Soft and Chewy Homemade Caramels with Crushed Pretzels

Hello! I hope your Mother’s Day was fantastic. My family and I spent the day enjoying some of my mom’s and my favorite treats. It was filled with fun and delicious treats. Fresh from my culinary adventure, I wanted to make something I had never attempted before. First I tried to make taffy, but that did not turn out well. Instead of soft, stretchy taffy, I got rock hard unicorn horns. So I decided on something slightly less ambitious; homemade caramels. At least there’s no pulling hot sugar with this recipe.

Homemade Caramel Recipe with Pretzels

It is surprising how simply this recipe is. With a bit of patience and a lot of stirring, you can make this soft, buttery caramel. Adding the pretzel gives this super sweet candy a bit of salt and crunch. Homemade caramel can be intimidating, but this recipe breaks it down step by step. So you can treat your family and friends with homemade candy.

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Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

So have you made plans for a summer road trip yet? Plans have been popping up in my mind, but nothing is on the calendar yet. To prepare for impending summer trips, I’ve been thinking of possible homemade treats to take along. The bacon snack mix that I made a while back is a great salty snack for road trips. But I also like something sweet to munch on as well, like cookies.

I turned to my trusty and slightly rusty recipe box for an easy and sweetly delicious snack for the road. I found a recipe for brown sugar oatmeal cookies.

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

Okay actually they are called “Aggression Cookies”, which sounds like they would be difficult to make. But these cookies are really easy to make. This recipe does require kneading so the cookie dough is good to vent any aggression on.

Brown sugar oatmeal cookies is a more suitable name for these yummy treats. You can also add chocolate chips to these cookies which makes them even better in my opinion. For me chocolate makes almost everything better. These cookies are really easy to make and will be gratefully devoured by your family.

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Colorful Chocolate Covered Easter Mints

Easter is this weekend! I can hardly believe it. I have my table decorations planned (more or less). The main menu is set and the food is brought for Easter lunch. My family and friends are confirmed for Sunday. So what’s left? Well, I think I need a little something sweet to finish off lunch or even to enjoy while visiting with everyone. My oven will probably be working overtime on Sunday morning and the more I can get done before Sunday the better.

I began looking through my great grandmother’s recipe box again and found she was quite the candy maker. I have made cakes, pies, bars, and brownies, but I have never tried making candies before. Trying to make something as potentially disastrous as candy right before a holiday usually is not a wise idea, but I tend to jump into things head first. 😉

Fortunately for me, my great grandmother actually has an easy candy recipe: Chocolate Covered Mints.

Chocolate Covered Mints with Colorful Centers

Chocolate: yes please! Lots of sugar: why not? Mint: perfect for after lunch! This recipe is perfect find for my Easter table. To make them even more festive, I decided to dye the mint centers in fun Easter colors. It creates a cheerful surprize when they are bitten into.

Adorable and super yummy! I’m so glad that I found this recipe, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

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4 Ingredient Nutella Popcorn Balls (or Hearts or Footballs or whatever)

Tomorrow, February 5th, is World Nutella® Day. So in honor of that, I have a yummy recipe for you – not that anyone really needs an excuse to enjoy Nutella®.

Confession: I could eat a whole jar of Nutella® by myself…but that’s certainly not good for my waistline no matter how yummy it is. So the only time I buy Nutella® is if I can make something to share with others.

With the big game and Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it is a great opportunity to make something sweet to share with the people I love. And this recipe only takes 4 ingredients, win win!

Nutella Popcorn Hearts

Ok it’s five if you count the powdered sugar to make cute designs on top. These Nutella Popcorn Balls can be shaped into hearts like is pictured above or whatever shape you want.

Without further ado, let’s get cooking!

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Treat for the Big Game: Bacon Snack Mix

With just a little over three weeks till the Big Football Game, it’s time to get a snack plan in place. Whether you are having a house full of football fanatics or just a couple friends to enjoy the show, snacks are the easiest way to keep your family and friends fueled for the big game.

Luckily I’ve come across a great snack mix in my great grandmother’s recipe box.

Bacon Snack Mix...yummy!

Bacon Snack Mix…yep the classic snack mix with a delicious bacon twist.

I personally love bacon. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. Supplying your hungry football fans with bacon-y goodness might just get you your own cheering section, especially from the guys in the crowd.

So let’s get cooking before the big game begins.

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