It is Christmas time. And if you’re like me, during this season of giving, it’s hard to draw the “Who should I get presents for?” line. That, my friends, is why baked goods were invented. They are an easy, thoughtful and cost-efficient way to say, “Hey, I think you are sweet, like these cookies I baked for you.”
So, instead of wondering what dinky little gift you should get all your co-workers (I got a flashlight one year; nice, but not edible), why not go for a cellophane-wrapped, baked goodie bag?
All you need to achieve this fabulous gift is some festive cellophane bags to assemble your swag and…some swag. You can get festive bags in bulk and for cheap from your local Wal-Mart, grocery store or Target. So go check it out. Some curly ribbons might be nice, too. And you can get some great ideas for baked goods right here and right now. If all goes as planned, I’ll be sharing a holiday recipe each week to help you achieve the perfect holiday medley of taste bud joy.
My first recommendation is Scotch-a-roos; they are completely sinful and totally delicious. Perfect for the holidays. This recipe makes a 9-by-13-inch pan’s worth, and the deliriously good product can easily be cut into squares to dispense to all of your “Hey, I like you a lot, but I can’t spend money on you for Christmas” friends. Read on for the details.
Combine one cup of sugar and one cup of karo syrup in a sauce pan over medium heat. Don’t fight me on these ingredients. They’re worth it. And hey, there’s no butter. See? Much better.
Add one cup of peanut butter and six cups of Rice Krispies. You will get to enjoy a blissful “snap crackle pop” chorus as you stir and stir and stir until all ingredients are combined.
Place this glorious mixture into the greased pan of your choice.
Melt one cup of chocolate chips and one cup of butterscotch chips in the microwave. And I don’t know if I have to say this, but use a microwavable bowl. Nothing like a fire to extinguish the holiday spirit. Melt the chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring in between. Burned chocolate is also no good for festiveness.
Finally, pour melted delight onto glorious Rice Krispie mixture. Halleluiah! Then arrange on your table, so you can take a picture of your masterpiece.
Cut into squares and share!! These can get dried out, so make sure to cover and wrap individually when dispensing to your BFFs.
If you try this recipe, you will thank me. Personally. And I know I am pushing the holiday goodie bag idea, but this recipe has also been a hit for me at holiday parties. I will warn you: these are rich, so that is why I only recommend them when you are surrounded by people who are also willing to eat high-calorie food.