We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly. If you would like to share a craft, recipe or tradition that your family enjoys – please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! We’ll possibly feature you one night this month…
This week has been filled with Christmas baking at the Trenum home. Earlier this week, we made Party Mix, Snowman Crunch, Chocolate Pretzel Wreath’s and our favorite Hot Ham and Cheese sliders!! I was feeling really behind, until then. Still lots of baking to do but at least we got started. In case you are looking for easy recipes to make with your kids, my kids helped with these!
Every Christmas Eve we have a smorgasbord of appetizers for dinner. Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders are by far my favorite – I remember my mom making these when I was little. I added them to our Christmas Eve menu a couple of years ago and my family always eats every single one I make!!
Ham & Cheese Sliders
- 24 Small Dinner Rolls
- Land O’ Frost Honey Ham (My favorite is Bistro Favorites Honey Glazed Smoked Ham)
- Swiss Cheese Slices
- 4 Tablespoons Butter
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Mustard
- 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds (optional)
- 2 Teaspoons Onion Flakes (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut tops off of rolls, without separating into individual rolls and place in a baking pan or cookie sheet. Place ham and cheese on the bottom of the rolls. I fold over the ham over and use a generous amount on each roll. Replace tops. Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan and boil for 2 minutes. Pour over rolls, allow to sit for 10 minutes then cover with foil. Bake for 15 minutes, remove foil and bake for 1 additional minute. Allow to cool a bit and serve!
You can also prepare the day before and place in fridge until ready to bake. A great make-ahead party dish.
I’ve been making these Chocolate Pretzel Wreath’s for my family at Christmas for years. It’s one of the easiest recipes, and every time I take it to a Christmas party it’s always a favorite! Since it’s so simple my kids can almost make it by themselves as long as I supervise and handle any steps that require the oven or microwave.
Chocolate Pretzel Wreath’s
- Pretzels – I used round this year but have also used square, and regular pretzel mini’s
- Bag of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses
- M & M’s
- 1/4 cup White Chocolate Chips, melted
Spread out pretzels in a single layer on a greased baking sheet. Place one unwrapped Hershey’s Kiss on top of the pretzel. Place in a 275 degree preheated oven for 3 minutes to soften the chocolate. Remove from oven, SLOWLY push down Hershey’s Kiss with a M & M. Allow to cool – if you are in a hurry to start snacking, place in fridge to cool. Measure 1/4 cup white chocolate chips and pour in zip lock bag (unsealed) in the microwave for 1 minute on 50% power. Turn over, continue to warm in 30 second intervals on 50% power until the white chocolate chips melt. They keep their shape,so you’ll need to feel with the back of a spoon. Cut a tiny hole in one of the bottom corners of the zip lock bag, push all of the melted white chocolate chips to the opening, then squeeze bag to drizzle on top of the Chocolate Pretzel Wreaths. Finish with red and green sprinkles. Enjoy! Warning – these are highly addictive!!
Don’t miss out on any of our nightly posts in our 25 Days of Christmas Fun Series. Join us tomorrow night for more Christmas Fun !
25 Days of Christmas Fun: Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses
25 Days of Christmas Fun: Loving Your Spouse
25 Days of Christmas Fun: Snowman Soap Craft
25 Days of Christmas Fun: Family Movie Night
25 Days of Christmas Fun: HO HO HO DIY Project
25 Days of Christmas Fun: Marshmallows Here, There & Everywhere
25 Days of Christmas Fun: No Fail Cooking Tips
25 Days of Christmas Fun: Marbleized Ornaments with Nail Polish
25 Days of Christmas Fun: Snowman Soup
25 Days of Christmas Fun: Saltine Cracker Toffee or “Pine Bark”
25 Days of Christmas Fun: 5 Pretty Centerpieces You Can Make
25 Days of Christmas Fun: Ribbon Wreath Craft
25 Days of Christmas Fun: Snowman Crunch
25 Days of Christmas Fun: Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole
25 Days of Christmas Fun: Kid-Friendly Finger Foods (Sausage Balls & Smokies in a Blanket)