Treat Yo Self

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The holidays are mostly about spending  time with kith and kin, but they also about treating yourself.  I spend an enormant amount of time in the gym, planning my paleo meals and watching what I put in my body.  Look at the end of the new year as an opportunity to have a few tasty treats, cocktails and third helpings.  You can always refit in the New Year.  However, you can not always get your Moms scrumdiddlyumptious homemade cookies!  I think we all deserve a little treat from time to time, so go out tonight and treat yourself.

These are just a few of my favorite treats; courtesy of my mother and grandmothers cookbook!

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Peppernuts

3 eggs (beaten)

3 1/2 C brown sugar

4 C flour

1 tsp baking soda

2 Tbls ground cinnamon

1 Tbls ground cloves

Method: Combine eggs and sugar, beat well.  Sift dry ingredients, add gradually to eggs and sugar mix (dough is very stiff).  Divide dough.  Roll with hands on lightly floured board into rolls the thickness of your middle finger.  Cut into 1/2 inch slices, place 1-1 1/2 inch apart on greased sheet.

Bake slow at 300 degrees for 30 minutes , then cool on rack.

Before serving – Ice and dot with red hot (optional).

Yields:  27 Dozen

Best Ever Carmels

2 C Sugar

1 C brown sugar

1 C light corn syrup

1 1/4 tsp vanilla

(Below three ingredients cook slow to soft ball stage 248 degrees)

1 C heavy cream

1 C milk

1 C butter

Method: Stir occationally.  Remove from heat, add vanilla, pour into greased 9 X 12, cut and  wrap.

Peanut Butter Balls

Step 1:

1 1/2 stick butter

1 C plus 2 tsp peanut butter

1 Lb (1 box powder sugar)

Mix, roll into balls and chill

Step 2:

1 – 12 oz bag semi sweet chocolate chip

1/4 bar parafin

Melt together

Step 3:

Dip with toothpicks – chill on wax paper

I saved the very best for last!  This sounds hard, but it really isn’t, and your guests will be in aw!

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Grandma Keith – One Bowe Chocolate Role 

Step 1: Heat oven to 375 degrees

Step 2: Stir four ingredients below together

3/4 C flour

1/4 C Cocoa

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

3 eggs (1/2 to 2/3 C)

1 C sugar

1/3 C water

1 tsp vanilla

Method: Beat eggs until thick and light colored about five minutes on high speed.  Gradually add sugar 1 TSP at a time, on low speed blend in water and vanilla – gradually add flour mixture – beat only until batter is smooth.  Pour into pan, and be sure to spread to corners.

Step 3: Bake 12-15 minutes.

Step 4: Loosen edges  from pan.  Sift top with powdered sugar.  Lay tea towel over, flip over and roll cake from narrow end and place on rack to cool.

Step 5: Fill with your favorite ice cream 1/2 gallon.  Handle gently!

Step 6: Top with 16 oz package of chocolate chips and 1/2 C evaporated milk.  Cook until chocolate melts  and drizzle over servings.

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