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Friday, April 8, 2011

Easter Pretzel Snacks

This is a super easy and fun snack for Easter time; or anytime you can find an M&M in the colors of the season.  I think I originally found this in a Family Fun magazine, but now I can’t find the link.  I first made them when my 14 year old son was a preschooler.  This is a great project with little ones, because it’s fast and not too hot…..which means no burning fingers or impatient attitudes!  This project is also great for big kids.  They can make these all by themselves and bring them to you on a silver platter.

You will need:
·        a bag of Pretzel Snaps (the little square “woven” looking pretzels).
Sometimes at Christmas you can find tree and bell shaped pretzels that work great, they just need to be able to hold the kiss when it softens.

·        some regular Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped. J

·        a couple of handfuls of M&Ms in seasonal colors.

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees.  Lay the pretzels in a single layer on a cookie sheet covered in foil or parchment paper.  Place an unwrapped Kiss on top of each pretzel and put in the oven for 7 minutes.  Remove and immediately press an M&M into the softened chocolate.  Allow to set so the chocolate can reform and harden (fridge, please), or just eat soft and gooey.

Hershey’s Hugs make the cutest little pretzel snacks, but the white chocolate in them is much softer.  They will take only a couple of minutes to soften.  I would only leave them in the oven for about 3 minutes before testing to see if they are soft enough to be topped with the M&M.

I just found a great website called She Cooks.  LeeAnn Rice has an entire Easter menu that looks fabulous.  I especially wanted to share some links to recipes that look fun with kids.  Check out Bird's Nests and Resurrection Rolls.  We make giant Bird's Nests at our house, using green-colored coconut to line the nests (which I should probably think about leaving out since my kids won't eat it after that addition - but they sure are fun!), sometimes we add Marshmallow Peep Chicks.  Also, in the comments section under Resurrection Rolls is a link to Easter Story cookies. 


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