Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Would you believe? Gifts from your microwave? Any of these quick and easy recipes would make a wonderful little holiday gift for someone you appreciate.

Quick and Easy Butter Toffee
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 cup softened butter
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon dark corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cups chopped walnuts

In a large microwave safe bowl, mix sugar, butter, water and corn syrup. Microwave on high 4 minutes. Stirring every 2 minutes, heat 6-8 minutes longer until thickened and gold in color. Add vanilla; stir well. Pour mixture into 9x13 dish. Spread chocolate chips over hot toffee. Sprinkle with nuts. Cool completely. Break into pieces.

2 Minute Fudge
1/2 cup butter
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Place ingredients (except nuts) in bowl; do not mix. Microwave on high power for 2 minutes. Beat with electric mixer until smooth. Fold in nuts. Pour mixture into buttered 8x8 dish. Refrigerate 15-20 minutes until set.

Hard Candy
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 easpoon flavoring*
food coloring

Thoroughly mix sugar and light corn syrup in glass bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes and 15 seconds. Quickly stir the sugar mixture and then cover with a NEW sheet of plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 3 minutes and 15 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir. After boiling has ceased, stir in coloring and flavoring. Pour syrup quickly, onto wax paper covered cookie sheet or into non-stick sprayed molds. Cool completely before breaking into pieces. Store in airtight container between sheets of waxed paper.
*flavoring may include lemon, vanilla, cherry, almond, peppermint or other extract.

Peanut Butter Fudge
12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
12 oz. peanut butter
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
sweetened condensed milk

In a 1-1/2 quart microwave-proof bowl, melt chocolate and peanut butter on high power for 3 minutes. Stir well. Add milk and stir until well blended. Pour mixture into 8x8 dish lined with waxed paper. Refrigerate to chill.

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