Thursday, December 17, 2009

Group Blog Thursday - Christmas Recipe Swap

This weeks topic for Group Blog Thursday is a Christmas Recipe Swap.  Either for the Christmas Dinner you prepare, or for the candy making or all that baking you do to prepare for Christmas.  If your interested in joining in or just wanting to get some good recipe's that others have posted, head on over to Stephanie's Blog

During the Christmas Season I enjoy making lots of candy to give as gifts for friends, family and neighbors.  So I thought I would share the most yummiest, easiest, Caramel recipe ever.  And its all done in the microwave

Microwave Caramel

1/2 cup white butter
1/2 cup white corn syrup
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup pecans, chopped (optional)

1.  Using microwave safe dish or large measuring cup, melt butter.
2.  Add syrup, sugars and milk, stir well and microwave 6-8 minutes (depends on microwave and how chewy you like your caramels. I cook mine 6 min.)
3.  Pour into sprayed 9x9 dish and refridgerate for 30 min.
4.  Cut into pieces.  If too firm, set dish in warm water until desired consistency or you can microwave 30 seconds at a time.
5.  I like to wrap mine in waxed paper

I also enjoy baking cookies like snickerdoodles, sugar cookies and Scottish Shortbread.  With Scottish heritage in our family baking this yummy treat is a must.  So I will share this recipe with you also. 

Scottish Shortbread

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
3/4 cup butter

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 Degrees C)
2.  Blend all ingredients well.  Dough will be stiff.
3.  Press into a 9x9 inch buttered dish.  P rick top with fork.
4.  Bake until pale golden brown on the edges (mine takes approx 20-25 min).
5.  Cool and cut into squares.

Mmmm Yummy!  This is light and very buttery.  Does not make a large batch, but is simple enough to make many batches.  Does not double well. 


Nikia, May and da kids said...

Thank you for the recipes! I think I'm going to try that shortbread. Can you dip it in chocolate??


Stephanie Faris said...

I've been looking for a caramel recipe like that forever. I once had a boss who made that every Christmas and it was delicious!

midRae said...

I will be trying both this weekend. Can't wait.

Lara said...

Yeah, so I read that caramel recipe and ran to the kitchen to make it. It's in the fridge now.

Thank you! :D

Valerie said...

The caramel is the best! Wish I had some right now.

Corpus Christie said...

Thank you for the shortbread recipe! I love shortbread!

Sherrie said...

May, Yes it can be dipped in chocolate. I've even seen cookie cutters used on it to make different shapes. Hope you enjoy!

Alissa said...

I love the microwave caramel recipe. I'm going to have to try this!

Talia, Justin, and Turner said...

mmm mmmm mmmm!! I love shortbread! Thank you!

Kate said...

I love your blog. It has been so long since I have been over to check it out. I hope you are enjoying this great season. Miss ya.

Tauna said...

Yummy! I love a great caramel recipe!
I'm a candy maker too, much to the dismay of my clothes...and the mirror...and my expanding waist.