Full disclosure: This recipe used pretty much exactly from HalfBaked Harvest because it sounded so good!
Second peanut butter recipe in as many weeks, which is really unusual for me, as I am not really a PB fan. Well, ok, not a peanut butter on bread with jam (or anything else for that matter) fan, but once you pair it with chocolate … well, I am all over that, which is why I like this recipe. Super yummy. It is, however, really rich, so maybe just eat one piece at a time. OK, maybe two.
It’s been a while since I posted…. Egads! Almost a month. The cookie baking was in full swing in November (we’ll come back to that) and then I was traveling for a couple of weeks. But I am back. Never fear. And it’s getting to be Christmas and as some of you know, in addition to the Cookie Maddens, I try to make some candy or truffles every year. This year, I’ve made these lovely semi-soft and chewy caramel candies — melt in your mouth good! There are two variations: gingerbread (love!) and butter rum. Each batch makes about 50 caramels. Great stocking stuffers!
A couple of weeks ago, I tried to make “Homemade Gummi Bears”. Well, sort of homemade gummi bears, in that they were fruit jellies. It didn’t work so well. In fact, a number of times, it was a bust. But as my mom and a number of my friends really like these sorts of candies, I made a few more attempts and eventually got them right. That is this recipe. And even with this recipe, they aren’t the easiest things in the world to make. I think that some of it may actually also be dependent on how moist the air is on any given day, because sometimes they just don’t set. If I had to give advice on these, I would tell you that practice makes perfect (or as close to perfect as I can get). Good luck!
It’s getting to be St. Patrick’s Day is a few weeks time and while I am in no way Irish, I do live in Boston, so the town is full of faux-Irish, as it were. And as with any holiday, it is just a good excuse to make something sort of, somehow related to that holiday. So I made these truffles. OK, I probably didn’t need to put the green nonpareils on there, but they are to distract you from the not-so-good look of the truffles themselves. They taste great, but I am not very talented with the whole “dipping in chocolate” part.
I’m not very good at making truffles. They are a lot of work and I don’t have the patience for them. That said, every once in a while, a recipe comes a long that I just must have a go at. Thus, Coconut Crème Truffles, which might be my new favorite homemade truffle type. They might not be Russell Stover for this Valentine’s Day, but maybe your sweetheart will appreciate homemade?