I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. Now the countdown to Christmas begins. During this busy time, it's hard to find the time to make home baked cookies and treats. This Pretzel Peanut Bark is perfect for this time of year. It's easy, quick, only 3 ingredients and you won't be able to just eat one piece. It's sweet, salty, crunchy and creamy. So, put aside a little time this holiday season and make this homemade treat. You will be thanked for it!
Peanut Pretzel Bark
Recipe by Paula Deen
18 (1-ounce) squares white chocolate (I used Ghirardelli Candy Making & Dipping Bar)
3 cups skinny pretzel sticks, broken into small pieces but not crushed, then measured
2 cups dry salted peanuts (I used Cocktail peanuts)
Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment or waxed paper.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water until smooth, or melt in the microwave in a 2 quart glass dish. Microwave on high (100 percent) for 1 minute, stir, and microwave on high for 1 minute more. If necessary, microwave on high for 10 seconds more, and stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Stir in the pretzel pieces and peanuts. Stir well with a flexible spatula.
Spoon onto the prepared cookie sheet, spreading the mixture out so that ingredients are relatively evenly distributed.
Allow for the chocolate to cool for several hours or refrigerate for about 45 minutes, until firm. Break the bark into irregular pieces, like peanut brittle. Store in cookie tins, or package in Chinese food take-out cartons lined with waxed paper.
Spread mixture of pretzel sticks, peanuts and melted white chocolate on cookie sheet. The bark will harden quickly in the refrigerator.
Mom's Cooking Club Lesson: Gift/Packaging Idea - I found these cute little Christmas tin buckets and treat bags in the $1.00 bin section at Target. Place some Pretzel Peanut Bark pieces in treat bag and secure with twist tie. Place in containers and share with teachers, neighbors, friends and relatives. A treat made and packaged by you will bring such happiness to others.