Morning and happy Friday!! So happy its finally here. Today is our office Christmas Party, which is super low key and held in our conference room but is always tons of fun. We get the main dishes catered, and then everyone brings in sides and desserts to complete the meal and we do a gift exchange. I’m excited for it!
Last night, I had to make a treat to bring to the party, so a quick dinner was in order. I made Open-Faced Quinoa Burger Sliders!
With the leftover quinoa burgers from Wednesday night, I made one serving into two smaller burgers and ate them open faced on an english muffin. Doused, of course, in more of that same yogurt sauce.
SO good. Seriously – the quinoa in the burger makes it crunchy on the outside and just adds such a great textural element to the traditional veggie burger. Yum.
The reason for a quick dinner was because I had to get down to business making office treats! I decided to make chocolate covered pretzels dipped in different kinds of candy, and yesterday someone tweeted about Sabrina doing them with candy canes so I added that to my rotation as well.
Not my typical kitchen contents:
White and regular chocolate chips, oreos, sprinkles, and candy canes! The other essential thing (besides pretzels) is wax paper – completely necessary!
To start, crush up your toppings. I unwrapped all the candy canes and put them in a large ziplock bag.
And then went to town with a meat tenderizer.
Crush these until you think you’re done, and then keep going. The smaller the better because the smaller pieces stick much better to the chocolate!
Same process for the oreos…
Once the toppings are prepped, you are ready to go.
Start by melting some of the chocolate chips in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring. I had to do each batch for 1 minute total to get it totally melted.
Coat your pretzel in chocolate, but don’t make the layer too thick. I used a spatula to scrape it down so there was only a relatively thin layer of chocolate on there.
Next, roll your pretzel in whatever topping you want, and then set it on wax paper to cool. You will speed up the process (and help solidify the chocolate) if you put them in the fridge for a few minutes, which is what I did. I actually stored them in the fridge overnight to keep them solid, but they are now warming up to room temperature in preparation for the party.
My intention was to take pictures with every step of the process, but it gets pretty messy and my hands sticky from the chocolate and candy, so I only have photos of the finished products!
I did both pretzel rods and large pretzel twists.
White chocolate drizzled with milk, and milk chocolate rolled in oreo, sprinkles, and candy cane.
Pretzel rods dipped in milk or white chocolate, rolled in oreos and candy canes.
I think the ones with the sprinkles are the cutest, but I only made 3 of them! Sad story.
These treats look so fancy but are really simple to make. All the products are also super cheap, and you can make them festive to any occasion with different candy and colored sprinkles to dip in. The only problem was trying not to taste test during the process. Next time I will use gum.
What’s your favorite holiday treat?