Holiday Croutons Recipe

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To keep my kids entertained while I was baking one Christmas, I gave them slices of bread and small cookie cutters. The baked product was so cute, I decided to season the following batches and turn them into croutons.—Bonnie Hawkins, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 8 bread slices
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Paprika, dill weed, minced chives or dried minced onion

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 97 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 152mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Cut shapes from bread using 1-1/2 in. Christmas cookie cutters of your choice. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, combine butter and oil; drizzle over bread and toss to coat. Divide into three batches. Sprinkle each batch with a different seasoning; toss to coat.
  3. Arrange in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 300° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown, turning occasionally. Cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Holiday Croutons in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p98

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jetluvs2cook User ID: 1675049 259196
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2017

"Making these tonight for a salad!"

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 229280
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2015

"I love making these. They're not just for Christmas time! They are great with soups and salads. And it keeps my two-year-old entertained. Now he can help with dinner by using cookie cutters to make different shapes on the bread for croutons."

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