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Mini Holiday Cookie

Are you supposed to bring cookies to a party this week? Or how about bring in a treat for your child’s holiday concert?

Yeah, I know how it is. Staying up late, setting up your stand mixer, measuring out all that flour, waiting for the cookies to be done before you load yet another tray.

or do I?

This holiday I am thinking pineapple and getting it done without the stress. A dear reader sent me this super fast treat that tastes really good and takes all of 10 minutes to put together.

Voila! You have instant sweet party snacks! And, it even looks like you cooked something a wee bit.

You buy a bag of mini pretzels, Hershey’s kisses, and some almonds. No measuring necessary. Simply heat up the kiss on the pretzel and stick on an almond and you are done.

How do they taste? You get a salty, chocolate, crunchy flavor which is quite good. These are much better than those sugar cookies you can slice and bake (oh, yes, I have used those, too).

If you are looking for holiday ideas that feature healthy almonds check out the California Almond board site here: California Almonds. There are some ideas from Joy the Baker that look delicious (much better than my pretzel, kiss, almond bites).

I try to include nuts as much as possible in my cookies to add a layer of nutrition to the butter and sugar bomb.

What is your holiday cookie fix when you don’t have a minute to spare?

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Pretzel, Kiss, Almond Bites

makes 10

10 mini pretzels
10 Hershey’s Kisses
10 almonds

Preheat oven to 400 F. Lay pretzels on baking sheet, unwrap kisses and place on pretzels. Heat in oven for 5 minutes, take sheet out of oven, and push almonds into the chocolate. Serve when cooled or store for later in a plastic container.

For one pretzel bite: 40 calories, 2.2 g fat, 1.0 g saturated fat, 5.6 g carbohydrates, 2.4 g sugar, 0.5 g protein, 0.6 g fiber, 49 mg sodium, 1 Points+

Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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24 Comments:

If you use the round circle pretzels, not the butter rounds, but the circle pretzels, and bake them on parchment so the chocolate dosent stick, it makes a cute presentation as well. :)

on December 12, 2012

Rumor has it this can also be done with a Rolo in place of a kiss.....

on December 12, 2012

Okay I confess, I have made them with the Rolo. Think I will try using a high % cocoa bar broken up. Also thanks for the website to the California Amonds. Found a coconut pie recipe that I can redo to make healthier.

on December 12, 2012

To make these holiday treats, you could replace the almond with red and green (or blue) M&Ms. Or...maybe dried cranberries if you're trying to go healthier?

on December 12, 2012

I like this idea! Sometimes you can find Hershey's kisses that already have almonds in them and of course you could use really good quality chocolate covered peanuts.

on December 12, 2012

Our department's holiday party is tomorrow and I'm bringing cupcakes. 100% organic, real food cupcakes made from scratch using real grass-fed butter (which is actually very high in nutrients). Much better than the faux-healthy fake food.

on December 12, 2012

I have been hooked on super simple peanut butter cookies this fall. 1 cup PB (I use the peanut only crunchy kind), 2/3 c. Sugar, and 2 eggs. Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 350. You can use Splenda instead of sugar if you're in to that kind of thing. These make a nice chewey cookie.

on December 12, 2012

Danielle - about how long do you cook them for?

on December 12, 2012

I love chocolate and pretzels together! One of my favorite combos!

on December 12, 2012

I've done these with Rolos and pecans for years, can't wait to try this version!

on December 12, 2012

You could probably make these even better if you use chunks of good dark chocolate instead of the kiss.

on December 12, 2012

My mom makes these with rolos and pecans. They're called "turtles".

on December 12, 2012

I used Hershey's special dark chocolate kisses - and they tasted great. I am getting e-mails in my inbox regarding the lack of healthy in these - Just for the record - I was having some fun today. xox

on December 12, 2012

What's not healthy about dark chocolate and almonds?? Besides it's not like you are saying to eat all ten at one sitting. Alot better for you then a cookie.

on December 12, 2012

@ Sue- about 10 min. I often freeze the dough in ice cube trays then throw 6 in the toaster oven for my hubby & I.

on December 12, 2012

Thanks Danielle, I will be adding these to my Christmas baking list. Will also try them using Almond butter.

on December 12, 2012

Here is a similar treat I call Chocolate Holiday
Clusters:
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup chopped nuts
2/3 cup Cheerios
½ cup raisins or dried cranberries

Microwave chocolate chips in bowl on HIGH stopping to stir every 60 seconds until melted, (about 2 minutes).Stir in remaining ingredients.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper. Cool.
68 calories each-makes about 2 dozen.
It has the sweet-salty-chocolate combo that I love!

on December 12, 2012

They are simple and look delish. I'm definitely trying these, thanks!

on December 12, 2012

Thank you, Snack Girl, you just saved me!

on December 12, 2012

Peppermint kisses (they are white and red) taste great on the pretzels with a red or green m&m

on December 12, 2012

These are so good when you use pretzals, rolos and pecans! Instead of kisses and almonds. Although different peole have different tastes. Do what you like best...

on December 13, 2012

I made these for a bake sale only instead of an almond, I used a Peanut Butter M&M. They were soooo good! The hardest part is taking all the foil off the Kisses. (I also made them really unhealthy by replacing the pretzel with a Mini Nilla Wafer and using plain M&Ms. I glued the Kiss to the flat side of the Nilla Wafer using the tiniest dab of Nutella.)

on December 13, 2012

Hi! I tried to make these last night. I set the timer for 4 minutes, opened the oven and the tips of the kisses were burning. I tried to put an almond on top and the chocolate crumbled like it was clay! HELP! What did I do wrong? Also tried the microwave...no good. The bottom of the chocolate melted but the top was still to hard to squish the almond onto. HELP AGAIN!

on December 13, 2012

I had the same problem. I read the recipe to mean put them in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes. The kisses were very solid. I tried to melt them in the microwave for 30 seconds but then the pretzels burned. I finally figured out that the oven just needs to be warmed and turned off. Leave the kisses in for about 5 minutes and they will be soft enough to put the almonds on top!

on December 16, 2012


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