There's still time to make some really easy, yummy stuff for Christmas treats. The recipes I'm going to share today whip up in less than an hour total, and you'll be wow-ing the people who come to nosh at your snack table.
I guess I better show you a picture first to whet your appetite, or you may decide you don't feel like making them. But you must!
First up are the Peanut Butter Sweeties
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3 cups confectioners' sugar
- 60 miniature pretzels (about 3 cups)
- 1-1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
- In a small bowl, beat peanut butter and butter until smooth. Beat in confectioners' sugar until combined. Shape into 1-in. balls; press one on each pretzel. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate thirty minutes.
- In a microwave-safe bowl or heavy saucepan, melt chocolate chips and oil. Dip the peanut butter ball into chocolate. Return to baking sheet, pretzel side down. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 5 dozen.
Crunchy Peanut Bark
- 2 pounds white candy coating, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup Jif® Peanut Butter
- 3 cups crisp rice cereal
- 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
- 2 cups miniature marshmallows
DirectionsIn a microwave, heat candy coating at 70% power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Stir in peanut butter until smooth. Add in remaining ingredients. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let stand until set. Yield: 10 dozen. (Unless, like me, you make huge mounds!)
Both of these recipes are taken from Taste of Home.
And they are both easy enough to get all the kids involved too. The second one has lots of things to measure, and stir. Getting time with the kids in the kitchen, priceless! So get in the kitchen, whip up some of these goodies, and start gaining your Christmas poundage now.
Why put it off?