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Showing posts with label Candy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Candy. Show all posts

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Whiskey Praline Pecans

I made these Jack Daniels pecans for my husband. Just because I love him. Ok, truth be told, it's kind of a late birthday present. Better late than never though, right?!

One of my love languages is giving people gifts. I have always loved to make little crafts and give them away. These little beauties are no exception.

One of the MANY reasons that these nuts are so super awesome, is that they are the dangerous combo of sweet & savory. So, apologies in advance for you devouring the entire batch in a week. No? Just me? Ok.

Whiskey Praline Pecans
    makes 1 pound
1 lb pecan halves {16 oz bag}
1 large egg white
2 T Jack Daniels, other Tennessee Whiskey, or Bourbon
1 T honey
1 T vanilla
1/4 C sugar + 1 T for later
1/4 brown sugar
1 T cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cayenne {optional}
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 250º and line baking sheet with silicone mat.
In a large bowl, combine the 1/4 C of sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne and salt. Stir and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the egg white, whiskey, vanilla and honey. Whisk together until frothy. Add the pecans and stir to coat. With a slotted spoon, remove pecans and add them to sugar mixture, leaving extra liquid behind. Once the pecans are coated in sugar mixture, sprinkle in the remaining T of sugar, and stir. Pour pecans out onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes or so. The pecans will be sticky until they cool. Allow to cool, then package them up all cute like.

If your man is a "Jack & Coke," or in my husband's case, a "Jack and Diet" kind of guy, please do him a favor, and make him these boozy pecans. He will thank you.

These Whiskey Praline Pecans are similar to my Cinnamon Vanilla Almonds and will be such a hit at Christmas! Package them up in cute little jars for stocking stuffers!

And hey! If you don't like whiskey {gasp!}, use bourbon. Or nothing! Just leave the booze out completely. I won't tell anyone. 

And just in case you needed another excuse to make these, how about chopping them up and pouring them in your favorite cookie or brownie batter? Or on top of some beautiful vanilla ice cream? Yeah, that's what I thought. Oh, and I apologize in advance for your house smelling ah-MAZING while these things are baking. Mmmmmmm, yum. 

And if you REALLY want to impress him, take a look at this "Jack & Jerky" Bouquet I put these in! 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Corn N' Nut Pretzel Bites

Tomorrow is the first day of fall! Yippie! I've brought you a simple recipe so you can make a zillion of these, sit back, and enjoy a little snack on this special day. The leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping and the candy corn and pumpkin spice lattes are a flown'. All of this adds up to one giddy cowgirl! I was going to wait and post this tomorrow, but hello! Today is Saturday and this would be the perfect tailgate or football watchin' snack. And you can make them in less than 10 minutes. Yeah, it would have been a shame to wait till tomorrow.

Corn N' Nut Pretzel Bites

This little salty-sweet combo of candy corn and salted peanuts has been one of my favorites for a few years now.  Smoosh them on top of a melty, chewy Rolo and a crunchy, salty pretzel and you've got one snappy little treat. 

These are so pop-able and make the perfect one bite dessert. But you better eat 40 just to make sure you like them! No judgement here. 

Candy Corn and Peanuts Pretzel Bites
Candy corn
Salted peanuts
Rolos or orange candy melts
Square pretzels {or small pretzel twists}

Preheat oven to 200º and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place pretzels on baking sheet and top with one Rolo or orange candy melt. Bake for 4-5 minutes. Remove from oven and work quickly to top each one with a candy corn and peanut. 

These can be chilled in the refrigerator so the chocolate will set up quicker. Or eating them a little melty, well I guess that would be just fine also. 

I don't recommend using the Hershey's kisses because I just don't think they melt as well. The Rolos and the candy melts work perfectly for this. Also, I like using the square pretzels, but small pretzel twists or the small round pretzels will work fine also. 

And for all my Oklahoma State fans out there, this would make a fun OSU tailgate or game day food! And who could forget about Halloween? Put a few of these in a little baggie and they would make the most adorable gifts! Need another candy corn and peanut idea? You don't wanna miss these Chewy Candy Corn Nutter Butter Bars

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Funfetti Candy Pretzel Bites

This will be my second year doing the Color Run in Kansas City. It's a 5K where you run with a bunch of people and get blasted with brightly colored powder. Fun! The only problem is I don't really love to run so I need a little inspiration. These FUNfetti treats are the perfect remedy. They are salty, sweet, crunchy and smooth. And who doesn't love a little bit of chocolate?

Funfetti Candy Pretzel Bites

What makes these little bites funfetti are the Wilton Colorburst candy melts that I melt on the pretzels before topping them with M&M's. They have these great little specks of confetti in them! I usually use Hershey's kisses melted on top, but I couldn't pass by these at the store and not get them.

These Wilton melts come in bright and pastel. I used pastel because of the colors of M&M's I used. I used purple, turquoise, mint green and light pink.

I actually used candy coated chocolate instead of M&M's because I can find them for a little cheaper but either will work great.

Last year I made some funfetti white chocolate puppy chow and look how much fun we had! 

So yeah, this year should be pretty FUN!

Funfetti Candy Pretzel Bites
Pretzels {I like using Snyder Snaps}
10 oz bag Wilton candy melts Colorburst pastels
Colored candy coated chocolates or M&M's

Preheat oven to 200 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place one candy melt in the center of each pretzel.

Bake for 4 minutes only. Place one M&M on each candy melt.

Press down slightly.

Place baking sheet in fridge for a few minutes before handling so the candy melts will harden up a bit. 

So what do you think? Are these worthy of being a good snack for the "happiest 5K on the planet?" 
I think so!

Ok, 4 days until the race. Time to start training! :)

For other great funfetti ideas, check out my Party Page

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Red White and Blue Chevron Cookie Cake

Chevron! It's all the rage right now and it's all over the place. Rugs, nurseries, baby showers and birthday parties, wall paper, phone covers....why not a cake?! A COOKIE cake to be exact.

Red, White & Blue Chevron Cookie Cake 

I had some red, white and blue candies left over from my Stars and Stripes Candy Flag Tray so I thought I would put them to good use. 

Before you get scared and think this is too hard, you should realize I used a cookie mix to make this cake. Hey, bloggers are allowed to be a little lazy sometimes. If the chefs on TV can use pre cooked rotisserie chicken in some of their recipes I'm allowed to use some help from a cookie mix, am I right? 

Red, White & Blue Chevron Oatmeal Cookie Cake 
     makes 1 cookie cake
1 17.5 oz oatmeal chocolate chip cookie mix {I used Betty Crocker}
1 stick butter, softened
1 egg
1 12 oz tub of vanilla frosting
Red, white & blue M&M's or candy coated chocolates

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 9X13 baking dish with floured cook spray. Mix cookies according to package directions. Spread dough into prepared baking dish. Be patient; it will be sticky and kind of hard to spread out. 

Bake for 13 minutes or until cookie is golden brown on top and middle is cooked through. 

Cool cookie cake completely. Meanwhile, get frosting and candies ready. 

Once cookie cake is completely cool, start out by frosting one side of it. Don't frost the whole thing at once or the frosting could harden too quickly, making it harder for the M&M candies to stick. 

Try to line up candies in a straight line but don't worry if it's not perfect. Mine isn't!

Keep going....

keep going.....


Now, invite all your friends over to see what a cool cookie cake you made! 

 Why not get the kiddos involved and help sort the candies or put them on the cake? This was pretty fun and I'm sure they would love to help! 

It would be fun to do this with other colors and for other holidays too. Use your favorite team colors or school colors for a fun tailgate or game day treat! You could make a cake instead of a cookie cake, or even brownies or blondes! The possibilities are endless so get creative! Red and green would be fun for Christmas or orange and black for Halloween. What would you make?

Check out my other 4th of July ideas on my holiday page!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Stars and Stripes Candy Tray

Every once in a while my patriotic colors really shine through and get the best of me.

No seriously. Around this time every year it never fails that some store has American flag jean shorts for sale and I am always this close to buying them. I don't know what it is. Same with American flag bikinis. Weird. There is just something about red, white and blue stuff that gets me good. Lucky for you, I've skipped the USA bikini. For now.

I did manage, however, to make this super cute American flag made out of candy, pretzels & chocolate.

Stars and Stripes Candy Tray

I was slightly obsessive compulsive and measured everything out so you wouldn't have to. I used a 10X13 baking sheet and placed the pretzels and M&M's where I wanted them before I started melting any chocolate, just to see how the pan would look when I was done. 

I noticed that the pretzels are actually rectangles, not squares. One tip when placing the pretzels on the tray is to place them long ways, right to left, not up and down. This way they will fit perfectly on the tray. Oh look, I drew for you! 

Baking sheet info: I used the largest baking sheet I had. I measured the inside so you would know exactly how large of a space you have to work with and it's 11.5 in x 16.5 in.

Stars and Stripes Candy Tray
      makes 1 flag, {130 pretzel bites}
130 square pretzels {Snyder brand, Snaps}
130 Wilton white candy melts*
30 blue M&M's or candy drops
53 white M&M's or candy drops
47 red M&M's or candy drops

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. {I recommend working in at least 2 batches when melting the candies so they don't harden up when you are still trying to put the M&M's on.} Place one candy melt in the center of each pretzel. 

Bake them for 4 minutes only. Remove from oven and place one M&M on each candy melt. Press down gently so the M&M's stick.

Place baking sheet in fridge for a few minutes so the white chocolate candy melts will harden back up. Don't try to arrange the flag when they are still melty. {I may have learned that the hard way}. 
Once the chocolate has hardened back up, arrange the red, white and blue candy bites into your patriotic little flag.

I don't know about you but I don't think the American flag has ever looked so cute! Or yummy!

This is obviously perfect for a 4th of July gathering or a Memorial Day BBQ. If you aren't feeling this "crafty," I totally understand. You could still make up a big batch of the cute red, white & blue pretzel bites and just package them together. I promise not to judge! 


*The 12 oz bag of Wilton's candy melts says 16 pieces is a serving and that there are 10 servings in a bag, so according to my calculations that's 160 pieces. So at the store I was thinking I would have plenty leftover in case I messed a few of them up. Hmmmm, my bag had 132 in it. Yikes, no pressure! I'm just warning you about this in case there are even less in some. So you should only need one bag, but you've been warned. 
Last thing, I did NOT dig through bags of M&M's to get all the colors I needed. I went to a candy store where they sell the knock off brand. The nice thing about these are one: they are cheaper, two, they are already divided into color, and three, I didn't have to make sure and place the M side down. And they taste the same. 

Maker sure to check out my 'holiday ideas' page for other fun patriotic ideas! 

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