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Holiday Croutons

 Holiday Croutons
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
10 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.


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


  • Cut shapes from bread using 1-1/2 in. Christmas cookie cutters of
  • your choice. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1/4 cup croutons equals 97 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 152 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.