading mixture in even layer. Cool completely; break into pieces.

6.      Store tightly covered at room temperature.

Makes 10 cups.

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