A Week of Christmas Treats!

baking treats holidays | Jessica Patnesky Photography | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I think the only thing better than waking up to bright colored christmas presents under my grandmother's lovely tree would be all the delicious food, especially the treats. My goodness could my grandmother bake a mean dessert. I remember her cheerful laugh as she told me how she would make treats for the neighborhood children who came over to play with my dad and aunt. She said every person would always have a particular favorite and this rang true for me as well. I L. O. V. E. D. her rocky road bar. It was heavenly with a wonderful salty, crunchy flair. I recall during my fourth grade school year, I was able to make these chocolate pillow masterpieces to take in for my classmates. This day is actually one of my favorites with her, being side by side and making something I loved so much with the person I loved more than anyone in the world. This treat still stands as one of my all time favorites, although I have to scale back the serving I have in a sitting ;) Ah, the joy of getting older. Add this delicious treat to your table for the holidays, it is a keeper! 

You will need:

1 package of semisweet chocolate chips

1/8 cup of butter (I use unsalted)

1 can of sweetened condensed milk

2 1/2 cup dry-roasted peanuts

1 package miniature marshmallow 

9x13 inch pan

wax paper

baking treats holidays | Jessica Patnesky Photography | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Thats it, thats all you need. Can you see where this is going? Talk about an easy treat to make with your kids and hopefully your grandkids one day. 

First you will want to line a 9X13 inch pan with wax paper for easy removal. Then you will melt the chocolate chips and butter and condensed milk in a large sauce pan on medium to low heat until mixture is smooth, stirring occasionally. A great tip is to keep the temperature low to avoid burning. (If you are tight for time, you could also melt these items in the microwave. Heat the condensed milk and butter for one minute in a microwave-safe bowl. Add in the chocolate chips and stir well. Then microwave for an additional thirty seconds and still until smooth.) Once your chocolate mixture is nice and smooth remove it from the heat. Toss in the peanuts and marshmallows and fold them into the chocolate sauce. Pour into the prepared pan and chill in the refrigerator until firm. Approximately 2 hours. Once firm, cut in squares and serve.

I like to pull the treat from the pan, remove the wax paper and serve on a festive plate. This is our traditional go to recipe however adding twists are always so fun. I have added flavors from peanut butter to shredded coconut. Add your own family flare to such a yummy treat!

Be sure to check out the other 6 delicious family treats!! 

Sue's peanutbutter cookies
Grandma Millie's pumpkin pie
Grandma Millie's Italian cream cake 
Marian Ream's cheesecake
Marry Ream's sandtarts
Amanda's tres leches cake