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Turtle Treats – Very Kid Friendly!

Written by Megan Wegner-Goeke

This recipe is surely a familiar one so it’ll be a quick reminder of a fun, kid-friendly recipe you can easily pull off with lots of little helping hands.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Pretzels – round or “traditional” – we call them “prayer shaped”

Rolos or Caramel Hershey Kisses

Pecan Halves

White almond bark (If you want to fancy them up you can drizzle white chocolate across the top)

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Pre-heat over to 350 degrees. Place parchment paper on a cookie pan and have your helpers choose “non-broken” pretzels and place them across the cookie pan. Once the pretzels are placed, unwrap and place one Rolo or Hershey Kiss in the center of each pretzel. It’s very important the kids taste test one or two before placement to be sure you’re producing high-quality treats!

Once all pretzels have a chocolate, an adult should place the cookie pan in the oven for 3-5 minutes. 3 minutes has been best for us every time we’ve made these but each oven will vary. While waiting for the chocolates to warm, have your kids sort the pecan halves by removing any broken pecans and placing all them  into a bowl or onto a plate. (If you’re making a small batch – this is a great counting activity for little learners too.) Remove the cookie pan from the oven and immediately press a pecan half into each one of the chocolates. Of course, an adult or older child with adult supervision should complete this portion. I had my 7-year-old press pecans into the front half of the pan and I covered the back half so she wouldn’t have to reach very far.

Place the cookie pan in the fridge to cool for 15-20 minutes. If you want to add some white chocolate for decoration, you can fancy it up and have the kids be involved in this portion too.We did a butterscotch drizzle because we had extra butterscotch chips in the pantry. Let them dip a fork or small spatula into a bowl and drizzle the chocolate across the treats. Place them back in the fridge for 5-10 minutes again to chill. No worries about the mess, you’ll pull the treats off the parchment paper and the drips will go along with it. My 3, 5, and 7-year-old kids all made these Turtle Treats. It was a fun and tasty adventure!

 

 Editor’s Note:  Feature image is from a cooking class we took at CCC.  On the right hand side you will find the turtle treats.  In the center – it’s just peanut butter crackers dipped in dark chocolate.  

About the author

Megan Wegner-Goeke

Megan is the blessed mother of three young children, Clayton, Riley, and Mackenna. Her incredible husband, Dan, is a firefighter for Grand Island Fire Department. She was born and raised in Kearney, where she and her family reside. She loves taking little adventures with her family, cheering for the Huskers, supporting education in her community, and empowering women’s futures.

After making a successful career for herself in sales, marketing, and business consulting, Megan pursued her lifelong dream of opening her own bridal and formal wear shop. In December 2014, Megan introduced Hello Beautiful Bridal & Formal Wear to Nebraska and beyond.

Megan’s favorite quote is: “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is that quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

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