Running low on money and can’t seem to stand the thought of running around town looking for those last minute gifts? I feel you! No need to worry because these edible treats will make for the best holiday gifts because everyone loves a sweet treat and making something is more special than buying from a store. These recipes are stupidly super simple!
Last week I made peppermint bark, nutty chocolate bark, and peanut butter dipped pretzel sticks to bring to my fellow classmates. I also had some leftover Christmas candies I threw into the gift bags as well. There’s just something about the holiday season that makes me want to get in the kitchen and cook or bake for others. Also, I am not made of money. I am running low on money because I’ve spent most of it on gifts for my immediate family members and close friends; therefore, these edible gifts will be perfect for the other people I want to spoil this Christmas season!
For this recipe you will need:
1 pound white chocolate
1 pound semi-sweet chocolate
Crushed peppermint candies
1 to 2 cups salted peanuts
1 to 2 cups raisins or dried cranberries
1 bag pretzel sticks
2 cups peanut butter
Melting chocolate works best in a double boiler. If you do not have one, just simmer a small amount of water in a sauce pot and place a metal bowl on top of the pot (it should fit snug on top). Melt the white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate separately. I added a touch of heavy whipping cream to each to give it a nice creamy, smoothness.
Once the white chocolate is completely melted, add the crushed peppermint candies and some other candies if you desire and pour onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Smooth the chocolate out to about a 1-inch thickness. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes and then transfer to the refrigerator. Break up into big and/or small pieces once the chocolate is nicely hardened.
Once the semi-sweet chocolate is completely melted, add the peanuts and raisins or dried cranberries and pour onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Smooth the chocolate out to about a 1-inch thickness. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes and then transfer to the refrigerator. Break up into big and/or small pieces once the chocolate is nicely hardened.
For the peanut butter pretzel sticks- simply melt the peanut butter in a microwave proof bowl for about 20-30 seconds or until melted. Dip the pretzel sticks in the peanut butter and swirl to apply a generous coating. Place onto parchment paper and pop in the refrigerator for a few hours or until the peanut butter has hardened.
It’s all that simple and I promise, people love and appreciate edible gifts! Merry Christmas!