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Homemade Almond Joy Recipe
Recipe Type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 14 oz – sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 14 oz bag sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1-2 24 oz pkg. chocolate almond bark or dark chocolate chips
  • 1-1 1/2 cup whole almonds
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, spread raw almonds onto a baking sheet and toast for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer with the paddle attachment, on medium speed, blend the sweetened condensed milk, butter and vanilla. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time, mixing until smooth. On low speed add the coconut a little at a time and mix until thoroughly combined with the powdered sugar mixture. The mixture will be thick. Place mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the coconut mixture from the refrigerator. With clean hands shape one tablespoon of coconut into a little log about 2 inches long and 3/4-inch thick. Press the coconut mixture together very well so they don’t crack when dipped. Place the log on the lined baking sheet and continue until all of the coconut mixture is gone. Rinse hands occasionally if they get too sticky. Press an almond on top of each coconut log. It might not completely stick. That’s ok. Place the baking sheet in the freezer to chill while you melt the chocolate.
  4. In a medium microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate in the microwave 2-4 minutes at 30 SECOND intervals until chocolate is melted. Remove the coconut candies from the freezer. Place one coconut almond log on a fork (I use my meat fork to my silverware). Use a spoon to scoop a bit of chocolate over the almond. This will help the almond stick to the candy and not fall off during dipping. Lower fork into chocolate and spoon chocolate over candy to coat. Lift fork and gently shake to release some of the chocolate. Scrape the bottom of the fork along the side of the bowl and place on the lined baking sheet. You might need a toothpick to help get the candy off the fork. Repeat until all candy is coated in chocolate. If chocolate get thick, just return to the microwave and heat for another 30 seconds.
  5. Let dipped candy harden for 45 minutes. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. If you need to layer the candy in a container, use waxed paper to separate the layers.
Notes

If you do not want to dip all the candy at one time, you can put the sheet pan of the coconut logs in the freezer. When they are frozen, gather them up and put them in a Ziplock freezer bag to be dipped at a later time.

Thanks Cooking with K

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Retro Christmas Wreath

by Susan on December 21, 2011 · 1 comment

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What a great idea.  Recycle old Christmas decorations and yard sale finds into a Christmas wreath.

Thanks C Diane Zweig

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Easy and tasty Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins Recipe
Recipe Type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 White or Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 – 15 oz Can Pumpkin
Instructions
  1. Mix together
  2. Put in Muffin pan lined with papers
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
Notes

Add a few Pumpkin pie spices. Maybe a dusting of powdered sugar or icing.

Thanks Sweet Verbena

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Peanut Butter Cup Brownies Recipe
Recipe Type: dessert
Serves: 40
Ingredients
  • 1 box of your favorite brownie mix
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or grease 40 mini-muffin cups.
  2. Prepare boxed brownie mix as directed. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups (about 1 heaping teaspoon). Bake for 13-15 minutes or until top is set and a toothpick inserted into center comes out slightly wet. After brownies are out of the oven, wait for centers to fall. This will happen upon cooling. If not then tap the centers with the back of a teaspoon to make a hole for the peanut butter.
  3. Place peanut butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 45 seconds then stir. While brownies are still warm spoon about half a teaspoon of peanut butter into the center of each brownie. Top with semi-sweet chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Cool completely in pan.

 

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DIY Garlands

by Susan on December 17, 2011

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Check out Handmadeology.com for some cute, easy, do it yourself Holiday Garland Ideas

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Spinach and Cranberry Salad Recipe
Recipe Type: Salad
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg fresh spinach – washed
  • 1 apple – sliced
  • 1 avocado – cubed
  • 1/2 red onion – sliced
  • 3/4 cup cranberries
  • 3/4 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • ginger – to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix salad ingredients together (spinach, apples, avocado, onion cranberries, almonds) Add apple and avacado last just before tossing with dressing.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients for dressing, pour over salad and toss just before serving.

 

 

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