This is my first post for my Sweet Treat Christmas Edition series where I am baking and making candies to celebrate this holiday season! This week Kensley and I made some treats to give out to our neighbors. Our treat inspiration came from a blog that I came across recently, Chelsea’s Messy Apron which I have fallen in love with for it’s easy to follow and tasty recipes. I also love that she does holiday themed recipes because that is when I find myself baking and cooking the most.
This time last year we were moving into our new house! It’s hard to believe a year has gone by, but it makes for this year to be a particularly special holiday season celebrating for the first time in our new home and for the first time with our little Kensley.
Besides the fact that I just love to bake and make treats in general, I wanted to put together something for our neighbors because we have been so lucky to move into a neighborhood with such nice people! I decided to make Rudolph Noses, Turtles, Chocolate Drizzled Coconut Macaroons, and Peppermint Bark Cookies. All these recipes contain FIVE or LESS ingredients, which makes it not only affordable but pretty easy to follow.
The Rudolph Noses and Turtles can be made at the same time and are also the recipe I would say that kids can help the most. These are THREE ingredients only, and you actually really only need to buy one bag of the square pretzels! Simply line up the baking sheet with parchment paper and fill it up with as many square pretzels as you can. Place chocolate kisses on one half of the pretzels and rolos on the other half. Pop them into the oven for just a few minutes to get soft, NOT MELTED! Once soft pull them out of the oven and get ready to decorate! The rolos get a pecan on top I press them into the rolo a bit to stick. For the turtle I wanted them to look a bit more festive so I put some Christmas sprinkles I had on top of the chocolate before the pecans, but that is optional and just for extra fun. The kisses get a red or green m&m on top, hence the “Rudolp noses” name so I tried to use all the red m&ms and just a few green. Let these harden at room temp and you’re done! Seriously takes about 30 minutes… of course only if you’re uninterrupted by crying babies or needy toddlers, haha! Click here for the full recipe.
The chocolate drizzled coconut are the most labor intensive out of these treats but again it’s a pretty simple recipe. I would say the hardest part for me was doing the chocolate drizzle! Apparently I’m not very skilled in the art of drizzling chocolate. I used a spoon to drizzle, but be careful of big globs falling down. I mean it’s chocolate so no matter how it looks it still tastes delicious, but if you’re a little OCD like me do small amounts of chocolate on the spoon at a time. Let it start pouring in the chocolate bowl to get it started and then start drizzling. Click here for the full recipe.
I think my personal favorite out of all these happen to be the peppermint bark cookies. These taste and look like you spent hours working on them but the trick is to buy premade Grasshopper cookies which are minty fudge. They taste like Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies. For this recipe all you need to do is melt the white chocolate chips with a little peppermint extract and then dip the cookies and sprinkle the crushed candy canes crumbs. You can find the recipe here for these cookies.
I found the prettiest tins to put the treats in at my favorite place Hobby Lobby. And of course that magical place always has seasonal decor at 50% off so I got a great deal on them as well. Add some pretty ribbon and a candy cane and you are good to go! I added our Christmas card as well. It was so fun to walk around and pass these out with Kensley. We feel so lucky to be able to live where we do and can’t wait to raise Kensley in this neighborhood.