Spring Blossoms

Friday, December 14, 2007


1 9-oz box vanilla wafer cookies
2 1/4 cups confectioner's sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup orange juice concentrate
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1- 1/2 cups pecan pieces

In a food processor, combine the vanilla wafers, 2 cups of the confectioner's sugar, cocoa powder, orange juice concentrate, and corn syrup. Process until the cookies are ground to crumbs and mixture is evenly blended. Add the pecan pieces and pulse until the nuts are finely chopped. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and form into 1" balls. Roll balls in 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar to coat. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to l month.

Caramel Date Bars with Cranberries and Walnuts

1 cup cranberries
2 tablespoons Plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
2 -1/3 cups flour, divided
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter, melted
1 -1/2 cups chopped dates
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted
1 cup caramel ice cream topping

PREHEAT oven to 350ºF. In small bowl, combine cranberries and 2 tablespoons sugar; set aside. In medium bowl stir together 2 cups flour, oats, 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, and baking soda. Stir in melted butter, blend well. Reserve 1 cup crumb mixture. Press remaining crumbs in bottom of 9x13 inch baking dish. Bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle dates, walnuts and cranberry mixture evenly over crust. Stir together caramel topping and remaining 1/3 cup flour; drizzle over fruits and nuts. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Return to oven for 20 minutes of until lightly browned. Cool. Cut in squares.

Chocolate Coconut Bars

4 cups crushed graham crackers
1 cup softened butter
2 cups shredded coconut
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 (13 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup slivered almonds
12 oz chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350º F. Mix graham crackers, butter and powdered sugar. Pat into the bottom of a 9" x 13" pan. Bake 10 minutes. Mix coconut, milk, vanilla and almonds. Pour over crust and bake 10 mins. at 350º F. In a double boiler over low heat melt chocolate chips and spread on top of bars. Cool. Cut in squaresss. Makes about 2 dozen.

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