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

Drunken Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Today we made Drunken Cherry Chip Almond Cake!

2C pitted halved fresh cherries, 1C amaretto liqueur, 1C chocolate chips, 2C flour, 1t baking powder, 1/2C butter, 1 1/2C sugar, 1/2C coarsely chopped almonds, 2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Soak cherries in amaretto liqueur 2 or more hours in a glass container covered with plastic wrap.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, cream butter and sugar.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Add eggs.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Stir in dry ingredients. Blend well.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Stir in chips, nuts and thoroughly drained cherries.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Turn into greased 9″ or 10″ round cake pan. Spread evenly.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Bake 45-50 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake emerges clean.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Rocky Road Candy Bars

1C flour, 1C oats, 1C brown sugar, 1t baking soda, 1/2C butter
Filling: 2 eggs, 1C brown sugar, 1/2t vanilla, 2T flour, 1t baking powder, 1C mini marshmallows, 3 oz slivered almonds, 1C chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325F. Cut butter into dry ingredients until crumbly.

Rocky Road Candy Bars

Rocky Road Candy Bars

Press into 13X9″ ungreased dish or pan. Bake 10 minutes.
Rocky Road Candy Bars

Rocky Road Candy Bars
For filling, beat eggs, brown sugar and vanilla.

Rocky Road Candy Bars

Rocky Road Candy Bars

Rocky Road Candy Bars

Rocky Road Candy Bars

Rocky Road Candy Bars

Rocky Road Candy Bars

Rocky Road Candy Bars

In separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Add to wet. Blend well.

Rocky Road Candy Bars

Rocky Road Candy Bars

Rocky Road Candy Bars

Pour over hot crust.

Rocky Road Candy Bars

Rocky Road Candy Bars

Sprinkle chips, marshmallows and almonds evenly on top. Press down lightly.

Rocky Road Candy Bars

Rocky Road Candy Bars

Rocky Road Candy Bars

Rocky Road Candy Bars

Rocky Road Candy Bars

Bake 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned.

Rocky Road Candy Bars

Squash Almond Bread

Today we made Squash Almond Bread!

1C baked, mashed acorn squash, 1 3/4C flour, 1C brown sugar, 1t baking soda, 1T cinnamon, 1 egg, 1/2C butter, melted; 1/2C coarsely chopped, smoked whole almonds, 1T almond extract

Preheat oven to 325F. Mix butter and brown sugar.

Squash Almond Bread

Squash Almond Bread

Squash Almond Bread

Add egg.

Squash Almond Bread

In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Add to batter with squash.

Squash Almond Bread

Squash Almond Bread

Squash Almond Bread

Stir in almond exract.

Squash Almond Bread

Mix in almonds.

Squash Almond Bread

Squash Almond Bread

Turn into greased rectangular cake pan or casserole dish.

Squash Almond Bread

Squash Almond Bread

Squash Almond Bread

Bake 35-40 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.

Squash Almond Bread

Cinnamon Walnut Brittle

Today we made Cinnamon Walnut Brittle!

2T butter, 1T cinnamon, 3/4t baking soda, 1 1/2C sugar, 1/4C light corn syrup, 1/4C water, 2C walnuts, 1/2t vanilla

In bowl, stir together cinnamon and baking soda. Cook sugar, corn syrup and water over high heat to a rolling boil.

Mocha Gelato

Mocha Gelato

Mocha Gelato

Mocha Gelato

Mocha Gelato

Reduce heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally until a candy thermometer reads 260F (hard ball stage), 10-15 minutes.

Mocha Gelato

Add walnuts, vanilla and butter.

Mocha Gelato

Mocha Gelato

Mocha Gelato

Mocha Gelato

Mocha Gelato

Continue cooking, stirring frequently until 300F (hard crack stage), 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and quickly add cinnamon mixture, blending well. Turn onto a buttered baking sheet. Spread evenly.

Mocha Gelato

Mocha Gelato

Cool and set. Break into pieces.

Mocha Gelato

Peanut Butter Nut Pie

Today we made Peanut Butter Nut Pie!

1 graham cracker pie shell, 3/4C light corn syrup, 1/2C creamy peanut butter, 3 eggs, 2/3C brown sugar, 1/2C chopped almonds, 3/4C peanuts, 1t vanilla

Preheat oven to 325F. Mix together corn syrup, peanut butter and eggs until smooth.

Peanut Butter Nut Pie

Peanut Butter Nut Pie

Peanut Butter Nut Pie

Peanut Butter Nut Pie

Stir in brown sugar and vanilla.

Peanut Butter Nut Pie

Peanut Butter Nut Pie

Blend well. Stir in almonds and peanuts.

Peanut Butter Nut Pie

Peanut Butter Nut Pie

Peanut Butter Nut Pie

Pour into pie shell.

Peanut Butter Nut Pie

Peanut Butter Nut Pie

Bake 45-50 minutes or until almost set in the middle. Cool before cutting.

Peanut Butter Nut Pie

Praline Candy

Today we made Praline Candy!

1 C brown sugar, 1/2C sugar, 14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 2T butter, 3/4C sliced almonds, 4T corn syrup, 1C chocolate chips, another 1C chocolate chips– melted

Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips in saucepan over medium heat.

Praline Candy

Praline Candy

Praline Candy

Praline Candy

Praline Candy

Praline Candy

Praline Candy

Praline Candy

Praline Candy

Praline Candy

Praline Candy

Praline Candy

Praline Candy

Cook, stirring constantly, until candy thermometer reaches 235F.

Praline Candy

Remove from heat. Spread 1C chocolate chips on foil-lined cookie sheet. Spread praline on top of chips.

Praline Candy

Praline Candy

Praline Candy

Melt chocolate chips and spread on praline. Chill. Break into pieces.

Praline Candy

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Today we made Cranberry Walnut Bread!

2C flour, 1C sugar, 1 1/2t baking powder, 1/2t baking soda, 1/2t salt, 1C coarsely chopped walnuts, 1C halved fresh cranberries, 3/4C orange juice, 2T butter, melted, 1 egg

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Sift together dry ingredients. Mix in walnuts and cranberries.

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

In separate bowl, mix orange juice, egg and butter.

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Add to dry mixture. Stir until just blended. Turn into greased loaf pan.

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Bake 50-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Dried Fruit Muffins

Today we made Dried Fruit Muffins!

2C flour, 3t baking powder, 1T cinnamon, 3T brown sugar, 1 egg, 1 1/4C milk, 1/4C butter, melted, 2 oz dried pineapple, 2 oz dried papaya, 4 oz dried cranberries, 2 oz walnuts

Preheat oven to 350F.

Dried Fruit Muffins

Chop papaya and pineapple medium fine.

Dried Fruit Muffins

Dried Fruit Muffins

Chop walnuts medium fine, also. Combine with cranberries.

Dried Fruit Muffins

Sift together dry ingredients. Stir in brown sugar. In separate bowl, mix together egg, milk and melted butter.

Dried Fruit Muffins

Make a well in the dry ingredients and add wet.

Dried Fruit Muffins

Stir until almost blended.

Dried Fruit Muffins

Fold in fruit until just blended.

Dried Fruit Muffins

Turn into lined, nonstick or greased muffin tin.

Dried Fruit Muffins

Bake 15-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of center muffin emerges clean. Do no overbake.

Dried Fruit Muffins