Sweet Treats

My longtime friends will know that when I was a kid I didn’t like sweets.  Weird I know…I mean I didn’t even want a birthday cake!  My mom got one anyways for everybody else, but I preferred the salty snacks.  As I have gotten older that has changed, in fact attending weddings I can’t wait to get a slice of cake with coffee.  And during my pregnancies, oh man oh man, I want sweets multiple times a day!!

As much as I love Pinterest, recently especially I have really gotten into it, I don’t really use it much for recipes.  Or if I do pin a recipe I am very skeptical.  The reason being, any blogger can make a photo of food look delicious, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to taste great.  I also have made some recipes that were not up to par.

My #1 go-to for food recipes is Allrecipes and if the recipe is rated by a large amount of people with 4 stars and up I have always have pretty great results.  I also like to go to reputable websites like The Kitchn, Bon Appetit, anything from Ina Garten (of course), Giada De Laurentiis, Ree Drummond, and last but not least these food bloggers ALWAYS have top notch recipes, Orangette, Dinner A Love Story (I recently made their coke braised carnitas) and Smitten Kitchen (I want to make her key lime pie, if I do will you come over and hang out with me?).

I have to confess, this was on my mind to post for sometime now and these are more Christmas treats, but just yesterday we made Valentine’s day sugar cookies and well, fudge, my husband can eat that anytime of the year.  We all know my motto, simple and easy and all these recipes are.

adapted from Allrecipes

3 cups of semisweet chocolate chips
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup of butter

– Place all ingredients in microwave safe bowl and heat for 3-5 minutes in microwave
– stir mixture every minute and until chocolate chips are melted
– Pour in a greased 8 x 8 glass dish and put in refrigerator until set.  (highly suggest adding parchment paper to easily take out fudge)
– Store in fridge

Rolled Sugar Cookies 
adapted from Allrecipes
makes 5 dozen cookies

1 1/2 cups of butter
2 cups of white sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups of all purpose flour
2 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of salt

–  Cream together butter and sugar until smooth, then beat in eggs and vanilla and lastly stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt
–  Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour, overnight is best
–  Preheat over to 400 d F
–  Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick and cut into shapes with desired cookie cutters
–  Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven, cool completely

This recipe is great because the cookie cutter shapes retain their shape.  Plus they taste great with or without frosting, they are not too sweet!

Saltine Toffee
adapted from Allrecipes

Saltine Crackers
1 cup of butter
1 cup of dark brown sugar
1 1/2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips

– Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
– Line 1 layer of saltine crackers onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with greased foil or parchment paper
– In a saucepan combine butter and brown sugar and bring to boil on medium high heat.  Make sure to have mixture boil for a 3 full minutes
– Pour mixture onto saltines and spread evenly
– Bake in oven 5-6 minutes.  I will warn you that you may panic when you look in the oven.  The saltines are floating and not nicely lined as you had originally placed them.  I thought I made a mistake b/c the mixture was under the crackers but that’s ok!!  Remove from oven and realign the saltines with a fork.
– Spread chocolate chips over mixture and let them sit for a couple minutes so they are softened and then spread evenly.
–  Let brittle harden in fridge and once completely cooled break into pieces
–  Store in fridge

These recipes I have made multiple times now and they are ALL awesome.  I love when people share their tasty recipes and why I can’t help but share good recipes when I come across them.  After this I am going to start working on meal planning, I want to be better at it this year, lately it’s been disastrous!!  Any tips?!

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if you come over and we have sugar cookies i promise we won’t use those sprinkles!!  nola claimed they were delicious btw

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