Thursday, December 23, 2010

Emergency Treats

Do you still need another treat for your cookie tray? Or perhaps you skipped baking all together this season and now feel obligated to bring something tasty to the family Christmas gathering?

This is an easy, fun solution you can force the kids to do for you.

Of course, if you do that you’ll deprive yourself of the pleasure of pummeling out your holiday stress crushing that bag of mini candy canes.

There are so many options for these treats. White chocolate coating looks beautiful with colored frosting drizzle and candy canes are always striking and festive. Oooo or indulgent dark chocolate and caramel scattered with chopped nuts would be good.

Then there are countless dipping devices too. Pretzel sticks, mini pretzels, potato chips, Oreos, thin chocolate wafers and even dog bones for your favorite furry friend.

My personal favorite this year are Biscoff cookies. They’re a thin, crunchy cross between graham crackers and gingersnaps.

I know you’re busy and won’t stall you any longer. Let’s get started!

Emergency Treats
Switch up the colors and candy for other holidays, celebrations or game days.

Base

1 bag white chocolate coating

Dipping Device Options (Pick one)
Pretzel sticks
Mini pretzels
Oreos
Biscoff cookies
Thin chocolate wafer cookies
Sugar cookies
Shortbread
Biscotti
Ruffles potato chips
Candy canes
Dog bones (Don’t dip human treats with these please!)

Coating Options (Pick one or more)
Crushed Mini Candy Canes
Sprinkles
Wilton Cooking Icing
Melted colored candy melts
Melted chocolate
Melted caramel squares (prepped as for apples)
Chopped toasted nuts

Lay out several feet of wax paper near your dipping area.

Melt white chocolate coating in a microwave safe bowl, or in a tall glass for pretzels on high for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave 30 more seconds. Repeat until melted.

Dip dipping devices into coating shaking off the excess. If using crushed candy canes or nuts sprinkle the base area on the wax paper. Lay the dipping device down and sprinkle the tops and sides. Let set.

If dressing dipping devices with icing, melted chocolate or caramel, first let the coating set then drizzle as desired.

By Laura Flowers.


21 comments:

ButterYum said...

We did this for the kids' parties at school last week. I found chocolate and sprinkles for days, but it was a lot of fun. Great pics!

Merry Christmas!!

Cupcake Activist said...

Great idea! I definitely need something like that for tonight. I didn't want to spend too much time baking. Thanks!

Chef Fresco said...

These are perfect! We have yet to make any treats at all and I am bookmarking these for Christmas Day snacks. Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Gulmohar said...

Oh my ! They look so very pretty..Thanks for sharing such a wonderful idea :-)Happy holidays !

Sue said...

Love the look of the candy cane version!

notyet100 said...

wow thanks for this,
wish u merry christmas

Veronica said...

It's amazing how delicious something salty turns when you dip it in white candy coating! It's so uncanny, or maybe not since it's the holidays and our thought are geared this way anyway, but I made almost the exact same thing you did. I dipped pretzel rods in white chocolate and then sprinkled with Andes peppermint baking chips. Amazingly good!

Laura Keller said...

Great idea! These are festive and quick, but don't feel last minute or rushed at all. Thanks for sharing the recipe and Happy Holidays!

Sandy, the Old Crow said...

My grandson loves pretzels dipped in any thing I will have to make a batch for him.

oc2seattle said...

What a perfect idea - I have visions of last minute hostess gifts . . .Hope you have a wonderful holiday! We must get together in the New Year!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Merry Christmas my sweet friend!

Monet said...

The candy cane version is just precious. You always are giving me such great ideas! I wish you the Merriest Christmas. Thank you for always infusing my days with such great eats, sweet words and thoughtful comments....I'm thankful for you!

Deeba PAB said...

Just beautiful Laura...so festive & perfect for the holiday season!

Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Laura! These treats are such fun ideas. I did some baking but then ran out of time/energy... so I've decided to keep baking into January {assuming my pants will still fit, which is a huge gamble at this point} and just use different colors for the sprinkles, etc. These treats look and sound so great! Happy New Year...

The Atwoods said...

These are so pretty, Laura! I hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas weekend!

Jennifer said...

These are so beautiful! <3

I have tons of chocolate left over from peppermint bark this year... might need to make this as a salty sweet snack! =)

xoXOxo
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Joy said...

This is a great idea. I wish I thought of it as part of my gift baskets.

Chelsea said...

So cute! I might have to use these for emergency New Years snacks...

Sharon said...

Love the one with red and green icing. Looks so bright and festive! And they look so fun to make!

Diana's Cocina said...

These are so pretty ~ Love the green and white ~ Looking forward to seeing all your creations in 2011!

qandlequeen said...

Stopping by to wish you a happy new year!

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