December 18, 2010

EASY Christmas Crockpot Treats!!

You can't get much easier then this! Christmas gifts or family treats... either way, I bet that these recipes will make the list again next year! I've been looking at recipes over the past few weeks, I'm not sure where I found these, either All Recipes or A Year of Slow Cooking or Mennonite Girls Can Cook . These are some of my favorite places to go looking for recipes!
Crockpot Rocky Road Treats

You'll Need:
24 oz. bag of chocolate chips (I used semi sweet)
mini marshmellows  (1/2 of a 10.5 oz. bag)
chopped walnuts  (or any nuts you prefer... approx. 8 oz)
waxed paper
cooking spray

Spray the inside of the crock with cooking spray. Pour the whole bag of chocolate chips into the crockpot. Turn on high and allow to cook for 30 minutes. Stir and then cook another 15-30 minutes until the chocolate is all melted and mixes smoothly. Remove the crock from the pot (heating elements). Pour in the nuts and mix well then add the marshmellows and stir. I did it the other way around adding the marshmellows first and they all melted into the chocolate... so, be sure to add the nuts and stir it ... it will kinda cool the chocolate a little then add the marshmellows! Using spoons, drop in serving sizes onto waxed paper or release foil lined cookie sheets. Place them in the refrigerator to cool and harden! Package them up to give away or store in a lidded container for your family! Now, wasn't that EASY!!

Crockpot Peanut Clusters  (Makes approx. 150 clusters)

You'll Need:
48 oz.  lightly salted roasted peanuts
8 oz.  box German Baker's Chocolate (I bought two 4oz.)
8 oz. box UNsweetened Baker's Chocolate
24 oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla
Large Crockpot
Baking spray
waxed paper

Spray the inside of the large crock with cooking spray. Unwrap and place all of the baker's chocolate on the bottom of the crock. Add all of the peanuts next and then pour the bag of chocolate chips on top. Measure out and add the vanilla... (you can see the dark spot in the middle of the picture!). Put the lid on and cook on low for 3 hours or on high for 1 1/2 hours. When the time has past, stir the mixture well and determine if it needs a little more time to melt the chocolate. Remove from heat and drop by spoonfuls (in serving size quantities) onto waxed paper lined cookie sheets to cool. You may place them in the refrigerator to cool faster! BE CAREFUL IF YOU TASTE TEST... these will be hot for a while!  When cooled ... package up to store or give away! ANOTHER EASY, EASY recipe!!  (PS. This recipe would be very easy to cut in half so you don't end up with soooo many of them!)


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