Festive Christmas Treats: Peanut Butter Balls & Chocolate Covered Pretzels

2 Decorative Christmas Peanut Butter Balls & Chocolate Covered Pretzels

It’s hard to believe Christmas is less than a week away! My favorite goodies to make for the holiday season are Peanut Butter Balls & Chocolate Covered Pretzels. What’s best about these tasty treats?  There’s no baking involved! Don’t get me wrong, I love to bake…but being able to create something this delicious without having to turn on the oven is pretty amazing.  The list of ingredients is also lean, saving you some time (and money!) in the grocery store. Decorating them can be fun too, just buy some colorful sprinkles and candy melts to dress them up with. Package them pretty and now you have yourself a fun and festive gift to bring to holiday parties. See both recipes below. ENJOY!

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PEANUT BUTTER BALLS

Ingredients: 1 lb. Peanut Butter, 1 lb. Confectionary Sugar, 2 Individual Packages of Graham Crackers (crushed or pulverized), 2 Sticks Butter (softened), 2 Bags of Chocolate Candy Melts (found at most craft stores), Wax Paper , Decorating Squeeze Bottle (with fine tip)

Directions: Add Peanut Butter, Confectionary Sugar, Graham Crackers & Butter together in a bowl. Mix all ingredients until the consistency is smooth and can be easily rolled into balls (1 batch makes 30-40 balls depending on size.) Roll balls and place them on baking sheet lined with Wax Paper. Set them in the refrigerator for an hour to cool. When they are ready to be coated, remove from the refrigerator.  Add the Chocolate Candy Melts (I use Milk and Dark Chocolate) to a bowl and microwave, stirring occasionally until melted (be sure not to burn!). Carefully dip each ball in the melted chocolate to cover (I use two spoons to do this). Once coated, place the balls on wax paper to dry. If you are adding sprinkles, be sure to use them before the chocolate dries. Another option is to melt additional Candy Melts to use for decoration. Simply melt them in a Decorating Squeeze Bottle and decorate as you wish! Refrigerate when finished.

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CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS

Ingredients: Pretzel Rods, Candy Melts (found at most craft stores), Wax Paper

Directions: Heat up Candy Melts in microwave, stirring occasionally until melted (be sure not burn!) Dip each pretzel rod 3/4 of the way down in chocolate. Carefully set the chocolate covered pretzel rods on the wax paper. If you are adding sprinkles, be sure to add them before the chocolate dries. Another option is to melt additional Candy Melts to use for decoration. Simply melt them in a Decorating Squeeze Bottle and decorate as you wish!

JMD

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