Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Foodies Beware: Part II

More goodies headed your way!!! This time I've got a sweet tooth for something festive...

Reindeer Marshmallow Pops
These little guys are not only adorable but are super easy to make and soooo good! Here's what you need!

 Large Marshmallows, Lollipop sticks or pretzels
Melting chocolate, Small pretzels
Candy for face (hot tamales, cinnamon dots, mike & ike's)

The best part of this is project is the option to be creative! Go nuts! First you made need something like a foam block to place the sticks in to let the chocolate dry properly. You obviously dip the mallow into the chocolate and after setting for a few seconds place your antlers (pretzels) into the top of the mallow (do you like my shortened version of mallow like how they used it in 'The Sandlot'?? hehe :-) Anyways, next you organize the face and remember creativity is key! The easiest way to get the face to stick is dipping each piece in chocolate first then putting it on. This will take practice so get ready to eat a few mallows yourself and enjoy! 

Small Caramel Apples
All you need for this one is obviously apples and Werthers candies (a half and half mix of soft and solid Werthers original candies). Over low heat melt down the Werthers pieces until you get a smooth caramel mixture to dip the apples into. Take your apples and using a melon baller remove pieces of the apple and place onto a cocktail stick. Next drizzle or dip the apple into the caramel, let set and munch! So easy and totally worth it in the end. 

Melting Snowman Cookies
 I'm stuck on all of these cutesie childish desserts but how can you not love them?! For this one all you need:
Sugar cookie mix
White icing
Large Marshmallows
Colored icing or candies (decorations)

First and foremost make your sugar cookies...the more abstract and messy they are the better. Once baked and cooled off, drizzle the icing over the cookies. Now for the mallows you want them to be a bit squishy in appearance so place them in the microwave for literally a few seconds. Be sure to WATCH them! Place the mallows onto the cookies and decorate. Another super easy recipe that only requires a bit of inspiration. 

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies
These are pretty self explanatory...All you do is make some peanut butter cookies and immediately when taking them out of the oven place a M&M in middle for the nose, chocolate chips for eyes, and pretzels for the antlers. Enjoy! 
Hot Cocoa Cookies
Last but not least...pure awesomeness! This one is necessary to make from scratch so get your apron on peeps because it'll be so worth it! 

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt together 1 stick of unsalted butter and 12 oz semisweet chocolate. Stir until smooth and let cool for 15 minutes. 
In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. 
Now using an electric mixer, beat together 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, 3 eggs and 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract and beat on low speed until smooth. About 2 minutes. Add in the chocolate mixture and blend. Next you'll add the flour mix slowly, mixing on low speed until just combined. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. 

After preheating the oven to 325 degrees, bake cookies around 12 minutes. You'll want to measure each one out using a tablespoon and then flattening slightly on the baking sheet. 
While the cookies are baking cut the chocolate bars into 1 inch squares and place on top of a marshmallow that has been cut in half crosswise (this way they can lay flat). 

Remove the cookies and place the chocolate face down with the mallow on top and bake an additional 4 minutes until gooey. Now you can add chocolate shavings on top, let cool and eat your little hearts out! Can not wait to try this one! 

Keep it Golden and Happy Holidays!
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