Hello again!  I know how crazy this time of year is for everyone and so I wanted to offer up a few more of my favorite, easy holiday treat recipes.  We love to bake in our house but sometimes it just is so hard to find the time to make all those goodies!  Well, these recipes are great because they require very little time or effort but will still surely please even the biggest scrooge!  Okay, let’s get to it, shall we?

 

Pretzel Turtles

You will need:

1 bag of mini pretzels                                                      1 bag of pecan halves

1 bag of chocolate covered caramel candies            ½ bag white chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

Arrange pretzels on parchment lined baking sheet in single layer and place one piece of chocolate caramel candy in center of each pretzel.  Bake for 4 to 5 minutes just until caramel softens and chocolate starts to melt.  Remove from oven and while still warm press a pecan half in the center of each one. That’s it!  You can go the extra mile and melt some white chocolate chips in a microwave safe dish and drizzle over your finished turtles.  Enjoy!

No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

You will need:

½ C. butter                                                          2 tsp. vanilla

2 C. sugar                                                             ½ C. creamy peanut butter

½ C. milk                                                              3 – 3 ½ C. Quick Cook Oats

4 tbsp. cocoa

Directions:

Place first four ingredients in a medium size sauce pan and bring to a rolling boil.  Cook here for one minute and remove from heat.  Add peanut butter and vanilla and stir until melted in.  Mix in oats and stir to combine well.  Using a tablespoon drop cookies onto wax paper and allow to set.  Store in covered container.  Tip:  Start with 3 C. of oats and add more only if still really wet.  Too many oats will make your cookies dry.

No-Bake Chow Mein Noodle Cookies

You will need:

1 C. chocolate chips                                                 1 C. chopped nuts of your choice

1 C. peanut butter chips                                                1 C. Chow Mein Noodles

Directions:

Melt your chips in a microwave bowl (30 seconds at a time), stirring often so they don’t burn.  Stir in nuts and noodles until coated.  Drop by spoonful onto wax paper and allow to set up.  Yum!

Tip:  You can take the nuts out of this recipe and add in your favorite dried fruit instead…like maybe dried cranberries or mango….extra yum!  Plus you can feel they are a little healthy this way, right?  

Peppermint Bark Candy

You will need:

30 crushed peppermint candies

1 ½ pounds of milk or dark chocolate candy

1 ½ pounds of white chocolate candy

1 tsp. peppermint flavoring

Directions:

Line 9 x 13 baking pan with wax paper and spread 1/3 of your crushed peppermint candy across pan. Melt milk chocolate in saucepan over another pan of simmering water.  Stir constantly to avoid scorching.  When melted pour over crushed peppermint and spread evenly.  Sprinkle 1/3 of crushed peppermint candy over this layer and place in fridge for about a half hour to allow chocolate to set up.

Next, melt white chocolate in the same manner as above.  Once melted, pour over the chocolate layer in baking dish and sprinkle final 1/3 of crushed peppermints over this last layer.  Place in the fridge again for about a half hour to allow this final layer to set up. 

Once set, break or cut into pieces and store in covered container.  *This is one of my favorites!

Okay, well I hope you get as much enjoyment out of these as my family has over the years.  Some are admittedly oldies but definitely are goodies in my book!

Now, what will you do next to “love where you live?”

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