KAHLUA FUDGE

Bam. THIS RIGHT HERE. Make this.



1 1/3 cups Granulated sugar
1 7 ounce jar marshmallow creme
2/3 cup Evaporated milk
1/4 cup Butter
1/4 cup Kahlua
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2 cups Semi-sweet chocolate. pieces
1 cup Milk chocolate pieces
2/3 cup Chopped nuts
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Line 8" square baking pan with foil. In 2 quart saucepan, combine sugar, marshmallow creme, milk, butter, Kahlua and salt. Bring to a rapid boil, stirring constantly for 5 min. Remove from heat; add all chocolate. Stir until melted. Add nuts and vanilla. Turn into prepared pan. Refrigerate until firm. To serve, cut in squares. Makes about 2 3/4 pounds.



Chocolate Caramel Dreams

Oh, yeah, baby. Right in my mouth.



1 pkg. Rolo's
1 box Devils Food Cake mix
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs
1/3 c. oil

Mix cake mix, oil, and eggs. Butter your fingers (trust me) and take a small ball of dough and form a ball around the Rolo. (Only use enough dough to cover the Rolo so it can spread through the cookie.)

Place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes. Yields about 3 dozen.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.



COFFEE TOFFEE

Holy COW, this stuff is good.



1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons molasses (can swap corn syrup or honey)
1/4 teaspoon salt (or a heaping 1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt)
1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, or 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts (toasted, skinned and cooled) or another nut of your choice
Line a small baking sheet (mine are 9×13, to fit in my puny oven) with parchment paper or a silicon mat and set aside.
In medium heavy saucepan (I used a 3-quart) with a candy thermometer attached, melt butter, brown sugar, white sugar, molasses, salt and espresso together over together. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a whisk (one that reaches into the corners is especially helpful here) until the temperature approaches 250F, at which point you should stir constantly until it reaches 300F.
Pour immediately into the prepared baking sheet — you can spread it more evenly with a offset or silicon spatula but don’t worry if you have neither. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the toffee and let them sit for a minute until soft, then spread the chocolate evenly over the candy base. Sprinkle the chocolate with chopped hazelnuts and then, if you’re as impatient as we are, you can slide the sheet onto a cooling rack in the freezer until the toffee is set.
Break into pieces and store in an airtight container. If you’re kitchen runs warm, you might prefer to keep it in the fridge so the chocolate doesn’t get soft.

I have used ELEVEN POUNDS OF BUTTER AND 20 POUNDS OF SUGAR, so far. Holy diabetic coma and clogged arteries, Batman. I've worked hard for the past few days.



Abbey did not work hard today.

And finally, a picture of Ethan with his new glasses. I think he's pretty cute.


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