:: My Little Bakers ::
(Peanut was too busy napping to help out this time)
I found a couple last minute, super-easy, kiddo-friendly recipes for my sweeties to put together.
AND they are no-bake recipes. So we could taste them as we went...so far, so good!
Turtle Candy (a Christmas surprise for Dad from General)
This couldn't be easier! First we toasted pecan halves in the oven for 5 minutes, then arranged them on some waxed paper like this ::
Next, General melted a bag of caramel candies in the microwave, then drizzled a spoonful over each cluster.
Last step - chocolate chips melted up in the microwave & drizzled over the caramel. Then into the fridge to set. And that's it!
These turned out delicious, and being so easy for General to make by himself I think we'll keep this recipe in "The Book" for next year. Although, the caramel candy did end up being very chewy....so I think we may still experiment with other varieties of caramel next time!
Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies
These were a HIT with everyone! We finished eating them up by the end of Christmas Day....and are planning to make another batch tonight or tomorrow, for New Year's Eve. I am not usually a big fan of peanut butter, but I have to say - these might be my favorite new cookie!
I found the recipe at What Megan's Making (cute blog!).
:: Ingredients ::
1 cup peanut butter
2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
We mixed the first three ingredients together in the blender. I did add quite a bit of extra powdered sugar (as recommended in the original recipe) until the mixture was stiff enough to roll...
Rose and Little Monkey rolled the peanut butter mixture into small balls & placed them on waxed paper....
There was lots of finger-lickin!
I did keep this particular batch just for us at home ;)
Then we sandwiched each one between two pretzels, and dipped one side of each cookie into melted chocolate (which Rose was able to melt by herself, using the microwave).
Then into the freezer they went, to set up extra-fast....and we discovered we like them even better frozen - it makes them just a little crunchy. Yum!