Thursday, June 2, 2011

Snacks and Other Sweets to Indulge Family, Yourself and Your Guests

One thing we all seem to love is sweets. Whether it is a sweet snack such as popcorn balls or candies or a wonderful torte, it seems sweets are things we don't want to live without. This article is a compilation of recipes to allow you to indulge that sweet yen in you, your family, and or your friends. Enjoy one of these goodies the next time the sweet tooth in you needs settling down!

1 cup packed light brown sugar
8 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup butter
3 quarts popped popcorn

In a saucepan combine the brown sugar, marshmallows, and butter. Cook (stirring constantly)
the mixture over low heat until the marshmallows are melted.

Place the popped corn in a large heat-proof bowl and pour the hot mixture over the corn. With buttered or greased hands, shape the popcorn into 20 balls. Place the popcorn balls on waxed paper and let stand until firm. Store in an airtight container or containers.

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 jar (7-oz) marshmallow creme
1 cup chopped salted peanuts

In the top of a double-boiler over hot water, melt the chocolate chips and the peanut butter together, stirring occasionally. When melted, remove from the heat; add the marshmallow creme and peanuts. Beat until mixed together well. Pour into a foil-lined 8-inch square baking dish. Allow to cool completely then cut into 36 squares.

1/3 cup honey
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 Granny Smith, Rome, or Winesap apples, peeled, each cut into 8 wedges
3/4 cup sugar
6 tbsp butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 tsp grated lemon rind
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
nonstick cooking spray
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large nonstick skillet combine the honey and lemon juice; bring mixture to a simmer over low heat. Add the apples and cook for 14 to 15 minutes until almost tender, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the 3/4 cup of sugar, butter, brown sugar, and vanilla at medium speed until well blended (about 4 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in the lemon rind.

Lightly spoon the flour into measuring cup and level with a knife or your finger. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, using a whisk to blend well. Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture beating on low speed until blended.

Pour the batter into a 9-inch springform pan that has been sprayed lightly with the nonstick cooking spray. Using a slotted spoon remove the apples from the skillet and arrange in a spoke pattern atop the batter. Press apples gently into the batter. Combine the 1 tablespoon of sugar and the cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over the apples.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until the cake springs back when lightly touched in the center with your fingertips. Cook in the pan, on a wire rack, until completely cooled. Run a thin knife around the edge then remove the sides of the pan. Cut into 10 wedges.

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