One of my favorite things about the holidays is all of the baking and candy making. And believe me, we have been doing a lot of baking and candy making around here lately. Also, because I’m approximately 20% hipster, I have been instagramming all of it. Take a look:
Mint Chocolates: A first this year, and I definitely don’t regret it. I used this recipe.
Oreo Truffles: These are messy. But worth it. I use a process similar to this one, and use Wilton candy melts (from Michael’s).
Toffee: This is the easiest toffee I’ve ever made. It’s literally 2 sticks of melted butter, 1 cup of packed brown sugar (light or dark), stirred constantly until it reaches 300 degrees (or 305 if you suspect your candy thermometer isn’t calibrated correctly, like I do, but you’re too stubborn to test it by boiling water). Then you pour it over nuts and sprinkle it with chocolate chips. That’s it.
Rum Cakes: The classic Bacardi recipe, except in little loaf pans (which bake in about half the time).
I even made a gingerbread house! Truly, just me, because at this particular annual gingerbread house making party, no kids are allowed. (Is that bad?)
Hope you’re having as much festive fun as I am! …I suspect there will be a lot more of it, because my son is now home from school for more than two weeks. Wish me luck!