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« on: December 03, 2011 12:28:10 PM »

We need an updated list of yummy gifts that are quick and easy gifts for the Holidays!

Do you have any fantastic recipes to share?

Please do! Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2011 12:34:24 PM »

Here's what I'm making tonight.

Peppermint chocolate pretzels

1 bag of pretzels (I prefer the small twists over the sticks)
1 package of white melting chocolate
1 bag of peppermint candies (I prefer the mini canes because they are easier to crush than the disc candies.)

1. Crush the peppermints into small pieces. Pass this through a sieve to remove the fine powder. (Save this to add to hot chocolate later!!) Put the larger pieces into a bowl and set aside.

2. Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler over medium-low heat.

3. Prepare a cooling area by lining a cookie sheet with either parchment or wax paper.

4. Put 5-6 pretzels at a time into the chocolate and use a fork to pull them out. Place them quickly onto the lined cookie sheet.

5. Sprinkle with the crushed candies. This step is perfect for a little helper! Wink

6. Allow to cool and then package.


I'll add a picture of my pretzels later tonight. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2011 01:04:59 PM »

Last year I made these for gifts and people loved them

get some of those little grid shaped pretzels
lay them out on a cookie sheet
top each one with a Rolo
put in the oven and bake just until the Rolo gets soft (happens very quickly)
take out of the oven a gently push a toasted pecan half into the Rolo
Once they cool it's like a salty turtle.
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2011 07:30:38 PM »

Large Marshmallows
pretzel sticks
Melting Chocolate
Cinnamon dots, Hot Tamales
Small Pretzels
Pearl Sprinkles (or other candies for the
Foam block

Place chocolate melts or chocolate chips in a microwaveable glass bowl. Microwave on high at 20-30 second intervals, stirring each time until chocolate is just melted, but not too hot.
Dip a marshmallow into the chocolate, covering it entirely. Use the backside of a spoon to smooth out the side and top, and to remove any excess. Place it back into the foam block and repeat the process on the next marshmallow.
add the half pretzel antlers, by gently inserting them into the scored parts of the marshmallows, and hold them for a few seconds to make sure they are secure.
add the candies for the face detail
tie a small piece of ribbon around the stick like a scarf.


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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2011 10:14:25 PM »

For something maybe a little unexpected -

Raspberry Vinegar

4 cups raspberries
4 cups apple cider vinegar (white wine vinegar is also very good to use, just more expensive!)
2 cups sugar

Place washed berries in a large nonreactive bowl (like glass, ceramic, or stainless steel).  Pour vinegar over to cover.  Cover with lid or plastic wrap and keep in a cool place for a week, stirring gently every day.  After a week, pour vinegar through a cheesecloth to strain.  Place strained vinegar in saucepan, bring to a simmer, and add sugar.  Simmer for 10 minutes, then pour into clean jars or bottles.  Makes 4 cups. 

You can use other berries, of course!
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2011 01:04:59 AM »

Apple Pie

1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
8 apples (Granny Smith, Cortland, Jonathan) - peeled, cored and sliced

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
2. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.
3. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft

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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2011 12:33:55 AM »

peppermint bark
1 bag of milk chocolate morsels
1 bag of white chocolate morsels
10 starlight candys (candy canes work too and are way easier to crush)

Crush up the peppermint candy's into small pieces.
Melt milk chocolate morsels, and spread on to parchment paper.
Put in fridge to harden.
Melt white chocolate morsels. Add crushed peppermint pieces.
Put white chocolate on top of the milk chocolate (peppermint makes it harden faster, so you have less time to work with it)
Let harden.

Break into small pieces!

I just made this and it took a total of 20 minutes, tops...and that's mainly because I had to clean the double boiler between chocolates Smiley

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