You’re probably looking at a big bowl of Halloween candy and telling yourself, “No. Don’t do it. Have an apple.” Soon the house will be inundated with holiday treats. Then, quick on the heels of a New Year’s Resolution, there is Valentine’s Day, with candy hearts and chocolates. What can you do with all the leftover candy? Here are some ideas, and some recipes, to help deplete that bowl.
Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tsps. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 milk chocolate candy bar, chopped, or 1 cup of chocolate chips
1 cup peppermint candy canes (ground in the food processor to a very fine consistency)
Preheat the oven to 375. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract. Combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until all of the dry has been absorbed. Mix in the chocolate chunks and processed candy cane. Form them into balls, and place them 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
NOTE: If you like minty cookies, add 2 tsp. peppermint extract. If you like chocolatey cookies, add more chocolate chips.
Tootsie Roll Krispies Treat
4 tbsp. butter
1 package (10 oz.) marshmallows
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6 cups rice krispies cereal
1 cup of diced (or cut into pea size) tootsie rolls (After measuring, place them flat on a plate to prevent sticking.)
Coat a 9 x 13 inch pan (or an 8 x 8 inch pan for thicker treats) with cooking spray. Set aside. In a large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Then add marshmallows and vanilla. Stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add Rice Krispies cereal and tootsie rolls to melted marshmallows. Mix until well coated. Using a buttered spatula or wax paper, press evenly into pan. Cool for 15 minutes. Cut into 2-inch squares.
I Heart Candy Hearts
- Use candy hearts in crafts. Shellac them, let them dry, then give them to the kids to glue on stuff.
- You can also mix candy hearts into rice krispie treats.
- Candy hearts, stored in an airtight container, will last until next Valentine’s Day. Use them periodically to decorate birthday cakes or cupcakes.