Wednesday, December 24, 2008

treats: rounds 2 and 3

Caramel Popcorn
1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

Bring butter, sugar, and corn syrup to a boil, stirring constantly. Then boil 5 minutes (or until temperature gets about degrees).
Add baking soda and vanilla. Add gradually to 6 quarts of popped corn. Bake in shallow pan for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes ( I drizzled melted white and milk chocolate over the batch afterwards for fun).

Chocolate Mint Brownies
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate syrup
1 cup sugar

Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl; beat at medium speed for 4 minutes. Pour batter into a greased 13x9x2" baking pan. bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (top will appear wet) and let cool for thirty minutes.

2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 Tbsp water
1/2 tsp mint extract
3 drops green food coloring

Combine ingredients and mix in medium bowl. Beat until creamy. Spread over cooled brownies. Refrigerate until set.

1 package (10 oz.) mint chocolate chips (I used andes mints baking pieces)
9 Tbsp butter.

Melt over low heat in saucepan. Let cool for 30 minutes or until lukewarm, stirring occasionally. Spread over filling. Let cool, serve, and enjoy!

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