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Little Foodies: Easy Chocolate Fudge

Fudge is one of the Christmas candy recipes I remember looking at when I was a kid. I say looking at because this is not the type of candy people would make in Guatemala, so I used to browse at the photographs in my mom’s cookbooks when I was small, and recipes like Fudge, Divinity and Candied Popcorn balls always caught my attention, these treats were featured in the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook, which was my favorite back then.

Mom didn’t really cook, so we didn’t have tools for making candy at home…and also, I was only 6. As I got older, and my interest for cooking persisted, I started acquiring my own kitchen tools and through trial and error, and a year in cooking school, I have managed to learn what I know today. But, I always remember those cookbooks at this time of year.

To make traditional fudge, you need a candy thermometer to carefully monitor the temperature and you have to beat it by hand to get the right texture. Why go to all that trouble when you can use a recipe like this one? And best of all,  it’s easy enough to make with your kids! Read the whole recipe first, and make sure you let the mixture boil for the 5 minutes it requires, but always stirring it to avoid the mixture to burn at the bottom.  This is the step that will get you the right consistency.  Also, have your loaf pan prepared beforehand: line it with wax paper and lightly coat it with cooking spray.

You can mix in toasted walnuts, crushed peppermint candy, toasted almonds, dried cranberries, or simply use sprinkles to decorate by pressing them on the top, as we did.

Safety Alert!

  • This recipe requires stove-top time.  Use your discretion to let the child participate in active stove-top steps.

Helga

Little Foodies: Easy Chocolate Fudge

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Cranberry Bars

This is my favorite time of year, and it’s also my busiest. Not only because of the holidays…no matter how much I try to get everything organized, somehow I end up having a greater amount of work all around, but I still want to have homemade goodies for my family, part of what I like about this time of year is time in the kitchen with my daughter, especially if I can find a delicious, festive and easy treat. This recipe is just that.

The original recipe calls for fresh cranberries to make the spread, but since we don’t find fresh cranberries in Guatemala, my version uses canned whole cranberry sauce. Make sure you don’t get the jellied cranberry sauce that you slice, I don’t know if that would work. I added a bit more sugar, and let it simmer for a while so it thickens, I also added some orange zest to give it extra flavor.

This is great for coffee, it’s not too sweet and the dough is flaky and it almost melts in your mouth. I guarantee you won’t be able to have just one piece!  To make them a bit more festive, you could use silver-colored sprinkles on top of the melted white chocolate. Use them before the chocolate hardens.

Helga

Cranberry Bar Cookies

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Foodies Freebie: December 2015 Wallpaper Collection

The Holidays are here! For our December 2015 Wallpaper Collection we share some of our favorite holiday cookies and bars, including lebkuchen (store bought, no shame!) and an upcoming recipe of Cranberry Bar Cookies that are perfect for the season. This is definitely one of our favorite times of year. Friends and family come back from abroad (or you can go visit them!), we share so much more time with loved ones and time seems to pass slowly. Something magical happens when you bring the family together: whatever bumps on the road one might be going through, suddenly they seem lighter and laughter is stretched from the afternoons to the evening.

We also feature a special version of the wallpaper, from Little Foodies. Kristen is home at school vacation, and when she saw that we were working on the December Calendar, she wanted to do her own version of it, so she added a few of her own hand-made decorations into the picture. Bellow our Desktop wallpapers, you will find the Little Foodies version of our downloadable.

We hope you all have a great holiday and enjoy this time with your family and friends!

Helga & Kitty

Foodies Freebie: December 2015 Wallpaper Collection

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