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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Some (belated) Thanksgiving treats...

 We had an overabundance of marshmallows in the house left over from various scouting events this summer and fall, and knowing that they won't keep until spring (not and remain soft anyway), we needed some ways to use them up.  Chris wanted to make a contribution to the Thanksgiving sweets selection, so he used one bag to make some cereal treats, using a corn cereal instead of rice crispies (Hey, ya gotta use what you have).  You can't tell it from this action shot, but the marshmallows Chris microwaved to soften became HUGE...which got us to wondering what would happen if we nukerated the fist sized marshmallows we had in the pantry from Grandma S...we've yet to try that :-)
 All set and ready to cut...
 Chris cutting them up and stacking on a plate...and yes, he does have a cheek full...
 Yum yum, and a nice change from the ubiquitous rice crispies...
 I made pilgrim hats cookies last year for the November Cub Scout pack meeting and had been requested to do it again, so that was good for another two bags.  The first step is to "glue" the marshmallows to the fudge stripe cookies with a bit of chocolate frosting (or vanilla)...
 We also had chocolate bars left from the summer so I used those to make the coating; you could use chocolate chips.  Run a heavy knife over the chocolate and place in a microwavable bowl with a good glug of cream.
 Microwave at 50% power for two minutes and then stir until all the chocolate bits are melted.
 The cookies were placed on cooling racks over waxed paper.  Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cookies to cover completely; the excess will drip below and leave a nice finish on the cookies.  Leave the cookies for a few hours and the chocolate will firm up again; albeit, not quite as firm as the original chocolate since a bit of cream was added, but it is the cream and the tempering of the chocolate from the stirring that gives it the glossy look.
 Once the cookies were firm I scrapped the chocolate from the waxed paper and microwaved to use it again.
The finished pilgrim hat cookies...I thought I had bought a small tube of yellow icing to pipe on buckles but found that I had instead bought gel (fail! as Christopher would tell me).  The cubbies had just wrapped up their popcorn sale for the year so I popped some scout corn and used the kernels as the buckles, using a bit of frosting as glue again.  The leftover chocolate?  The remelted chocolate was drizzled over graham crackers and dusted with sprinkles.  So easy, but these things were devoured.

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