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Easy Desserts

Christmas was always baking time at our house when I was growing up. We worked together to make eight to ten different treats - fudge, date balls, chocolate chip cookies, date bars, sugar cookies, fruit cake and whatever 'trendy' recipe was around that year (remember Jell-O cookies?). I have memories of my mom covering coffee cans with decorative paper and putting waxed paper inside as a lining - that was in the days before Joann's and Micheal's. We packaged up assortments of treats and delivered them to friends and family. Now that I have my own family baking is still a big part of the holidays. My daughter loves to bake with me and my husband and son love to eat what we bake. We still make a few family traditional treats like my grandma's date bars and my mom's white fruit cake, but we have come up with a few of our own favorites too. Both of these recipes are super easy and are kid-friendly. Both also make great gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends. Happy baking and Merry Christmas! Pretzel Turtles Ingredients
  • 1 bag small mini pretzels - I use the square Snaps made by Snyder's
  • Chocolate Covered Caramel Candies/Rolos - there are about 50 Rolos per bag - we usually use 3 bags
  • Pecan halves or M&Ms - enough to match the number of Rolos you are using. I love them with pecans but if you are concerned about nut allergies you can use M&Ms in place of the pecans.
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C)
  2. Arrange the pretzels in a single layer on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Place one chocolate covered caramel candy on top of each pretzel. (Kids love this part and can do it themselves)
  3. Bake for 4 minutes. As soon as you take the cookie sheet out of the oven press a pecan half or M&M into the warm candy on top of each pretzel.
  4. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
  Oreo Truffles - my hubby's favorite Ingredients
  • 1 pkg. Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
  • 1 pkg. /8 oz. Cream Cheese - softened
  • 16 oz. Baking Chocolate - Semi-Sweet or Dark - melted
  1. Crush 5 of the cookies to fine crumbs in food processor or in a plastic bag using a rolling pin; reserve for later use.
  2. Crush remaining cookies into fine crumbs and place in medium bowl.
  3. Add cream cheese to cookies and mix until well blended.
  4. Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls about one-inch in diameter. My kids usually do this part and the sprinkling of the cookie crumbs and I do the dipping part.
  5. Dip balls in chocolate and place on wax paper-covered baking sheet. This is easier if you use two forks to dip the balls and let the excess chocolate run off before you put them on the waxed paper. I usually dip some in dark chocolate for my hubby and some in semi-sweet chocolate for my kids.
  6. Before the chocolate hardens sprinkle truffles with reserved cookie crumbs. Or if you want to get fancy you can drizzle melted white chocolate on the tops of each truffle.
  7. Refrigerate until firm - about 1 hour. Store covered in refrigerator.
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About Stacy Sircar

Stacy Sircar
Stacy is the Director of Operations for The Kingdom Life Now. She is a graduate of the University of FL and is married to Amit. They have two children. She has a background in operations, marketing, IT, and project management. Her passion is to influence those around her to be 'real' and to live the abundant life of freedom that Jesus died to provide for them.


  1. Stacy,

    My daughter made these for Christmas and I just wanted to eat them ALL. Addicting.

  2. YUM! They all sounds delicious!

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