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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Butterscotch Haystacks


Fun holiday goodies...fun to make and delicious, too!

1 can Chow Mein noodles
1 12-oz. pkg. butterscotch morsels
1 cup salted peanuts
Medium microwave safe bowl
Waxed paper Cookie sheet
Directions

In medium microwave dish, melt butterscotch chips. It is best to heat for 30 seconds, then stir, repeating this process until morsels are completely melted. Stir in peanuts. Gently fold in noodles until coated with butterscotch. Drop by spoonful onto waxed paper cookie sheet. Flash chill in freezer while you prepare the next cookie sheet. Hint: have a cup of water handy to dip "pushing" finger into between spoonfuls.

Ice Cream Sandwiches


This is a chocolate shortbread recipe. You may use any tender cookie recipe. You merely need a cookie that crumbles when bit rather than squishing the ice cream out. Both sugar cookies and shortbread cookies make excellent ice cream sandwiches. The shortbread cookies from our Tally Nut Sandies work well as do the chocolate and vanilla sugar cookies from The American Classic Sugar Cookie Kit.

3 one-ounce squares of semi-sweet baking chocolate
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 dash salt
4 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour

Ice cream

Directions

1. Melt the chocolate and one tablespoon butter in the microwave. Set aside.
2. Cream the remaining butter and powdered sugar together. Add the salt.
3. Add the four egg yolks, beating after each. Add the vanilla.
4. Add the flour in three parts, beating after each addition.
5. Scrape the dough onto a large sheet of waxed paper. Pat the dough into a square or round log. Wrap it in waxed paper and smooth the edges into a uniform log. Refrigerate the log for at least an hour.
6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the dough into 3/16-inch thick slices. Place them on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for eight to ten minutes or just until set. Cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, place the cookies in the freezer to chill.
7. Once the cookies have chilled, fill them with slightly softened ice cream. The top sides of the cookies should be facing out. Place the sandwiches in the freezer until they are completely firm.

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