One of my favorite things to do during this Christmas season is to bake. However, this year, I've just had to give myself permission to let it go. And yet, I couldn't not make something, so I have turned to a quick and easy treat I discovered last year. It only requires three ingredients:
Yep, that's it. Mini pretzels. Rolo candies. Pecan halves. Your limiting factor will probably be the Rolo candies, so if you want to make a lot, then you'll want to get a few bags. Try to get as many pecan halves to match the Rolo candies.
So all you do is lay out your pretzels on a baking sheet. Unwrap the Rolos (that is probably the most time-consuming part of the whole thing so you can employ your children for the task or do it while you're talking on the phone or something mindless). It should look like this when you're done:
Place your pretzel-Rolo sets into a 250 degree F oven for about 3 minutes. You want it to be nice and soft but not lose its shape. Once I didn't do it long enough and it made the next step a little harder, resulting in not as pretty end products. Take them out of the oven and set on a hot pad.
Quickly press a pecan half into the soft chocolate. I was able to make a pretty full pan (I fit about 48 on a sheet) and not have the chocolate harden too soon. Let the chocolate set up so that it is no longer melty (is that a word?). If you're in a hurry, as I was, you can put them in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to speed it up. Ta-da! That's it! Don't they look pretty?
You can then put them into a box or plastic bag for easy treats. This one is something the whole family can do together!