Hansel and Gretel Recipes -- The Kids Are Not For Dinner! By Cecelia Myers

oor Hansel and Gretel. If not for their ingenuity and quick-thinking it may have been them in that oven. This issue's recipes are simple, kid-friendly and tasty to the pickiest palate. Hansel and Gretel need food that's portable and easy. Their useless father certainly isn't going to help get them fed.

Scrumptious Scroggin

Don't be fooled, Hansel and Gretel, this is just trail mix. A bonus is that the peanuts, cashews and marshmallows are light enough they they should double as trail markers whilst traveling through the woods! This could be a healthy trail mix, but since these children are in grave danger of being eaten by a cannibalistic witch, they may as well enjoy some sugar, right?

1 cup peanuts
1 cup cashews
1 cup marshmallows
1 cup raisins
1 cup pretzel rods
1 cup peanut butter-chocolate candies (like Reese's Pieces)
Mix well and enjoy!

Creamy Boar Sandwiches

A favorite in our house. My small dog and husband have not yet tried to push me into an oven after making these easy snacks. Serve with chips or some Scroggin, if you're so inclined.
2 slices rustic-forest-woodcutter's bread (if you don't have this in your neck of the woods, try a bagel)

2 tbs cream cheese

4 slices wild boar sausage (try hard salami at the deli)

Toast the bread and slather with copious amounts of cream cheese. Add boar and go crazy.

Simple, Multi-Use Ginger Cookies
Easiest recipe for Hansel and Gretel to make. Even better, the delicious and tantalizing scent of ginger, cloves and cinnamon should easily cover any lingering smell of burning witch in your house. If you decide to move into the fabled gingerbread house after the witch has vacated, the cookies might also be used as spackling or drywall substitute. Tasty and useful!

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter
1 egg
2 tbs molasses
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups flour

Cream butter and sugar. Add in egg and mix well, then add in molasses and stir. Sift together the dry ingredients and add in to the wet mix. Mix well. Refrigerate for about two hours. Roll in balls the size of walnuts. Roll in granulated sugar. Bake in oven for 12 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes about 3 dozen.

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