Kids in the Kitchen

It is the time of year when many try their hand at creating goodies for friends, family and neighbors.  No matter where your talents fit into the baking spectrum, here are a couple of treats that you and the kids can pull off.  So head for the kitchen, be creative, have some fun!

Home for the Holidays

Hand-Dipped Pretzels

10 ounces pretzel sticks (rods)

12 ounces milk chocolate chips

Decorative Ingredients could include:

1/2 cup white chocolate chips (for adding drizzles)

candy sprinkles

miniature M&M chocolate candies

crushed heath bar

chopped nuts

    Melt milk chocolate chips in double boiler or in microwave (watch carefully in microwave to prevent burning)
    If using white chocolate melt just before drizzling.
    Dip each pretzel rod about 2/3 of the way up in chocolate.
    Lay on wax paper lined baking sheets, lining up the rods but leave a bit of space between them.
    Allow to set a little, but not completely dry (this is a good time to prepare your white chocolate)
    Dip a fork into the white chocolate and drizzle over the milk chocolate by gently swishing the fork back and forth over the rods but not touching them.
    Place your sprinkles or candies on a paper plate and roll each pretzel rod in desired topping (or just sprinkle on).
    Lay back on wax paper to set completely.
    Place in a clear decorative mug for gift-giving.

(Makes 30)

Winter’s Day Hot Chocolate Mix

1 pound nonfat dry milk powder

1/4 pound powdered non-dairy creamer

1-1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar

2/3 (16 ounce) container instant chocolate drink mix

    In a large bowl, combine dry milk, non-dairy creamer, confectioners’ sugar, and instant chocolate drink mix. Mix well. Put in a large decorative airtight container for giving. Mix should be stored in a cool dry place and is best if used within 6 months.
    To make Hot Chocolate, add 3 tablespoons mix to 1 cup of hot water, and stir well. Add mini marshmallows if desired.

(Makes 50 dry servings)