Holiday Snacks

The Holidays call for snacks of all kinds because every time you turn around, there is another gathering to attend. What kind of food gets your attention? Salty? Sweet? Candy? Cookies?

Candy doesn’t get eaten very well around here. I made some last year and it sat here for so long I finally put it in the freezer. Around April I found it and just quietly pitched it. Now cookies or something like that, they are usually gone in no time.

choc covered pretzels

An easy one that my kids all love are chocolate covered pretzels.

My Mom always bought the big twisted pretzels and carefully dipped every single one, nice and neatly. My patience level for that doesn’t even register so I started dumping a bag or two of these in a big bowl, melting chocolate and stirring it together. I poured them out on wax paper and when they were almost dry I broke them apart. They don’t look perfect, but the kids are happy with them!


Gingerbread Men

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I have made these gingerbread men almost every year since Shelly posted this recipe. I’m telling you they are the easiest and the best there is. Once you make these you will never want to do all the rolling and patting and hard work of other, less than stellar, gingerbread men.

Easy Gingerbread Cookies
3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
 1/4 cup molasses
2 teaspoons soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon ginger
2 1/2 cups flour
 
Melt butter and let it cool for 5 minutes.
Mix in all the other ingredients.
Spread on a 10×15 cookie sheet.
Bake at 350* for about 12 minutes.
Cool 5 minutes. Cut into shapes!
Once they are cooled, I drizzle them with a thick glaze/frosting piped out of a bag. If you want to frost and decorate them like little men, go for it.
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 Edit to add: the glaze recipe was just a shot in the dark. Maybe 1 cup of powdered sugar and a few drops of milk to get it to the right consistency. I put it in a small sandwich bag and cut the tip off one corner to pipe it out of.
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Be sure and keep all the edge pieces and drizzle them with icing too. Trust me when I say they disappear just as fast as the little men.
I call these the “mom pieces” because the kids go for the real ones and I can sit here and pop little bites into my mouth and never have a clue how much I actually consumed!

Protein Balls 
This is not necessarily a holiday snack, but a good and easy one, and maybe just a tiny bit healthy.
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Protein Balls
2 C Honey
2 C Peanut butter
1/2 tsp salt
6 C oatmeal
1 C chopped nuts
2 C mini chocolate chips
Mix well and scoop into balls.
Store in the refrigerator.
These can also be frozen and then just pull a few out whenever you need them.
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My kids like these in their lunches as well. I am not a health-nut mom, but if there is something (sorta) healthy they like, better then total junk.
So tell me, what are your favorite Holiday snacks?
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Chocolate Carmel and all good things!

When we went to IN for Thanksgiving, one of the aunts had these divine little pretzel things she was trying to hide from everyone. (Why did she bring them if she didn’t want us to eat them?) I kept finding them, and eating them, and loving them..

I’ve had Chocolate covered pretzels all my life, or so it seems, but I had never had pretzels covered with Carmel and then with Chocolate. White chocolate at that! They were good. Oh so good. I could have eaten them all. So I made some.

Now the aunt I mentioned, makes her own Carmel, worksworksworks, does things the hard way. Just go support your local bulk food store like I do, buy and chunk of Carmel, nuke it for a minute and you’re good to go. 🙂

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Here’s my chunk of Carmel, and the little wads behind it turned into a few turtles. 🙂 The rest…

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…got wrapped onto little pretzel sticks. It was gooey and ran off the first few so I put them in the fridge to cool and then pressed it back on again. Note to self: Don’t lay them on wax paper again. We shall most assuredly be eating small bits of paper with some pretzels, but we shall not surely die from that!

Anyway, back in fridge till it was good and hard…
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Meanwhile we dipped plain pretzels in chocolate. I know some of you are having heart failure but around here we like the white choc best. 🙂

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dip dip dip!

And then we caught her!
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Lick, lick, lick!

We put her pretzels in a bag of their own. 🙂
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Back to the Carmel ones. We dipped them in white Choc too.
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And they are good!!!!!!

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It will be awhile before we dip dip dip again.

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So now the trick is, when the girls catch me eating a Carmel choc pretzel and they want one too, I give them a regular one and we’re all happy! 🙂 Please don’t tell them.

Now I have a question for you.

What would you do if you didn’t have any children around for 4-5 days?