Li'l bit lurking under the tree. She has a new set of catnip toys under there. And B and I. Fin was nice enough to come take a picture for us. :-)
I don't think the paraffin/chocolate idea is proprietary, though. And once I realized how easy it was to make dipping chocolate that would harden right... well... here's what happened! To make anything you see below, just melt the chocolate and the paraffin wax together over low heat. Once it's melted, just dip whatever you want. A fork works best to retrieve things you dipped in all the way (like the cracker/peanut butter goodies). A slotted spoon messed up the chocolate coating on the bottom. The treats just slide right off the fork no problem.
For the drizzles, I used the same chocolate and wax mixture. I just dipped a fork in and sort of slung chocolate onto the treats. Amazingly, I didn't wind up with chocolate on the ceiling ;-)
Chocolate dipped pretzels, and peanut butter and ritz cracker sandwiches: The white chocolate edition.
Chex (or chex like) cereal
1/2 c peanut butter
1/2 stick butter
1 c chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
Melt the butter, peanut butter, and chocolate. Mix in the vanilla after everything has melted. Toss the cereal in it, and then toss the cereal in powdered sugar. Ta da! Puppy Chow. Soooooo good!
The cookies are Spiced Sugar Cookies. I found the recipe HERE. They were really easy, and taste similar to snickerdoodles.
1/2 c Butter (1 stick)
7 oz Marshmallow Creme
12 oz Peanut Butter
2/3 c All Purpose Flour
Ok... when I read that recipe, I was thinking that there are 8 oz in a cup, so that is a cup and a half of regular peanut butter. The fudge didn't quite set up. It's very soft and squishy, so I am thinking that should be peanut butter chips. However, it doesn't matter that the fudge is squishy, it is Amazing! Yes, capital A. So good! I'd never made fudge that worked before. This was too easy, and too yummy.
Sugar, milk, butter goes in the pot. Melt the sugar and bring it to a boil. Stir constantly while the sugar is melting, but then don't stir it anymore.
Let it boil for five minutes. Then remove it from the heat and mix in the marshmallow creme and the peanut butter or peanut butter chips. Very slowly stir in the flour, and pour it into a buttered 9x13 baking dish to cool. This stuff is so good, I am only allowed to make it at Yule from now on. We can't walk by without grabbing a piece.