Baby C and I took a trip to downtown Dallas a couple of weeks ago to visit all of my former co-workers, whom I’ve missed a lot since I made the decision to be a stay-at-home mom (but that’s another story for another day). I’ve found other outlets for adult interaction, but that was definitely my biggest adjustment—going from interacting with the same group of people for the past four years on a daily basis, talking about adult things, to interacting with an infant all day through the oohs and aahs of baby talk. Quite the stark contrast, but I wouldn’t change it back for the world.
They were there for me during my entire pregnancy, so I like to bring the babe down there to see them when I get a chance. I’m still in the loop of all the happenings at the office, so I know how busy they’ve been gearing up for the end of the year. Ad agency life is crazy to begin with, so I wanted to make some treats to bring along with me. I needed something quick and easy that I could make while the baby was sleeping, and I knew just the thing:
If you’re looking for a last-minute festive holiday treat that is super simple and so adorable (if that can be said about food—in this case, I think it can), do yourself a favor and whip up a batch. These bites of deliciousness would be perfect for any holiday get-together, for Christmas Eve snacking or as a cute food gift.
And, like I said, they’re so quick and easy to make!
Christmas Pretzel Hugs & Kisses
- Square pretzel snaps (checkerboard-shaped)
- Hershey’s Kisses (Hugs & Kisses combo bag)
- M&M’s (Christmas package)
- Preheat oven to 250ºF.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place pretzels on top of parchment paper in a single layer. Top each pretzel with one unwrapped Hug or Kiss. (It’s best to bake them separately as the Hugs melt faster than the Kisses.)
- Place baking sheet in oven for 4 minutes for the Pretzel Hugs and 5-6 minutes for the Pretzel Kisses. The chocolate should appear softened but not be melted.
- Remove baking sheet from oven. Gently press one red or green M&M down onto the top of each treat to spread the chocolate.
- Let them cool completely at room temperature and then transfer them to the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes to let the chocolate set. DONE!
Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction
You can make these for any occasion too. Use regular M&Ms for an anytime party snack, red/pink to share some Valentine’s Day love, pastels for Easter, red/blue for a Fourth of July cookout, yellow/orange/brown for a Halloween party, etc. You can even customize the colors of and personalize your M&M’s, which really makes the possibilities endless! And that sweet and salty goodness is just YUM. I had to shoo my husband away from the kitchen multiple times so I would still have enough!
OK, so I know I said I needed something quick and easy but, as usual, I was overzealous in my pursuits. While I was putting together my holiday gift tag roundup, I came across these cute chalkboard food gift tags that I just had to use. So instead of putting these into a container and calling it a day, I individually bagged them. Oy.
I resized the tags I wanted to use so that I could easily cut them out with my 2-inch circle punch. Then I punched a small hole at the top of each tag and tied them onto clear treat bags with red baker’s twine.
I also baked some Christmas Seven-Layer Magic Cookie Bars, which are another delicious and simple-to-make holiday treat. Basically, you just dump a bunch of stuff into a pan, and it turns out magical. You can find the recipe here. So while the recipes were quick and easy, the packaging was time-consuming. The bagged treats turned out so cute though, so it was worth it, I think. :)
That’s right—Christmas calories don’t count, so enjoy! ;)
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