21 November 2011

"Need a moment?"

Last week, I found this recipe for Homemade Twix:
http://bigfatbaker.com/blog/secret-recipe-club/homemade-twix/

And...being a Twix whore, immediately said "I'm making those!" And I did. Also partly because any time I get some out of a vending machine, the caramel reached rock-like consistency.

They are super easy and the hardest part was waiting until they were done.

First, you have to bake the crust. I ended up doing two batches so I wouldn't have a half-can of Eagle Brand laying around with no use. I'm not a fan of having to do cutting-in for crusts, but I persevered. TWIX!

Prep time, about 15 minutes, cook times @ 15 minutes.
My crust came out a wee bit cracked (click for larger pics):


Then you have to wait for the crust to cool completely before doing the caramel layer. Which is another 15 minutes prep time. About 5 minutes to get the ingredients mixed and to boiling, another 5 while it's boiling, and another 5 for cool-down. All while stirring.

Stir, stir, and more stirring...


Carameled:


Then, wait for that to get to room temperature...I allowed about an hour.

THEN, the chocolate layer...

About 5 minutes prep plus spreading time and you have THIS:


Pop in the fridge to cool/set the chocolate...again, I allowed about an hour or so while I showered and did a few other things.

But then, after dinner, they were ready to slice. I sliced straight from the fridge, but in future I'd let them set out for a little bit or get back to room temperature to be easier to slice. If I were really brave I would have popped the whole thing out of the pan then cut with a large knife. But in the end I had Twixxy goodness:

07 November 2011

"Cinnamon bites and kisses simultaneously." - Vanna Bonta

Quick, easy, I had a batch in 30 minutes!

Cinnamon Biscuit Balls: http://bunsinmyoven.com/2011/09/26/cinnamon-biscuit-balls/

For the caramel sauce I just heated up some Smucker's caramel topping, about 10 seconds for 1 tbsp. +/- and dipped. I think a caramel icing done similar to the pumpkin cookie icing would do nicely for these as well. Next time I make them I think I'll give that a try.

A cream cheese icing รก la cinnamon buns would probably work too...I think I may try that next time I make these.

03 November 2011

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

I came across this recipe last week:

Iced Pumpkin Cookies: http://www.foodbuzz.com/recipes/4438546-iced-pumpkin-cookie

Needless to say, this is pumpkin flavor season and I felt compelled to make them, so I bought the spices (no, I didn't have any, I'm gathering them as I need them) and the pumpkin over the weekend. I did a batch on Sunday, and realized I had remembered the recipe wrong - it was one cup of pumpkin, not one can. Okay. I can get just under 2 cups out of the can I bought. And ended up making 2 batches.



I did find that using tablespoonfuls to drop them on the cookie sheet made rather large cookies; the second half of the first batch and the second full batch I used a regular table/tea spoon, like you'd eat cereal with. They were much better sized because they do puff up while baking.

I took the second batch to work and they were a hit and I handed out the recipe twice.

Very yummy!

If you can make chocolate chip cookies, you can make these.