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Gunterkat's dessert recipe got me thinking about a treat that my mom tried for the first time a few days ago.

Basically, you get a bag of pretzels that are kind of honey-combed shaped (I think she said Rold Gold makes them) and you lay a bunch of them out on a cookie sheet that has parchment paper or wax paper on it. On top of each pretzel you put a Rolo. Stick these in a warm oven (I think mom said she had hers at 275°) for about 3 to 4 minutes, or just enough time to warm the Rolos up enough to squish but not melt all over the place. Take the sheet out of the oven and on top of each pretzel-Rolo combo you put a pecan half, pushing it in the Rolo a bit to flatten the candy out.

She brought a few over here for us to try; they're yummy, kind of like a turtle but with pretzel added.

Ken's work Christmas party is actually an after-Christmas party this year but I'm making a bunch of these and taking them with. Quick, simple and yummy! :D Mom said the most time-consuming part was unwrapping the Rolos.

Feel free to continue this thread by adding some Christmas goodie favs of yours!
 

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Jo, this reminds me of a recipe I have that has a pretzel base, with chocolate and peanut butter. A friend I used to work with gave me the recipe, and they were delicious! I'll see if I can dig it up, just to give a variation to your yummy recipe.
 

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Dragonfly said:
You can do the same thing to the pretzels using Hershey Kisses. So easy!
Hey! You just gave me an idea. Have you noticed how there are so many Hershey's Kisses flavors to choose from during the Christmas season? So far I've seen, regular, Hugs, mint, cocoa, caramel and cherry cordial. Any of these would be good with these little treats. I have to admit, though, I think Rolos taste better than caramel Kisses.
 

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Here's the peanut butter cookie recipe that hubby made this weekend. They are yummy! :D

Peanut Butter Cookies
(Makes about 60 1 ½” cookies.)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease or line 2 cookie sheets.

Whisk together:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda

Beat in a large bowl until well blended:
1/3 cup (5 1/3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar

Beat in:
1 large egg
1 cup peanut butter
½ teaspoon vanilla

Stir flour mixture into wet ingredients until blended. Shape into 1” balls, and arrange about 2” apart on the cookie sheets. Press flat with a fork. Bake 1 sheet at a time, about 10 – 12 minutes. Let stand briefly, then remove from cookie sheet onto a rack to cool.

Dave didn’t flatten the cookies with a fork, and then they were a bit thicker and softer. Delicious!
 

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Here's the peanut butter cookie recipe that hubby made this weekend. They are yummy! :D

Peanut Butter Cookies
(Makes about 60 1 ½” cookies.)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease or line 2 cookie sheets.

Whisk together:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda

Beat in a large bowl until well blended:
1/3 cup (5 1/3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar

Beat in:
1 large egg
1 cup peanut butter
½ teaspoon vanilla

Stir flour mixture into wet ingredients until blended. Shape into 1” balls, and arrange about 2” apart on the cookie sheets. Press flat with a fork. Bake 1 sheet at a time, about 10 – 12 minutes. Let stand briefly, then remove from cookie sheet onto a rack to cool.

Dave didn’t flatten the cookies with a fork, and then they were a bit thicker and softer. Delicious!
Thanks, Geri! I can't wait to try it.
 

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Jeanie said:
I think that's the same recipe I use! I love peanut butter cookies. :)
Moi aussi! I like the # pattern! What is that anyway?

Does anyone know any TRADITIONAL IRISH Christmas goodies? I've heard fish is a big part of the traditional festivities...

When Irish eyes are smilin' :wink WATCH YER STEP.
 

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Geri, I just have to comment on your new signature - hilarious! :lol: The expression on your cat's face is perfect.
Haha your sig cracks me up! :lol: :lol:
Thanks! :lol: That's Lucy for ya!

Dave didn’t flatten the cookies with a fork, and then they were a bit thicker and softer.
I asked Dave about this just to be sure, he said he didn't flatten them before he baked them, but after they came out of the oven, he flattened them just slightly while they were still hot. I loved the thickness, and I think by not flattening before baking, it made them softer.
 

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I'm making my mom's Chocolate Coconut Balls this weekend. The filling is a mixture of coconut, butter, chopped nuts, and sweetened condensed milk (I'm sure there are other ingredients I'm forgetting), rolled into balls and dipped into melted chocolate chips, then put on a cookie sheet in the fridge to set. Let's just say I'm having my best friend over to help make them because I like them way too much, and this way she can take half of them out of my house! :D
 

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Well,tomorrow,I celebrate with my family,and...once again...enjoy a traditional Slovak Christmas Eve dinner!

Saerkraut soup
shrimp
stewed prunes
french fries
Pirohi (pierogies)
Oblutki
nuts
+ all kinda cookies!
 

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Christmas Mice:


Software:
Maraschino cherries WITH stems
White chocolate or almond bark for melting
Sliced Almonds
Red piping

Hardware:
Double boiler or similar setup
Wax paper


1. Drain cherries but do not remove stems
2. Melt white chocolate or almond bark
3. Grasp cherry by stem and dip into white melty stuff
4. Lay on wax paper with stem down to the side (like a tail!)
5. Dip second cherry and lay down
6. Return to first cherry you dipped and press in 2 almond slices to make ears
7. Repeat steps 3-6 until all cherries have been transformed into an army of Christmas mice
8. Once melty stuff hardens, pipe on 2 little red eyes, and a nose if you're really steady with your hands.

These go GREAT with haystacks.
 
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