I Can Do That

You should try this…………

These are two award winning recipes that our daughter entered in the baking contest at our local fair.  One entry won first, the other won second.  They are delicious and terribly fattening….not that it matters.

Blue Ribbon Toffee Bits Triangles                                     

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ¼ cup skor toffee bits
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 F.  Line a 9×16 inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until fluffy.  Beat in egg yolk and vanilla until creamy.

Stir in flour and 1 cup of the toffee bits until well combined.  Press dough evenly into prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until light brown.  Transfer pan to a cooling rack.  Immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over the hot cookie base.  Let stand for 5 minutes or until chocolate is softened.  Spread chocolate evenly over the base; sprinkle remaining toffee bits evenly over chocolate.  Cool until chocolate is set, about 2 to 3 hours.  Cut into 3 inch squares, and then cut the squares diagonally into triangles.

Warning:  These will burn the skin off the roof of your mouth if you don’t allow them to cool before sneaking a bite.  Not that it’s happened to me…just saying.

Shortcut:  Place the pan in the fridge for 45 min to 1 hour to set the chocolate faster.

….this recipe is from the back of the chipits bag………

Red Ribbon Rolo Chocolate Cookies

  • 1 package mini rolos  (you need about 45 mini rolos)
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • ½ cup baking powder
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

Place rolos in the freezer for at least 6 hours.  *Caution* Frozen rolos make a crunching sound when you try to sneak them from the freezer, which lets everyone know that you are stealing from your daughter’s baking ingredients.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa and baking powder until combined and no lumps remain.  In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy.  Beat in brown sugar and vanilla, then egg, until smooth.  Stir flour mixture into butter mixture until just combined.  Let dough stand for 30 minutes….I think we forgot that step.  Not sure if it mattered at all.

Preheat oven to 350 F.  With hands, (really?….what else would you use?  Feet?), roll 1 tbsp of dough for each cookie into balls and place on a waxed paper lined baking sheet.  If using, place granulated sugar in a shallow dish.  Remove rolos from the freezer.

Press each ball of dough into a circle.  Place rolo in the center, and mush the dough around it until it is evenly covered.  Seal well so there are no cracks.  Roll into a ball.  Roll in sugar if desired.  Place about 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake in center of oven for about 8 minutes until dry to the touch.  Cool on a rack.

Makes about 40 cookies.  Which will disappear in about 10 minutes if not well hidden.

……..this recipe is from the nestle website……..

I am so happy to see the attitudes of the kids who we watched competing at the fair this year.  They are very sure of their abilities in many different areas, ranging from baking to painting to horseback riding to raising show quality sheep.  Some of the things that these kids chose to compete in were things that they had never done before, but they knew they would do well so they just went for it.  Somebody will have said ‘here, borrow my sheep and show it at the fair’ so they did.  Their attitude of ‘I can do that’ is kind of inspiring.  Makes me want to run home and ride a horse, or sew a quilt….well, maybe not sew a quilt, but you get what I mean.

I, like so many adults, sometimes pause before trying something new.  I’m afraid that I won’t do very well, that I’ll get that green ‘thanks for coming out’ ribbon that I became so familiar with back in my track and field days.  Maybe I’ll even embarrass myself.  Gasp!

A budding artist at work

So here is my new years resolution….I know it’s not new years, but anytime is a good time to resolve to do something I think…I will not be afraid to try something new.  Unless it will hurt me….or it’s boring.

“When in doubt, make a fool of yourself.  There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth.  So what the hell, leap!”   -Cynthia Heimel, writer          (Words to live by)

<Terra>

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4 responses to “I Can Do That

  1. I would like to think her baking talent started many years ago one Easter when she and I tackled the Easter Bunny cake that Leah Mann had put in the paper…..so proud of your winnings at the fair Tressa

  2. Thanks for sharing this recipe today! I enjoy reading your blog post very much thanks again!

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