Squares of Happiness

It would not be the holidays if you didn’t try a new recipe. This year my mom whipped up these little treats. The recipe comes from Trisha Yearwood. Trisha has become known as a sassy little thing in the kitchen.  These little chocolate and peanut butter treats are dreamy and the pretzel bottom gives a complete tasty finish.  And come on- no baking needed.  Enjoy!- Amanda

Squares of Happiness

Squares of Happiness (No-Bake Pretzel Peanut Butter Squares)

1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
2 cups pretzel rods or sticks, crushed into crumbs
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup plus 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

In a medium bowl, add the melted butter, pretzel crumbs, confectioners’ sugar and 1 cup of the peanut butter and stir together until well combined. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking dish.
Combine the chocolate chips and the remaining 1/4 cup peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate and peanut butter are melted and smooth; two times should be enough. Mix to blend, then spread over the peanut butter-pretzel layer. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares.

Pretzel M&M Hugs

Yes, they are simple!  Requiring no thought at all.  But for some reason these little no-brainers are quickly gobbled up at holiday gatherings.  Of course these have a little Christmas flair.  You can see how easily they can be used at any holiday just change out the M&M color.  Perfect treat to have the little ones help out on.  Get those little fingers busy unwrapping Hugs and arranging them on pretzels.  This time of year it’s nice to have a simple kitchen treat!- Amanda

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Pretzel M&M Hugs

60 square pretzels

60 Hershey’s Hugs chocolates (almost a full bag- 12 oz package), unwrapped

60 Milk Chocolate M&M’s (for Christmas use the red and green)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Arrange pretzels on cookie sheet in a single layer then top each pretzel with one Hershey’s Hug chocolate. Bake for 5 minutes, until the chocolate is shiny and soft. The Hug will still have its shape.

Remove from oven and carefully place one M&M in the center of each soft Hug and press down on M&M to spread the chocolate. Place in refrigerator and allow to rest until chocolate has set, about 5 minutes. Store in an airtight container.

Sweet and Salty Cookies

Sweet and Salty all at the same bite!  These cookies are a hit at our home.  Perfect recipe to get the kids involved.  I love to have my little boy in the kitchen.  Of course sampling is part of the fun but counting, measuring, and comparing are great kitchen skills.  These cookies are so good that they might become breakfast for some.  (not mentioning names in our house!)
Keep stirring!- AF

Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Pretzels, Oh My!

Sweet and Salty Cookies

1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

1/2 t salt

1/4 t baking soda

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/3 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 t vanilla extract

1 cup milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup peanut butter chips

1/2 cup broken up pretzel pieces

Kosher salt

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugars together on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). On low speed, slowly add the beaten egg and vanilla extract. Beat to combine, scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Add the flour mixture and completely beat ingredients.  Stir in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and pretzels.

For best results, cover and refrigerate for an hour.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Create well rounded tablespoonfuls of the dough and sprinkle with kosher salt. Leave about 2 inches between each ball. Bake for 11 minutes. If you want crispy cookies increase the baking time by 1-2 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to wire rack. Makes about 2 dozen.

Little Chef in the kitchen