White Chocolate Craisins Haystacks

White Chocolate Craisins Haystacks

Here is a super simple and delicious holiday treat that as the name suggests looks like a ‘Haystack’. I have seen recipes with lot of different ingredients but I liked the one with pretzels and peanuts the best. It could be because that these two are also my personal favorites when I need something to munch on. Peanuts are a good source of protein and Pretzels, a relatively low fat and low calorie snack, add subtle saltiness to the delicate white chocolate treat. I decided to add some craisins in the mix as well. They need no baking time and can be put together in just 5 minutes (only time you need is to let them cool down!). They are perfect for your holiday table, gift giving, potlucks and to make the little ones happy!
I already made couple of batches for my nieces and nephews for Thanksgiving and I am happy that they loved them. For me, they make a great after dinner dessert.

You need:

2 cups white chocolate chips OR 12 oz white chocolate coarsely chopped (I used Hershey’s) White Chocolate Craisins Haystacks-Pretzels, peanuts

1 1/4 cups thin pretzel sticks, broken into 1 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
1/4 cup Craisins (dried cranberries)

Directions:

1. Line a cookie sheet with foil paper
2. Melt the white chocolate as per package instructions. For two cups of chocolate chips, I microwave for 1 minute and then additional 15-20 seconds in 5 second intervals.
The chocolate chips may maintain their shape so try to run a spoon and stop when it spreads creamy. You have to be very careful that it does not get over heated.
3.Add peanuts, cranberries and pretzels, stirring until well coated.

White Chocolate Craisins Haystacks-mix

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4.Drop by spoonful onto the cookie sheet and sprinkle some colored sugar crystals or sprinkles.
Once cool, store the haystacks in an airtight container. They can be refrigerated for several weeks.
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You can try different variations: Stir in 1/4 cup chopped roasted almonds or pistachios instead of Craisins.