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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Holiday Baking

I love to bake - really love to bake.  It's almost therapeutic for me to create something that tastes yummy and brings enjoyment and satisfaction to others.  I'm always looking for an excuse to bake and obviously this time of year provides the perfect reason to bake, bake, bake...

I tried several new recipes this year - some turned out pretty good and some turned out absolutely delicious.  Here are two recipes that we thoroughly enjoyed.  An added plus is they're both easy to make.  Hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

RECIPE #1 is from Allrecipes.
Candy Cane Fudge

Ingredients

  • 2 (10 ounce) packages vanilla baking chips
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed candy canes
  • 1 dash red or green food coloring

Directions

  1. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, and grease the foil.
  2. Combine the vanilla chips and sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently until almost melted, remove from heat and continue to stir until smooth. When chips are completely melted, stir in the peppermint extract, food coloring, and candy canes.
  3. Spread evenly in the bottom of the prepared pan. Chill for 2 hours, then cut into squares.
RECIPE #2 is from Kraft Recipes.

Chocolate Cookie Bark

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 pkg.  (6 squares) BAKER'S White Chocolate, melted
  • 10 OREO Cookies, coarsely crushed, divided
  • 1 pkg.  (8 squares) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted 

Directions

ADD peanut butter to white chocolate; mix well. Stir half the crushed cookies into each bowl of melted chocolate.
DROP spoonfuls of the chocolate mixtures onto waxed paper-covered baking sheet, alternating colors of chocolates. Swirl with knife.
REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm. Break into pieces. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

3 comments:

Bridget said...

Um. WOW! I must try both of those! Those look absolutely fantastic! Yay for baking! You always make the most delicious things. It's one of the many wonderful things about all of the family get togethers. :)

Lauri's Photography said...

ooo, the both sound delicious. I miss your cooking. :(

The Shafer Family said...

They're both sooo good! The Chocolate Cookie Bark gets even better after sitting for a day or two. I made it with real white chocolate and again with vanilla chips - it was good both ways but definitely better with the real white chocolate. Mmmm!