Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dipped in chocolate

If you’re looking for some delicious treats to fill a dessert table or if you’d like to make a few items to give away as gifts this Christmas, then keep reading!

With a few simple ingredients, you can make some chocolate-covered goodies that you can be very proud of.

On Sunday afternoon, in about an hour, my daughter and I made and decorated chocolate-covered Oreos, chocolate-covered graham crackers and caramel- and chocolate-dipped marshmallows. The house smelled like a candy store, and we loved it!

We started with the cookies, first dipping the Oreos into melted chocolate chips with a bit of vegetable shortening added. We tried various methods of dipping the cookies but found our fingers were the best tools for dipping. This is a rather messy recipe, so plan to get your hands coated with chocolate, and wear an apron to protect your clothes!

Once the cookies were coated, we placed them on parchment paper to set; waxed paper would work well, too. Before the chocolate got firm, we decorated with holiday sprinkles and crushed Oreos.

Once the cookies were completed, we moved onto the marshmallows. This was the recipe I was so eager to try. Whenever we go to a candy shop that makes its own chocolates, I always look for marshmallows dipped in caramel and chocolate. I love the combination of flavors and textures.

The recipe is very simple. Dip each marshmallow in melted caramel, let it cool and get slightly firm, then dip in melted chocolate. Anna decorated each one with a swirl of caramel.

The marshmallows were so good! They were gooey and delicious. They are so gooey, in fact, be careful and take small bites!

For a thoughtful, handmade gift, fill an inexpensive candy tin (we got one from Dollar Tree) with these chocolate treats, and your family and friends will be sure to thank you!

Chocolate Caramel Marshmallows
  • 1 11-ounce bag of caramel bits
  • 2 dozen marshmallows (might need more)*
  • 11.5- to 12-ounce bag milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening
Melt caramel bits (you can find them in the baking section) according to package instructions.

Dip marshmallows into caramel; be careful not to get burned. Place marshmallows on parchment paper or wax paper and let caramel cool and begin to harden.

Once caramel has started to harden, melt chocolate and shortening in microwave safe bowl. Start with 1 minute cooking time. Stir and heat again for 15 seconds. Stir until chips lose their shape. Don’t overcook.

Dip caramel-coated marshmallows into chocolate and place on parchment or wax paper. Once chocolate has set a little, drizzle caramel on top.

These are gooey, so let cool completely before eating, and then, take small bites!

*We made 2 dozen marshmallows but could have probably made more if we had been more conservative with our dipping.

Chocolate-Covered Cookies
  • 1 12 oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening
  • Oreos and graham crackers (we made 10 covered Oreos and 7 graham cracker quarters)*
Melt chocolate and shortening in microwave safe bowl. Start with 1 minute cooking time. Stir and heat again for 15 seconds. Stir until chips lose their shape. Don’t overcook.

Dip cookies into chocolate. Tap cookies on side of bowl to remove excess chocolate. Place on waxed paper or parchment paper to set. Decorate before the chocolate hardens.

*We probably could have made more but were overly generous with the chocolate!

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