Nutcracker Museum

Bavarian Leavenworth, Washington

Featured Recipes from The Nutcracker Lady

Here are three delicious snack recipes that will definitely be enjoyed by your guests.

POPPYCOCK, a Copy-cat Recipe

2 c. brown sugar
½ c. light corn syrup
¼ c. pure maple syrup
1 c. butter
½ tsp. cream tartar (or baking soda)
1 tsp. vanilla
3-4 quarts popcorn
1 ½ c. pecan halves or large pieces
1 ½ c. blanched almonds 

Combine nuts and popcorn in very large pan.  Set aside.  In medium saucepan, mix sugar, syrups and butter.  Cook to hard-ball stage (254º).  Remove from heat and add vanilla and cream of tartar.  Pour over popcorn-nut mixture and stir until all is coated.  Pour on greased cookie sheet and bake at 300º for 30 minutes, stirring several times.  Cook and break into pieces.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator as it will become sticky if kept at room temperature.   


16 oz. cream cheese, softened
16 oz. cheddar cheese, grated fine
¼ c. mayonnaise
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
¼ tsp. nutmeg
1 c. chopped dates
2 Tbsp. rum
1 c. chopped pecans

Blend cheeses, mayonnaise and Worcestershire sauce in blender.  Add nutmeg, rum and chopped dates.  Shape into balls and roll in chopped nuts.  Chill.  Serve with crackers.


1 c. sugar
½ tsp. salt
¼ c. water
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. butter
½ tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. cloves
2 c. walnut halves or large pieces

Boil together all ingredients except walnuts to soft ball stage (236º).  Remove from heat and add walnuts.  Stir until creamy.  Turn out on waxed paper, separating nuts.      


Added 02/17/17

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Federal ID #91-2143303

A Non-Profit 501(c)3 Organization


Contact Us

735 Front Street
P.O. Box 2212
Leavenworth, WA 98826

(509) 548-4573

Open 7 Days a Week
1:00PM - 5:00PM

Nutcracker Museum Mission Statement:

"To foster and encourage the interest of the general public of the importance of nuts in the diets of humans throughout history and in the evolution of the nutcracker. No other tool or collectible has shown such a wide diversity of material and design as the implements used to crack the hard shell of a nut"

Museum Admission:

Adults  - $5.00  (Ages 17 - 64yrs)
Seniors - $3.50  (Age 65yrs +)
Youth   - $2.00  (Ages 6 - 16yrs)
Child    - FREE   (Ages 0 - 5yrs)
Military & Families - FREE