Easy Christmas Homemade Treats

Easy Christmas Treats You Can Make Today!

If you're anything like me, this holiday season is jam packed and busy! My whole family performs in The Nutcracker Ballet every year so rehearsals take up lots of time! If you need to make some impressive treats in a little time, have I got the treats for you! Basically, get a bunch of stuff to dip into some yummy stuff, and sprinkle more yummy stuff on top. Here's a little more detail. Semi-sweet Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks (top right) Ingredients: Pretzel sticks Semi sweet chocolate chips, with a TBSP shortening added Festive sprinkles Instructions: Place chocolate chips in a double boiler or melt in the microwave. Dip pretzel sticks into the chocolate, covering 2/3 of the sticks. Sprinkle with sprinkles. Set on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Place in the freezer until hardened. White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks (top left) Ingredients: Pretzel sticks White candy coating (in the balking aisle) Festive … [Read More...]

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Do you need cheap and easy holiday decorating ideas? These projects will take you 15 minutes or less and look great! This post contains affiliate … [Read More...]

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