Are you done with your holiday shopping yet? I’m not. I wasn’t stressed about it until yesterday when I had about 3 hours to get about 6 hours of shopping done. And guess what, I didn’t get done. I’m close, but not close enough.
I think I’m in the minority when I say I don’t like to shop. If I could afford a personal shopper, I’d be getting one. Along with a maid. I don’t like to clean the house either. I think there are dust bunnies living under our dining room hutch that are older than our youngest daughter. And you know how bunnies like to multiply. Just saying, there is a whole nation of them under there.
One thing I’ve at least started on is my holiday baking. I like to do this much more than shopping. I plan to make caramel filled chocolates, pretzel toffee bark, chocolate chip cookies (because they taste great anytime of the year) and these here Santa hats. The sweet and salty taste can’t be beat but present them as a Santa hat and your guests will be ooohhhing and aaahhhing over them until they are gone. Which won’t take too long so enjoy the attention while you have it.
I’ll be showing Jennifer and Bill how to make them tomorrow on News 8 This Morning. Tune in if you can.
What’s on your holiday baking list? And please tell me you’re not done shopping yet too!
Santa Hat Pretzels
Yield: 45 - 50 small twist pretzels
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes of set time total
Total Time: 30 minutes
This recipe is easy to make and fun for kids of all ages to participate in.
1 pound bag of candy coating will do at least 45 - 50 small twist pretzels. It really depends on how much chocolate you put into the pretzel and the size of your pretzels.
Twist pretzels – any size
1 lb – red candy coating
½ lb – white candy coating
Small marshmallows cut/torn in half
Optional - accents – white non-pareils, white sanding sugar or crystals
1. Place pretzels on a Nonstick Mat.
2. Melt candy coating according to package directions.
3. Once candy coating is melted, spoon a small amount of red inside each pretzel until the holes are filled.
4. Once the red is set, about 10 minutes, dip one end into the slightly cooled white candy coating. If you dip the red pretzel into very warm white candy coating, the red will start to melt into the white causing pink streaks.
5. If you are going to add non-pareils or sanding sugar, do so right away while the white is wet. Let set.
6. Tear or cut the small marshmallows in half. Dip the torn end into some white candy coating to act as glue to your hat. Put the marshmallow on the hat and let set.
7. Once everything is set, store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks – if they last that long.