I love gingerbread around the holidays, but not ginger snaps, or barely golden brown ginger cookies. I want dark, rich, spicy gingerbread with a little bite. Inspired by these elegant flavors, I thought a gingerbread Chex Party Mix would be the perfect holiday party treat when Chex reached out to me about partnering with them. Chex Party Mix is such a classic party snack, and always treads that line of sweet and savory, so I thought the intense flavors in this version of gingerbread would be wonderful with it. The two key ingredients are the molasses, providing the deep color and flavor plus a nice, caramel-y texture, and the black pepper, providing an unexpected kick. Plus, this takes only minutes to put together and doesn’t involve architecture with baked goods – definitely more my speed around the holidays!
3 cups Chex cereal (I used Wheat Chex)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
4 ounces dark chocolate, melted
Preheat oven to 375.
Combine the melted butter and molasses, stirring to combine.
Mix everything for the cinnamon streusel and crust together in a large bowl. Spread the Chex mixture onto a lined baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, until crispy and fragrant. Set aside to cool. When cool, drizzle with dark chocolate and top with sprinkles.