Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pinterest-a-thon: sweet and savory treats for santa

Milk & Cookies Pretzels for Santa

When it comes to cooking and baking, I’m usually recipe challenged. Yes, this means it never comes out like the picture…until now that is! Thanks to some fellow “pinners” on Pinterest, I discovered some simple ways to make delicious holiday treats that ACTUALLY look like the pictures. These easy sweets are great to bring for a holiday party or you could wrap them up and give as gifts. I happen to think salty and sweet are just about the best combo around, so that explains the pretzel and chocolate theme. Sorry Santa, only milk and pretzels at our house this year!

Chocolate Pretzel Bites
This is seriously the easiest way to make chocolate pretzels and so good! I used holiday M&M’s to make the pretzels look for festive. My Pinterest inspiration came from Music City Foodie.


Ingredients:
  • 1 bag of pretzels
  • 1 bag of Hersey Kisses (you could use hugs too)
  • 1 bag of Holiday M&M’s (you could use any flavor, I did plain)
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Place the pretzels on greased baking sheets and put a chocolate kiss in the center of each pretzel.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 2-3 minutes or until chocolate is softened.
  4. Remove from the oven. Place an M&M on each, pressing down slightly so chocolate fills the ring. Refrigerate for 5-10 minutes or until chocolate is firm.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites
When I saw these, I knew I had to try them. Add peanut butter to anything and you take things to a whole other level. These are insanely simple and delicious! This Pinterest inspiration comes from Sweet Pea's Kitchen.


Ingredients:
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 bag of pretzels
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
















Directions:
  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat peanut butter and butter until combined. Scrape down bowl, add sugars and beat until combined. You should be able to roll the mixture into balls without sticking to your hands. If needed, add more powdered sugar until you reach a consistency that is easy to roll.
  3. Roll the mixture into small balls, about 1 teaspoon of mixture for each ball, and place on prepared baking sheet. Sandwich the balls between two pretzels and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  4. Melt the chocolate in a metal bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth, and remove from heat. Dip each pretzel bite halfway into the melted chocolate and place on the prepared baking sheet. Chill in refrigerator until chocolate is set.

Milk Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
These pretzels are so divine and simple to make. I switched the recipe up a bit and used milk chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips…amazing! I also added some Christmas colored sprinkles to make them festive. My final Pinterest inspiration comes from In the Wabe.


Ingredients:
  • 1 bag of pretzels
  • 1 bag of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 container of holiday colored sprinkles
















Directions:
  1. In a glass bowl, heat a bag of chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 ½ minutes. Stir until mixed together. If needed heat for 15 second intervals until all of the chips are mixed in and the chocolate is smooth.
  2. Dip pretzels half way in the chocolate and place on a wax covered cookie sheet.
  3. Add sprinkles while the chocolate is still warm.
  4. Place in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes or until chocolate has hardened.

Display and eat these yummy treats, wrap them up and give as gifts, or leave them out for Santa! Enjoy!


- Carrie
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2 comments:

  1. I'm sure Santa will appreciate a little something different! I also am baking challenged and love the salty/sweet combo so I am totally going to try these.

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  2. Yum! Those look good. I might try this. Thanks for the recipe. Nice job with the blog Debbie! I enjoy reading it.

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