Recipes

Easy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pretzels

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This recipe is brought to you in concert with the Avon Authors holiday recipe ring! Click the graphic above to visit Kathryn Caskie’s site for her Quick and Elegant Holiday Pear and Camembert treats. Happy Holidays! :)

Pretzel pic

Ingredients:

  • Pretzels (choose your style: rods, twists, bows…)
  • Dipping chocolate (choose your flavor: milk, dark, semi-sweet, white…)
  • Peanut butter (choose your favorite brand and type)

Directions:

  • Microwave your favorite type of peanut butter until it is soft and “dip worthy.” If you want to give the finished pretzels out as treats that will last a few days, mix in some powdered sugar or go full on “Buckeye Ball” mix on them.
  • Dip your pretzel into the peanut butter. Don’t overcoat, or the peanut butter will pillow out on you (see picture!)
  • Place peanut butter dipped pretzel on a sheet of parchment or wax paper.
  • Repeat dipping until you have the desired amount or until the paper is full.
  • Put sheet in fridge or freezer (whichever is needed timewise).
  • Remove sheet when the peanut butter has set on the pretzels.
  • Soften chocolate of your choice in the microwave (for really fast convenience you can buy the dipping buckets in the confectionery aisle).
  • Dip your sticks once more!
  • Place on the parchment or wax paper. Note: At this step, you can also drizzle them with white chocolate or sprinkles or nuts or whatever takes your sweet fancy!
  • Put back in the fridge or freezer (depending on your timetable) and wait until they set.
  • Retrieve them and enjoy! Happy Holidays!



Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

This is a simple “recipe” – more of a jumpstart to good holiday dessert fun. :) Get creative with friends and family and have a delightful time! Great for the young and not-so-young alike!

Ingredients:

  • A tub of your favorite ice cream. Some ideas include: mint chocolate chip, cookies in cream, peanut butter, coffee, etc.
  • A fresh batch of your favorite cookies (or store bought, if you’d like!). Some ideas include: chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, shortbread, etc.
  • Extra toppings, if desired. Some ideas include: nuts, chocolate, caramel chips, strawberries, etc.

Directions:

  • Take one cookie
  • Put a plump layer of ice cream on top of the cookie
  • Add your favorite extras
  • Put another cookie on top!
  • Chill — or eat right away, melty and delicious!
  • Enjoy! Happy Holidays!



Mackinac Island Fudge

Try this lip-smacking, bliss-inducing fudge that tastes just like it’s from Mackinac Island!

A fresh bowl of fudge

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • Large pinch of salt
  • 3 tbl unsweetened chocolate powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

  • Mix the sugar, butter, salt, chocolate powder and milk in a saucepan and bring them to a boil.
  • Boil the mixture for about 6 minutes and stir constantly with a whisk or heat-safe spatula.
  • Scrape the bottom of the saucepan occasionally.
  • Boil longer (8-10 minutes) for double ingredients.
  • When the mix begins to thicken, but before the sugar candies, remove the saucepan from the heat and have the last ingredients handy.
  • Don’t stop to rhyme. Immediately add the vanilla and powdered sugar. Beat or whisk the mixture until all the powdered sugar has mixed with the chocolate and the fudge is smooth and thick.
  • Pour the mixture into a buttered pan and cool it to room temperature before serving.
  • Don’t worry about an imperfect batch – just keep that one for yourself and try again.



Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Squares

Oh, good gracious, are these good. If you like Twix bars, you’ll love these. They are absolutely delicious. Marvelously, deliciously drool-inducing.

http://christmas.allrecipes.com/az/CaramelShortbreadSquares.asp

We followed the suggestions by some of the reviewers and poked holes in the shortbread with a fork after it came out of the oven, and also scored the finished dessert into sixteen scrumptilicious pieces about thirty minutes after putting it in the fridge. Yum, yum, yum.