I love Christmas baking. Such a blessing to fix yummy stuff for my family to enjoy.
Yesterday, I was in the grocery store gathering food for the next few days. Our son was due to return late afternoon from college for Christmas break, and I wanted to have plenty of food at his disposal. And at mine, for cooking and baking.
While at the grocery, I ran into a friend who proceeded to tell me that you can get unwrapped Rolo Minis in a bag at our local dollar store. Apparently, these are hard to find in our small town. I asked her why I needed to know this tidbit of info, and she shared a quick sweet treat idea. Surely this Rolo/pretzel/pecan thingy must be all over Pinterest by now, but it was new to me.
Off to the dollar store I went, ’cause I had to make this highly recommended treat! Sure enough, there they were. Many Rolo minis in a bag, already unwrapped. I bought two bags. Also snatched a bag of mini pretzel twists. The rush to the dollar store was futile, I thought, because I’d have to wait and make them after Thursday’s special trip to my favorite “pecan place”, 25 miles the opposite direction from my home. Oh, well, at least I’d be prepared for later in the week.
A little background story: Our first Christmas here five years ago, I collected several “Mississippi made” items to send to my Georgia friends in my former neighborhood. Of course, a bag of freshly toasted, salted pecans from the newly discovered Mississippi “pecan place” had to be included. Proud I was to share these home-grown Mississippi jewels, but I later (to my chagrin!) was told by the owners of said Mississippi “pecan place” that they get all their pecans from…Georgia! Go ahead, laugh with me on that one, ’cause the joke was on me for sure!
Anyway, back to my story. I was cooking dinner last night after our family returned from our town’s Christmas parade, opened the freezer, and what did I see? ( Sometimes I could give myself a gold star for freezing things ahead of time – that’s what we do in the land of “making do”.) There… in the door in a freezer bag was…a bag of freshly toasted, salted pecans from you know where. My family was in for a very special treat after dinner!
While my oven was still hot from cooking our twice-baked potatoes (one of my son’s favorites), I popped this pan in there to soften the Rolo minis on those mini pretzel twists all lined up on parchment paper.
Only a couple of minutes until they’re softened, y’all. Don’t wait ’til the chocolate is running all over the pan. (I had turned my 350 degree oven off, but it was still very hot.)
Remove the pan from the oven and smash a pecan on top of each Rolo mini.
Then the hard part (I discovered) was keeping my family out of them until they were “set” – nearly impossible! Especially after they ate one, ’cause they immediately went back for another…and another…STOP! I had to promise to allow them more later, and I decided to put them into the refrigerator to rush the “setting” process (although, they are good all melted and gooey, y’all). They’re much easier to eat after they’ve firmed back up a bit.
Too easy, in fact. They devoured every single one! That’s OK, though. I’ve still got another bag of Rolo minis. Shhhh. It’s my little secret, ’cause if they find out, they’ll come and hang over my shoulder and eat the next batch just as quick as the first. But, that’s OK, too, ’cause…