12/4/13

Hershey's Candies for Christmas Baking

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
I cannot remember a Christmas that didn't involve Hershey's candy under the tree. The bags of individually wrapped candy, like the Rolos and Reese's, always look so pretty in a decorative bowl on the coffee table. The plastic candy canes filled with Hershey's candy are perfect for stocking stuffers and the candy bars make perfect gifts in a Christmas card for a friend.
Since all my little ones are now adults and we're no longer stuffing stockings, I'm using Hershey's candies in my Christmas baking. They add the perfect holiday touch to the regular recipes I use all year long. The only problem is NOT eating them before they make it into the recipe!
I carefully guarded the bag of Reese's peanut butter bells so I could bake them into my fudge brownies before they disappeared. I just whipped up a brownie mix and poured 3/4 of the batter into a baking pan. Then I unwrapped sixteen of the Reese's peanut butter bells and pressed them into the batter.
I poured the remaining 1/4 of the batter over the top of the bells and used a spatula to make sure each one was fully covered. I baked the brownies as directed on the box mix and let them cool before cutting them into sixteen squares.
Inside each brownie there is now a peanut butter surprise! My husband absolutely raved over them (he loves the corner pieces best) and everyone else liked them too. Peanut Butter Surprise Brownies will be added to my annual Christmas baking list!
The Hershey's Candy Cane candy bars are amazingly delicious. I took the two Candy Cane candy bars I received and pressed one Hershey's rectangle into the top of each one of my Shirley J Sugar Cookies. It's a great time saver because I won't have to frost or decorate them later.
In retrospect, the cookies baked much larger than I anticipated, so next time I will probably break each rectangle into four pieces and place them slightly apart on the top of each sugar cookies. Regardless, they taste absolutely amazing. My husband asked me, "We don't have to share these, right?" I think he likes them!
What kinds of ideas can YOU come up with for using Hershey's holiday candies in your holiday baking?
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2 comments:

  1. What you did with the bells, I do with Rolos all year long! They make AWESOME carmel chocolate brownies

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    1. Awesome! I was going to use my Rolos bag to top some cookies. Maybe I should do some Blondie Brownies with Rolos inside?

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