Thursday, December 18, 2008

Homeschool Memoirs - winter treats

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Each day my kitchen has a different scent this week. Chex Mix, Toffee Bars, Sugar Cookies, so many goodies, so many calories! I had prepared for Christmas a couple months ago with a mass baking campaign, but somehow, none of that is left . . .


So, we begin again. And, for Homeschool Memoirs they happen to want our favorite winter treat recipes posted, so I figured I would share one of my favorite standbys and a new favorite.


This was the first year for trying these Toffee Candies and they were a huge hit. The original recipe called for saltines, but I made them with graham crackers and we loved them.


Easy Toffee Candy

On a baking sheet lay out graham crackers broken into halves or quarters

In a small saucepan over medium heat melt:

1 stick butter

1 cup brown sugar

Once the mixture is well combined and gooey, pour evenly over crackers.

Bake at 350 for 7-10 minutes, until bubbly.

Remove from oven and sprinkle 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips.

As chocolate melts, spread it around evenly.

Refrigerate until set then break apart and enjoy!


And, my absolute favorite cookie . . .

Chocolate Buttersweet Cookies

Cookie:

1/2 cup Butter

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 teasp. vanilla

1-1/4 cups flour

Cream butter.

Add Sugar and vanilla gradually

Add flour

Shape by teaspoons into balls on ungreased cookie sheet.

Press in centers

Bake in preheated 350 oven for 12-15 minutes until delicately brown.

Fill while warm, then cool to frost.


Filling:

soften 3 oz. cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tbsp flour

1 teasp. vanilla

1/2 cup coconut

1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)


Topping:

Melt together:

1/2 cup chocolate chips

2 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp water

1/2 cup confectioners sugar


These cookies are amazing!

3 comments:

tammy said...

Those cookies do sound yummy!! I like the toffee recipe that is similar to yours, but uses saltines. I bet it is really yummy with the graham crackers. Thanks for sharing.

Courtney said...

Please share your sugar cookie recipe. I'm looking for a good one.

Have a merry Christmas, Erin. I enjoyed your recent post on joy as well.

5intow said...

Courtney,

I have to confess, I have no good sugar cookie recipe. I have tried many and they have all flopped! So, that is the one cookie that I give in and buy a mix for.

I got an incredible deal on these a while back (they were practically paying me to take them out of the store), so I let Betty Crocker do the work for me, and I just enjoy eating them, hydrogenated oils and all.

Merry Christmas!
Erin