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Chances are over the holidays you went to a party and saw these delicious little treats, in some form or another. I went to a family party and one family member made these treats with pretzels, Hershey kisses, and M&M’s. I decided I needed more caramel in my life and I really love pecans (even though they are becoming pricey!). Although these treats seem more holidayish… they could pass for a great Superbowl treat/munchies. So here we go, I promise it’s simple and so easy, just be patient at the end and really let the treat develop!

 

Ingredients

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Square pretzels – They need to be square or you will have some serious chocolate melting.

Rolo’s – I got these on sale because they were wrapped in Christmas colors so it made the recipe that much better!

Pecan Halves – Do not get crushed pecans they need to have a shape to them.

Directions   

Start by preheating the oven to 350 Degrees F. and lay the parchment paper over a baking sheet. Once the pretzels have been laid out you can place the unwrapped rolo’s on top of the pretzels. After those are complete and the tray is full place the tray in the oven for NO MORE than 5 Minutes. This ensures the chocolate is in a melting stage but not fully melted to the point of messy.

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Once the chocolate is in the melting stage and has been taken out of the oven grab the pecans place in the center of the Rolo’s.

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After the tray is complete let the rolo’s harden and cool. This will be amazing once they have harden but you MUST be patient!

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ENJOY!


I was recently hired at a college, which could mean two things, I’ll have less time to blog, which I’m trying to avoid and stay on a schedule, but it also means I have A LOT more people to bake for with different taste buds and wants. I see this as a positive piece for my readers! Anyways, I have 5 undergrads that I supervise whom I just met and found out one loves peanut butter, kid after my own heart, and it was recently his birthday so I saw this Pinterest recipe and knew it needed to happen!

If a recipe pops out at me on Pinterest I will try and recreate it and I finally found one I really wanted to share! I have yet to do a lot of peanut butter recipes, but have a ton stored up in my head that I’m slowly sharing, but you will start to realize I love peanut butter!! The following recipe was found on Pinterest, however, because there was not an added link with a full recipe, I have not linked the page.

Ingredients

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Cookies:
1 1/4 Cup Flour
1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 Tsp. Salt
1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, softened
1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
3/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1Tsp. Vanilla Extract
Reese’s Miniature Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped

Drizzle:
1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

   Directions

Start by preheating the oven to 350 Degree. Then mix all the ingredients listed minus the peanut butter cups.

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Once the ingredients are mixed and have made a soft dough grab what would make a 1inch. Then make an indent with your thumb and place a peanut butter cup in the dough. Then wrap the dough around the peanut butter cup and form a ball.

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Once you have fully covered the peanut butter cup, place the ball on an ur greased cookie sheet. After the tray is full place in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes until the sides are golden. With these ingredients listed I made about 30 cookies.

While your last batch is baking start to melt the chocolate chips. I used a microwave and 30 second increments. Every 30 seconds take the chocolate out and stir. Once the drizzle is fully melted and the cookies are cool, grad a spoon and let the chocolate drip off the spoon while you move it back and forth over the cookie.

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Grad a glass of milk and enjoy! I promise all your friends and family will be very surprised by the goodie inside and just how delicious these cookies are in general! Enjoy!


If you can’t tell I have a Superbowl, football, snack food theme going this week! Here is a great chips and dip type recipe. This may be the easiest dip out there and maybe your family already makes it, but my grandmother started making this a while ago and since then it has become a family tradition, no matter what the occasion someone has to make this dip and bring it to the party. So I’m sharing it with you and your friends and family!

Ingredients

Salsa – Size Jar depends on size of baking dish

Whipped Cream Cheese – It doesn’t have to be whipped but that’s a whole lot easier to spread!

Mexican Shreaded Cheese

Chips! – “Scoops” make this easier to enjoy

Directions

Start by preheating the oven to 350 Dregrees (F). Then find a baking dish that can be both festive and oven appropraite! Or if it’s just the family and they don’t care then put it in a small cake pan and call it a day!

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Start by spreading out the whipped cream cheese, for this picture I used one of the Philedelphia tall containers, if the dish is bigger you may need to buy two containers. Make sure it’s even or someone will miss out on the best part!

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Then pour the whole jar of Salsa into the baking dish, again size of jar depends on size of baking pan. For these pictures I used a small jar.

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Then add the shreaded cheese! Mix it around and cover evenly, it will melt in the oven and spread a little.

Then bake! There is no set time limit pre-say but until the cheese is fully melted.

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Time to grab your chips and enjoy the game!


If you know me then you know my favorite part of the year to cook for is football games… especially the Superbowl! I love-making snacky foods that are only acceptable to eat one day out the year! The following recipe is one I got while working in a kitchen during a part of my hospitality life time. If you know how to make wings you can make this recipe… I’m just letting you in on a little recipe secret that you would not have expected!

Ingredients

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Package of Chicken Wings – Whatever will fill up your party goers

Flour – Amount will vary depending on amount of wings

vegetable Oil

*Secret Ingredient – I will show you later

Directions

Start by preheating the oven to 400 Degrees (F).  Put the chicken wings in a big mixing bowl and combine the vegetable oil, about 2-Tblsp. for every 12-wings. They should be glossy and coated!

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Then add the flour, about 4-Tblsp. for every 12-wings, again coated but they shouldn’t be flour white.

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Then spread the chicken out on an ungreased baking sheet and cook for about 40-50 Minutes. They should be golden and crispy.

Here it comes, the secret ingredient! If you ever go to the grocery store and are an avid shopper like myself (I love the grocery store!) then maybe you have seen this ingredient in the Asian aisle, on the top shelf (at least in Stop & Shop it is). Okay are you ready?!

Mae Ploy!!

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This is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy and I will never eat a plain chicken wing again after discovering this sauce! You can add this to your chicken wings one of two ways, either pour it on the wings and leave on a plate and only some get covered slightly, OR, put the chicken wings in a mixing bowl again and pour about 1/2 Cup for every 12-Wings in and toss them around to become evenly coated.

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I promise these will be the hit of your Superbowl party!

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