Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Goodies~

I really hope everyone is having a very happy holiday season. We have been taking some time off to spend some family time together and we have been lucky where we have all been healthy so far.
We spent an afternoon making sugar cookies and decorating them. We can get a bit extravagent with our decorating, I think it is because we have so many artists in our family and if your not artistic, it doesnt matter you are once you leave our home~
Our mixing bowl ended up to be our palette and we just kind let loose and had a bunch of fun~ Here is the recipe for the Royal Icing I used on the cookies~
Royal Icing:
1 pound of powdered sugar
5 tablespoons meringue powder
2 tab. water ( I use more at times if I want to glaze the cookie first- and less for piping.)
food coloring...
Combine powdered sugar and meringue powder in mixing bowl beat on low speed. Add water drop by drop till desired consistency. Whip for a few minutes till it is the desired consistency to work with.
Makes approx 6 cups. (seems like much less when your glazing though)
For those who are wanting my Saltine Candy Recipe here you go:
( this is a real favorite in our house and family so many have asked me for it I decided to share it here with everyone) a real treat~
1 stack of saltine crackers
1 cup of butter
1 cup of brown sugar
12 oz. pkg of milk choclate or semi sweet chips
Grease a medium size cookie sheet with Crisco.
Lay the Saltine Crackers out on the cookie sheet to cover it completely. At the end of each row I usually have to break a crack in half for it to fit the sheet. (dont use a jelly roll size cookie sheet those are too big).
In a saucepan add butter and brown sugar melt down and use your timer for it to boil for 2 minutes exactly mixing the WHOLE TIME.
Take off heat and pour immediately over saltines crackers and spread out evenly so all of them are covered.
Next bake in the oven for 5 minutes at 350 degrees.
Remove and immediately pour choclate chips over hot cookie sheet.
Let chips melt just a bit and spread with a knife all over toffee mixture completely.
Let cool outside or in fridge.
once cool, pop out over a wooden cutting board and crack up.
That's it.. delicious toffee like taste with a bit of a salty taste also~ Enjoy
I will try and post a few other recipes that others have asked me for this week. Hope all of you have a safe, healthy and happy New Year~

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