December 16, 2013
My son comes home from college for Christmas break today, and I’m planning lots of fun food to spoil him with over the holiday. When I got to thinking about what treats to make, a few new favorites came to mind. Oreo balls (Three ingredients: Package of Oreos crushed and softened cream cheese blended together, made into balls then dipped in melted semi sweet or white chocolate), maybe pralines (recipe is on my website).
But two recipes are traditions in my family going way back. For me, both of these treats are as much a part of Christmas as ‘Ho, ho, ho’ and mistletoe. So without ado, here are two family recipes to sweeten your holidays.
Prepare 2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs, rolled/crushed fine.
1 cup finely chopped coconut or pecans
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons white corn syrup
1/3 cup rum, brandy, bourbon or rye
Mix well. Shape by teaspoonful into firm balls. Roll in confectioners’ sugar, cocoa, or instant coffee. We use a mix of cocoa and sugar.
Store tightly covered. Takes at least a week to develop best flavor.
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups Rice Krispies
In a large pan, cook sugar and corn syrup until it boils, stirring frequently. Add peanut butter until blended then stir in Rice Krispies until all cereal is evenly coated. Press the mixture into a buttered 9 X 13 pan. Let it firm up.
Melt 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips and 6 oz. butterscotch chips until smooth and spread over Krispies mixture. Chill before cutting. My family likes a higher chocolate concentration in the topping and thicker layer of topping so I use more like 12 oz. of chocolate chips!
So what are you making for Christmas treats this year? Any holiday favorites or traditions for your family? Merry Christmas! I’m off to the airport now to collect my baby!