Special Holiday Treats

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Ready for the holidays?  Looking for some fun treats that you and your family can spend time making?  Or maybe your looking for something festive to take to your next holiday party?  I gathered 3 recipes from Hersey's recipe book that I thought would be perfect for you!  Check them out and give them a try.

 

KIT KAT® Snowflake Pops

Christmas Treats

Turn white creme chips into a fun holiday treat. Try these snowflake lollipops with White KIT KAT® Minis. No molds necessary! Just melt the white creme chips and add the KIT KAT® Bars, then decorate them with Royal icing and sprinkles for a gift-worthy holiday dessert.

PREP TIME:  30 minutes

COOL TIME:  1 hour

LEVEL:  Beginner

INGREDIENTS:

  • 28 (or one 8 oz bag) KIT KAT® White Minis, divided 
  • 1 cup HERSHEY'S Premier White Creme Chips, divided
  • 4 lollipop sticks
  • Food color in desired color or colors
  • Decorator's sugars, sprinkles, nonpareils, edible glitter or other small candy garnishes

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Line large tray or cookie sheet with wax paper. Using point of small pairing knife "drill" small hole (about 1/4 inch deep) into side of one narrow end of 4 candy pieces; set aside.

2.  Place 1 tablespoon white creme chips in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at medium (50%) 15 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave at medium an additional 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and smooth when stirred. One at a time, dip about 1/4 inch of the tip of a lollipop stick into melted chips and insert into hole in candy piece. Place on prepared tray. Allow to firm before continuing.

3.  Add remaining white creme chips to original bowl of melted chips. Microwave at medium in 10 second increments, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and smooth when stirred. Place about 1 tablespoon melted chips in 2-inch circle in each corner area of prepared tray. Working quickly, place one lollipop piece onto edge of each circle so that candy piece will be attached to circle when firm. Arrange 5 more candies around circle to make snowflake making sure that pieces will be attached to circle when it is firm. Press additional candy into center of circle. Allow to firm.

4.  Prepare Royal Icing. Decorate snowflakes with desired designs; allow frosting to firm.

Royal Icing: Stir 2-1/4 cups powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon pasteurized dried egg whites (meringue powder). Add 3 tablespoons warm water. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until spreadable. Add additional water, 1 teaspoon at a time, if too thick. Divide icing into small bowls for each color desired and tint with food coloring. Transfer icing to pastry bags with desired tip. Cover icing and tips of pastry bags with damp paper towels to keep icing from drying out. (Some garnishes may need a firmer icing to hold their shape. Stir in small amounts of additional powdered sugar to get desired consistency). 1 cup icing.

 

Winter Wonderland Snowmen Brownies

Christmas Treats

These snowman brownies will melt in your mouth. The perfect combination of brownies, REESE'S Creamy Peanut Butter and powdered sugar will delight during the winter season. Use the powdered sugar and miniature candies to decorate the snowmen.

PREP TIME:  20 minutes

BAKE TIME:  35 minutes

COOL TIME:  1 hour 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa or HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine, melted and divided
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 2/3 cups REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips(10 oz pkg.)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil; grease foil.

2.  Stir together cocoa and baking soda in large bowl; stir in 1/3 cup melted butter. Add boiling water; stir until mixture thickens. Stir in granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla and remaining 1/3 cup butter; stir until smooth. Add flour; stir until blended. Stir in peanut butter chips. Pour into prepared pan.

3.  Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of foil. Cool completely in pan. Cover; refrigerate until firm. Remove from pan; remove foil. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters, or cut into squares. Just before serving, sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Tip: Use sprinkles and small decorative candies to add snowman features and buttons to the snowman.

 

Winter Wonderland Surprise Cupcakes

Christmas Treats

It's amazing how delicious these peppermint and chocolate surprise cupcakes are. A hidden KISSES Candy Cane Mint Candy, peppermint swiss meringue frosting and a crunchy texture make this the perfect winter wonderland cupcake recipe.

PREP TIME:  1 hour

BAKE TIME:  18 minutes

COOL TIME:  45 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, not packed
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsps baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsps peppermint extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Peppermint Swiss Meringue Frosting

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter(2 sticks)
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
     
  • HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Candy Cane Mint Candies
  • Peppermint candy or sticks, crushed

 

DIRECTIONS:  

1.  For the Cupcakes:  Heat oven to 350°F. Line 24 muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper or foil baking cups

2.  Sift together dry ingredients into a large stand mixer bowl.

3.  Add the eggs, milk, oil and peppermint extract.

4.  Beat for two minutes, scraping the sides as needed.

5.  Add the boiling water and beat just until blended. The batter will be watery.

6.  Pour the batter into a large measuring cup or bowl with a spout.

7.  Evenly pour the batter into the cupcake liners, filling only 2/3 full.

8.  Bake for 14 to 18 minutes or until the center of the cupcakes spring back when touched. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

1.  For the Frosting:  Combine egg whites and sugar in heatproof bowl. Place over a small saucepan of simmering water. Whisk frequently, until they reach 160°F.

2. Transfer mixture to stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment and beat on medium-high until stiff peaks form and mixture has cooled considerably (around 10 minutes).

3.  Reduce the speed to low adding 2 tablespoons of butter at a time, mixing in between until incorporated. If the frosting becomes soupy or curdled, increase speed to medium-high for 3 to 5 minutes or until smooth again.

4.  Add peppermint extract and stir until just combined.

 

1.  Assembly:  Place an unwrapped HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Candy Cane Mint Candy on top of cooled cupcake.

2.  Pipe meringue frosting on top of each cupcake to "hide" the candy piece.

3.  Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies for a delicious and crunchy texture.

 

Heather Buchman Realtor