Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Goodiness

Our goodie bags this year are stuffed with a couple new recipes.  I went to and found recipes for peanut brittle (ya ya, it has corn syrup in it!) and peppermint fudge.

Since I was new to candy making I tried a couple different peanut brittle recipes.  The first was Mom's Best Peanut Brittle.  With my first batch I didn't have a proper thermometer and didn't cook it long enough so it never hardened.  BUT today my dad dropped off a deep fryer thermometer that went beyond 300 degrees and the final product resembled what I knew to be brittle.

Here are a couple pictures:

It gets a darker shade of brown as it gets closer to 300

Finished product

I don't know why it says to use a large cookie sheet when it doesn't fill it.

I also found a Microwave Oven Peanut Brittle recipe. It was WAY easier and tasted just as good, if not better (since it has more peanuts).  The big difference?  No added water and a little vanilla.

If you're gonna try a peanut brittle, here are a couple tips:
  • Make sure your thermometer goes up to 300 before starting.  I figured we had a meat thermometer, what's the difference?!  well, that only goes up to 220.
  • It took like 16 mins. to get the sugar/peanut mix up to 300 degrees.  It went a little faster  going up in temperature near 250 after dragging on at 200. 
  • Have things measured out beforehand.  This was a tip on one of the recipes that definitely helped.

The next recipe, Peppermint Chocolate Fudge, was super simple.  I used Lechera instead of the brand mentioned and, of course, it's still delicious.

Along with the new recipes we're putting in a few family favorites, including a block of Abuelita's chocolate, a candy cane, some homemade chocolate chip cookies (my grandma's recipe), pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and a kit for making holiday wassail.

Note the burnt chocolate chips cookies in the background...hence only a few in each bag...

Wassail kit: spices (1 Tbsp cloves, allspice, redhots, and 2 cinnamon sticks) in a cheesecloth, a bag of tea, and a recipe card - just add equal parts apple cider and pineapple juice!

I can't wait to share all of our homemade goodies with our friends!  WAAAY better than some expensive sweater they'll never wear, right?!


Lady Dorothy said...

Every bit of this looks wonderful! And such cute little bags, too!

Mrs. and Mama K said...

Thanks! I got the bags from - the same ones i had for last year...