Sunday, December 19, 2010

last-minute entertaining

If you're entertaining or have a party to attend and need some quick, last minute treat ideas, here are a couple I've done recently:

Chocolate-covered pretzel crisps
I love a chocolate-covered pretzel, and these flat pretzel crisps were really easy for dipping and holding onto the chocolate...

Just melt some chocolate chips (I used white ones) in the microwave - so they don't burn, start with about 1 minute on high, then stir, and do about 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each till completely melted. Then dip the pretzels in, lay on wax paper, and give them a dash of festive sprinkles. The chocolate will be set within the hour, faster if you stick in the fridge.

Turtle graham bars
I got this recipe from the Food Network - it's quick and easy and uses ingredients you probably have around already.

(image from Food Network)
  • Approximately 14 graham crackers (if each graham cracker is 5" x 2.5")
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone mat. Arrange the graham crackers in a single layer on the lined baking sheet.

Put the butter, brown sugar, pecans, and a pinch of salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour the butter mixture evenly over the graham crackers and bake for 15 minutes. Remove and set aside.

Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a glass bowl placed over simmering water. Pour the chocolate over the toffee-covered graham crackers and spread evenly. Chill completely in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Cut into bars.

Cook's Note: I like to sprinkle flaky sea salt over the dark chocolate layer.

1 comment:

  1. Oooh, I just made those pretzels last week with a melted cookies and cream bar. They were so pretty and so easy! They look so much prettier than the traditional covered pretzels I think. Next time I might sprinkle them with crushed candy cane too?


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