This year the Christmas season seems to have barrelled down upon us. The stores barely had their Halloween décor stored away or their Turkeys & Pilgrims displayed before Rudolf & Santa made their first appearances. For me it doesn’t feel like Chrismas without my yearly ritural. I need to wait until we have at least exhausted the Thanksgiving leftovers so I can start baking a few batches of holiday cookies-have to make sure we have some for Santa! MMMM Sugar Cookie Holiday Lights with M&M® or Peanut Butter Blossoms and a nice cup of cocoa-now we’re talking! Then to really bring on the holiday spirit I need to sit in front of the twinkling Christmas tree with my family and watch National Lampoon’s A Christmas Vacation (the squirrel in the Christmas tree!) and A Christmas Story (You’ll shoot your eye out!)…now I’m feeling it! What goodies and movies get you in the holiday spirit?
M&M’s Sugar Cookie Holiday Lights Recipe (pictured above)
Prep Time: 10 min.
Bake Time: 45 min.
Yield: Makes 24 cookies.
2/3 cup flour
1 18 oz. roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1½ cups prepared vanilla frosting
3 cups M&M’S® Milk Chocolate Candies Holiday Blend
4 strands red licorice laces
Resealable plastic bags
Christmas light shaped cookie cutter (small)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Knead the flour into the cookie dough until smooth.
3. Roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. By hand, or using a Christmas light cookie cutter, cut out shapes.
4. With a spatula, gently transfer the cookies to a baking sheet. Using a drinking straw, press a hole at the top of each cookie.
5. Bake for 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
6. Separate different colors of M&M’S® Brand Minis Chocolate Candies, and set aside.
7. Spread vanilla frosting on top of each cookie. Arrange a solid color of M&M’S® Brand Minis Chocolate Candies on top of each cookie.
8. Let the cookies dry for 30 minutes. Run licorice laces through each hole, connecting the cookies into one continuous strand.
9. Tip for a quicker and lighter version: Tint frosting to match the M&M’S® Brand Minis Chocolate Candies. Frost the cookies and then decorate with color coordinated M&M’S® Brand Minis Chocolate Candies.
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Preheat oven to 350; smoosh 1.5 squares of break-apart refrigerated cookie dough into the bottom of each well. place reese cup upside down on top of cookie dough (or an oreo!). top with prepared box brownie mix, filling 3/4 full. bake for 18 minutes! heaven.
enough pretzel sticks to just cover the bottom of an 8 X 8 pan
30 or so caramels (I use Kraft caramels)
1 Tbsp cream (or whole milk)
1 1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 – 2 cups mini M & M’s
Line an 8 X 8 inch pan with parchment paper. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
Spread out a layer of pretzel sticks, enough to cover the bottom of the prepared pan.
In a small, microwave safe bowl, stir caramels with the cream and heat, in 15 – 20 second intervals in the microwave, stirring until smooth.
Carefully spread the caramel on top of the pretzels.
In a small, microwave safe bowl, heat chocolate chips in microwave, stirring after every 10 – 15 seconds or so until smooth. (Be careful not to overheat or chocolate will seize.)
Spread over caramel layer.
Sprinkle with mini M & M’s and lightly press into chocolate. (I put 1 to 2 cups of mini M & M’s because you can use as many or as little as you want.)
Chill in fridge until solid, about an hour or two.
You can either cut it with a knife dipped in hot water OR simply break up with your hands.
A couple of good things about this recipe:
1. No oven involved (yay!)
2. Sooooooo easy
3. So so so tasty
4. You can use what you have on hand and sub out the ingredients. ie: don’t have pretzel sticks? Break up the bendy pretzels or use chopped nuts. Don’t have chocolate chips? use a chopped up chocolate bar. Don’t have mini M&M’s? Use any candy or nuts you have. The only thing you really need to have is the caramels BUT, if you are so inclined, you can make your own.
Seeeeeeee…you can still have yummy treats without completely melting in the heat.
M&M Pretzel King Size (24 Ct)
M&M’s didn’t get popular and incredibly widespread renown for nothing. The compliments that are so frequently showered upon the brand are wholly justified, as any rationale person could tell you (no offense to M&M haters, although the term ‘rationale’ may not apply to you guys). Today, they’ve earned a LOT more respect and admiration from me, when I found the opportunity to taste their Pretzel M&Ms. Opportunity, however, is a word that seems so…lacking in my attempt to completely describe how great a delight it was to feast upon these small delightful candies.
On the surface, they appear to be just like regular M&M’s, sharing a distinct similarity in appearance to Peanut M&M’s. Indeed, the first thing you’ll taste is that trademark chocolate that, in my opinion, has no peer when you’re looking for something munch on. An instant later you’ll encounter the core of the treats, a ball-shaped peanut. I didn’t taste much salt, as the wrapper claims to be included, but I didn’t mind at all in favor of the amazing blend of M&M’s chocolate and a good peanut. The two compliment each other perfectly, as if soul mates joining in joyous rapture.
These are definitely a candy you won’t want to miss. Truth be told I ate through the meager single bag I had and found myself sobbing in in wistful sorrow (this may or may not be slightly exaggerated) after the bag’s contents mysteriously disappeared. Next time I get the stuff again…I’ll probably do the same thing. I suggest you do the same!
This product is Kosher OU.
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Chocolate, Skim Milk, Cocoa Butter, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Artifical Flavors), Pretzel [Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, RiboFlavin, Folic Acid), Salt, Food Starch-Modified, Vegetable Oil (Soybean Oil, Canola Oil and/or Corn Oil), Malt, Leavening (Yeast, Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate)], Sugar. Less than 2%: Cornstarch, Corn Syrup, Dextrin, Coloring, Gum Acacia.
May Contain Peanuts
Serving Size: 17 pieces. Calories 180, Total Fat 6g, Cholesterol 5mg, Sodium 190mg, Total Carbohydrates 28g, Sugars 20g, Protein 2g, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron
Where to buy M&M Pretzel King Size:
Milky Way Midnight Minis were originally the Halloween go-to snack. How perfectly fitting is a dark snack on a very, very dark night? Not only are they bite-size and enriched with dark chocolate, but are packed into a bulk bag – so you can treat-or-treat ALL the kids who knock on your door. Even if your daily mantra is milky chocolate, you’ll be forced to reconcile the thought after you sneak one of these chocolates. The very taste of vanilla nougat mixed with creamy caramel, topped with semi-sweet chocolate can be described as none other than heaven.
They are sold primarily in 10.50-oz bags, 297.7 grams, and are said to provide 7 servings; but let’s be honest. After the first bar, you’ll be hooked. You’re going to need a lot more than that to satisfy yourself, the kids, and even grandma and grandpa. Because they are exclusively sold, you’d probably be better off ordering a whole bunch at a time. The more you get, the more I eat – oh did I say me? I meant you of course. I guess I’m craving one just from talking about it. Milky Way Midnights can do that to you sometimes.
Ingredients: semisweet chocolate (sugar, chocolate processed with alkali, cocoa butter, chocolate, milk-fat, soy lecithin, vanilla extract, artificial and natural flavors), corn syrup, sugar, skim milk, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, less than 2% – butter, milk-fat, lactose, salt, egg whites, soy protein, vanilla extract, artificial flavor.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 180. Calories from fat 60. Total Fat 7g. Saturated Fat 4g. Trans Fat 0mg. Cholesterol 5 mg. Sodium 70g. Total Carbohydrate 29g. Dietry Fiber 1g. Sugars 24g. Protein 1g. Calcium 2%. Iron 2%.
Where to buy Milky Way Midnight Minis at wholesale prices
I’ve always enjoyed my fair share of M&Ms. Over the last 20 years, Mars Inc. has invented a large variety of these “colorful, button shaped” candies. One of the many bold ingredients they incorporated into the chocolates is peanut butter – hence the birth of peanut butter M&Ms.
Normally I’d be the first one to admit this combo is fantastic, as both sweets are at the top of my list. However, I was a little bit disappointed. While the m&m’s taste as good as ever, they are double packed with an overwhelming amount of peanut butter. With an 80 to 20 ratio, you have to be COMMITTED to that peanut butter. And if you are – throw away your spoons and your half-eaten PB jars, because these candies will definitely provide you with more satisfaction. With a 38 oz Gusset Bag at your bedside, your set for at least a week or a two. Just don’t forget to eat your dinner.
Marc Inc, however, continues to be one of the leading candy companies in the country. Good news – if a particular M&M brand doesn’t suit your taste, there are plenty of others just waiting to be eaten. Guaranteed one of their products will make your mouth water, just the way a candy should.
Ingrediants: milk chocolate, cocoa butter, skim milk, chocolate, milk fat, peanuts, lactose, salt, soy lecithin and artificial flavors, sugar, partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, partially defatted peanuts, less than 2 percent cornstarch, corny syrup, dextrose, corn syrup, salt, natural flavor, gum acacia, dextrin and propyl gallate to maintain freshness, yellow 6 lake, yellow 5 lake, blue 2, blue 1, red 40, yellow 6, yellow 5, blue 1 lake, blue 2 lake and red 40 lake
Nutrition Facts: Calories – 220. Calories from fat – 120. Total fat 13g. Cholestoral 5mg. Sodium 90mg. Total Carb 23g. Protein 4g.
I’ve actually never tried a Take 5 bar until now. Most of our local stores around here don’t sell them and I have no idea why. These bars are packed with every ingredient you can think of! Pretzels, caramel, peanut butter, peanuts… All wrapped in the delicious, silky smooth milk chocolate coat.
It might sound like a bit much. It’s true that after a few bites, you’re kinda full already – but then again, who would mind replacing their fruits and veggies with one of these? It’s definitely worth it in my opinion. One Take 5 will settle your score between recess, hershey’s chocolate, AND nuttier butters. It’s that easy! No more contemplating which candy you want, which one your in the mood for- this way you can have it all at once.
And to top it off, this bar has just the same amount of calories as any other candy bar out there. So don’t worry, breathe, relax, and Take 5!