This weekend I hosted a small holiday craft party in the afternoon. I selected a small menu with an assortment of sweet and savory snacks and I hope you can also use this menu for your next “girls only” get together.

Savory Manchego Cheese Puffs

Rocky Road Peanut Butter Fudge

This was a simple no-bake recipe that I adapted from Creating Comfort, a cookbook published by Genesis Women’s Shelter. All of their recipes are “tried and true”. Although the cookbook has no photos, hence no attention, this cookbook is very deserving – loaded with anecdotes and family recipes.

2 c. choc. chips
1 c. peanut butter
1 stick of butter
3 c. marshmallows
1 cup almonds, coarsely chopped

Melt the first three ingredients together in a medium saucepan on low heat. While melting, lay parchment paper in a 9″ x 13″ pan (or grease a 9×13″ pan). When mixture is melted, add the marshmallows and almonds together. Mix until marshmallows are coated and just about to melt, but still holding thier shape. Pour into pan and cool in the fridge for an hour or more. Cut into square pieces and serve!

Arugula Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches

10 slices Pepperidge Farm THIN bread
Cream Cheese, whipped
1/2 c. Chives, chopped
1/4 c. toasted sesame seeds

Spread a thin layer of cream cheese on each slice of bread. Sprinkle every other slice with chives and neatly layer that slice with arugula leaves. Top with other slice of bread and then neatly trim the four sides. Cut in half, making two triangles. Spread one cut side with a layer of cream cheese. Alternate and dip each side in sesame seeds or chives. (I saw this technique done in a martha stewart magazine and always wanted to try it!)

English Toffee (Brittle)

Another no-bake recipe from Creating Comfort Cookbook