I can’t believe how fast all my Christmas treats are going! I thought I’d be drowning in cookies and cakes, but I’ve been doing up plates for family and there isn’t much left for me now but crumbs (probably a good thing! :D)
My bake for Day 6 was Dessert Bars! You know – those sliceable sweets perfect for sharing! I’m a sucker for anything with M&Ms, so I became absolutely enchanted by these easy oh so festive Christmas Magic Cookie Bars from Passion for Savings and couldn’t wait to cut into them!
Let me say these bars were an absolute delight to make. They only contain graham crumbs, butter, sweetened condensed milk, quick oats, chocolate and butterscotch chips, and Christmas M&Ms. That’s IT! The true magic is how these ingredients work together to make an ooey-gooey sweet treat that looks like you spent ages throwing together but nobody will ever know it took just a couple of minutes.
The “worst” part was waiting for them to cool so I could dig in! Will absolutely be making again.
The first day of my 25 Days of Christmas Baking Challenge is to be a favourite treat from childhood. This was easy for me. Chocolate dipped pretzels were one of the very first things that my mom taught me to make when I was very young and the one thing that I *have* to make every year no matter what.
Best of all, they’re very easy to actually make, especially if you’re in a time crunch. Good thing because people will beg you to make them again and again!
What You Need
Pretzels (either twists or sticks)
Chocolate wafers (dark, milk, or white chocolate) ~ they seem to be super hard to find this time of year though as I’ve checked two stores and they were both sold out of the white chocolate ones!
Glass bowl and pot to act as a double boiler
Setup a double boiler and melt the chocolate wafers (a microwave also works for melting chocolate, but I like the control of the boiler). A double boiler is just glass bowl on top of a pot with 2-3 inches of water at medium heat below. Stir the wafers until smooth when they start melting.
Dip! This is the fun part. I find using tongs is the easiest way to drop the pretzel into the melted chocolate and pick it up. A fork also works, but it’s much hard to control. Remelt if the chocolate starts getting too thick. Hint: broken pretzels are also fun to dip. Just means more you have to eat yourself 😉
Drop the pretzels onto a pan with wax paper and decorate. Add some Christmassy sprinkles on top, or drizzle with other chocolate.
Let the dipped pretzels cool. It takes 10-15 to allow the chocolate to fully dry before you can pick them up. I usually throw it them in the freezer for 2-3 minutes which does the job. Now enjoy the salty sweet deliciousness!
Happy December!! Can you even believe it’s almost time for the holidays ONCE AGAIN?! Whether that means for you cheesy movies, cookies, and celebrating with friends and family or just a quiet relaxing last month of the year before new adventures next year!
It’s also been ONE year since I started this blog. That’s hard to believe. I have had so much fun sharing my adventures this past year, even though I haven’t posted nearly as much as I wanted to. I really enjoyed doing the 30 day blog challenge I did last December and wanted to do a similar challenge to keep me motivated. That and I clearly need some structure for my posts (I sound like my high school teacher!!) 😀
Which got me to thinking (UH OH!)… a sadly neglected hobby of mine that I’ve been craving to do more of all year is BAKING!!! I already need to do a little bit of baking for work and gifts this month, plus I really want to increase my skills and most of all have a ridiculous amount of fun. So I rolled it all up into one and created a 25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS BAKING CHALLENGE!
I didn’t want to leave it too open or make it all cookies, so I’ve added a bunch of festive ingredients like peppermint, chocolate, and even a little bit of fruit (you mean healthy things in MY Christmas treats?!?), along with different varieties of baked goods. This is what I’ll be trying to tackle up until Christmas Day: