Almond Cracker Candy

Today we made Almond Cracker Candy!

1/2C brown sugar, 1/4C white sugar, 1/4C sweetened, condensed milk, 1T butter, 3/4C coarsely chopped almonds, 1T almond extract, 2T corn syrup, 1C chocolate chips, 8-10 rectangular crackers, such as “Wasa”– made with wheat flour (NOT rye flour)

Place crackers on foil-lined jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with elevated sides. Crackers need not fill up the whole sheet. Mix sugars, milk, butter and corn syrup in large, heavy saucepan.

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Cook, stirring constantly over medium heat until candy thermometer reaches 235F.

Almond Cracker Candy

Remove from heat and stir in extract. Mixture will sizzle.

Almond Cracker Candy

Spread onto crackers, coating evenly.

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Melt chocolate chips and spread on top.

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Sprinkle almonds on top.

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Press in almonds lightly with spoon.

Almond Cracker Candy

Cool. Freeze 2 or more hours. Break into pieces. Eat.

Almond Cracker Candy

Chocolate Banana Nut Cookies

Today we made Chocolate Banana Nut Cookies!

1C chocolate chips, 3T butter, 2 small bananas, mashed; 1/2C flour, 1t baking powder, 1/2C sugar, 1/3C cocoa, 1/4C each of coarsely chopped almonds, cashews and walnuts

Melt chocolate chips with butter, stirring constantly until smooth.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Remove from heat. Stir in sugar.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Cool 20 minutes. In bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Preheat oven to 350F.

Choc Ban Nut Cookies

Add eggs to chocolate mixture. Blend well.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Alternately add dry ingredients and mashed bananas, beginning and ending with dry, in thirds, just until blended.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Stir in nuts.

Choc Ban Nut Cks2

Drop by T, 1″ apart, onto foil-lined cookie sheets. Batter will be thin.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Bake 18-20 minutes or until cookie edges start to come away from foil.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Blackberry Sorbet

Today we made Blackberry Sorbet!

6 oz fresh ripe blackberries, 1C water, 1 1/2T cornstarch, 1/4C sugar

Push berries through fine mesh sieve.

Blackberry Sorbet

Heat water with cornstarch, stirring constantly until thickened.

Blackberry Sorbet

Blackberry Sorbet

Blackberry Sorbet

Blackberry Sorbet

Blackberry Sorbet

Remove from heat. Quickly stir in sugar. Blend well.

Blackberry Sorbet

Blackberry Sorbet

Blackberry Sorbet

Stir in blackberry puree. Blend well.

Blackberry Sorbet

Blackberry Sorbet

Freeze until of desired consistency. Makes 3 to 4 servings.

Blackberry Sorbet

Frozen Coconut Marshmallow Fudge Pie

Today we made Frozen Coconut Marshmallow Fudge Pie!

1C chocolate chips, 14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 2C mini marshmallows, 2C sweetened shredded coconut, 1/4C skim milk, 1 graham cracker pie shell

Melt chocolate with sweetened, condensed milk over low heat. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat.

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Stir in skim milk.

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Add coconut and marshmallows. Blend well.

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Turn into pie shell.

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Cool. Freeze.

Frozen Coco Marsh Fudge Pie

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Today we made Banana Root Beer Cupcakes!

1 3/4C flour, 1/2T baking powder, 3/4t baking soda, 1t cinnamon, 1/2C root beer, 2 small bananas, mashed; 1/2T almond extract, 1/2C butter, 1C sugar, 3 large eggs

Frosting: 6 to 7T root beer, 3 to 3 1/4C powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350F.

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, mix root beer, bananas and almond extract.

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

In separate bowl, beat butter and sugar.

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Add eggs.

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Alternately add dry ingredients and bananas mixture, in thirds, beginning and ending with dry, just until blended.

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Turn into greased, lined or nonstick cupcake tin.

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool before frosting.

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Mix together frosting ingredients.

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Spread on cupcakes.

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes

Banana Root Beer Cupcakes