Homemade soft caramels should never be made when you are home alone. These may possibly be the most dangerous thing that has ever been cooked in my kitchen.
Not because it will hurt, although it could if you aren’t careful playing with molten lava temperature melted sugar, but because you need to get them wrapped and out of the house as quickly as possible.
Do not send more than a few of these at a time to friends, as these will also be dangerous at their house. Do bring them to work for brownie points! Should be worth at least a few of those.
You and everyone else who eats these will not be able to stop eating them until either your teeth hurt, your stomach hurts, or you have eaten all of them. Once they are all eaten, you will be thinking of them for days to come.
After reading several caramel recipes, I settled on starting with this one from Land O’Lakes and tweaking it ever so slightly.
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For me, homemade stuffing/dressing is required at Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. The stuff from the box just doesn’t get it for me. Although, that is what I was raised on, my mother used it. Yuck. I had an aunt once declare that this dressing tastes just like her mom’s, but I don’t recall anything besides the boxed stuff at her house either. In her defense, holiday meals normally meant cooking for 25 to 35 people. We never had real mashed potatoes either.
I have been known to use a bag pre-seasoned hard cubes, and those can be prepared in a way that it is almost as good as homemade. And 2 bags of those cubes can be used as a substitute for the loaf of rustic crusty bread used in this recipe. It will require much more liquid than the crusty bread allowed to dry out will.
People put all kinds of stuff in their stuffing, maybe that’s why it’s called stuffing, it’s stuffed with stuff. I have never stuffed a bird with dressing, I think it might end up being too greasy and not hot enough to kill whatever bacteria might be hiding inside that turkey.
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If I had to choose the one cookie recipe that I think would please everybody, it would be Snickerdoodles. Soft, buttery, and covered in sugar and cinnamon.
No worries about someone who doesn’t like chocolate, or those who may have a tree nut allergy. These are great with coffee, tea, warm cider, on winter days, on warm days, well they are great no matter when or how you serve them.
Snickerdoodles are one cookie you can bet will always be on my Christmas cookie gift platters.
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