Pinterest Christmas 2104 Part 2

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One of my favorite things to do around Christmas is baking!  Since Jack’s birthday falls on the 20th, we like to bring treats to the NICU Nurses and to some of our favorite doctors to thank them for their excellent care and wish them a Merry Christmas.  I should use the term “baking” loosely, although I did bake some delicious cookies!

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These chocolate crinkles with peppermint kisses were pretty easy and so pretty! I did not use the peppermint extract as I thought the peppermint kiss would do enough for the peppermint flavor.

This year, we tried a new spin on chocolate dipped pretzels. This was not an easy project to document, but I did get a few pictures to share! My inspiration came from several Pinterest images. After browsing several blogs and recipes, I came up with my own technique.

First, arrange the pretzels in the shape of a tree. You can also use one pretzel, but I went ahead and used the three to form a tree. These Snyder Dipping Sticks were the perfect size!

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To make the “tree” I used Wilton Candy Melts. Other recipes call for white chocolate chips or candy bark.  I did experiment with both candy bark and the Wilton Candy Melts. The Wilton Candy Melts have an easier consistency to work with for these trees. I used green, pink and white for the trees. But, it does get messy, so I don’t have pictures of all of our creations.

After the pretzels are arranged and ready, melt your candy per package directions.  We melted the candy melts in a glass bowl and not the sandwich bag as one blog suggested.  After the melts reached their liquid form, I poured the melts in to a sandwich bag and snipped of a corner. This part is tricky, you don’t want the edge snipped too small or too big! It takes some practice.

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Once the edge is snipped off, you can form you tree by squeezing the melts out of the bag. I started at the bottom, but you can start at the top too. After you have the icing placed, the fun part comes. There are so many pretty sprinkles, that can serve as ornaments.  I may have bought just a few too many to choose from!

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These trees were so fun and I know they will be on the list for next year. Thanks to all who made joined in our Pinterest Christmas 2014.  I am glad I participated and will hopefully be back for more in 2015!

Don’t forget to check out the other projects this year from #PinterestChristmas2014 from these awesome hosts!

Merry Christmas!

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