Let’s be real…the holidays are crazy.
With all the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, squeezing in allll the holiday traditions, hosting get togethers and traveling to visit family, I know I can’t be the only one that starts to feel STRESSED midway through December.
One of the things I don’t stress about, though, is what to give for neighbor/friend/coworker gifts every year! I used to think I had to come up with something creative, or spend time in the store looking for something cute and perfect for each person individually, but the last couple of years I have been giving away the three treats I’m about to share. It’s so easy, and they are always a huge hit!
This is a recipe our cousins have been making for years around the holidays and, when I was younger, I always used to think it must be really difficult to make because of how yummy and delicious it tastes and looks! Our cousin, Maddie, shared the recipe on her blog, A Whisk of Thyme, last year, and I was blown away with how easy it was to make!! This toffee MELTS. IN. YOUR. MOUTH. I’m drooling just thinking about it 😂
I will say this recipe takes a little bit of trial and error to perfect, as easy as it is. The first time I made it, I cut the recipe in half and it actually turned out pretty perfect. The next TWO times, I made a full pan of it and under cooked it, so it turned out chewy (you’d think I would have learned after doing this once). Now I know just how long to cook it, and included some of my tips and tricks at the end of the recipe below!
The images above show the first couple of steps for prepping the pan before you begin cooking! Also, THIS little chopper is perfect for chopping the nuts. I use it for everything!
This one came from my (Regan) mother-in-law and is my husband’s favorite! He asks me to make it all throughout the year, not just during Christmas time 😂 It’s another one that I was kind of surprised about when I found out how easy it was to make. It has the perfect amount of crunch and the flavor is almond, buttery amazingness. Once you start eating it, it’s hard to stop! Last year I grabbed some cute, large $5 mugs from Target that had different Christmas sayings on them, filled them with almond brittle, wrapped them up in celophane and tied a ribbon around the top to deliver to neighbors!
Use the photo above as a color guide to know what the almond brittle should look like when it’s done - I know “caramel color” is a little vague.
Rolo Pretzel Turles
The easiest of them all! It’s a little silly to even call this a recipe, because it’s literally three things you buy and put together with almost zero effort, but look how cute they are!! And they are addicting. Anyone else a huge fan of sweet + salty together?
We hope these ideas take a bit of stress off your plate this holiday season, and allow you to spend a little extra time focusing on the reason for the season. Happy Holidays!!