The countdown is on…10 days before Christmas! There is caroling to be done, parties to attend and host, and the craziness of shopping to continue.  This leaves little time to spend in the kitchen to prepare those cookie trays.  We use cookie trays as a way to celebrate with our family, friends and neighbors.  We take them to work, and of course, we save a little back for ourselves in order to gain that extra sugar boost when the hustle and bustle of the holidays just gets too much for us.

Last week we shared two recipes that took less than 30 minutes to prepare (http://oldworldgardenfarms.com/2012/12/07/holiday-cookie-tray-recipes-minus-the-cookies/).  This week we are keeping with the ‘keep it simple’ theme and are adding two additional recipes that can be used for holiday celebrations.  We even pulled out the crockpot for this one!  Who knew you could use it to make cookies!!!  Read below to find out how……..

OLD FASHIONED PEANUT BRITTLE RECIPE

Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle - made in the microwave
Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle – made in the microwave
Adding peanuts to make the peanut brittle
Adding peanuts to make the peanut brittle

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shelled raw peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Preparation

Final Step - add baking soda to the mixture and spread quickly onto your baking sheet
Final Step – add baking soda to the mixture and spread quickly onto your baking sheet
  1. Microwave first 3 ingredients in a 2-quart glass bowl on HIGH 5 minutes.  **our microwave is 1100 watts**
  2. Stir in peanuts and microwave 3 more minutes
  3.  Stir in butter and vanilla and microwave 45 seconds or until candy is the color of peanut butter.
  4. Stir in baking soda (mixture will bubble).
  5. Working quickly, spread hot candy in a thin layer onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (or a lightly greased baking sheet) using two metal forks.
  6. Cool completely and break candy into pieces.
Peanut Brittle
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  3. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 1/2 cups shelled raw peanuts
  5. 1 tablespoon butter
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
Instructions
  1. Microwave first 3 ingredients in a 2-quart glass bowl on HIGH 5 minutes. **our microwave is 1100 watts**
  2. Stir in peanuts and microwave 3 more minutes
  3. Stir in butter and vanilla and microwave 45 seconds or until candy is the color of peanut butter.
  4. Stir in baking soda (mixture will bubble).
  5. Working quickly, spread hot candy in a thin layer onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (or a lightly greased baking sheet) using two metal forks.
  6. Cool completely and break candy into pieces.
Notes
  1. Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms
Old World Garden Farms http://oldworldgardenfarms.com/

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE NUT CLUSTER RECIPE

Triple Chocolate Nut Clusters
Triple Chocolate Nut Clusters

 

Ingredients

Three different flavors of chocolate make these cookies a hit!
Three different flavors of chocolate make these cookies a hit!
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1 (8-ounce) can salted whole cashews
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 18 (2-ounce) chocolate bark coating squares, cut in half
  • 1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 4 (1-ounce) bittersweet chocolate baking squares, broken into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

Save time by using your crockpot to make these cookies!
Save time by using your crockpot to make these cookies!
  1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a 5-quart slow cooker; cover and cook on LOW 2 hours or until chocolate is melted.
  2. Stir chocolate and nuts; add vanilla, stirring well to coat.
  3. Drop candy by heaping teaspoonfuls onto parchment (or wax) paper.
  4. Let stand at least 2 hours or until firm.
  5. Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

Triple Chocolate Nut Clusters
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (16-ounce) jar dry-roasted peanuts
  2. 1 (8-ounce) can salted whole cashews
  3. 1 cup pecan pieces
  4. 18 (2-ounce) chocolate bark coating squares, cut in half
  5. 1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate morsels
  6. 4 (1-ounce) bittersweet chocolate baking squares, broken into pieces
  7. 1 tablespoon shortening
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Save time by using your crockpot to make these cookies!
  2. Save time by using your crockpot to make these cookies!
  3. Combine first 7 ingredients in a 5-quart slow cooker; cover and cook on LOW 2 hours or until chocolate is melted.
  4. Stir chocolate and nuts; add vanilla, stirring well to coat.
  5. Drop candy by heaping teaspoonfuls onto parchment (or wax) paper.
  6. Let stand at least 2 hours or until firm.
  7. Store in an airtight container.
Notes
  1. Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms
Old World Garden Farms http://oldworldgardenfarms.com/
Mary

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