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Fruit and Nut Milk Chocolate Granola Clusters

Fruit and Nut Milk Chocolate Granola Clusters

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 in Happy Endings

These tasty little clusters were one of those last-minute ideas that, thankfully, turned out even better than I imagined. Good thing, because most all of my last-minute kitchen ideas of late have been disasters. Like, say, grated parsnips in Crock Pot chili (eww, slimy). So I needed the confidence boost.

See, I was making some chocolate bark with pretzels sticks. But at the last minute, I decided to reserve half of the melted chocolate and stir some of the granola left over from this recipe into the remaining chocolate, pile it in mounds, let it harden, and see what happened.

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White Chocolate Oreo Bark

White Chocolate Oreo Bark

Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011 in Happy Endings

Well hello! I see you might be back for more of my exciting series, Easy Christmas Treats. This is the second and, well, final installment of the series.

Okay, so it’s not much of a series. At all. But I had a couple of super-ridiculously-easy treats I wanted to share with y’all, and so here you go.

Today we’re talking white chocolate and Oreo cookies, all mushed together and made into a heavenly bark. Easy, delicious and festive.

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Chocolate Pretzel Candies

Chocolate Pretzel Candies

Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 in Happy Endings

This is Easy Christmas Treat #1 in the series “Easy Christmas Treats.” Easy Christmas Treat #2 will be featured tomorrow and then … well, that’s it for the series. It’s not a long one, sorry.

That I found the energy to make either easy treat sometimes feels like a Christmas miracle in and of itself. Women who have done this pregnancy thing more than once, I salute you. I am humbled by you, admire you and practically worship you. I’d curtsy in your general direction too, but then I wouldn’t be able to get back up without help.

So! As far as easy treats go, these are insanely so. Put down a pretzel, add a  Hershey’s kiss, melt the kiss a little and then plop an M&M on top. They’re so simple you can do most of the prep sitting down. And that I did.



And they’re good, too. Sweet and salty = score.

Chocolate Pretzel Candies

Chocolate Pretzel Candies
 
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Sweet and salty = yum! As far as easy treats go, these are insanely so. Put down a pretzel, add a Hershey’s kiss, melt the kiss a little and then plop an M&M on top.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yield: 3 dozen
Ingredients
  • 36 waffle-shaped pretzels
  • 36 Hershey’s hugs, unwrapped
  • 36 Red and/or green M&Ms
or
  • 36 circular peanut butter sandwich pretzels
  • 36 Hershey’s milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped
  • 36 Red and/or green M&Ms
  • Sea salt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Lay a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  3. Lay the pretzels on the cookie sheet and top with a kiss.
  4. Bake for 4 – 7 minutes, until the kiss or hug is soft but still retains its shape. One way to test is to poke it with a spoon; another is to pull them out at 4 minutes and try to top with an M&M; if it’s still hard in the middle, give it another minute or two.
  5. Pull from the oven and top immediately and quickly with M&Ms. If you’re using the peanut butter sandwich pretzels and notice they don’t have much salt, sprinkle the kiss with a little sea salt if you want.
  6. Allow to harden – this will take a couple of hours, or you can transfer them to the refrigerator to speed up the process.
Notes
Idea from FamilyFun Magazine

Originally posted on The Hazel Bloom December 21, 2011. Updated and posted on Kitchen Treaty December 12, 2012. More about this

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Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 in Dessert, Happy Endings, Holidays, Kid Friendly

If you’re looking for a super-easy, crowd-pleasing holiday treat, look no further.

With only five ingredients (six if you add the sprinkles), Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls are a simple, easy goodie that come together in no time at all and will undoubtedly disappear equally quickly. But don’t worry; smiles (and quite possibly recipe requests) will be left behind.

I’d describe how they taste, but it’s probably pretty obvious. Sweet, rich and that delicious, magical combination of peanut butter and chocolate. In other words: Win!

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Double Chocolate Salted Peanut Bark

Double Chocolate Salted Peanut Bark

Posted on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 in Happy Endings, Holidays

This bark is a ridiculously easy candy recipe that’s perfect for supplementing your holiday cookie platters, or even all by itself, tucked in a cute candy bag. It’s also a quick treat to whip up when you’re craving something sweet and salty – and then you can keep it all for yourself. Not that I would ever do that.

The holidays are here! Bring on the unabashed candy making and cookie baking, baby. Guess I’d better uncover the elliptical machine, eh?

This recipe is super easy, but somehow feels a little special, too. The combo of dark and milk chocolates plus the saltiness of the peanuts (plus the added salty boost with a little Fleur de Sel, if you’re up for it) is a winner. Stick ‘em in some cute cupcake liners and they look all special and stuff – before they’re wolfed down with utter abandon, that is.

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