So I’m starting to worry more about Christmas now that it’s November. I don’t have any lists started yet. Joel hasn’t given me any ideas. Not that I should be surprised. That happens every year. And his birthday is 6 days before Christmas so I need even more ideas from him. Darn him. He is just asking to be nagged. So it’s not my fault when it undoubtedly happens. Anyway, onto the food. That’s why you are here anyway.
Ok, so these aren’t cookies but they just sounded way too divine and perfect for Christmas to pass up. I’ve never made pralines before and they turned out to be surprisingly easy. These are great but I could only eat one…they are very very sugary. Make sure that the mixture get thick before scooping them out. I think I jumped the gun on some as the first half were a little thin and soft when scrapped off of the parchment.
The perfect little sugary pick me up!
recipe from Southern Living Christmas Cookbook
1 1/2 cups slivered almonds, toasted*
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. Kahlua, optional
1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugars dissolve and butter melts.
2. Cover and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes to wash down sugar crystals from sides of pan. Uncover and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches soft ball stage or candy thermometer registers 238 degrees F.
3. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in chocolate and Kahlua, if desired. Beat with a wooden spoon until mixture begins to thicken. Working rapidly, drop by tablespoonfuls onto lightly buttered parchment paper. Let pralines stand until firm. Yield: 2 1/2 dozen.
*To toast almonds: scatter in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for about 10 minutes, stirring halfway through.