Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Non-Cookie Recipes to Try This Christmas

Non-Cookie Recipes to Try This Christmas
ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich - Christmas cookies are a great treat that many look forward to during the holidays, but why not try something new? Spice up your dessert options and give one of these non-cookie recipes a try this Christmas. From candied almonds to chocolate pretzels, each of these treats is unique and will definitely leave your tummy extremely happy!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Candies:

- 24 oz powdered sugar
- 16 oz crunchy peanut butter
- 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp shortening

Position knife blade in food processor. Add half each of powdered sugar, peanut butter, and butter; top with cover. Process until thoroughly mixed. Shape into one-inch balls. Repeat process. Combine chocolate and shortening in top of a double boiler; bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer until chocolate melts. Dip each ball in chocolate until partially coated. Place on waxed paper until chocolate hardens. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. Yield: about 7 dozen (4 per serving).

Homemade Peppermint Patties:

- 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp softened butter
- 2 tsp peppermint extract
- 2 tbsp cream
- 12 oz melting chocolate wafers 

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- 4 cups pecans
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon 
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1 egg white
- 1 tbsp filtered water

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent nuts from sticking. In a gallon size Ziploc bag, combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Seal tightly and shake to combine. In a second gallon size Ziploc bag, combine 1 egg white with 1 tbsp filtered water. After sealing, squish until frothy, about 20 – 30 seconds. Add pecans to the frothy egg white bag. Seal and shake well until nuts are evenly coated. Pour egg-y nuts into the bag with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Seal and shake again until all nuts are coated. Pour nuts onto the lined baking sheet. Place sheet into 250 degree oven and bake for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes to prevent nuts from burning. Allow nuts to completely cool before packaging.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels:

- 1 Package of long pretzel rods
- Baker's semi-sweet chocolate
- Baker's white chocolate
- Assorted sprinkles, chopped nuts, etc.

Melt the chocolates in separate double boilers until chocolate is completely melted and smooth.  Remove from heat. Create an assembly line with the 2 bowls of chocolate, your choice of toppings, and a baking tray lined with tin foil. Using a spoon, spoon the chocolate over the pretzel, leaving a few inches bare as a "handle." Allow the excess chocolate to drip off the pretzels by twisting and wiggling the pretzel. This will help to avoid the chocolate pooling under the pretzel or into the toppings. Immediately cover chocolate with desired toppings and place on foil-lined baking sheet.  When the sheet is full, place it in the freezer to set for about 10 mins. Once set, they're ready to be served or kept in an air-tight container for a few days. 

We hope you give one of these delicious non-cookie recipes a try this Christmas! These favorites of ours are easy, unique, and are sure to be a crowd pleaser! Give your Ford a special treat this Christmas with our Ford Works package. At Roy O'Brien Ford we are not only here to help you find the Ford of your dreams, but help you take care of it as well! We are proud to serve those in Southgate and surrounding areas by providing excellent customer and vehicle service!

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