Friday, January 2, 2015

Christmas Baking!


I really truly wish I had more time to spend in the kitchen with the kiddos.  I've realized that the next years, when Sawyer is a little bigger will be easier to do a lot of baking, so I've decided to enjoy him being little and needy and just do a little bit rather than try to overdo it.  There will be years ahead of us when the girls will want to spend hours in the kitchen with me..  for now, they all prefer barbies..  so a little bit of kitchen and a lot of play is good for me for now!  


However I did want them to do a few things!  I thought these would be easy treats, and the girls bought tins at the dollar store so we could take their sweets to family for our Christmas gatherings!  These were really fun, and they pretty much did them without much help from me!  

Pretzel Hugs!

Now for some reason, the hugs worked, but not the kisses.  None of the kisses melted, they just burned.  The hugs though worked perfectly!  We started out with some square snyders pretzels, the ones that look like windows.  We topped them with Hershey's Hugs, put the oven on 350, and just melted them!



  After they were melted, we topped them with MMs and let them harden again!  I put them in the fridge so they would harden faster, but I think it would work better to let them do it their own on the counter.  It was hard to get them off the plate without breaking them, but they turned out cute and they tasted delicious, and the kiddos can do this alone pretty much!!!

  Another super easy recipe we really liked was for the Fudge contest for the Whobilation!  We didn't win anything :(  But when my Dad was looking through the pics I had taken he pointed out the fudge, not knowing that we had made it, and said he had listed it as his #1, so I know its not just us that liked it lol!    So I thought I would share this easy holiday recipe as well, for those of you like me, who have limited kitchen time!


Tiger Butter Fudge

2 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips, divided
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips
2  14oz cans sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1.  Take a 9x9 baking pan and line aluminum foil.  Lightly spray with non stick cooking spray.  
2.  In a large bowl, pour 2 cups of milk chocolate chips and one can of sweetened condensed milk.  
3.  Cook in a microwave for about 60 seconds, remove and stir.  Continue to microwave at 15 second intervals (stirring after each one) until the chocolate chips are completely melted and smooth.
4.  Pour the milk chocolate fudge mixture into the baking pan.
5.  In a separate large bowl, pour in the white chocolate chips and peanut butter chips with the second can of sweetened condensed milk.  Cook in the microwave for about 60 seconds, remove and stir.  Continue to microwave at 15 second intervals (stirring after each one) until the chocolate chips are completely melted and smooth.
6.  Pour the white chocolate fudge mixture over the milk chocolate fudge mixture.
7.  In a small bowl, pour the 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil.  Melt in the microwave for 30 seconds, remove and stir.  Repeat in 15 second intervals until chocolate chips are completely melted and smooth.  Drizzle it over the fudge.
8.  Place in the fridge for about 60 minutes to let it set up (stick in the freezer if you want it to set up faster).  When set, lift foil from pan and cut fudge into squares.