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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Caramel Thumbprints

One of my favorite cookies! 
I can't hardly part with them to give them as part of the Christmas Gift Tray!

Caramel Thumbprints

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 large egg, separated
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup finely chopped pecans
26 chocolate-covered caramel candies, such as Dove or Rolo

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder and set aside.
Using an electric mixer set on medium-high speed, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolk, milk, and vanilla and mix until blended, about 1 minute. Add the flour mixture in two batches and beat until combined, about 1 minute. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
Heat the oven to 350ยบ. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, beat the egg white with a fork. Set aside about 1/4 cup of the pecans; put the rest on a plate. Roll 1 tablespoon of the dough into a ball, coat it with egg white, and roll it in the nuts. Repeat with the remaining dough. Put the cookies on the sheet, leaving about 3 inches between them. With your thumb, make an indentation in the center of each cookie, then reshape the outside edges, if they crack.
Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, then take them from the oven and gently press a caramel candy into each cookie. Bake until the chocolate and caramel soften, about 4 minutes. Grease the tines of a fork with butter and press on each candy to flatten it slightly. Sprinkle on the reserved nuts, then cool the cookies on a rack.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holiday Candy Wreaths

Holiday Candy Wreaths

1/2 c. butter or margarine
1-10 oz. pkg. marshmallows
1 tsp. green food coloring
6 cups corn flakes
Red Hots cinnamon candies, for decorating

Melt butter in large saucepan on low heat. Add marshmallows and melt until soupy. Remove from heat and add food coloring. Stir in corn flakes that have been slightly crushed. Spray a 1/4 c. measuring cup and press cornflake mixture in it. Turn out onto wax paper. Continue with the rest. There should be 16. Using buttered hands press a thumb in the center and begin to shape the balls into wreaths. Immediately put the red hots on them (after you wash your hands!). If they don't want to stick, try "glueing" them on with a dot of peanut butter or melted chocolate

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Chris Tomlin - I Will Follow w/Lyrics

Sorry Shally!! I posted this to the wrong blog and can't figure out how to delete it....great song though :)