These Cranberry & White Chocolate Cheerio and Rice Krispie Treats are the perfect holiday twist on a classic favorite. Perfect for classroom treats or even neighbor gifts!
I absolutely love making neighbor gifts during the holidays. Whether it’s a plate full of cookies or a small token gift, I just enjoy giving… even if I never even see my neighbors or know them by name. I feel like neighborly friendships are a thing of the past. At least in the neighborhood I live in. I remember growing up, my parents knew the surrounding neighbors. I was friends with all the kids that lived nearby. There was no issue with me saying I was going down the street to so-and-so’s house to play.
Life is so different now.
In my neighborhood, the only time we seem to come together is during the summer when we happen to meet people at the pool. Other than that, we are all cooped up in our homes. None of us have front-facing porches to sit out on – all back-patios – not very conducive to saying hi to your neighbor walking down the street.
How am I supposed to get to know the parents so my kid can go play with their kids? Do parents these days just let their kids play in the streets and yards of families they don’t know? I don’t know how it all works. I feel like it was much simpler back when I was a kid. But isn’t that the case in all aspects?
So neighborly Christmas gifts are my way of bridging the gap. Even if it’s the only time I reach out and stop by their house, it’s at least something. Even if it’s not until next December that I knock on their door once again with a plateful of cookies. I will at least be happy with the small amount of holiday cheer I attempted to spread in my neighborhood.
This year, it’s a twist on a classic. Everyone loves rice krispie treats. I just decided to take them up to the next level by adding some holiday mix-in’s and an additional cereal for a different texture.
One of my favorite holiday cookies is the cranberry white chocolate chip cookie. Or there’s the Cranberry Bliss bars from Starbucks. They all bring me right to the holidays. So I knew I had to bring these flavors into my rice krispie treats before packaging them up to send out to the neighbors.
I’d like to know – do you make neighbor gifts? Are you close to your neighbors?