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SEA SALT & BOURBON CARAMEL

Adapted from bon appetite’s recipe… Nonstick spray 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1/4 cup water 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.) 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces (room temperature) 2 tablespoons bourbon 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 – 2 teaspoons flaked or coarse sea salt (like Maldon brand) Spray an 8″ square baking pan with cooking spray and line with parchment
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DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS

This is the fancified version of the Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup. So buckle up. (No one needed to improve on the Reece’s masterpiece, but let it be said: making them with fancy dark chocolate and freshly ground organic peanut butter takes the accessible version of this treat to Foodie Land and back.  It’s really an inaccessible treat
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LEMON GINGER PISTACHIO BRITTLE

Two essential words, my baker friends: FROOT LOOPS. It’s inexplicable, I know, but somehow this incredible concoction of cooked sugar, lemon, pistachio and candied ginger cracked the code of what Froot Loops cereal tastes like. Exactly. So I don’t know about you, but I’m getting my candy thermometer ready to make another batch, because any brittle that tastes
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RUM BALLS 3 WAYS: RUM & RAISIN, MANGO & COCONUT, DOUBLE CHOCOLATE

1 1/4 cups finely chopped & toasted pecans (or other nut of your choice) 1 1/4 cups finely crushed vanilla wafer cookies (or ladyfingers or Classic Shortbread Cookies) 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (Dutch processed or regular unsweetened) 1/4 cup rum 2 tablespoons light corn syrup (or honey) RUM & RAISIN VERSION: 3/4 cup raisins (dark or golden) 1/4 cup rum MANGO
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PEANUT BUTTER NOUGAT CHOCOLATES

I need you to know that there’s no turning back after making these chocolates. You can’t expect to make them, eat them, and live your life like you did the day before.  No.  Something will happen, some sort of inexplicable shift, some sort of transformation.  You won’t be able to stop thinking about them, and I
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TART CHERRY FRUIT JELLIES

Adapted from the Culinary Institute of America’s recipe… 1 lb (2 cups) fruit puree (any kind of berry, stone fruit, etc.)* 3 cups sugar 6 oz. (2 envelopes, 3 oz. each) liquid pectin 1 tablespoon lemon juice (or lime juice) 1/2 cup sugar, for coating jellies after cutting Lightly coat a 9″ pan with cooking spray, line with plastic wrap,
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ROOT BEER FLOAT FUDGE

Yes, this is totally possible and yes, this is totally amazing, so get out your candy thermometer and start cooking up some sugar to make this fudge instantly.  Here’s the deal: you make root beer flavored fudge (obviously), and then stir in marshmallows to basically recreate the whole float feel and taste.  Brilliant. Two Important Questions As To
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MILK CHOCOLATE PECAN TOFFEE

This is the recipe that will make you an instant celebrity in your circle of family and friends.  (You might already be a celebrity to these insulin-spiked folks if you’ve been making my World’s Greatest Fudge Brownies, so just get ready for your celeb status to skyrocket into Kardashian territory.) This toffee candy has been known as
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ROCKY ROAD CHUNKS

Happiness is… a dessert made of chocolate, marshmallows, white chocolate chips and walnuts. Happiness is… an easy-to-make dessert that doesn’t require you to turn your oven on (and in my case, that’s a great thing since there’s something wrong with the pilot light and we need to use a lighter to coax our oven to start these days). Happiness is…
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ROASTED CINNAMON-SUGAR PECANS

1 egg white 1/2 tablespoon vanilla 1/2 tablespoon water 2 1/4 cups pecan halves 1/4 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon 1/4 cup light brown sugar, tightly packed 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon Preheat oven to 250°.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone non-stick mat. In a medium bowl, beat egg white, vanilla and water until