Chocolate-Dipped Goodies

This recipe can be adapted for so many uses from those candy-coated spoons, to pretzel sticks and even marshmallows or cookies. The kids always have a ball helping with this and this is one of our favorite activities when we are preparing for a Polar Express Party. These are also great for gift-giving. Kids have a lot of fun helping with these treats! Continue reading “Chocolate-Dipped Goodies”

Question Of The Day

How do you like your marshmallows?

Personally, I like mine burnt (D) and smushed between a couple of graham crackers with some chocolate… best eaten on a cool night beside a warm campfire. Continue reading “Question Of The Day”

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

As promised I will share the recipe for the cookies we made earlier today. These are super easy to make and I had made two batches, or about four dozen cookies, in less than 30 minutes.

I’ve always called them haystacks but Mr. Awesome knows them as Noodle Cookies. You can probably add other ingredients, desired or maybe even swap the butterscotch chips for chocolate ones.

Mr. Awesome likes them without marshmallows but with plenty of peanuts. The kids like them with marshmallows. That’s how I ended up making two batches.

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies printable recipe

Ingredients:

  • 11-12 oz bag butterscotch chips (you can also use semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 3/4 c. Peanut butter
  • 10-12 oz Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1/2 – 1 c. Salted peanuts, optional
  • 3 1/2 c. Mini marshmallows, optional

Directions:

Line two baking pans with wax paper.

Place the chips in a medium to large size bowl. Microwave on 50% for 1-2 minutes or until mostly melted.

Stir in the peanut until smooth.

Add other ingredients and stir until well coated.

Drop by spoonfuls onto the prepared pans.

Cool in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.

Enjoy!

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

(‘Cooked’ version)

Cooked Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 11-12 oz bag butterscotch chips (you can also use semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 3-oz can Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1/2 – 1 c. Salted peanuts or almonds, optional

Directions:

Line two baking pans with wax paper.

In a heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt the chips with the sweetened condensed milk.

Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, combine the noodles and nuts.

Stir in the melted chip mixture until evenly coated.

Drop by spoonfuls onto the prepared pans.

Cool in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.

Enjoy!


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Made From Scratch Hot Cocoa

My kids and I love Hot Cocoa. The weather right now is just right for sipping on a steamy cup. I have many fond memories from when we lived in Virginia and North Carolina that involve this delicious treat. It is even better after coming in from building snowmen and having snowball fights.

We haven’t seen any snow since we’ve moved to Florida several years ago but the weather still gets a bit nippy. This weekend was definitely cocoa weather. I used the Keurig to make my cocoa to take out to the woods with me. Just place the cocoa in your mug and set it under the Keurig. You don’t need a K-cup as the hot water will flow right through it, into your cup, and Voila… Hot Cocoa. Enjoy it as it is or add some marshmallows.

We also enjoy making this when we have our ‘Polar Express’ parties… hopefully, I’ll be writing a post about this soon. This is also a great treat to take camping with you to enjoy on those crisp mornings.

I have two versions of this and you can try them both to find your favorite. I often make double batches as we can go through quite a bit of this rather quickly. (You will need a large container with a tight lid to store this in.) Continue reading “Made From Scratch Hot Cocoa”