Thursday, March 15, 2012

St. Patty's Day Treats

LEPRECHAUN HATS

IRISH POTATO CANDIES


These St. Patty's Day treat ideas/recipes come from my Mom. She and my daughter spent an afternoon together making these adorable Irish-themed candies. I don't have step-by-step photos, but I'm going to explain how they were made the best I can.

First up are the Leprechaun Hats....
You will need:
  • a bag of Rolo candies
  • a bag of green chocolate candy melts
  • a box of Nilla wafers
  • sprinkles
  • yellow icing
Note for the local followers: My Mom gets her sprinkles and melts at Bev's Cake & Candy Shop in Whitehall (Fullerton).

So, first unwrap your Rolo candies and put them in the freezer for about an hour to get them nice and cold. Next, melt your green candy melts according to package directions. Dip the Rolos in the melted green candy and place on a cookie sheet to harden/chill in the fridge. While they are hardening, dip the Nilla wafers in the same melted green candy. After you dip each Nilla wafer, lay them FLAT SIDE UP on a cookie sheet. Get your candy-coated Rolos out of the fridge, and while the Nilla wafers are still wet, place a candy-coated Rolo on top of each Nilla wafer, centered. Decorate with sprinkles. Allow to dry/harden. Use the yellow icing to draw around the base of the hat.




Next up are the Irish Potato candies....
You will need:
  • a 1lb. box of confectioner's sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 c.) butter, softened (and possibly an extra Tbsp. or 2)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • cinnamon
Combine the above ingredients and knead into a dough. If the dough seems to be cracking and dry, add an additional tablespoon of butter. Depending on the climate in your home, it may be necessary to add up to 2 tbsp. butter to get a good consistency of dough.

Take small amounts of the dough and roll into an egg shape (mini-potato shape). Roll them thoroughly in cinnamon, and that's it! Easy!



Many thanks to my Mom for always taking time to do these fun projects with my kids!

3 comments:

  1. Both look very tasty...........Happy St Paddy's day and have a great weekend................andi

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