Over A Cup: Making holiday candy
December 3, 2011
Over a cup of coffee, one recent morning, my thoughts went to gathering up all of the pumpkins, scarecrows and turkeys that have been decorating the house for the fall holidays.
Soon to follow will be Christmas decorating, and cooking up candies and cookies.
One of my favorite candy recipes came from the side of a Kroger saltine box. The recipe is easy to make and absolutely delicious. It's hard to tell from the ingredients, but this candy tastes just like toffee.
To make "Saltine Chocolate Pieces," you will need these ingredients: 1 sleeve (about 37 ) Kroger saltines; 3/4 cup brown sugar; 1 cup butter; 12-ounce (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate pieces; and 3/4 cup chopped nuts.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a 10-by-15-inch cookie sheet with foil, and spray very lightly with cooking spray. Cover the cookie sheet with saltines.
Boil sugar and butter for three minutes. Pour the mixture over the saltines. Spread evenly. Bake at 400 degrees for five minutes. Remove from the oven.
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Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Let sit for one minute, then spread melted chips with a spatula. Sprinkle 3/4 cup of nuts over this and press down lightly.
Cut on diagonal immediately or cool until firm, then break up; pieces can be frozen. Yield: 30 pieces.
From my files, I found another recipe for "Toffee Bars." I have not tried this recipe.
The ingredients are: 1 1/4 cup butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 6 ounces chocolate chips, 12 ounces of toffee bits, 1/2 cup chopped pecans and graham crackers.
Line a greased cookie sheet with graham crackers (number not indicated). Melt butter and brown sugar, bring to a boil and boil three minutes. Pour over the graham crackers.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Take out and sprinkle with chocolate chips, toffee bits, and pecans.
Press down. Cool.
About two weeks ago, Craig resident Marie Switzer called me with a request.
She found a recipe on a flyer sent out by Blair (clothing catalog). It had the directions for making a mouse from a cherry with a stem and chocolate. But, the flyer got lost. Marie wondered if I might have seen the recipe. I have not.
If you have seen the recipe, please let me know.
If you have favorite holiday recipes you'd like to share, please call me at 824-8809 or write to me at P.O. Box 415, Craig, CO 81626.