I'm sure we all have a huge bag of candy (x3 in my house!) that we are all trying to avoid right now. The novelty of having a ton of candy in the house wears off very quickly for my kids, and I hate to throw it away. We usually get a big portion together to donate, shelters take candy and there are drop off sites for Troop donations. I usually keep some for Christmas baking. M&Ms, Jr Mints, Heath, butterfinger are all good for Christmas baking. And the ones that are my kiddos favorites we end up keeping. I ended up raiding the piles of their favorites this weekend and baked two different desserts. One was a chocolate chip cookie bar, which I'll blog about later, and this one which was an experiment that turned out really yummy.
I ended up taking refrigerated dough and rolling it out into a long rectangle. I then took some ricotta (You can also use cream cheese. We were out of cream cheese but had plenty of ricotta) and spread it along the dough. I melted a few Werther's Originals baking caramels and lightly drizzled that on top of the ricotta. Then I had the kids pick a few of their favorite candies from their piles. We ended up using Whoppers, M&M's, Nestle Crunch bars and plain Hershey bars. I put them in my food processor and crushed them up really good. Then I spread the mix on top of the caramel drizzle.
I then rolled the dough up all the way,
put it on a non stick baking sheet and baked it for about 17 min at 350* until the dough was golden.