Wednesday, December 24, 2008

More Christmas Cooking

Peanut Brittle - made in the microwave - easy, easy and so yummy and crisp.
Homemade marshmallows with a hint of peppermint.  The best of all the marshmallow recipes that I have made, this were yummy and had a light texture.
Ginger Sticks... yummy, spicy and peppery.  Not gingerbread, not sugar cookie, but cookies with a kick.... Yum..

2 sticks butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
4 T crystallized ginger, minced
2 T large sugar crystals (sugar in the raw)
1 + 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 T ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt

Combine flour, cornstarch, spices.  Stir and set aside.
In another bowl, beat 2 sticks butter with 2/3 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup molasses.  Beat until combined and fluffy.
Slowly combine flour mixture with butter mixture.
Spread in a 13x9" pan.  Batter will be very thick. Sprinkle with ginger.
Bake at 350 for 15 min.
Sprinkle sugar on top, bake 10 more minutes until set.
Cool in pan.  Remove and cut into sticks.
More recipes to be posted in the next few days.

Just a couple of notes on yesterday's post.  The Marshmallow Krispie treats made with Fruity Pebbles as well as Rice Krispies gets better as it sits.  My first bite from the warm square was a little too sweet for my tastes.  But having re-tasted the recipe a day later, I have to say that it is delicious.  It was even better after sitting overnight.  The flavors had a chance to mellow.  The treats are good even just made with Rice Krispies, but appearance wise, they look colorless.  The addition of some fruity pebbles adds color, flavor and more texture.  I would probably continue to make them with the addition of Fruity Pebbles, but they are good with or without...

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