If you're going to blow your diet over Christmas, you might as well make it worth your while. I thought I'd share with you some of the treat recipes my family likes, as well as one that I would like to try soon. (Note: I am posting recipes from memory in front of me, so if you're curious about actual weights and sizes of items from the store, feel free to Google for more specific details and recipes).
One of our favorites is a Rice Krispie recipe with peanut butter and chocolate. I think some people may call them "O'Henry Bars," but we've never really had a name for them.
Recipe 1 C granulated sugar 1 C white Karo syrup 1 C peanut butter 6 C Rice Krispies 2 bags milk chocolate chips (or 12 Hershey's chocolate bars)
Heat sugar and Karo just till bubbling. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter. Once peanut butter mixture is blended, add Rice Krispies and mix well. Spread into greased 9x13 pan. Melt chocolate and spread on top of Rice Krispie layer. Once the treats set up, cut into bars.
Do you like Butterfingers? I sure do. I don't remember where I got this recipe, but if you like Butterfingers, you must try these. (If you have a child or grandchild, have him/her help you out with these).
Make little sandwiches with two Cheese Nips and peanut butter. Keep making these till you're out of crackers. Melt almond bark over stove. Add crackers and coat thoroughly. Let set on wax paper.
When my son was little, he was really into cowboys. I'd make what are traditionally known as "Haystacks," but we called them "Tumbleweeds."
Recipe 1 bag butterscotch chips 1 can chow mein noodles
Melt chips over low heat. Once melted, add noodles and stir well. Once noodles are coated thoroughly, spoon out balls onto wax paper and let set.
There are variations to this recipe that call for adding peanut butter, marshmallows, nuts, etc.
Just as I like the juxtaposition of rustic and refined in my decorating, I like the contrast between sweet and salty, such as white chocolate-covered pretzels.
Recipe 1 package white almond bark 1 bag small pretzels
Melt almond bark over low heat. Once melted, add pretzels and stir well. Once pretzels are coated thoroughly, set out onto wax paper. (This recipe can be varied with milk chocolate and straight pretzels. I've also used the big, straight pretzels and added sprinkles before the chocolate sets).
Finally, my husband tried these the other day at his office. I've never made them, but since he sent me the recipe, I think that's his hint for me to whip some up.
Ritz Toffee Bitz Recipe 1 package Skor or Heath toffee bits 1 box Ritz crackers 1 can sweetened condensed milk 1 C chopped pecans (optional)
Crush Ritz into fine crumbs and put in mixing bowl. Add 3/4 of the toffee bits package, 3/4 of the pecans and all the condensed milk. Stir well and put into greased 9x9 dish. Sprinkle remaining toffee bits and pecans on top and cook in 350 oven for 8 mins. Cool completely before cutting into squares. A variation has a 1/4cup of milk chocolate chips on the bottom of the pan before adding the mixture and then another 1/4 cup of milk chocolate chips to the top before baking.
I hope you're enjoying this holiday season and having as much fun in the kitchen as I am.