Saturday, December 13, 2008

Holiday Traditions #11 HOMEMADE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The tradition of making and giving sweets to our neighbors started when we lived in our apartment. (I just love delivering them-makes me feel like a cross between Martha Stewart and Little Red Riding Hood!) Last year, I made cranberry orange bread for our new neighbors. This year, W and I made two types of sweet snacks to bring them.

PRETZEL CANDIES
1 bag of mini pretzels (traditional, not sticks)
2 bags packaged candies (Rolos, Hersheys kisses, mini Reeses etc. I used some sugar free candy too for our diabetic neighbor.)

Line baking sheets with foil. Place pretzels on foil, top each with a piece of candy. Bake at 250 for 4 minutes or until softened. Remove from oven, place another pretzel on top and press down. Cool slightly. Refrigerate ten minutes or until set.

JELLY-FILLED THUMBPRINTS

1 roll refrigerated sugar cookies
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam or red currant jelly (alternate-apricot jam)
1/3 cup white vanilla chips (alternate-dark chocolate chips)

Heat oven to 350. Break up cookie dough into a large bowl, sitr in coconut. Shape dough into 1" balls, (I tried using my cookie scooper, but they turned out too big.) place 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheet. With thumb or handle of a wooden spoon, make indentation in center of each cookie. Spoon about 1/2 tsp jam into each indentation. Bake 10-13 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
In small baggie, place vanilla chips and partially seal bag. Microwave 45-60 seconds. Squeeze bag until chips are smooth; if necessary, heat 10 seconds longer. Snip small hole in bottom corner of bag. Squeeze bag gently to drizzle over cookies.

2 comments:

Janelle said...

Congrats on being prego!! And let's just say I wish we were neighbors...

kari said...

I have to say, I love the chef's hat and apron on W. Very cute! You are such a good neighbor. Does this make up for the we have the same tv comments?