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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2-1/2 cups


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