09 December, 2010

Christmas goodies

Do you give goodies away for the holidays?  I have a few friends and neighbors I like to give to (including our kind mailman).  My husband gives to a couple people who work for him.  I enjoy doing it if I have time and I had an extra couple hours today so it worked out well.
Pay Day bars are easy and so delicious.  They are packed with peanuts so they aren't all bad and give you a bit of a protein punch too.  You will love them and so will everyone else. 

      Pay Day Bars:

1 box yellow cake mix
1/3 c. butter
1 egg
3 c. miniature marshmallows
2/3 c. white corn syrup
1 (12 oz.) peanut butter chips
1/4 c. butter
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. salted peanuts
2 c. Rice Krispies

Mix cake mix, egg, butter. Press into 9x13 pan. Bake 350 degrees for 12 to 18 minutes. Spread marshmallows and return to oven for three to five minutes until melted. Cool completely.In heavy saucepan, mix peanut butter chips, syrup, butter and vanilla; heat and stir until smooth. Add peanuts and Rice Krispies. Spread over marshmallows. Cool for at least an hour and cut.
                                                       Sippy's Super Easy Toffee
This piece hasn't been broken up yet.  This toffee turned out a little thick today.  But it's toffee so that's surely not a bad thing (well maybe for my thighs it is).  I found a recipe similar to this many years ago.  I tweaked it a little bit.  Everywhere I take it I get asked for the recipe over and over again. It literally takes 15 minutes to prepare.  Read the recipe before you begin so you have your timer ready.
Here ya go...
Sippy's Super Easy Toffee
1 c. chopped pecans
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter DO NOT substitute!  If anyone still uses margarine we need a serious talk.
1/4 c. semi sweet chocolate chips

Take a 8 inch cake pan and cover the bottom with your chopped pecans.  Now take a small saute/frying pan over LOW to MED heat and put in your brown sugar and butter.  Stir it together and when you see the little bubbles begin... start a timer for 7 minutes. Stir and bubble for 7 minutes only!!  Now remove from the heat and pour on evenly over the top of the pecans.  Now take your chocolate chips and sprinkle them over it.  Let the heat from the toffee melt the chocolate and gently spread the chocolate in a thin layer over the toffee.  Let this cool (I put in in the fridge for an hour or more)  When it's cool break into pieces.  Ta Da!  Delicious and easy toffee!  

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