Today was my annual work Christmas bake exchange, so I ended up doing two bakes. Was a super duper sugar overload!
I can’t even remember the last time I’ve even had a brownie so I was kind of excited to eat these chewy fudgy bites of happiness! But the brown colour is so not my thing! I wanted something colour and fun, and these fudgy Christmas tree brownies from Dinner at the Zoo caught my eye! They are a from scratch recipe (I don’t really like using boxed mixes when it’s just as easy to make your own!!)
I was already stuffed with brownie batter when I went on to bake #2 which was my bake for my exchange. I decided to make these bright green Grinch Cookies from Stress Baking because I wanted something bright and cute. Look at the little hearts! They made my heart grow three sizes!
They were a big hit! And I collected even more baked goods from the other girls at work!
I was so excited for chocolate day! I mean, who wouldn’t be excited about *having to* eat chocolate chips and lick melty chocolate from spoons while making pretty treats to share with friends (if they last long enough to give away ;))?!
There are only four simple ingredients to chocolate truffles: 3 cups of melting chocolate, a can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 tbsp of vanilla, and sprinkles! All you have to do is melt the chocolate, condensed milk, and vanilla in a double boiler, cool, roll, and then enjoy! The recipe and full instructions can be found here from Lord Byron’s Kitchen.
They are a bit messy but it’s completely worth being completely coated in chocolate for these little bites!
Still no cream cheese! It’s somehow even colder today here (-40C!!) and I’m not too keen on turning into a popsicle on the way to the store! This Christmas baking challenge really has turned into a bit of a challenge as it’s mean scrounging up what I’ve got and turning it into tasty treats.
Today I did Christmas candy! You know those desserts that are just pure sugary definitely terrible for you GOOD. Which is definitely what Loaded Christmas Bark is!
It’s sweet and salty with chocolate, white chocolate, M&Ms, pretzels, peanuts, and sprinkles and looks just like Christmas! I’ve been back to the counter 3 times to steal some more because it’s irresistible.
Don’t you look cute and festive today! 🙂 For No Bake day of the 25 Days of Christmas Baking Challenge, I’m getting all buttered up. Peanut buttered up that is!
My family lives and breathes peanut butter. We add it to absolutely everything and can clear a shelf of Reese’s Cups in a jiff. So when I found these Christmas No Bake Peanut Butter Balls from Emily Enchanted I knew I was dipping in right away.
These little balls are sticky, but super quick to make (I was able to squeeze them in before I left for work!) and the combination of chocolate and peanut butter will have the biggest Grinches at the party melt.
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!