Okay, maybe it's by mild inquiry, and not popular demand, but Laura and Shalee asked about some of the no-bake items I mentioned on Wednesday. I made up a sample plate, just so I could post a pic here:
The pretzels are very easy, but a nice addition to a gift bag or goodie tray. I bought pretzel rods, dipped them in melted white chocolate, then Amanda sprinkled them with red and green sugar. You can also press mini M&Ms into it, or drizzle melted chocolate, or tint the white chocolate and drizzle red and green over the dipped white chocolate.
The toffee (on the left) is similar to the recipe that Big Mama posted. One thing that I did was took the white chocolate that had hardened in the bowl we used for dipping and scrape it over the top. I thought it made it look pretty.
The Peanut Butter Krispies (in the front) come from the Country Cookbook by the Eastland County Extension Homemaker's Cookbook. My husband's grandfather and his great aunt live there. Aunt Arleta is a great cook and featured in the cookbook, and it's from her that I got the toffee recipe.
Peanut Butter Krispies
4 3/4 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup sugar
1 cup white Karo syrup
1 1/3 cup peanut butter
Mix syrup and sugar and bring to a boil. When all is melted, add the peanut butter, mix well, and pour over the Rice Krispies. Mix and roll into balls or you can pour into a square pan and cut into squares. (I just dropped them onto wax paper, sort of randomly. I'm sure that the balls would be nice, and the bars would be more precise, but my way was easy.)
My aunt Dianne made these holiday treats one time (back, center). They are similar to the Girl Scout cookies, and perfect for kids to make. I just improvised this "recipe."
Peanut Butter Patties
Ritz or Town House crackers
chocolate chips, melted
optional garnish: M&Ms, or red and green sprinkles
Spread peanut butter on crackers, dip in melted chocolate (using two forks works pretty well). Place on wax paper to dry. Garnish as desired.
Amanda really wanted to make Peppermint Bark (right side) for some reason. I also made up this "recipe."
Red and/or green peppermints, candy canes etc, crushed
white chocolate chips (I think I used two bags)
Line a rimmed baking sheet (9x13) with wax paper. Melt white chocolate (I use the microwave. Cook for 1 minute on half power. Then stir. Cook for 30 seconds, and stir. Repeat until melted). Add a few drops of extract. Spread white chocolate on the lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with the crushed candy. Break into pieces after it hardens.