Party season is in high gear, and these are two very easy recipes that look like they were a lot more difficult to make than they actually are!
AIMEE FORTNEY'S CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT DIPPED PRETZELS
As simple as they are, these make delicious treats and are fun to make with children! Place them in a clear cellophane bag with a pretty ribbon to give as gifts!
1 (13 ounce) package Big Stick Pretzels
Half a package of chocolate flavored bark coating
Peppermint Candy, crushed
Red and Green Sugar Sprinkles
In microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate bark coating. Dip half to 3/4 of pretzel sticks in chocolate, then hold upright for a moment to allow chocolate to set. While chocolate is still wet, dip pretzel stick in crushed peppermint or sprinkles. Place pretzels chocolate side up in a glass to set.
AIMEE FORTNEY'S CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY TRIFLE
Using ingredients that you typically have on hand, you can turn this into a beautiful, elegant dessert to serve throughout the holiday season! Mint and raspberries on top are a simple garnish for this trifle, to reflect beautiful Christmas colors! Also remember anytime you make a cake that does not turn out the way you hoped, turn it into a trifle!
One chocolate cake, cut into pieces (baked in a 9 x 13 dish)
3 cups homemade whipped cream (use 3 cups heavy whipping cream and 3/4 cup sugar to make homemade whipped cream)
2 cups chocolate pudding
1 cup seedless Red Raspberry Jam, heated (in microwave for about 30 to 40 seconds)
In a trifle bowl or a large glass bowl (or you can do individual trifles in champagne or wine glasses) layer pieces of chocolate cake on bottom. Drizzle warm raspberry jam on top of cake, then add a layer of chocolate pudding. Next, add a layer of homemade whipped cream and place fresh raspberries along the outside edge. Repeat layers, ending with the top layer being cake, then fresh whipped cream in the center, placing raspberries and mint on top for garnish.
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