Friday, August 26, 2011

Crystallized Cinnamon Nuts

The thing I love the most about going to craft shows and festivals are the stands that sell food.  I mean where else can you get fried oreos, baklava, snow cones and candied nuts all in one place.  The candied nuts are my favorite.  I'm sure all the sugar on them kind of knocks out any of the nutritional value that the nuts had before hand, but everything in moderation.  Here is a recipe I've used for years they are not quite like the ones you get at festivals but they are very delicious.  These have a more crystallized coating than a hard candy coating but they taste great and make a quick present for someone at Christmas or for any occasion.

Crystallized Cinnamon Nuts
1 1/4 c Brown Sugar (packed)
1/4 c cream
1 T butter
1/2 t cinnamon
1/8 t salt
1 t vanilla
2 c almonds (or other nut of your choice)

Combine sugar, cream, butter, Cinnamon & salt in a 2 qt pot.  Mix.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Cook to 244 degrees (firm ball stage), stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Add vanilla & nuts.  Constantly stir until candy gets a crystallized coating on nuts.  Spread on cookie sheet to cool.  Break apart if necessary.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Almond Bar Cookies

This is my go to cookie recipe for any Christmas cookie exchange because I know that no one else will have this type of cookie.  They are crisp cookies with sliced almonds on top which is then drizzled with icing.  What could be better than that!  They are not very hard to make and look and taste awesome so you won't want to wait until Christmas to make these.

Cookie Ingredients
1 3/4 c. flour
2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/2 c margarine
1 c sugar
1 egg
1/2 t almond extract
1/2 c. sliced almonds, coarsely chopped

Almond Icing Ingredients (Stir ingredients together adding milk until drizzling consistency)
1 c. powdered sugar
1/4 t almond extract
3-4 t milk

Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.  In a different large mixing bowl beat margarine until softened.  Add sugar, beat until fluffy.  Add egg and almond extract and beat well.  Add flour mixture and beat until well mixed.  Divide dough into fourths.  Form each into a 12" long roll.  Place 2 rolls 4-5" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Flatten each roll until 3" wide.  Repeat with remaining rolls on a another cookie sheet.  Brush flattened rolls with milk and sprinkle with almonds.  Bake in a 325 degree oven for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.  While cookies are still warm cut them crosswise at a diagonal into 1" strips.  Remove from cookie sheets & cool.  Drizzle with almond icing.  Makes 48 cookies.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Flower & Baby Footprint Cookies

Here are some cookies I made for a baby shower this weekend.  They are sugar cookies and some cocoa cutout cookies that I decorated with buttercream icing.  They turned out super cute. 
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