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Southern Pralines

Southern Pralines

Ingredients
3 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions
In a large heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, cream, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook until a candy thermometer reads 230° (thread stage), stirring occasionally.

Carefully stir in pecans and butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reads 236° (soft-ball stage).
Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Beat with a wooden spoon until candy thickens and begins to lose its gloss, about 4-5 minutes.

Quickly drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper; spread to form 2-in. patties. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.

Editor’s Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.

Recipe found here: Southern Pralines

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Butterscotch Fudge

Butterscotch Fudge

Ingredients
1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons butter, divided
1-2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 package (10 to 11 ounces) butterscotch chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon maple flavoring

Directions
Line an 8-in. square pan with foil and grease the foil with 1 teaspoon butter; set aside.

In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, milk, salt and remaining butter; cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from the heat; add the marshmallows, chips, nuts and maple flavoring. Stir until marshmallows and chips are melted. Spoon into prepared pan. Let stand until set.

Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Discard foil; cut fudge into 1-in squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Yield: about 1-1/2 pounds.

Recipe found here: Butterscotch Fudge

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Peanut Butter Snowballs

Peanut Butter Snowballs

Ingredients
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 pound white candy coating, coarsely chopped

Directions
In a bowl, combine the sugar, peanut butter and butter. Shape into 1-in. balls and place on waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Chill for 30 minutes or until firm.

Meanwhile, melt the candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl. Dip balls and place on waxed paper to harden. Yield: 2 dozen.

Editor’s Note: Dark, white or milk chocolate confectionery coating is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. It is sometime labeled “almond bark” or “candy coating” and is often sold in bulk packages (1 to 1-1/2 pounds). It is the product used for dipping chocolate. A substitute for 6 ounces chocolate coating would be 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet, dark or white chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon shortening melted together.

Recipe found here:Peanut Butter Snowballs

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Chunky Peanut Brittle

Chunky Peanut Brittle

Ingredients
1-1/2 teaspoons plus 1-1/2 cups butter, divided
2 cups peanut butter chips, divided
1-3/4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 tablespoons water
1-1/2 cups salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions
Butter the bottom and sides of a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan with 1-1/2 teaspoons of butter. Sprinkle with 1 cup peanut butter chips; set aside.

In a heavy saucepan, bring sugar, corn syrup, water and remaining butter to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until butter is melted. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-cracked stage).

Remove from the heat; stir in peanuts. Quickly pour onto prepared pan; sprinkle with chocolate chips and remaining peanut butter chips. With a knife, gently swirl softened chips over top of brittle. Cool before breaking into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2-1/2 pounds.

Editor’s Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.

Recipe found here: Chunky Peanut Brittle

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Nutty White Fudge

Nutty White Fudge

Ingredients
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon whole milk
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 ounces white baking chocolate
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and milk until smooth. Gradually add sugar. Beat in melted chocolate. Add vanilla and salt; mix well. Stir in walnuts. Spread into a buttered 8-in. square pan. Chill for 4-5 hours before cutting. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: about 1 pound.

Recipe found here: Nutty White Fudge

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Nutty Chocolate Fudge

Nutty Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
2/3 cup fat-free evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter, cubed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups (18 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted

Directions
Line a 9-in. square pan with foil and coat foil with cooking spray; set aside.

In a large saucepan, combine the marshmallow creme, evaporated milk and butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until smooth. Bring to a boil; boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; add vanilla. Stir in chocolate chips until melted. Add pecans. Pour into prepared pan. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.

Using foil, remove fudge from pan; carefully remove foil. Cut into 1-in. squares. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2-2/3 pounds (81 pieces).

Recipe found here: Nutty Chocolate Fudge

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Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

Ingredients
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1-1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
Confectioners’ sugar icing, optional

Directions
In a large bowl, beat peanut butter, butter and vanilla until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar and cracker crumbs. Shape mixture into 16 eggs; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm.

In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip eggs in chocolate mixture; allow excess to drip off.
Return eggs to baking sheets. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

If desired, decorate eggs with icing. Let stand until set. Store in airtight containers in refrigerator. Yield: 16 eggs.

Confectioners’ sugar icing: In a bowl, mix 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 4 teaspoons corn syrup, 1 teaspoon almond extract and 1-2 tablespoons milk until smooth. Tint with paste food coloring if desired. Yield: 2/3 cup. To decorate eggs with bunny ears: Cut decorative paper into bunny ears. Tape each ear to a toothpick; insert into top of eggs. Remove ears before eating.

Recipe found here: Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

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