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Unread 12-07-2011, 01:33 PM   #16
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Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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Oh yum...
I used to bake about a dozen kinds of cookies - but since I retired I just do not have enough time LOL!!!

However, a must is the microwave peanut brittle - in case you do not have a recipe:
1 cup sugar 1 tbsp butter
1 1/2 c. raw peanuts 1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. white syrup 1 tsp. bkg. soda
dash salt (actually, I often just get the dry roasted salted peanuts and omit the salt)

Mix together: sugar, peanuts, syrup and salt. Microwave 7-8 minutes - check to see if it browns earlier. Remove, add butter and vanilla. Microwave another 1-2 minutes. Remove; add baking soda, stir. Pour unto buttered cookie sheet. Break into pieces when hard.
Hints: use a wooden spoon to stir. The high temps are hard on rubber scrapers. Microwave powers vary, so watch that it is light brown but not burned.
(Also - DO NOT use a plastic bowl in the microwave, as a friend did. You will get a melted mess!) Actually, it is DH who makes this at our house.

Another easy favorite - buy a package of baking bark - it comes in chocolate and white. Melt a few squares, and dip pretzels, peanuts, or similar goodies.
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