A few weeks ago we received a gorgeous plate of assorted homemade holiday cookies from my nephew’s wife (is she my niece-in-law?). I wish I had taken a photo of the platter before we unwrapped it – so festive, with a nice assortment of both “shaped” and “drop” cookies.
One treat caught my eye immediately – a bite-size nibble with the great combination of sweet and a little salty, lots of chocolate, and holiday colors.
We made these last night; a perfect “recipe” for kids to help with – they can unwrap the Hershey’s Hugs (often using the “three for the bowl, one for my mouth” method), lay the pretzels on the tray, and top them with the Hugs. Pushing the M&Ms into the soft Hugs should be done by an adult (IMHO), the pan is still very hot.
I brought in a tray to the bookshop today, with a little sign labeling them “Bookseller Energy Bites.” I think it did the trick – everyone was walking around with a smile on his face and a spring in his step.
- Bag of Snyder's Snaps (the square grid-like pretzels)
- Bag of Hershey's Hugs
- Bag of Holiday M&Ms
- Preheat oven to 170'
- Spread pretzels in a single layer on baking sheet.
- Center Hershey's Hug on each pretzel.
- Bake in oven 5-6 minutes, until Hugs are soft, but not melted.
- Remove from oven, and immediately top each Hug with an M&M, pushing the M&M to form the Hug into a flat crown.
- All to cool completely before storing (or eating ... hot chocolate burns!)
Easy. Peasy. And tasty, too!
We also made a tray with the traditional milk chocolate Hershey’s Kisses. They had to stay in the oven about 8 minutes before they were soft enough to push an M&M into (and, frankly, weren’t as pretty; but, they’ll do in a pinch if you can’t find Hugs).
Here’s a wild variation – try it with the pastel colored M&Ms at Easter!
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