Part 4: Let the Baking Begin

If you have a love for sweet and salty together, you'll love Butterscotch Haystacks. Image courtesy of verybestbaking.com

If you have a love for sweet and salty together, you’ll love Butterscotch Haystacks. Image courtesy of verybestbaking.com

 

 

This is part 4 from the series Get Ready for the Christmas Baking to Begin! This is the final installment in the series, where you’ll find the recipes for Butterscotch Haystacks, Coconut Balls, and a Truffle recipe that can be used in many variations.

 

 

 

 

Butterscotch Haystacks

Supplies:
potato sticks (4 or 6 oz.) bag or can
a 12 oz. bag of butterscotch chips
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
Wax paper

Directions:

Melt chocolate via microwave, stove top, or electric melting pot. If you are not accustomed to melting chocolate, please check this link at Wikihow FIRST. You’d be surprised at how a single drop of water can seize chocolate unusable or burning can do the same.

Once chips are completely melted, add sticks, chopped nuts, and mix quickly until all is coated. With a teaspoon, drop little mounds onto wax paper and let harden.

Coconut Balls (taste just like Almond Joy/Mounds Bars)

Coconut balls aka bon bons courtesy of Alrecipe.com

Coconut balls aka bon bons courtesy of Alrecipe.com

Supplies:
4 cups Flaked Sweetened Coconut
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT EVAPORATED)
1/2 cup margarine, softened
2-3 bags of chocolate semisweet chips or half chips and half chocolate bark
Optional: chopped almonds, sprinkles for decoration

Directions:
Place the flakes in a large bowl, add the softened margarine and mix well. Pour the entire can of condensed milk onto the flakes/margarine and mix well (add optional nuts, if desired). Refrigerate overnight or place in the freezer(covered) until mixture is stiff but still pliable.
Melt the chocolate(see link in Butterscotch Haystacks if unsure how to melt it), and while it is melting, begin to roll coconut mixture into small balls (dime size) and get ready to dip each ball into melted chocolate. Place each coated ball onto wax paper-lined sheets and place each sheet in refrigerator until hardened.

*balls will keep for a few weeks in a refrigerator.

Truffle image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Truffle image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Eclectic Recipes has my favorite Oreo Truffle recipe (I’ve made for a few years) and other flavor combinations that work with the same base recipe.

Fun and Food Cafe also has some interesting truffle recipes worth trying. I haven’t had an opportunity to try their variations, so if you happen to make some, please let me know how they turn out. Thanks and happy cookie making!

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