Embarrassingly Easy Finger Foods, Part 2

I have not been blogging as frequently as I would like because I have been busy getting ready for the holidays. We will travel to Texarkana and Oklahoma, and we will have family here to visit for a week, as well. All of the Christmas gifts have been bought, wrapped, and mailed with the exception of a couple of small stocking-stuffers I still need to pick up.

I do want to finish up on posting the Embarrassingly Easy Finger Foods that were served at the Cookie Exchange. If your holiday is as hectic as mine, you will really appreciate these babies! They are savory and filling, with just the right amount of sweet thrown in. I originally had bacon wrapped breadsticks at a birthday party for my one-year-old neighbor. When I decided to make them for the Cookie Exchange, I wanted to jazz them up a little, so I added the cayenne and crushed red pepper. These are fun & easy thrown on a serving platter, but even cuter when served from small vases, glasses or beer mugs.

Bacon Wrapped Breadsticks

breadsticks (crunchy ones found in the salad dressing aisle at the grocery)
dark brown sugar
cayenne pepper
crushed red pepper

Preheat the oven to 350.

Pour a good amount of brown sugar onto a shallow platter or dinner plate. Sprinkle in a pretty good amount of cayenne and crushed red pepper to taste. Use a little more than you think you'd like...the sugar tones down the spice quite a bit.

Wrap each individual breadstick in bacon and then roll in the sugar/spice mixture. Depending on the length of your breadsticks, you may need to cut the bacon in half.

Place on a foil-lined baking pan and bake for 20-30 minutes, until bacon is cooked.

Remove immediately to a cooling rack - this is important! The first time I tried these, I did not move to a cooling rack and the sugar melted and attached itself to the foil...I had to throw the batch away and start again.

Cook these one to eight hours before you plan on serving them - they need to sit for a good while so that the breadsticks crisp back up!