Monday, December 10, 2007
No bake Chocolate Sugarplums
Recently in a local bakery called Queen of Tarts I tried the most amazing cookies I've ever had- sugarplums!
Later I looked up the recipe in Internet and found this recipe that I am using as a basic recipe (I made some changes to it as you can see).
My sugarplums turned out so good ( maybe not as amazing as the ones I tried in Queen of Tarts but I am happy with the result) that I am planing to give them away for the "cookie swap" at my son's school. Although they are easy to make, they are time consuming, so if you can't make some yourself, you can always go and buy them!:-)
There are many wonderful things I can say about these cookies, but the most important ones are:
- they are easy to make
- you can add whatever you have at home, and they still will be good
- they are no-dairy, no-egg recipe
- you can also ask the kids to help since they are mess free
- and last but no least they are no-bake
1 and 1/2 cups bitter-sweet chocolate chips, melted
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup( you can use honey or as I did- maple syrup)
2/3 cup water
1 tbsp. rum( or brandy)
1 tbsp almond extract
2 1/2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafer crumbs
1 cup pecans, crushed
1 cup almonds crushed
1/2 cup plums chopped
1 cup raisins whole
1/2 cup dry apricots chopped
cocoa powder, granulated sugar, grated coconut, colored sprinkles etc to roll the sugarplums.
1. Put a big cooking pan on the stove on low heat.
2. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave, starting with 25 seconds, stirring and going again for 10 seconds each time, then stirring again until melted.
3. Mix the melted chips, confectioners sugar, maple syrup and water with almond extract in the pan and start stirring with a wooden spoon.
4. Stir in cookie crumbs, pecans, almonds, plums and apricots until well blended. Add the brandy( if making for kids, you can skip that and use only the almond extract, that is what I did for my son's school) stir and remove from the heat.
5. Shape by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls, make a hole in the middle and place a whole raisin in it ( you can do the same with a whole hazelnut or a whole almond), then round again in a ball and roll in granulated sugar( or cocoa powder,grated coconut, colored sprinkles etc.).
Place in an airtight container on a sheet of parchment paper.
The recipe in Bulgarian here.
P.S: O, my gosh! I can't believe it!!! I just got my Chirsmas present today!!! It's THE AMAZING Kitchenaid Professional 600 Mixer!!!
I can't wait to try it, so I guess you are going to get more and more new recipes from me in the next month or so :-), good for you! :-)
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