I do enjoy simple baking; my 7th and 8th graders (and husband) love my brownies (ok ok they are a mix, but I mix them really well), as well as this super easy and quick treat. All you need are some white chocolate melts (I chose white, green, and red to be festive), pretzels, and m & m's. In case you're wondering, I didn't make any of these ingredients from scratch. The melts can be found at any craft store like Michael's or JoAnn's.
Preheat oven to 350, set out pretzels on baking sheet, and cover each pretzel with a chocolate disc. Place baking sheet in oven for about two minutes, remove, and put an m&m on each melted disc. The mix of sweet and salty is perfect and the holiday colors are very festive. A great recipe for novice and unadventurous cooks like me ( or your eight year old).
And then your family members can write messages to one another.