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12 healthy homemade candy recipes

12 healthy homemade candy recipes
Robin shared some wonderful choices for healthier organic candy for Halloween last week. It made me long for candy myself! I thought I'd share 12 recipes for homemade candies that everyone can enjoy. The following recipes use unrefined sweeteners and high quality ingredients. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 11. Also on MNN:

A brownie by any other name… Love brownies. Love their shiny, flaky top that shatters into micro-thin shards that shower onto your fingers as you eat. Love their dark, gooey center. Their “chocolate nirvana” flavor. Sometimes can’t deal with the bake, wait to cool, cutting into squares messiness and fuss of brownies. Every time I make these cookies (which, truth be told, is quite often), I think of a former colleague, Ana, who left King Arthur last year in order to be a full-time mom to her 2-year-old twins. The test kitchen bakers loved Ana. Ana still visits occasionally, 2-year-olds in tow. And when she does, she’ll invariably nose out any chocolate, and treat us to her classic reaction: “Perfect! These cookies are basically brownies: flat, round, 2 ½” brownies. First task: Combine the chocolate and butter. Melt in the microwave till softened… …then stir till smooth. Stir the chocolate into eggs and sugar, which you’ve beaten together. Refrigerate the batter for an hour; it’ll stiffen up nicely. Buy vs.

Recipe: Healthier, Homemade Peanut Butter Cup The other day, my daughter and I needed a project to work on together, so I decided to try to make our own, healthier version of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Starting with the peanut butter filling, we heaped peanut butter in a bowl. Because we find that a little sweetener is just as good as a lot, we added just a bit of honey, toasted nuts for crunch, and coconut oil for creaminess. Once topped with chocolate we were set. They were a hit! This is a great project to do with kids because not only is it a yummy treat, but there is almost no oven work and you can taste as you go along (which my daughter, Elena, certainly did!). I used to like candy bars, but now, though we keep a whole shelf stocked with candy bars (as practice rewards for our students), they don’t really appeal to me anymore (unless I am very, very hungry). Homemade, Healthier Peanut Butter Cups If you use another nut butter, you may need to add more honey. Ingredients Directions

Martha Stewarts Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes Recipe | La Mia Vita Dolce - StumbleUpon Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Wednesday, 21st July 2010 I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t like Oreo cookies or Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes. Who could resist cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies? Not Me! I went out yesterday to do my weekly shop, came home, and before I was able to bring in the first grocery bag Matt was hunting for the cookies and cream ice cream. One of Matt’s favourite desserts of all time is cherry cheesecake and I thought to myself why not Oreo Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes, that should satisfy his craving. Plus these cheesecakes are super easy to prepare, everything comes together in one bowl and there’s no crushing chocolate wafers with a rolling pin, then melting butter, baking the crust first and then baking a second time when filled. Drop an Oreo cookie into each muffin tin, make filling, add chopped cookies, bake, and enjoy, how easy is that? I can’t wait to try my hand at homemade Oreo cookies. (from Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes) Makes 30 Comments (225)

Picky Palate StumbleUpon Mar 14 2012 Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzels Ahhhhh I need to stop with the Pinterest. Yes, another late night Pinterest search yields this yummy peanut buttery-chocolately find. I altered the recipe a bit so see below. Yum! Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites Ingredients 1 cup creamy peanut butter 2 tbsp softened butter 3/4 cup powdered sugar (maybe more) 3/4 cup brown sugar Pretzels 1 bag milk chocolate chips (for melting) 1/2 bag mini semi-sweet chocolate chips for the "look" Directions 1. 2. 3. Original recipe adapted from the lovely blog: Two Tiny Kitchens. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Jamaican Banana Fritters - - StumbleUpon There’s a thing in my house that when you have ripe ol bananas either you make banana bread or banana fritters. These delicious tasty treats can be eaten morning, noon, or night, as a snack or as dessert. These fritters are so easy to make and will satisfy any craving you may have. So if you have a few of these bananas lying around your hose… don’t toss them, put them to GREAT use! Enjoy! Peel and mash the ripe bananas. Beat egg, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Next, blend egg mixture with mashed bananas. Make sure it is all incorporated. Then sift flour and baking powder into the banana/egg mixture. Mix it all together. If the batter seems to be too thick add a little milk… I added about 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of milk. Add oil to a frying pan and place on medium high heat. Drop spoonfuls of the banana fritter batter into the hot oiled frying pan. Flip when you see the edges starting to get brown and golden. Lastly, combine cinnamon and sugar together to create your cinnamon sugar. Ingredients

Pina Colada Cake | Mis-Cakes Oven Adventures The weather in Vancouver has NOT been summer-like at all. It’s been dubbed Junuary. I can’t believe how fast July is approaching. I am hoping the weather turns around. There are always so many things on my summer bucket list. I want to spends days at White Pine Beach, pick berries, ride a pony, do a hike with the dog, go to English Bay and eat hot dogs and ice cream, go to the water slides, the water park and the pool. Sooooo…. It’s raining. The cake itself is so incredible. I ate this for breakfast. Pina Colada Cake – one 9×13 inch cake 3/4 c butter – room temp 1 c + 2 tbs granulated sugar – separated 3 eggs – separated – room temp 1 tsp vanilla 2/3 c crushed pineapple with juice 1 1/4 c cake flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt Cream of Tartar – pinch 1/4 Malibu Rum (coconut rum) 1/4 Coconut Water (left over from the bottom of the can of coconut milk) 1-2 cans coconut milk – cold (not lite) *see note 1 tbs confectioners sugar 2 tbs Malibu Rum Preheat oven to 350 F. Enjoy!

Perfect Buttercream | stetted You know the scene – you’re at a party, and it’s time for the cake to be served. The cake sure looks beautiful, but the frosting … well, you never can tell with frosting. On the cake it all kind of looks the same. Both can ruin a good cake and cause people to doubt the skills of the cake baker. Last week I was roped into asked to coordinate last-minute baby shower for one of our temps whose last day was Friday. Megan’s Perfect Buttercream makes enough to fill and frost a 9-inch two-layer cake 2 sticks (8 ounces total) butter, softened 6 cups sifted powdered sugar 4 tablespoons milk (I use whole) 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon almond extract Dump everything into a large bowl (preferably stand mixer bowl with whisk attachment). * Tip – the trick to getting smooth frosted cakes is to frequently scrap off excess frosting and dip your spreader into a cup of warm water, then continue spreading.

Apple Pies & Jo In the Kitchen - StumbleUpon I know, I’ve made a few pies lately. But see how these are different? Look at how adorable these are! I mean, come on. I sure couldn’t. We ate them before I had a chance to think about pictures. Oops. This is why I had leftover dough for that impromptu dinner. Although this recipe is a little time consuming, it’s no harder than making any sort of real pie. It still involves slicing fruit. Rolling out crust and making it look pretty. Mixing fruit and sugar and cornstarch. And taking bites with your eyes closed so you can focus solely on each flavor. Please give these a try. Apple Pies Inspired by Pinterest 1 prepared pie dough, rolled out and sliced into strips 6-8 large apples (really any kind of apple will do) 1/3 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling onto the crust 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 or 1/2 tsp cardamom, if desired 1 tsp cornstarch Juice of a lemon or lime, mixed with 1 cup of water 1 tbsp melted butter Preheat the oven to 375F. Place the hollowed out apples in a muffin tin.

Lemon Meringue Ice Cream - Ice cream Return to listing This is sharp, very lemony and most refreshing, truly an ice cream for summer. We have found that the shop-bought meringues actually work better than home-made ones for this as they retain their crunchiness – which does make the whole thing easier to make! Please note: the quantity of this ice cream is too much for a standard ice cream maker. Serves 8-10 – makes 2½ pints (1.5 litres) This recipe is taken from Delia Smith’s Summer Collection. First of all make the lemon syrup: in a bowl mix the cornflour with 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice. Now make the custard base for the ice cream. When the mixture is cold, combine it with the yoghurt, then pour this into the freezer box, cover and freeze for 2 hours or until the mixture is starting to freeze. Return to HomepageVisit the Delia Online Cookery School with WaitroseClick here to go to Copyright © 2009 Delia Smith/New Crane Internet Limited, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Related recipes Rhubarb Crumble Ice Cream

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Samoas Bars & Baking Bites I love the look of the original Samoas Girl Scout Cookies, but making them from scratch can be a little bit time consuming. This is largely because the dough must be rolled out, cut out and then each of the cookies has to be handled individually for topping. The results are well worth it, in my opinion, but we don’t always have time to make a labor-intensive recipe – no matter how bad a craving for Girl Scout cookies gets. Bar cookies are the perfect solution. This is basically a shortcut recipe that still delivers all the great samoas flavor without some of the more tedious parts of cooking making. The final step is to dip these in chocolate once the topping has set. Homemade Samoas BarsCookie Base: 1/2 cup sugar 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 large egg 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups all purpose flour 1/4 tsp salt First, make the crust. Preheat oven to 300. Unwrap the caramels and place in a large microwave-safe bowl with milk and salt. Makes 30 bar cookies.