Ree Drummond is my go-to source for new recipes. I like her because she uses ordinary ingredients that are easy to find no matter where you live, they’re not costly ingredients, she likes a variety of food -sushi as well as steak/potatoes, and she uses those ordinary ingredients to turn out really good food. Her stuff is good, and she rarely lets me down. In fact, if a recipe isn’t especially good, it’s almost certainly because I messed up.
I needed a quick cookie/candy recipe and there are many, many good recipes out there. I’ve had excellent feedback with Christy Jordan’s No Bake Cafeteria Peanut Butter Bars [http://www.southernplate.com/2011/04/no-bake-cafeteria-peanut-butter-bars.html] and my daughter swears by
PW’s Sharon Thompson’s Tiger Butter, from Flavors of Kentucky. As usual, I’m always trying a new recipe so I tried PW’s Pretzel Turtles. Very easy, very tasty, quite attractive, it was a very good candy but I’ll probably continue searching for a new recipe next year.
My biggest caution is to be very, very careful when you cook the caramels with the pretzels before topping with each with a roasted pecan and then setting each candy piece atop melted chocolate. The pretzels, as well as the caramels become tooth-destroying crunchy very quickly. The recipe says bake 4-5 minutes but a few seconds less than Four minutes works best, at least in my oven. Of course, I don’t much like crunchy, chewy foods that challenge my teeth fillings.