Thursday, January 20, 2022

Peanut Butter and Banana Twinkies Cake Balls


So I'm getting ready to celebrate Valentine's day and I came up with this idea to mix in some peanut butter with banana Twinkies and then dip the whole thing in chocolate. I took them to church yesterday to share and get some reviews. Yay! Everyone loved them!

Y'all, these could not be any easier to make.
I thought I might have a hard time finding the banana Twinkies, but they had plenty in stock at our local Walmart.

I used one box of Banana Twinkies, 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter, and one 10 oz. bag Ghirardelli chocolate wafers for dipping.

Unwrap all ten Twinkies and tear apart.

 Add in 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter and mash all together with a fork. 


I used a medium Pampered Chef cookie scoop to make my cake balls. I placed them a parchment lined pan to chill in the freezer for 15 minutes.


This recipe makes 14 cake balls.


Following instructions on the bag of Ghirardelli chocolate for microwave melting, heat at half power for 30 seconds. Stir and continue to microwave at 15 second intervals and stir until smooth. Dip each cake ball in melted chocolate and place on parchment to set.


To decorate or not to decorate.

Let's decorate!

I'm using a few pink candy melts and Valentine sprinkles. 


Melt candy wafers, drizzle, and sprinkle!


Oh so sweet! πŸ’Ÿ

Place in mini cupcake liners and a pretty container for the perfect Valentine's gift.


Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day!

There is one perfect, true, and pure love and that love comes from Jesus!
John 3:16

Thank for stopping by!

'til we sweet again, Karen πŸ’—


Saturday, January 1, 2022

Granny Dunn's Famous Pecan Pie

Granny Dunn's Pecan Pie recipe has been around for over eighty years and I can't believe I finally got around to making it!

We all agree it was not THE pie she so lovingly made for so many years, but we also agree it was really good! And this was most assuredly just the first time I made it. There will be more!

Now, let's make pie!


Begin by combining sugar, dark syrup, and butter in saucepan and cook over medium heat stirring mixture until sugar dissolves. Bring to boil and continue cooking for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs, vanilla, and salt until light and frothy. Add egg mixture to sugar mixture, stirring to combine.


Add pecans to your own unbaked pie shells.
I used deep dish shells, but I will use regular in the future.

Bake pies in a 375 degree oven for 5 minutes.
Turn oven down to 325 degrees and continue baking for 35-40 minutes.
I baked mine for the full additional 40 minutes.

Full recipe ↴

Granny Dunn's Famous Pecan Pies

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
salt (I used 1/2 teaspoon)
3/4 cup dark syrup
2 large eggs
2 2/3 cup pecans (divided)
2 unbaked pie crusts

In a saucepan, combine sugar, syrup, and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking without stirring. Bring mixture to a boil and boil for two minutes.
Remove from heat, let cool.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs, vanilla, and salt until light and frothy.

Stir egg mixture into cooled sugar mixture.

Add 1 1/3 cups pecans to each of the two unbaked pie shells.

Dividing the pie mixture in half, pour over the pecans.

Bake in 375 degree oven for 5 minutes.
Turn oven down to 325 degrees and continue baking for 35-40 minutes.
I baked my pies for the full additional 40 minutes.

Like I said, the pies were really good. But after tasting the pies, we were pretty sure she must have used sorghum syrup where I used dark Karo. I can't wait to try them with sorghum!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!
Today is 1.1.22, so I would like to wish you all a very Blessed and Happy New Year!

John 3:16

'til we sweet again, KarenπŸ’—


Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans


Christmas is the time of year to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

It's also a time for giving, and gifts given from the heart truly are the best. That is what I'm trying to do this year. 

This will be my first Christmas without my precious Mama, and I'm going way back to my childhood memories when Mama and Daddy would fill our stockings-which happened to be tube socks-with oranges, apples, tangerines, nuts, and candies. This will be the tradition that I will carry on with my family for every Christmas going forward.

My first-born grandson will be reading from Luke:2 on Christmas eve, which he began doing as soon as he learned to read.

There will be Christmas dinner and my goodness, there will be sweets. My Mama was the queen of sweets and whatever she made, it was delicious. These Cinnamon Sugar Pecans will be gracing the table along with many other goodies for the wonderful family which God has blessed me with. They are simple to make, taste yummy, and just make the house smell like Christmas! Let's make some!                                                      


You will need: pecan halves, granulated sugar, cream of tartar, cinnamon, corn syrup, and water.


Combine all ingredients except pecans in saucepan.


Cook over medium heat stirring until sugar dissolves. Continue cooking without stirring to firm ball stage (246 degrees F.)


Once the candy reaches 246 degrees, remove from heat, add pecans, and stir well to combine.


Pour candy onto parchment lined pan using two forks to separate coated pecans.


I was so busy trying to get photos that I didn't get my nuts separated as quickly as I should have. But, still good!

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
3 cups pecan halves

Combine all ingredients except pecans in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Continue cooking without stirring until candy mixture reaches 246 degrees F. Remove from heat, add pecans and stir until well combined.
Pour onto parchment lined pan and using two forks, separate nuts. Let cool and enjoy!

Store in airtight container for two weeks, in the fridge for three weeks or up to two months in the freezer.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Luke 2:1-20

'til we sweet again, Karen πŸ’—

Monday, December 6, 2021

Painted Christmas Tree Cookies


Festive Christmas Tree Cookies all ready for the holiday table!

I made these cut-out sugar cookies by cutting them freehand, piping with royal icing, letting them dry completely, and painting with green food color mixed with a little vanilla extract. I used Twizzlers Pull N Peel candies and Christmas sprinkles for decorations.


I think they turned out kinda cute!

So sorry to sweet and run!

John 3:16

'til we sweet again, Karen πŸ’—

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Candy Filled Pumpkin Patch


It's a big day at Sugartown Sweets. We are celebrating 10 years of creating fun and yummy treats.

My love of sweets goes way back to as far as I can remember. Mama always had something delicious for Daddy and us girls waiting in the kitchen. Nothing ever lasted very long, so when she would begin cooking up another new treat or fresh batch of.. well, anything, I was right underfoot ready to lick the beaters or sample the cookie dough. These are some of my favorite memories with my precious Mama. 


She made cakes, cookies, candies, puddings, pies..really anything and everything with sugar. Maybe that's why my Mama was so sweet.

You sure are loved and missed, Mama.πŸ’•


I used a 12 ounce bag of (almost all of it) orange candy melts, pretzel sticks for stems, green icing for leaves, and M&Ms to fill my pumpkins.
I was going to use some green petal dust on my leaves, but I forgot!
Not pictured, chocolate chips.

This will make 7 pumpkins with one half left over.


I also used a 15 cavity hexagonal silicone mold, piping bags, and a leaf tip.


I filled my piping bag halfway with candy melts and melted them in the microwave in 30 second increments on 50% power. I kneaded the bag between each "zap" until melted and smooth.


Pipe melted candy into cavities and spread up the sides to the top. Tap pan on counter for air bubbles. Chill in fridge for 10 to 20 minutes.


Turn mold over and gently press out finished candies.


Fill half of the candy pumpkins with M&Ms.
Attach eyes and chocolate chips with a little melted candy. Using a Food Writer pen, draw fun smiles on your happy little pumpkins. Pipe leaf on top of pumpkins and attach a piece of pretzel stick to each.

I heated up a small pan on the stove to melt just the edges of the other half of the pumpkins and placed them on the filled halves to attach.

The cuteness! I've "Fall"en for them.😊


If you prefer them undecorated just leave them as is. Still cute.


I'm sure you've all heard of "punkin chunkin", but today, here at Sugartown Sweets, we are smashing ours to get to the sweet core of it! M&Ms..mmmm.πŸ˜‹


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Mama was proud of all her kids and we were blessed to have her as our Mom.πŸ’•


I'm so thankful to know she had accepted Jesus as her Lord and Saviour. We hold fast to the promise that we will see her again in Heaven some sweet day.

~Mama~
February 1944 - October 2021

John 3:16

"til we sweet again, KarenπŸ’—

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Mom's Famous Prune Cake!

 

Need a great way to usher in Fall? How about baking up this delicious Prune Cake to celebrate your favorite season!? I think it's a sweet idea!

Growing up, my Mom always had a yummy treat baked or cooked up for us in the kitchen. Daddy had a sweet tooth that wouldn't quit and he passed that along to me! He absolutely loved this cake, which might explain why it was and continues to be one of my favorites.

Every once in a while, Mom would bake this cake up without chopped pecans. This was the way I preferred it. If you would rather have them, by all means add them to the recipe.

Now I am not the biggest fan of prunes or even baby food for that matter 😜, but this cake is incredible. Please don't count it out until you've tried it for yourself. You will thank me!

Way back when Mom made this cake, she used 2 large jars of baby food prunes. I had to Google to find out that 4 ounce containers equal the same as the old fashion large glass jars.


I had to go on a hunt! I thought about going with the prune apple variety or the organic prunes, but I wanted to keep the recipe authentic to the way my Mom made it and I finally found the Gerber prunes!


Mmmm...the smell of ground nutmeg and cinnamon!


Ok, this looks gross, but it definitely is not!


Let's bake this cake!


It baked up perfectly. I'm thrilled!


This buttermilk glaze is so quick and easy to whip up!
Actually there is no whipping involved.πŸ˜…


Making the glaze to pour over the warm cake!


Oh yeah, baby!


The warm cake will absorb much of the glaze making it even more moist.

Y'all just need to make this cake! πŸ˜‹

I hope you love it just as much as I do.


Mom's Famous Prune Cake Recipe

2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 canola oil
3 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
2 large (4 ounce) containers baby food prunes

Combine all ingredients in mixer bowl. Mix on medium speed for two minutes.

Pour into greased and floured 13 x 9 pan. Or you can use my favorite method of spraying the pan with "Pam w/Flour" baking spray.
Bake in a preheated oven @ 325 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
 
During the last 5 minutes of baking, cook the icing to pour over warm cake.

Buttermilk Glaze Icing

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 stick butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon Karo syrup

Combine all ingredients together in a saucepan over medium heat to boiling. Boil for 2 minutes while stirring. Pour over warm cake.

THANKS, MOM! I love you!

Happy Fall Y'all!

'til we sweet again, Karen πŸ’—

John 3:16

Friday, August 27, 2021

Reese's Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting Filled Brownie Cups [revisited]


Today just happens to be, "Just Because" day!

It's also my son-in-law's birthday.

As I was searching back through the sweet years of Sugartown Sweets, these caught my eye. They have been requested by family and friends more than once! Yes, because they are so yummy!

So after sharing them with you all over seven years ago, I'm reposting them. Just Because! 

Here is the link  to this delectable treat!

You're welcome! πŸ˜‹


John 3:16

'til we sweet again, Karen πŸ’—