By: Kerri Young
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:13-14
While this candy treat cannot begin to compare to the majesty of Jesus’ birth, it could be quite possible that angels sing at the sight of this delicious, simplistic, ingenious concotion. (Well, at least my little angels sing.) =) I’m not sure when I found this recipe…probably at least 6 or 7 years ago when I still had a monthly subscription to Quick Cooking (which later became Simple & Delicious) magazine. Every Christmas since then I have made these yummy little treats and have even given them away as Christmas presents a time or two.
I’m not even exactly sure what they are called anymore, because the recipe is so easy I do it from memory. But, these are perfect to make with little helpers who want to be a part of the Christmas cooking/baking madness that inevitably surrounds this holiday. =) (Actually, my kiddos do the bulk of the work…which I consider a WIN-WIN!)
What you need:
Tiny twist Pretzels
Parchment paper (or aluminum foil or wax paper in a pinch)
How you make them:
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
2. Place parchment paper on large baking pan
3. Place pretzels on large baking pan
4. Place rolos in center of pretzels on baking pan
5. Put pan in preheated oven for 5 minutes (or until chocolate is shiny and beginning to melt)
Rolos should look something like this:
6. Remove pan from oven and quickly press one pecan half on each rolo, smooshing the chocolate down
7. Allow to cool completely (I sometimes slide my pan in the fridge). Remove from pan and keep in airtight container (they will stick to the paper a little and might even stick to each other if you put them as close as I did, but they should come right off and separate if you pick up the paper and push from underneath…thus the reason to use parchment or aluminum foil)
Here are some tips:
I buy rolos in bulk at Sam’s Club when I make these, because I like to make a lot and they are easy to unwrap. (Unwrapping the rolos is a step even my four year old can do.)
I typically fill up an entire half size (18x13x1) pan with pretzels (which ends up being somewhere between 110-120) and I line them up in nice, neat rows so I can quickly count how many rolos and pecans I will need. (My seven year old did this for me last night and we even got in a math lesson on multiplication.) =)
I sort out my pecan halves and count the right amount ahead of time to make for quick work when it’s time to get them on the chocolate. (You have to work kind of quickly if you have a large amount to make sure you get the pecan on there before it cools off too much to smoosh appropriately.) =) (My husband did this for me last night. It was really a family affair!)
Enlist your kiddos to help as much as you can because it’s really hard to mess these up and there really isn’t even a mess. The only things I do all by myself are put the pan in and take the pan out of the oven and put the pecans on top of the rolos after taking them out of the oven. This is such a welcome break from a lot of the other cookies and treats I make this time of year!
The only bummer about these treats is that they are small… and they are yummy. Before you know it, you can consume quite a few…so, beware. You have been warned!!! =)
I would love to hear if you make these this Christmas or if you have any other easy, kid-friendly Christmas goodies to share, so be sure to let us know in the comments section.
From my family to yours, we wish you a blessed Christmas and pray you have time to be still and reflect upon the wonder and awe of the Christ Child! May His peace be yours this Christmas season!