Anyway, onto something else that comes hand in hand with the holidays - baking. Now I am no Betty Crocker, that is for sure, so I searched out the internet for recipes to make. You know how some people have that portfolio of things they have made and loved and make all the time? Yeah, I don't have that. There is no recipe that I absolutely love and must make. So this year, I made all brand new recipes and tried them out. Here's a run down of how it went so far:
Review: My husband almost ate the entire pan. He LOVED them. I found them a bit difficult to eat, but they were tasty. I think my peanut butter cups were bigger than the ones in the recipe, because my top two layers kept coming unattached from the bottom two. If I were to make it again, I think I would skip the top layer of krispie treats. The peanut butter ganache layer was amazing though. Definitely worth a try! Remember to keep your layers as thin as possible - I think I made mine a little too thick.
#2. Pretzel Bites
This recipe ended up being my biggest disappointment. It calls for 1/2 cup of honey, which doesn't seem like a lot, but it totally overwhelmed the nougat, until all you could taste was honey. Now if you like honey, this would be a great recipe to try. My mother in law said it was good, but I hate honey. I can't stand the taste of it. So I didn't eat much at all. I really wanted it to be good, because I loooove nougat almost as much as I love pretzels. But no such luck... however, if you do try this recipe, make sure you have a candy thermometer and a stand mixer - it is too thick for a hand mixer. Also, have everything ready because once that candy reaches temperature, you have to be ready to move - and quick. It isn't hard, it's just fast. Oh, and the original recipe is cherry, I subbed cranberries - only because they were half the price!
#6: Rolo Cookies
I just finished making these ones before I started this entry. And my husband has already ate 4. I had one, and they are tasty, but I think the recipe needed regular sized rolo cups - I used mini ones because they were all I could find in a package. If you are going to use mini cups, I suggest two per cookie. Mine were good, but needed a little more caramel. Now, I don't know if cake mixes are slightly different sizes in the US (things like this happen all the time) but my batter/dough was very sticky and my brand new mixer actually bit the dust mixing it. Maybe my mixer was a lemon, but I don't think I would chance it again. Use a stand mixer if you have one, even though it was probably a bad mixer. My husband said it should not have overheated like that. So who knows?! Also, I found it helpful to have a cup of water to dip my fingers in while I was shaping the cookies - otherwise I found they stuck to my hands and everything else! Now I have to go package them up and hope they last until the New Year's Eve Party.
Also on my baking/cooking list for the New Year's Eve Party...
I'm also going to make one of my favorite recipes that others have made for me, but I have never tried myself - shrimp wrapped in wonton wrappers, tied with spaghetti, and fried in oil. They are so tasty dipped in sweet chili sauce. I will let you know how I fare out with the rest... in the mean time, do you have any go-to recipes that you always make? I would love to hear about them :)