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Here's a super easy one. People will think you're a genius.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Lay out a bunch of pretzels. Leave a little bit of space between them. Place an unwrapped Rolo on each pretzel. Place cookie sheet in the oven for about 4 minutes or until Rolos start to slump a bit. They won't lose their shape, but they will soften. Remove from oven and squash each Rolo with a pecan half. (If the candy doesn't squash easily, just pop the sheet back into the oven for a little bit longer.) Rolo will fill in the pretzel like a fancy turtle candy. Cool slightly and then put cookie sheet in freezer for ten minutes or so to harden the chocolate and make them easier to remove from the cookie sheet. Make lots of extras. These go fast!
I made granola this year. It was pretty yummy. Found cute chinese take out boxes at Mikes for $1.
Spice pumpkin and Brown sugar granola
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp vanilla
cinnamon ( original receipe called for 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice. I never have that, so I make my own cocktail )
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped each pecans/pistachios/sliced almonds ( I did pecans and almonds)
1 cup golden raisins ( I used just cranberries- got some raisin haters)
1 cup cranberries
Bake 325' 45 min
Mix the pumpkin, the spices, vanilla, the olive oil, and sugar together. Add oats, nuts. Toss spread on cookie sheet, stir halfway through. ADD cranberries and raisins about 30 min.
Continue baking for another 15 min.
One of the easiest and most delicious "trail mix" type recipes I've found is this one - believe it or not, it's called "White trash" -
3 1/2 c Cheerios toasted oat cereal
3 c Rice Chex
3 c Corn Chex
16 oz M&Ms plain chocolate (in red & green)
2 1/2 c salted mixed nuts (I used peanuts)
2 c small pretzels
2 (11 oz) pkg Ghirardelli white chocolate chips
Prep Time - 10 Mins
Total Time - 30 mins
1. Dump the cereals, M&Ms, Nuts and pretzels in large bowl and mix gently
2. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave (or in double boiler) being careful not to burn it. (30 seconds each time, stir, stir, stir...)
3. Dump melted chocolate over the ingredients and fold over and over until you have well-coated hunks and chunks
4. Spread the whole mess out on wax paper and set in cool place until it sets up
5. Break into pieces and store in zip-top bags or air-tight containers.
You won't have to store it long once someone tastes it.
I don't cook or bake for the most part, so if I can pull these off without disaster, they have to be pretty easy!
Cookie Dough Truffles
1/2 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 c. miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (I've omitted these at times)
1 1/2 lbs. semisweet chocolate candy coating, chopped
Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the flour, milk, and vanilla; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts. Shape into 1 inch balls; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Loosely cover and refrigerate 1-2 hours or until firm.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt candy coating, stirring often until smooth. Dip balls in coating; place on waxed-paper lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. If desired, remelt remaining candy coating and drizzle over candies. Store in refrigerator.
Makes 5-1/2 dozen
They're very rich. I wrap up a few in a pretty cello bag and add a tag to give as gifts.
I found this recipe for Cinnamon Pecan Caramel Corn and I'm dying to try it. You actually make the Caramel in the MICROWAVE. I'll let you know how it turns out.
Cinnamon Caramel Corn with Pecans & White Chocolate
Recipe by Our Best Bites
12 C popped popcorn (about 1/2 C kernels)
1 C pecan halves, roughly chopped
1 C brown sugar
3/4 t cinnamon
1/4 C karo syrup (or honey makes a good substitution)
1 stick real butter (1/2 C)
1/2 t baking soda
3 squares almond bark (about 4 oz)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees
Place popcorn and chopped pecans in a large bowl and set aside.
Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a 2 liter capacity microwave safe bowl. Mix well. Chop butter into chunks and place on top of sugar mixture. Pour corn syrup over the top of everything. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then stir to combine. Return to microwave and heat for 2 minutes. Remove and stir and then microwave for 2 minutes more.
Remove from microwave and add in vanilla and baking soda. Stir to combine. Mixture will foam and rise. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pecans and stir very well so everything is well coated.
Spread popcorn mixture onto a foil-lined jelly roll pan. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and spread out on a large piece of parchment, waxed paper, or foil.
Melt almond bark according to package instructions. Drizzle over popcorn mixture. When almond bark is hardened and popcorn is cool, break into chunks and enjoy!
I just found this thread and oh yummy.... sounds like great recipes.... I just finished making the recipe above for the oven Caramel Corn. I have this same recipe and I make it every year.... usually in the fall for our Weiner roast and then again at Christmas time for parties and Christmas gifts.
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a favorite of my Daughter's is Puppy chow. when I follow the recipe it never seems enough chocolate and Peanut butter to cover the amount of cereal the recipe calls for.
but the ingredients are a bag of choco chips, 1/2 c peanut butter, 1/4 stick marg or butter put in microwavable dish and melt. Add 1 tsp vanilla measure 9 cups of corn ceareal like chex, I prefer storebrand. get a gigantic bowl and put cereal in. pour part of the choco mixture over the cereal and toss it around then add remaining mixture. put it all in a plastic bag and then pour in powdered sugar and toss around to coat evenly....once again.....I usually adjust and melt a little more choco chips and peanut butter .........Joila!
How was the popcorn Alma??? The cinnamon & pecans sounds like a fun addition to the caramel corn, but I have an aversion to white chocolate, but it sounds like something a lot of people would love!!
My SIL made some of that Saltine candy this year - that was delish! Sort of like the graham cracker "cookies" I made this year, so quick, easy and yummy!
Now what special foods does everyone make for New Years?? Any traditions?
The popcorn was amazing. And amazingly fast. I whipped up 2 batches of regular and the cinnamon roll popcorn, lickety-split. The white chocolate was good, but it wasn't a strong enough flavor to all that cinnamony goodness. Next time, I'm going to try semisweet.
I'll have to give that popcorn a try (without the white chocolate) - sounds very similar to mine but much easier in the microwave!! I made 4 batches this year - some to give away and then basically my crew can down almost a batch in one sitting!