Sunday, December 6, 2009

Holiday Treats

Here are some fun and creative treats to make for your friends and family this holiday season. I hope you enjoy! They've all been a big hit here at the G.I. Joe house!



The infamous starchy White Chocolate Squares



Ingredients:

1 (12 ounce) bag of white chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter or butter substitute
2 cups of All Purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 large egg
Powdered sugar

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Melt 1/2 the bag of white chocolate chips in a large pot or sauce pan with the butter. Stir frequently to prevent burning until mixture is smooth.
  • Add in flour one cup or 1/2 a cup at a time and mix well.
  • After the flour and chocolate have been combined add in the condensed milk, egg, and baking powder. The consistency should be wet but probably a bit thick. (Even if you don't accidentally put cornstarch in, this recipe can get sticky.)
  • Pour in the rest of your white chocolate chips and give the batter one last stir.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.

To garnish this awesome dessert bar you can sprinkle the top with powdered sugar, white chocolate shavings, or any kind of chopped nut you like.

I really don't like white chocolate but even I enjoyed the texture of this treat. Its a great cross between brownie/blondie consistency and fudge. I don't think I've ever tasted anything quite like it.



Dark Chocolate Meringue Kisses



Ingredients:

3 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
2/3 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1-2 tablespoons of either: dark chocolate cocoa powder, regular cocoa powder, or instant coffee grounds


Directions:


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Whip the egg whites and cream of tartar in an electric mixer on a medium speed until they start to get fluffy and not runny.
  • Slowly pour in sugar while mixing. I added 1/3 cup at a time so the meringue wouldn't get lumpy.
  • Next you can add in all the rest of the ingredients. It doesn't matter what order or anything, just keep mixing.
  • When all ingredients have been added turn the mixer up to a medium high speed and beat until stiff. If you take the paddle or beaters out you want the meringue to not be able to drip.
  • Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper and spoon small "bite sized" balls onto the paper.
  • Bake for 28-30 minutes. The tops should be dry and slightly browned.
This is definitely one of my new favorites this year! I think next time I make it I'm going to try mixing up the flavors and doing 1 tablespoon dark chocolate with 1 tablespoon of instant coffee. But 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate was amazing!



Smore Brownies

Want the smell and taste of camp fire Smores to fill your house without actually going outside to roast marshmallows? Then you must try this...


Ingredients:

1 box of brownie mix~I like to use one that has chunks of chocolate in it.
1 bag of mini marshmallows
1 graham cracker crust
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  • First simply follow the directions to prepare whatever instant brownie mix you have.
  • Pour the batter onto your graham cracker crust.
  • Bake brownies. Usually this is about 20-30 minutes on 350, whatever the box says.
  • When you take the brownies out of the oven over the top with a thin layer of chocolate chips while they are still hot. After the chocolate chips generously cover the top with marshmallows.
  • Turn the oven up to Broil and place the brownies back in for a minute. Here is the fun part...keep a very close watch on them because the marshmallows will burn and create smoke if you leave them in for too long. (Learned that the hard way.) In our oven the marshmallows are toasty and browned after about 50 seconds.
  • Let cool before cutting the brownies. The marshmallows need to firm up a bit or cutting them will just be a sticky mess. But they are so worth the wait!
These taste exactly like camp fire roasted marshmallows and Smores, but all held together by a fudgy brownie! I wish I had a picture of these...but they are gone as soon as they are cut!

What are some of your favorite holiday treats? My Mom makes these amazing chocolate covered peanut butter balls. One day I so hope to attempt them and make them as good as she does. Is baking a big deal in your house around the holidays?


4 comments:

Caitlin said...

Oh man, I'm going to have to try out.... well, probably all of them. I'm such a sucker for baked goods!

Susieqtpie said...

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blueviolet said...

OH my goodness! You are killing me with these treats!

Concord Carpenter said...

Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!