easy candy recipe

Mint Cocoa Hearts

Mint Cocoa Hearts

If you are looking for a simple chocolate treat- that requires no cooking – try Mint Cocoa Hearts. They are tiny, but pack a lot of flavor.

This easy to make candy is made with just a few ingredients. The “dough” is mixed and rolled out. Then you just cut them out into little hearts.

They taste great and they are also a nice project for kids. There is no special equipment needed other than a tiny heart-shaped cookie cutter.

Once they have time to set up- they can be boxed up- or wrapped in individual foils.

So if time is short, and you really want to make something homemade this Valentine’s Day- these could be the answer.

Mint Cocoa Hearts

9 c. powdered sugar
1 c. cocoa
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. water
2 t. peppermint extract

In large bowl combine ingredients until well blended. You can add more water, if needed, 1 teaspoon at a time. Divide mixture into 2 pieces and shape in balls. Place each between sheets of wax paper and roll out to 1/4 -inch thickness. Cut out with tiny cutters and place on foil-lined tray. Chill several hours, then wrap up in colored foil or place in tiny candy bags. Makes 80 (1-inch) candies.

Cut out with heart-shaped cookie cutters

Buckeyes

Buckeyes

Buckeyes were the first candy I learned to make. A peanut butter filling is rolled into balls, then dipped in melted chocolate. Lovely flavor combination and very easy to make.

When I was a kid, I didn’t see them outside of Ohio much. Today everyone seems to know what buckeyes are.

Buckeyes are simple to make. Fast, too. And a great kid-friendly recipe. If you need some last minute gifts, or you just want them for your holiday party, you still have time to make a batch of buckeyes.

Here is the recipe I use. There are variations of this recipe out there, including one with crispy rice cereal in the mix. This one is still my favorite. Enjoy!!

Buckeyes

1 ½ lb. powdered sugar
1 ½ c. peanut butter
2 sticks softened butter
12 oz. chocolate chips- or dark chocolate
2 T. coconut oil or shortening

Mix together sugar, peanut butter and butter. Chill. Roll into balls, flatten slightly. Melt together, chocolate and coconut oil. Dip the peanut butter balls in melted chocolate to cover about ¾ of the surface. Use a toothpick or fondue fork to hold the balls. It makes the job of dipping a lot easier. Allow to harden on wax paper. Store in a cool place. Can be frozen.

Easy to Make Cashew Brittle

Homemade Cashew Brittle

If you need a great food gift- perhaps something to bring to a holiday party- this brittle might just be the answer. This is also a wonderful option when you just don’t have a lot of time. It is fast and easy to make.

I was given this recipe at a craft show a few years ago. The brittle is cooked in the microwave. No special thermometers or equipment required. Just a glass bowl and a few minutes of your time. It could not be simpler.  It is really good, too.

You can use other nuts, if you prefer, or peanuts. You can add a little cayenne pepper, if you want a spicy version. You can also dress it up with a drizzle of chocolate, once cooled.  So many ways to enjoy it.

Stored in a covered container, in a cool, dry place, the brittle will stay crunchy for weeks.

 Homemade Cashew Brittle

2 c. cashews*

1 c. sugar

1/2 c. corn syrup

1/8 t. salt

1 t. butter

1 t. vanilla

1 t. baking soda

Butter or oil a large baking sheet and set aside. In a 3-4 quart glass bowl combine the nuts, sugar, corn syrup and salt. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Remove from microwave, stir well and return to microwave. Cook 3 more minutes in microwave. Remove and stir in butter and vanilla, stirring until butter has melted. Return to microwave and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from microwave and stir in baking soda. Stir until well blended and pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet. Spread out quickly, then allow to cool. Once cool, break into pieces. Store in a cool, dry place. I normally store it in a tin or plastic container with a tight-fitting lid.

* I used salted cashews but feel free to experiment with other nuts

Note: Use high power setting on microwave.

Cocoa Mint Hearts

Cocoa Mint Hearts

Cocoa Mint Hearts

If you want an easy chocolate treat to make these may just be what you are looking for. They are a simple candy that require little time and no cooking. Easy enough for kids to help, too.

  Cocoa Mint Hearts

9 c. powdered sugar

1 c. cocoa

1/2 c. butter, softened

1/2 c. water

2 t. peppermint extract

In large bowl combine ingredients until well blended. You can add more water, if needed, 1 teaspoon at a time. Divide mixture into 2 pieces and shape in balls. Place each between sheets of wax paper and roll out to 1/4 -inch thickness. Cut out with tiny cutters and place on foil-lined tray. Chill several hours, then wrap up in colored foil or place in tiny candy bags. Makes 80 1-inch candies.

Roll out between wax paper

Roll out between wax paper

Cut out with heart-shaped cookie cutters

Cut out with heart-shaped cookie cutters