Hello everyone. Sorry for my long hiatus on writing, things have been pretty hectic around here the last couple months. I had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas! I hope you did too! But, I haven’t done much crafting so, I haven’t felt like I had much to say. I still don’t really, but, I thought I’d better come up with something so that you didn’t think I’d disappeared from the blogosphere permanently.
Over Thanksgiving, me, my mom, and my aunt made a family favorite: caramel balls! These are little caramel candy/cookie type treats that have been in our family for ages. They are somewhat labor intensive and the ingredients can be expensive. So, we don’t make them every year. They are an extra special treat whenever we do make them. I should have shared the recipe earlier so you could enjoy them for the holidays also. But, they are just as delicious any time of year. So, here you go!
Confession: This isn’t actually a picture of the caramel balls we made; I stole this from kraftrecipes.com where they have a recipe for caramel balls using honey nut cereal. But, my caramel balls look very similar upon completion.
Old Fashioned Caramel Balls:
36 caramel squares
3 tablespoons canned milk or cream
1 cup rice krispy cereal
1 cup corn flakes cereal
1 cup coconut
1 cup finely chopped nuts (we like pecans)
1. Unwrap the caramel squares. Melt the caramel squares with the canned milk in the microwave or a double boiler, stirring frequently until smooth.
2. Combine all other ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Pour melted caramel over cereal mixture and stir together using a buttered spoon.
4. Using buttered hands, roll the mixture into approximately 1″ diameter balls.
5. Place balls on parchment paper and allow to cool completely. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
Makes about 18 or more depending on how large you make them.
A few tips:
1. Make extras! These things are addictive and go fast. To split between the three of us, we made 12 batches! That may be a bit excessive. But, they keep well in the freezer. If you’re going to spend the money, and make the mess, go all out!
2. When you first pour the caramel into the dry ingredients and get it mixed up, it will be a hot sticky mess. Buttering your hands before trying to roll the balls is critical. There seems to be a sweet spot between letting the caramel cool enough that the mixture will stay together a little better but still be warm enough that it’s workable.
3. We have some people in our family that don’t like coconut so we always make a few batches without it. Just substitute 1/3 to 1/2 a cup extra of the two cereals.
So, that’s it. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. And, let me know how it goes if you decide to try the caramel balls!