Chocolate Tortillas!
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First dog watch, 3 bells (5:54 pm)

Lorien and I went out to lunch the other day at the Hot Rod Cafe. They have a dessert that is a giant chocolate taco with ice cream and whipping cream surrounded by giant brownies with macadamia nuts. I'm not a huge macadamia nut fan, but how could you say no to a chocolate taco??

Upon returning home, I immediately looked up a recipe on the 'Net and found the following:

Chocolate Tortillas

Mix all ingredients, chill. Cook a thin layer of batter over medium high heat 2 minutes or so, until edges are dry. Turn over and cook about 2 more minutes.

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My New Favorite
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Afternoon watch, 6 bells (3:22 pm)

We made these last week when we got snowed in, along with tons of other cookies. We distributed most of them, and kept a few for snacking on. I think these are my new favorite!

Chocolate Goody Bars
1 box brownie mix
vanilla frosting
1 cup peanuts
1 12oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 cups rice krispies

Make the brownies as specified on the box. When done, let cool completely. Spread frosting (we made our own cream cheese frosting) and sprinkled enough peanuts to get good coverage according to taste. Let this chill in the refrigerator at least an hour. For the final layer, combine chocolate chips and peanut butter over medium heat until it's all melted together. Stir in the rice krispies. Spread over the frosting/peanut layer and chill in the refrigerator for about an hour before cutting.

You can find this recipe in its entirety as well as many other very good ones in Hometown Potluck Favorites.

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Peanut Nougat
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First watch, 4 bells (10:07 pm)

Peanut Nougat

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1 large egg white, room temperature
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup peanut butter

Spray a 13x9x2 pan with cooking spray and set aside. Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in a small saucepan. Use a candy thermometer to bring it up on medium heat to 275° F. While the syrup is heating, beat egg white and salt with a mixer until it forms stiff peaks. Remove syrup from heat when it hits 275° and add it 1 tablespoon at a time to the egg mixture until each tablespoon is completely mixed in. The whole process should take about 2 minutes. Continue to mix the nougat until it starts separating from the side of the mixing bowl. Use a greased spatula to mix in the peanut butter by hand, folding until it's evenly mixed. Immediately put into 13x9x2 pan and spread to desired thickness.

This recipe comes from the Holiday Snickles recipe.

Here are my tips:

  1. Use a hand mixer. It's tempting to use a KitchenAid stand mixer (that's what I just tried) and it doesn't get the edges or bottom very well (eg. at all).
  2. Don't pour the syrup down the edge of the bowl, it will immediately cool off and form a strong hard candy trail on the side of your bowl and not get mixed into the nougat
  3. Use a little bit less peanut butter, or alternately (I'm going to try this next time) use 1 tsp vanilla instead of peanut butter for non-peanut nougat


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