Stress Free Christmas Baking Tips

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Does the pressure of holiday baking make you stressed? Would you like a way to make dozens of cookies for holiday gifts, cookie exchanges, or personal enjoyment without even turning on your oven? A bag of white chocolate chips can open up endless possibilities. Do you have some leftover starlight mints or a few broken candy canes on your strip of ten? You can use them to make Peppermint Bark. With pretzels you can make White Chocolate Clusters or Holiday Buttons. Below are three recipes that show how you can use white chocolate chips for some easy and delicious no-bake cookies, crowd-pleasing delights that will bring joy – and good taste — to your holidays.

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Holiday Buttons Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 one-pound bag pretzel rounds
  • 2, 12-ounce bags white chocolate chips
  • Red and green M&M candies (approximately 100)

Lay pretzel rounds on wax paper. In a microwave-safe dish, melt white chocolate chips in microwave at 80% power for 50 seconds at a time until just fluid (gently stir between). Pour white chocolate by teaspoonfuls into center of pretzel rounds. Press one M&M candy into each pretzel center. Let set for at least 20 minutes or until firm before removing from waxed paper. When stored in air-tight containers, these will remain fresh for a week. They also can be frozen for later use.

Peppermint Bark Recipe

Ingredients

  • One 12-ounce package white chocolate chips
  • Approximately 1 ½ cups crushed peppermint (candy canes or peppermint candies)

In a microwave-safe dish, melt white chocolate chips in microwave at 80% power 50 seconds at a time until just fluid (only gentle stirring will be required). Line the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch pan with waxed paper. Spread crushed peppermints on waxed paper. Then pour melted white chocolate chips on top. Chill in refrigerator until firm. Break into pieces and enjoy! Peppermint bark makes a great gift wrapped in plastic wrap with a red ribbon.

White Chocolate Clusters Recipe

Ingredients

  • One 12-ounce package white chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • A 2-cup combination of the following, in any combination:
    • ½ cup raisins
    • ½ cup pretzels
    • ½ cup chopped graham crackers
    • ½ cup peanuts
    • ½ cup cashews
    • 1/2 cup almonds
    • 1/2 cup pecans
    • ½ cup cereal such as crisped rice, Cheerios
    • ½ cup chocolate chips or chocolate candies

In a microwave-safe dish, melt white chocolate chips with butter in microwave at 80% power 50 seconds at a time until just fluid (only gentle stirring will be required). Immediately stir in remaining ingredients until coated. Place by tablespoonfuls on waxed paper and let sit until firm.

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