Saturday, December 13, 2014

Peanut Butter Pinwheels!


I'm feeling nostalgic, as I tend to do this time of year.

Mama and Daddy always made the holidays special, especially CHRISTmas. 

Picking out our tree from the Farmer's Market and taking home the annual cases of tangerines, apples and oranges, and watching the now famous, stop-action Christmas classics are at the top of the list of favorite memories. Ah...Rudolph and Frosty..

Another favorite are my Mom's homemade candies.
My Daddy had a sweet tooth I tell ya, which worked out real well for him since my Mother's own Mother passed down her candy making to her. Whew! That was a mouthful! Not to mention, I inherited my Dad's sweet tooth!

So today, I'm making my all-time favorite Peanut Butter Pinwheels.

Now I've seen and tasted these made with mashed potatoes.
These are not them. Ours are made with good old-fashion healthy butter. *wink*
 I just can't eat them any other way. 

Thanks MeMaw, Mama and Daddy!
 Butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, milk and peanut butter. 
Five ingredients to the yummiest candy!
Measure first four ingredients into a bowl, stirring to mix.
Pat candy into a disk on parchment paper. Wrap and refrigerate to chill for one to two hours. 
 I always cut my candy disk in half and refrigerate one while I prepare the other. Otherwise, it's too big to handle.

 Roll candy into ball and pat back into disk shape. Now, on parchment paper sprinkled liberally with powdered sugar, and roll out. As you can see, it's not perfect. It doesn't matter. So now, (yum) spread on the peanut butter!
 Let's roll this baby up!
I use my parchment paper to help roll the candy along a la jelly roll style.
Roll candy up in parchment paper and chill 1-2 hours.
Just slice these up and have a taste. Pure Heaven!
Mmmmm..
Peanut Butter Pinwheels

1 stick butter softened
4 to 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 to 4 tablespoons evaporated (or whole) milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
peanut butter

Stir together butter, 4 cups sugar, 3 tablespoons milk and vanilla.
Mix well. If too sticky, add a little powdered sugar. If too dry, add a little more milk.
Pat out into a disk on parchment paper. Wrap in the paper and chill for 1-2 hours.
Remove from frig and on a sheet of parchment paper sprinkled liberally with powdered sugar, roll out candy.
Now here's the fun part. Spread peanut butter onto the candy.
You can spread it as thick or thin as you like. Just be sure to leave the edges clean (like a pizza) or you will end up with squishy peanut butter edges!
Time to roll the pinwheels. I use my paper to help it along, jelly roll style. 
Roll the candy up in the paper, tuck edges under and chill again.

Once candy is firm, slice into pinwheels.

My Mom always lightly buttered a dish on which to place the cut pinwheels.
Keep refrigerated.
Ha! Ours never last very long!

Sending You All Merry Christmas Wishes From
Sugartown Sweets
On This Historic Day!

Historic for being 12.13.14!!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Treats


 They say this is the busy time of year.

I'm in Christmas gear nearly all year. If you don't believe me just ask my kiddos, or hubby or anyone else who has to hear me playing the "Yuletide Classics" station on my phone every day.
And surely I'm not the only one who records every Christmas themed movie, travel and food television show so I can watch them all year long! Thank you DVR!

And how could I forget?! Thank you  Carolyn @ Edible Crafts, not only for featuring my Rudolph treats, but for reminding me that this year marks his 50th birthday! Rudy and I share that milestone birthday! So of course we'll be watching his show too! Haha..Happy Birthday to us!

And, with me so ready for the season, you would think I would already have posted something, anything Christmas related. The truth is, I have been busy!
We've been enjoying all the seasonal festivities while we can.

If you live around Atlanta, there are so many things to do and see.
I try to do a couple of different things every year along with some others that are traditions with our family.

New this year is "Holiday in the Park" at Six Flags. Loved it!

We also went to "Christmas at Callanwolde" Tuesday night.
This is the beautiful mansion that was home to the Candler family, better known in Atlanta as the "Coca Cola" family.

Tomorrow night we are piling up with the kids and grandkids to head a bit south and see "Fantasy in Lights" at Callaway Gardens.

I love everything about my favorite holiday.
Especially the Christmas story.
My grandchildren will be putting on the Christmas program Sunday night at our church..and for this, I am truly thankful!

Merry Christmas Season To All!

Now let's make some super easy and quick reindeer treats!
Just a few store bought items are all you need. That's right. Another no-bake edible craft!
The only thing to remember here is to cut the pretzels sticks at an angle
 so the finished antlers look like a 'y' and not a 't'.
Melt a few chocolate chips to use as the "glue" to assemble the antlers.
Let rest on parchment paper till completely set.
Wouldn't these be perfect for Olaf?
"Do you wanna build a snowman...."
Insert straw and gently press antlers into cake. Attach candy eyes and nose with melted chocolate.
 I attached some holly and berries sprinkles to amp up the cute factor!

Now you're all done with plenty of time to enjoy all the Christmas cheer.
These will be perfect with some hot cocoa, popcorn and "Miracle on 34th Street"!

If you need more reindeer edible crafts, Click here to see my "Reindeer Lollipops".
I thought these long-face reindeer were so cute, except for the cracked chocolate surface and messy ends. It may have just been the particular box I purchased, but it was the same with the entire box. 
Well, that's it for now.

Wishing You All A Blessed and Happy Christmas Season.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Easy Cookies & Candy Turkey Craft

Easy Turkey Craft Using Store-bought Cookies and Candies!
We're only two weeks out from Thanksgiving, and I have so much to thank God for! My family (including our sweet fifteen week old addition!),  my salvation, a wonderful home church and so much more.

There is no doubt God is better to me than I deserve. 
My prayer is that you all have a wonderfully blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

This sweet and easy turkey craft would make a fun table favor for your holiday get-togethers.
A simple cello bag tied up with festive ribbon will do the trick. 
Your guests will gobble them up!

For more turkey crafts, I made these turkey lollipops last year plus these stuffed marshmallow turkeys!

I am joining Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons Crafty Friday Link Party for the first time! 

Pop on over to see all the awesome craftiness! 
*edit* One of my readers suggested that the candy feathers would also look good attached to the front of the cookie. I told her I thought she was right.
Well..kudos to her because I tried it here and I LOVE it!
Thank you Tavette!
I also flipped the peppermint patty to the textured side. Win!
All these ingredients should be easy to come by with the exception of the triangle sprinkles. I bought mine at Wal-mart. If you can't find them, here is a link to purchase them.

You could also substitute another candy..candy corn, m&m, etc.
Melt a few chocolate chips just enough to soften them. 
If you get them too hot, it will just take that much longer to set.

Spread the chocolate onto the top, striped side of the cookie.
Place the Mike & Ike "turkey feather" candies and let set till completely hardened. 
Use the melted chocolate chips as a "glue" to attach all the remaining candy pieces.
And just like that, your turkey craft is done!

How much fun will the kiddos have putting these together!?

Wishing You All a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving From
Sugartown Sweets!

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Airheads Surprise Inside Stuffed Turkey Marshmallows!


When Airheads asked me to make a craft for November, I said Yes & Yes!

My daughter told me I needed to make something "turkey". I agreed, but what kind of turkey..? Thinking..then it hit me..yes..stuff a turkey..a marshmallow turkey..with Airheads Bites!

I was inspired by these apple cookies and these marshmallows!

These are such a fun treat to make with your little turkeys..er..kiddos.

Check out Airheads on Facebook and Pinterest for some awesome craftiness!
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble...
These fruit flavored Airheads Bites are yum-o any way you spell it!
Ingredients needed for Stuffed Turkeys.
~Airheads Bars & Bites
~Campfire giant roasters marshmallows
~Ready-made frosting (chocolate wins over vanilla as the color matches the sprinkles)
~Candy eyes
~Chocolate sprinkles
~triangle candy sprinkles
~ready-made fondant

I used the middle size from these fondant leaf cutters.
 Airheads are nice and soft, so to make sure your feathers don't wilt, you can use fondant or gumpaste as a sturdier backing for your candy. Either one can be purchased ready-made.
Ohhh, how cute are these little Airheads turkey feet.
So easy, simple and sweet!
You can use any chocolate sprinkles to cover your marshmallows.
I used these.
Before we carve this turkey, he needs to be assembled.
I just rolled a small red piece of the candy between my fingers to fashion the turkey's snood. Thank you google!
Airheads do not care for the heat, so keep these in a cool, dry environment until you're ready to serve them.
We wish you an Airheads filled Thanksgiving!
Thank You Airheads!
I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Sugartown Sweets is 3 and How To Make 3 Ingredient Salted Caramel and Peanut Butter Cups!


 Three Ingredient Salted Caramel & Peanut Butter Cups!

I'm so excited to share these with you on this fun day.


Sugartown Sweets is 3!

I remember how nervous I was putting together my very first post. I think it took me three days to figure everything out just enough to get it online.
When the moment finally came and I got to click "publish", I sat there waiting to see how many "hits" I would receive. Hahaha! 
The only hits I was getting were my own from checking every five seconds to see how many hits I was getting. Still cracks me up..mostly because I'm still checking.

Lol..I know..I have a problem.

But you won't have any problem with these.
My candy cups are super easy and tasty too!
 Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel and Chocolate.
Use any chocolate you like. 
I just happen to like Ghirardelli's dark candy melts.
 These are actually Christmas baking cups.
They look like circus tents to me!
 I popped my peanut butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds and then poured in the caramel. Stir together to mix.
 You can almost smell the caramel..
 Melt chocolate over low heat. 
Pour a small amount into mini baking cup. Using a food safe paintbrush, paint up the sides of the cup. I placed mine in a mini muffin tin to allow for more control.

Let chocolate sit to harden. You could also pop these into the frig to quicken this step.

Spoon or pipe peanut butter mixture into the chocolate cups.

Cover cups with remaining chocolate.

Now see if you can wait long enough for the chocolate to set before you try one!
 Salted Caramel & Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

Smucker's Salted Caramel Topping (11.5 oz jar)
1 cup peanut butter
2 12 oz. bags chocolate candy melts 

Prepare your chocolate cups.
Melt chocolate. Pour a small amount into mini baking cup. Using a food safe paintbrush, paint up the sides of mini baking cups. Let sit until candy hardens or pop into frig for a few minutes.

In a small microwave safe bowl, soften peanut butter in microwave oven for about 30 seconds. Pour jar of caramel topping over peanut butter and stir to mix.

Pipe or spoon mixture into chocolate cups. Cover cups with remaining chocolate.
Let sit till candy hardens or again you can pop these in frig for a few minutes.

24 ounces of chocolate is enough to complete 36 candy cups.
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Googly Eyed Treats


 I always feel like..somebody's watching me...

I am so excited to share this super easy, super quick, super cute googly eyed treat!

No baking, no mixing, no cutting, no kidding!

I used Little Debbie cupcakes, a tub of ready made frosting, candy eyes and licorice wheels.

I had these little guys up and running in less than 10 minutes. As busy as my life has been lately, I am down with that!



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