It’s that time of year again! You know, the time of year when I get in way over my head making a bunch of Christmas candy for neighbors, teachers, friends and co-workers.
A candy-maker I am not. I really should stick to cookies and such,* but every year I get a wild hair to break out the candy thermometer and do something complicated. Sometimes the results are great; other times, they are a frustrating failure.
* Like, for instance, the eggnog cookies with bourbon glaze I shared for Local Savour’s 12 Days of Holiday Cookies this year. Check them out!
I have had a couple of big successes this year, though, so I’ll share them with you this year in hopes that you may be as fortunate.**
** Yes, I am a little early making Christmas candy this year. I do have a baby due this month after all!
First up: Sea Salt Caramels.
These. Are. So. Good. And, as far as caramels go, they actually are very easy. The hard parts are: (1) Making sure to really let the sugar mixture brown before adding the cream, (2) Using a candy thermometer to make sure your caramel reaches the right temperature so that it sets up right (don’t skip the thermometer!), and (3) Cutting it in a non-ugly way. Honestly, #3 gave me the most trouble — the other two are just a matter of being patient and following instructions. My not-so-pro tip: Let the caramel soften out of the fridge a little bit (honestly, more than you might think) before attempting to cut it. Otherwise, you might end up breaking it into shards instead of cutting into neat little squares.***
*** Ahem, speaking from experience. I ate the ugly ones myself.
Click on over to Sugar and Grace for the recipe. You won’t be sorry!
Next: Dark Chocolate Pecan Turtles.
I forgot to even take a picture of these, but they weren’t as pretty as the originals. They were really delicious, though, and quite easy to pull off. I omitted the salt on top, since I was already doing salted caramels, but they’d be lovely with or without.
Head on over to Alaska from Scratch for the recipe.
Last but not least: Hello Dollies.
These are a page straight from my Grandmommy’s recipe book. I needed something super-simple to make with Nora for a LiveMom piece about making Christmas candy with your kids, and these yummy 5-layer bars really did the trick.
Head on over to LiveMom for the recipe, plus my tips for candy-making with the littles!