It's is not quite time for panic just yet, you still have a couple days so don't freak out.
I love making goodies to give away this time of the year and this year has been no different. I haven't fished all my goody making just yet, gotta make a couple other things like those all important cookies for Santa, that will be done maybe tomorrow. Wyatt's school xmas party was Friday so I had to get some of the stuff done so I could put together a little basket for his teacher and her TA, both of which we LOVE.
Abby was my little helper last week during the treat making.
First we made these cute little chocolate jollies, recipe was courtesy of Southern Plate
Super Easy and super cheap! especially if you buy the chocolate chips and dried cranberries on sale and with coupons:)
Once the chocolate chips are melted (in the microwave) dump in a bag of dried cranberries and stir it up. Drop spoonfuls into cupcake papers and let sit til dry-I mean seriously could it be easier?
bag them up tie with a ribbon-BAM you are done!
there are lots of different ways to make these and she gives some other ideas, I may try some with milk chocolate and something else.
Then I made some peanut brittle, I didn't let her help with this one cause truthfully I was worried about some serious burns from it, but she did watch. I take that back I think she dumped in the vanilla but that was it, well until it needed to be dipped in chocolate.
I found this recipe a couple years ago on Kraft Foods it is also a super easy one. Just need to be a bit careful with the molten lava that is the sugar and corn syrup when it comes from the microwave:)
once it sits and gets hard I break it up into bite size pieces then dip it into chocolate. Yes chocolate makes everything better!
here's Abby my helper in the chocolate department. The recipe I have tells you to put some creamy peanut butter into the melted chocolate.
then dip away and yes you must wear your super cute apron that is courtesy of Aunt Michele
set them on wax paper and let it dry
I put some tissue paper down into little chinese take out looking boxes that I bought from Target $1 spot, very cute and once again easy and cheap.
now the next one is also easy. Buy some pretzel sticks they can be big or small what ever you like. I went with these medium size ones this year. Dip the ends into melted chocolate-yes chocolate again, I told you it makes everything better! Then the possibilities are endless. Crush some Oreo cookies (I used the Christmas ones with red filling), any type of cookie sprinkles, chop some peanuts, or drizzle white chocolate over dark chocolate.
it is messy and fun! you will have sprinkles sticking to your feet for days!
also wrap these up into some of those clear treat bags (I have tons because I buy them on clearance after the season because I use them so much).
Still to make:
Your run of the mill fun Christmas sugar cookies-I mean what is Santa gonna eat if I don't make these?
and these ball cookies that I make every year. It is just a roll of sugar cookie dough, cocoa powder mixed together. Then roll into balls, dip into powdered sugar and bake. While baking throw some red and green sugar into the powdered sugar. When they come out cool for just a bit then roll into the sugar mix again.
I always get lots of compliments on all of this and everything is so easy and cheap. Great last minute gifts or if you just wanna make yourself some goodies.