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Thread: Annual Taffee Apple Cookies

  1. #21
    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default Re: Annual Taffee Apple Cookies

    On Fri, 16 Dec 2011 17:17:03 -0800 (PST), merryb <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >On Dec 16, 4:09*pm, JeanineAlyse <Picky...@msn.com> wrote:
    >> On Dec 16, 2:47*pm, Lou Decruss <LouDecr...@biteme.com> wrote:> Snippers...time involved...to learn how to make soft chewy caramel
    >> > because unwrapping the store bought ones is a pita. *I tried using the
    >> > recipe I use for caramel corn but it got too hard and isn't as good.

    >>
    >> Lou, you may want to look into ordering your caramel by the block. *It
    >> comes in a 5-lb. block that is the same consistency/density as those
    >> single-wrapped candies are. *King Arthur Flour is where I get it for
    >> $29.95 Item 1624 Merkins Block Caramel.
    >> ...Picky

    >
    >No reason to do that- just make your own! Getting ready to go out for
    >the evening, so I'll get my poop in a group and post a recipe or 2
    >tomorrow if anyone wants....


    Me wants please!!!!

    Lou

  2. #22
    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default Re: Annual Taffee Apple Cookies

    On Fri, 16 Dec 2011 18:52:42 -0700, "gloria.p" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >On 12/16/2011 5:09 PM, JeanineAlyse wrote:
    >> On Dec 16, 2:47 pm, Lou Decruss<LouDecr...@biteme.com> wrote:
    >>> Snippers...time involved...to learn how to make soft chewy caramel
    >>> because unwrapping the store bought ones is a pita. I tried using the
    >>> recipe I use for caramel corn but it got too hard and isn't as good.

    >> Lou, you may want to look into ordering your caramel by the block. It
    >> comes in a 5-lb. block that is the same consistency/density as those
    >> single-wrapped candies are. King Arthur Flour is where I get it for
    >> $29.95 Item 1624 Merkins Block Caramel.
    >> ...Picky

    >
    >
    >How long does it keep before turning into a block of lead like the
    >individually wrapped candies?


    If you're going to heat it up would that matter?

    Lou

  3. #23
    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default Re: Annual Taffee Apple Cookies

    On Fri, 16 Dec 2011 19:20:35 -0800 (PST), John Kuthe
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Dec 16, 7:52*pm, "gloria.p" <gpues...@comcast.net> wrote:
    >> On 12/16/2011 5:09 PM, JeanineAlyse wrote:
    >>
    >> > On Dec 16, 2:47 pm, Lou Decruss<LouDecr...@biteme.com> *wrote:
    >> >> Snippers...time involved...to learn how to make soft chewy caramel
    >> >> because unwrapping the store bought ones is a pita. *I tried using the
    >> >> recipe I use for caramel corn but it got too hard and isn't as good.
    >> > Lou, you may want to look into ordering your caramel by the block. *It
    >> > comes in a 5-lb. block that is the same consistency/density as those
    >> > single-wrapped candies are. *King Arthur Flour is where I get it for
    >> > $29.95 Item 1624 Merkins Block Caramel.
    >> > ...Picky

    >>
    >> How long does it keep before turning into a block of lead like the
    >> individually wrapped candies?
    >>
    >> gloria p

    >
    >Airtight and refrigerated, blocks of caramel last over a year and do
    >not get hard because they do not get dried out.


    You even talk about food? How have you used blocks of caramel?

    Lou

  4. #24
    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default Re: Annual Taffee Apple Cookies

    On Fri, 16 Dec 2011 17:06:17 -0800, [email protected] wrote:

    >On Fri, 16 Dec 2011 16:47:36 -0600, Lou Decruss
    ><[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>On Fri, 16 Dec 2011 11:16:30 -0800 (PST), merryb <[email protected]>
    >>wrote:
    >>
    >>>On Dec 16, 8:12*am, Lou Decruss <LouDecr...@biteme.com> wrote:
    >>>> I think this is the third year I've posted pictures of these things.
    >>>> This year Louise found the baby muffin papers made for Christmas so
    >>>> they're really cute. *She also got some very cool boxes to pack them
    >>>> up for the cookie exchange at work.
    >>>>
    >>>> Here's a tray of finished cookies so you can see the cups:
    >>>>
    >>>> http://i40.tinypic.com/2m64uf4.jpg
    >>>>
    >>>> Here's a batch boxed up with the cookies visible through the
    >>>> cellophane:
    >>>>
    >>>> http://i41.tinypic.com/5upo8.jpg
    >>>>
    >>>> She modified the recipe a bit since last year and if anyone wants it
    >>>> I'll post it.
    >>>>
    >>>> Lou
    >>>
    >>>Very nice! Please post the recipe!

    >>
    >>Thank you. I'll have her make the changes and I'll post it in a day or
    >>so for those of you that want it. Even a baker like you will shudder
    >>at the time involved. I need to learn how to make soft chewy caramel
    >>because unwrapping the store bought ones is a pita. I tried using the
    >>recipe I use for caramel corn but it got too hard and isn't as good.
    >>
    >>Lou

    >
    >I'm going to double check my notes from the chocolate candy making
    >class Squeaks and I took, we learned how to make a caramel filling for
    >the candies. I think we just melted sugar to the right "color" and
    >added cream. I'm hoping this will help you.


    Thanks Koko. I'll be looking for what you come up with. You're such
    a sweetie!

    Lou

  5. #25
    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default Re: Annual Taffee Apple Cookies

    On Fri, 16 Dec 2011 19:39:11 -0900, [email protected] (Judy Haffner)
    wrote:

    >
    >Lou wrote:
    >
    >>I think this is the third year I've posted
    >> pictures of these things. This year
    >> Louise found the baby muffin papers
    >> made for Christmas so they're really
    >> cute. She also got some very cool boxes
    >> to pack them up for the cookie exchange
    >> at work.

    >
    >As soon as I saw the picture, a lightbulb went off in my head, as seems
    >I recall making something like this many years ago, so started
    >searching, and bingo! I found a recipe called Taffy Treats, and this
    >recipe won the Best Of The Bake-Off in the 11th Pillsbury Bake-Off
    >cooking contest. I wrote above the recipe "really good, but sure time
    >consuming!" I never made them again. I bake about 20 different kinds of
    >cookies for the holidays, and just can't spend that much time on any one
    >kind.
    >
    >The recipe is long and involved, so won't copy it all here, but let me
    >know if the ingredients sounds familiar?
    >
    >1-1/3 cups ground walnuts
    >1/3 cup granulated sugar
    >1/3 cup evaporated milk
    >1/2 cup butter
    >1/4 cup brown sugar
    >1/4 cup powdered sugar
    >1/4 tsp. salt
    >1 egg
    >1 tsp. vanilla
    >2 cups flour
    >
    >For the caramel coating, it calls for 1/2 lb. (about 36) light colored
    >caramels and 2/3 cup milk
    >
    >So is the same ingredients your recipe calls for? They are cute in those
    >little paper holders!
    >
    >Judy


    I posted the recipe and it is different. The papers came from Target.
    We've got a big supply of them but they're all white. This is the
    first year for the Christmas ones.

    Lou









  6. #26
    gloria.p Guest

    Default Re: Annual Taffee Apple Cookies

    On 12/17/2011 8:16 PM, Lou Decruss wrote:
    > On Fri, 16 Dec 2011 18:52:42 -0700, "gloria.p"<[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> On 12/16/2011 5:09 PM, JeanineAlyse wrote:


    >>> Lou, you may want to look into ordering your caramel by the block. It
    >>> comes in a 5-lb. block that is the same consistency/density as those
    >>> single-wrapped candies are. King Arthur Flour is where I get it for
    >>> $29.95 Item 1624 Merkins Block Caramel.
    >>> ...Picky

    >>
    >>
    >> How long does it keep before turning into a block of lead like the
    >> individually wrapped candies?

    >
    > If you're going to heat it up would that matter?
    >
    > Lou


    It does if you want to cut off and heat part of it. A whole 5 lb. block
    is a LOT of caramel.

    gloria p

  7. #27
    z z Guest

    Default Re: Annual Taffee Apple Cookies

    I havent bought them but in the chocolate chip section of the grocery
    store Kraft now sells their caramels as unwrapped caramel chips.


  8. #28
    Cheri Guest

    Default Re: Annual Taffee Apple Cookies

    "Lou Decruss" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:gnmqe7dov81ipts1g0tpedoo7ho4oaktl0@4a[email protected]..
    > On Fri, 16 Dec 2011 17:17:03 -0800 (PST), merryb <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>On Dec 16, 4:09 pm, JeanineAlyse <Picky...@msn.com> wrote:
    >>> On Dec 16, 2:47 pm, Lou Decruss <LouDecr...@biteme.com> wrote:>
    >>> Snippers...time involved...to learn how to make soft chewy caramel
    >>> > because unwrapping the store bought ones is a pita. I tried using the
    >>> > recipe I use for caramel corn but it got too hard and isn't as good.
    >>>
    >>> Lou, you may want to look into ordering your caramel by the block. It
    >>> comes in a 5-lb. block that is the same consistency/density as those
    >>> single-wrapped candies are. King Arthur Flour is where I get it for
    >>> $29.95 Item 1624 Merkins Block Caramel.
    >>> ...Picky

    >>
    >>No reason to do that- just make your own! Getting ready to go out for
    >>the evening, so I'll get my poop in a group and post a recipe or 2
    >>tomorrow if anyone wants....

    >
    > Me wants please!!!!
    >
    > Lou


    Yes, me too.

    Cheri



  9. #29
    z z Guest

    Default Re: Annual Taffee Apple Cookies

    Here is an interesting idea. Apples, cut into chunks, threaded onto
    shish kabob sticks-dip in melted caramel and then roll in nuts and then
    push the stick thru further to center. You could even thread an unmelted
    caramel inbetween the apple chunks. Go a step further and drizzle
    chocolate as the final layer.

    Another idea would be to use broken up dried apple slices with caramel
    chips and nuts as a form of trail mix.


  10. #30
    merryb Guest

    Default Re: Annual Taffee Apple Cookies

    On Dec 17, 5:09*pm, Lou Decruss <LouDecr...@biteme.com> wrote:
    > On Fri, 16 Dec 2011 14:52:32 -0800 (PST), merryb <msg...@juno.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > >On Dec 16, 2:47*pm, Lou Decruss <LouDecr...@biteme.com> wrote:
    > >> On Fri, 16 Dec 2011 11:16:30 -0800 (PST), merryb <msg...@juno.com>
    > >> wrote:
    > >> >On Dec 16, 8:12*am, Lou Decruss <LouDecr...@biteme.com> wrote:
    > >> >> I think this is the third year I've posted pictures of these things..
    > >> >> This year Louise found the baby muffin papers made for Christmas so
    > >> >> they're really cute. *She also got some very cool boxes to pack them
    > >> >> up for the cookie exchange at work.

    >
    > >> >> Here's a tray of finished cookies so you can see the cups:

    >
    > >> >>http://i40.tinypic.com/2m64uf4.jpg

    >
    > >> >> Here's a batch boxed up with the cookies visible through the
    > >> >> cellophane:

    >
    > >> >>http://i41.tinypic.com/5upo8.jpg

    >
    > >> >> She modified the recipe a bit since last year and if anyone wants it
    > >> >> I'll post it.

    >
    > >> >> Lou

    >
    > >> >Very nice! Please post the recipe!

    >
    > >> Thank you. I'll have her make the changes and I'll post it in a day or
    > >> so for those of you that want it. *Even a baker like you will shudder
    > >> at the time involved. *I need to learn how to make soft chewy caramel
    > >> because unwrapping the store bought ones is a pita. *I tried using the
    > >> recipe I use for caramel corn but it got too hard and isn't as good.

    >
    > >> Lou

    >
    > >Sometimes you just have to make the time, especially for something so
    > >adorable!!

    >
    > We've gone through about 200 so far this year and she's just starting
    > another batch. *Somehow she makes the time and has been making them
    > for well over 20 years.
    >
    >
    >
    > >Did you try adding heavy cream to your caramel recipe? If
    > >you'd like, I can look up a recipe for exact measurements...

    >
    > I don't remember what I did but I'll take any help I can get. * People
    > have talked here about simmering sweetened condensed milk for a long
    > time but I don't know if that's what I need. *I ain't real bright and
    > am here to learn.
    >
    > Lou


    Sorry, just checked here! I'll post something in the am- too late to
    go on a goose chase tonight!

  11. #31
    merryb Guest

    Default Re: Annual Taffee Apple Cookies

    On Dec 17, 7:16*pm, Lou Decruss <LouDecr...@biteme.com> wrote:
    > On Fri, 16 Dec 2011 17:17:03 -0800 (PST), merryb <msg...@juno.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >On Dec 16, 4:09*pm, JeanineAlyse <Picky...@msn.com> wrote:
    > >> On Dec 16, 2:47*pm, Lou Decruss <LouDecr...@biteme.com> wrote:> Snippers...time involved...to learn how to make soft chewy caramel
    > >> > because unwrapping the store bought ones is a pita. *I tried usingthe
    > >> > recipe I use for caramel corn but it got too hard and isn't as good.

    >
    > >> Lou, you may want to look into ordering your caramel by the block. *It
    > >> comes in a 5-lb. block that is the same consistency/density as those
    > >> single-wrapped candies are. *King Arthur Flour is where I get it for
    > >> $29.95 Item 1624 Merkins Block Caramel.
    > >> ...Picky

    >
    > >No reason to do that- just make your own! Getting ready to go out for
    > >the evening, so I'll get my poop in a group and post a recipe or 2
    > >tomorrow if anyone wants....

    >
    > Me wants please!!!!
    >
    > Lou


    Will do in the am!

  12. #32
    Cheryl Guest

    Default Re: Annual Taffee Apple Cookies

    On 12/16/2011 11:12 AM, Lou Decruss wrote:
    >
    > I think this is the third year I've posted pictures of these things.
    > This year Louise found the baby muffin papers made for Christmas so
    > they're really cute. She also got some very cool boxes to pack them
    > up for the cookie exchange at work.
    >
    > Here's a tray of finished cookies so you can see the cups:
    >
    > http://i40.tinypic.com/2m64uf4.jpg
    >
    > Here's a batch boxed up with the cookies visible through the
    > cellophane:
    >
    > http://i41.tinypic.com/5upo8.jpg
    >
    > She modified the recipe a bit since last year and if anyone wants it
    > I'll post it.


    Those are very festive! Thanks for the pictures.

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