5 Dollars

My life as an at-home momma of 3 amazing kids...it's kind of like shoveling snow in a blizzard.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Holiday Sweets!

We've already made Butterfinger Bars (new recipe this year - love it!) and Oreo Bark. Today the girls helped me make white trash. We still have to make chocolate fudge and sugar cookies. I haven't decided if I will tackle divinity or not this year. It's been a long time since I made it. I'd also love to make a gingerbread house or tree. I love making holiday sweets for our family to share!

Recipes -

White Trash
(I usually actually double the following ingredients as we eat a lot of this.)
1 cup Cheerios cereal
1 cup Crispex cereal
1 cup peanuts
1 cup pretzels
1 cup M&M's (I use the holiday red & green ones.)
12 oz white chocolate
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
Mix Cheerios, Crispex, peanuts, pretzels and M&M's together. Melt white chocolate in microwave. Stir the oil into the melted chips. Pour the melted chocolate over the dry mixture. Gently stir it all together. Spread it all out on wax paper for the chocolate to harden. Break into pieces.

Chocolate Fudge
4 cups sugar
1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow cream
1 1/2 cups (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 lbs real butter
4 cups (24 oz pkg) chocolate chips (I use Hershey's Special Dark)
Line a 13x9x2 inch pan with foil extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Butter foil lightly. Set aside. In heavy pan (4 qt pan) combine sugar, marshmallow cream, milk & butter. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture comes to full rolling boil. Boil and stir 5 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately add chips. Stir until smooth, pour into prepared pan. Cool until firm. Use the foil to lift it out of the pan. Store in tightly covered pan in cool place. (We always store it in the fridge and then take it out and let it sit for a bit before we'll want some. It will last forever in the fridge!) Makes about 8 dozen (or more!) squares.

Oreo Cookie Bark
(Very easy for the kids to help with!)
1 (20 ounce) pkg of Oreo cookies
2 (18.5 ounce) packages of white chocolate
Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Coat the paper with non-stick vegetable spray and set aside. In large mixing bowl, break up half of the cookies into coarse pieces with fingers or the back of a spoon. Melt half the chips in the microwave and then quickly fold into the broken cookie pieces. Pour into prepared pan and spread out to cover half of the pan. Repeat process with other half of cookies and chocolate.

Butterfinger Bars
(This was a new one for us this year and it's really good! Tastes just like Butterfinger candy bars, which I don't buy anymore but really like. I think next time I will try forming it into balls instead of bars though as it was difficult to cut.)
2/3 cup white sugar
2/3 cup white corn syrup
1 (16 oz) jar crunchy peanut butter
3 cups cornflakes cereal
2 cups milk chocolate chips
Heat sugar and syrup together in heavy pan until boiling. Add peanut butter. Mix until blended. Pour over corn flake cereal, coating the cereal well. Press into a 9x13 inch pan. Melt the chocolate chips in a small sauce pan or microwave. Spread over batter. Chill for 20-25 minutes. Cut into bars.


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