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ivoryh1632
« on: December 09, 2012 06:26:32 PM »

I always make up a bunch of goodies for everyone for xmas but my boyfriend's mom just found out she can't have chocolate or coffee (yeah, she's not too happy about that one) and almost everything I make involves chocolate. Does anyone have any ideas or recipies  for some special treats I can make for her?
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2012 07:33:42 PM »

Shortbread, lemon squares, date squares or balls, peanut butter balls, Scandinavian almond bars, gingerbread cookies.
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2012 07:51:00 PM »

oh thanks! i make a thing where i dip peanut butter balls in chocolate but i never thought about just leaving them plain. i'm not a fan of lemon but those date bars sound good, and i've alwasys wanted to try my hand at shortbread. and i have no idea what scandanavian almond bars are but they sound amazing ( i love almost anything almond).

thanks so much, i'm off to look up recipies and see what looks easy....and whati can make without buying too many extra ingredients  Wink
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eiyela
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2012 03:11:35 AM »

gingerbread cookies, knck... Hmm, not sure if there's a good word for that, but it's basically chewy caramel candies. You can even make it in the microwave.

1 dl double cream
1 dl sugar
1 dl golden syrup

If you do it in the microwave, use a BIG bowl. This stuff boils huge. Just mix everything up, put it in the microwave for 8 minutes, taking out to stir occasionally. Use gloves!

If you do it on a stove, bring the whole thing to a boil while stirring, lower the heat and cook until it thickens up. You can use a candy thermometer or a caramel test to determine the right thickness. Just drip some into a glass of cold water, scoop it out and roll it up. When you can make a softish ball from it, it's done.

Once it's done cooking you can add some slivered almonds to the caramel as well, it's tasty. <3 Pour the caramel onto a papered tray and chop it up once cool, or directly into little wrappers like these:



They're like cupcake wrappers, just smaller.
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2012 07:27:22 AM »

We typically do our peanut butter balls half and half, half dipped in chocolate, half not.  Sometimes we roll them in coconut , icing sugar, or sprinkles. 
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2012 05:40:00 PM »

eiyela - those look delicious, but i just went and looked up the double cream and golden syrup since we don't have them here in the US and everyone says the substitutes aren't the same. they say to use heavy cream instead of double cream which doesn't have as high of a fat content so i guess doesn't make things as rich or creamy and to use half corn syrup and half honey for the golden syrup but they said that's thinner and doesn't taste the same. so i'm not sure if the recipe will end up the same, but i might give it a whirl anyway and see how it goes. love the idea of adding almonds into the carmel though, i might do that with another recipe.

also, when you put the candy in those mini cupcake liners it doesnt stick to the paper? they look so cute in them but since carmel candies are so sticky i would think it would stick to anything other than wax paper or parchment paper
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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2012 05:18:26 AM »

Well, the fat in the cream tends to float out to the edges as the caramel cools. It gives the candies a tiny slick of grease, so they tend not to stick.

Even if it doesn't work out as candy, you could add a bit more liquid and turn it into a mean caramel sauce, om nom nom...
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« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2012 06:30:38 PM »

mmmmm good idea
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