Monday, December 24, 2012

Baking Day Part 4: Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge Crispy Treats

Merry Christmas Eve! We are cooking and cleaning preparing for friends and family to come over for dinner tonight. It is not Christmas without sweets. Here is the last of the treats we made for Baking Day this year, a fusion of Rice Crispy Treats and Fudge! YUMM!

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge Crispy Treats
For Rice Krispy Treats:
3 Tbsp butter
4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispy Cereal

For Peanut Butter Fudge:
1 cup buter
1 cup smooth peanut butter
 1 tsp vanilla
 1 pound powdered sugar

For Chocolate Fudge:
2 Tbsp butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 2/3 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
In a large sauce pan, melt butter over low heat. Ad marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and add cereal. Stir until well coated.
Grease a 13x9x2 inch pan. Press rice treat into baking pan. Set aside to cool (or place in fridge).

Move over, Em is comin' through!

For peanut butter fudge. Microwave butter and peanut butter for 2 minutes. 
Stir and microwave for 2 more minutes. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and stir to combine.
Pour over rice krispy treats. 
Spread evenly and set aside to cool, or place in the fridge.
For Chocolate fudge, combine butter, milk, sugar and slat in a sauacepan, cook on medium heat. Bring to boil and cook 4-5 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Stir in marshmallows, chocolate and vanilla. 

Use a hand mixer to beat until marshmallows melt and mixture is thoroughly combined.
Pour over cooled peanut butter.
Let's take a 2nd look at that....YUM!
Spread evenly and refrigerate.
After it has complexly cooled, but into bite sized piece. Believe me this stuff is RICH the pieces should be on the small side.

If you didn't get a box from us this year, here is a virtual 3Bs baking box for you to enjoy.

 The boxes were almost too small for our treats this year.

Merry Christmas to you! XOXOXO Shelbi

Friday, December 21, 2012

Pistachio Cookies

We are leaving for Texas today! I can't wait for all the fun festivities to begin. I hope your holidays are joyful! I am trying to post the rest of the Baking day post before Christmas. Here is part 3 of 4. Yummy Yummy Pistachio cookies!

Meg is making her traditional egg nog cupcakes. Add some Sherry to the batter, then take a swig, that is her motto!
Yummmm the batter is tasty!
Her grandma gave her this apron just for baking day. It says "Sorry Santa, naughty just feels so nice."

Pistachio Cookies

2 sticks of butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup flour
1 3.4oz package of pistachio pudding mix
1/2 tsp salt
Cream butter. Add 1/2 cup of the sugar and beat until fluffy. Stir in vanilla extract.
Stir together flour, pudding mix and salt.
Slowly stir dry ingredients into butter mix.
Divide dough in half. Form into a ball. Wrap in saran wrap and place in the fridge for about 1 hour.

After eating the popcorn Sarah moved onto the eggnog cupcakes.
In her own apron!
Remove chilled dough from the fridge and preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll dough into teaspoon size balls. Place on baking sheet and pressdown slightly.

Bake for 9-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow the cookies to sit on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes. 
Remove warm cookies from the baking sheet and roll in the remaining powdered sugar. Place on a cooling rack.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Baking Day Part 2: White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn
Popcorn kernels
canola oil
kosher salt
white chocolate
red candy melts
peppermints (or candy canes)
First pop popcorn. A LOT of popcorn... Pour oil in a pan to just cover the bottom of the pan. Turn the heat on and add 1-2 kernels. Melt 1 Tbsp spoon of butter. Once kernels pop, the oil is ready. Pour butter and kernels (enough to cover just bottom of the pan) and cover the pot. Turn down heat to medium. Wait until you hear the kernels slow down, remove from heat. For step-by-step pictures click here.

Pour kernels into a large bowl, toss with some kosher salt. Then pour onto a flat surface. Continue to make batched until you have all that you need. I made that whole container of popcorn up there, can you tell??
Better taste a few pieces.
Oooooh! I love you popcorn....
My masterpiece...
Inspecting....this is not required...
Crush the peppermints in a gallon bag. I used a hammer.

Get them as small as possible.
Melt white chocolate.
and red chocolate.
Carefully drizzle both chocolates over the popcorn. Make sure the popcorn is in a single layer.
Emily did such a good job. She kinda reminds me of Mrs. Claus is this photo. 
You want to make sure the popcorn completely dries.

Sarah came home just in time to be our guinea pig. I think she liked it! By the way...This photo was so work all the time and money it took to save these photos. Isn't she adorable! She just turned 2 this week!
"What do you mean, I can't have anymore?" 

We stopped the snacking with her birthday present from Aunt Sheliba!

At the moment her favorite Disney Princess is Belle, even though she had not seen the movie..Now she has it and I have been informed it is on constant replay at the Lewis household.
And a little Belle doll to go with it.

Time to pack up all the popcorn....We put most of it in sandwich bags.
The rest went in these cute treat bags that I gave to my co-workers.