Sunday, December 18, 2011

Food: Rolo Treats and Saltine Toffee

....... with 3 kids, birthday celebrations, family in town, holiday festivities and my 11 year old's first exams; this week is going to be super busy and I don't want the merry-making to be squelched by running myself ragged trying to do it all.  So, for teacher's gifts this week, I'll be relying on these easy but delicious recipes that can be executed in less than 30 minutes:

Rolo Treats

Bag of pretzels
Bag of Rolos
Bag of Pecan Halves

For these tasty treats, all you have to do is lay the pretzels on a baking sheet (I used these cute square ones, but the mini twists would work too).  Top each pretzel with an unwrapped Rolo candy.
Bake in the oven at 250*F for 4-5 minutes (no longer).
When you remove them from the oven, the Rolo will still be in the same shape as when it went in the oven. Place a pecan half on top of the Rolo and press down a bit.
Top each of the Rolos with one pecan half.
Place the entire baking sheet in the freezer for about 5-7 minutes to allow the Rolo to cool.
Remove from freezer and enjoy!   Or place in a container to enjoy later.

Recipe from Glorious Treats

Terribly Terrific Toffee

1 cup unsalted butter (no margarine allowed)
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
40 saltine crackers

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Lay a flat layer of crackers out on the foil. Melt the sugar and butter until a boil is reached. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5-6 minutes or until mixture is thickened and sugar is completely dissolved. Pour this mixture over the crackers and spread to coat evenly. Bake for 5-8 minutes, or until the toffee becomes bubbly. After removing the pan from the oven, let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle on the chocolate chips, let them soften and melt, and then spread them into an even layer.  (You can add nuts, cracker crumbs, or whatever else floats your boat at this point.) Let cool and, if desired for expediting purposes, refrigerate until hardened. Break into pieces the size of your choice.

Recipe from A Southern Grace 

I'll package in a clear celophane sleeve, tie with a length of ribbon and add a gift tag to deliver a simple sweet treat. :)

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Thanks for sharing!