Crazy 4 Candy Heart Cookies

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Feb 022013
 

Author: Nicolle Fagan

Candy Heart cookies. Photo by Nicolle Fagan.

Candy Heart cookies. Photo by Nicolle Fagan.

It’s that time of year again when grocery stores are overrun by overpriced chocolates, cheesy teddy bears, and aisles of flowers. For the average college student,

the sugary treats can be detrimental to the monthly grocery budget. So when you are browsing the aisles for an affordable delicacy, you are confronted with…

Candy hearts.

These heart-shaped candies have been given out at Valentine’s Day since you were in elementary school. Every year these “delightful” treats find their way into your life. And why? Because they are cheap and can be re-gifted (they take years to expire).

Some people love these tiny goodies and their generic Valentine’s Day sayings. Others can’t stand the chalky taste. But everyone can appreciate their affordability and versatility.

Whether you have a box leftover from a Valentine gone wrong or you have a stash of Conversation Hearts to keep you happy the rest of the year, there is an easy recipe you can incorporate these classic treats into: Crazy 4 Candy Heart Cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • Two large eggs
  • Approximately 1/3 cup of candy hearts
  • Box of vanilla cake mix

Steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. While the oven heats up, work on breaking up the candy hearts. Dump 1/3 of a cup of hearts into a plastic sandwich bag and use whatever tool necessary (like a textbook that the Bookstore wouldn’t buy back) to break the candies into small pieces.
  2. Empty the vanilla cake mix into a large bowl. Add two eggs, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, and the crushed candies. Mix well.
  3. The mixture is going to seem dry, but it should be. The cake mix is being transformed into cookie dough, so mix until all of the dry mix is part of the dough.
  4. Once mixed, spoon one-inch balls of the mix onto a baking sheet. Place the cookies two inches apart from one another on the sheet.
  5. Put the baking sheet(s) into the oven for 15 to 18 minutes. The cookies are done when you can see golden browning on the sides and tops of the cookies.
  6. Remove the sheets from the oven and let the cookies cool for five minutes before consumption.

And that’s it! The cookies are deliciously simple and cost only about three dollars to make. Take pride that you will finally use those candy hearts in your cupboard and gain a little appreciation for these iconic Valentine candies.

 

Crazy 4 Candy Heart Cookies

 The Munchies, The Well  Comments Off on Crazy 4 Candy Heart Cookies
Feb 022013
 

Author: Nicolle Fagan

Candy Heart cookies. Photo by Nicolle Fagan.

Candy Heart cookies. Photo by Nicolle Fagan.

It’s that time of year again when grocery stores are overrun by overpriced chocolates, cheesy teddy bears, and aisles of flowers. For the average college student,

the sugary treats can be detrimental to the monthly grocery budget. So when you are browsing the aisles for an affordable delicacy, you are confronted with…

Candy hearts.

These heart-shaped candies have been given out at Valentine’s Day since you were in elementary school. Every year these “delightful” treats find their way into your life. And why? Because they are cheap and can be re-gifted (they take years to expire).

Some people love these tiny goodies and their generic Valentine’s Day sayings. Others can’t stand the chalky taste. But everyone can appreciate their affordability and versatility.

Whether you have a box leftover from a Valentine gone wrong or you have a stash of Conversation Hearts to keep you happy the rest of the year, there is an easy recipe you can incorporate these classic treats into: Crazy 4 Candy Heart Cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • Two large eggs
  • Approximately 1/3 cup of candy hearts
  • Box of vanilla cake mix

Steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. While the oven heats up, work on breaking up the candy hearts. Dump 1/3 of a cup of hearts into a plastic sandwich bag and use whatever tool necessary (like a textbook that the Bookstore wouldn’t buy back) to break the candies into small pieces.
  2. Empty the vanilla cake mix into a large bowl. Add two eggs, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, and the crushed candies. Mix well.
  3. The mixture is going to seem dry, but it should be. The cake mix is being transformed into cookie dough, so mix until all of the dry mix is part of the dough.
  4. Once mixed, spoon one-inch balls of the mix onto a baking sheet. Place the cookies two inches apart from one another on the sheet.
  5. Put the baking sheet(s) into the oven for 15 to 18 minutes. The cookies are done when you can see golden browning on the sides and tops of the cookies.
  6. Remove the sheets from the oven and let the cookies cool for five minutes before consumption.

And that’s it! The cookies are deliciously simple and cost only about three dollars to make. Take pride that you will finally use those candy hearts in your cupboard and gain a little appreciation for these iconic Valentine candies.

 

Hard candy for the holidays

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Nov 302012
 

Author: Victoria Hawn

Hard candy. Photo by Tori Hawn.

Hard candy. Photo by Tori Hawn.

In addition to the plethora of baked goods during the holiday season, hard candy is becoming increasingly popular.

During this family-oriented part of year, it is only appropriate to share a family recipe.  It is one that has been passed down generationally, and given out to neighbors to share the seasonal togetherness.

The recipe goes as follows:

 

Ingredients:

Powdered sugar

3 cups of sugar

1 cup of Karo Light Corn Syrup

1 cup  of water

1 teaspoon of desired Lorann Flavoring oil with desired food coloring

 

Directions:

  1. Pour powdered sugar into cooking sheet.
  2. Mix sugar, corn syrup, and water into large heavy saucepan.
  3. Boil the mixture in the sauce pan, without stirring, until temperature reaches 310 degrees Fahrenheit or until drops of syrup form hard and brittle threads in cold water.
  4. Remove pan from heat.
  5. Stir in flavoring oil and food coloring to match flavor.  For example, if you use spearmint flavoring, you might want to use green food coloring to distinguish flavors.
  6. Pour onto cooking sheet with powdered sugar on it in thin lines.
  7. Let cool and break into pieces.
  8. Store in an airtight container.

 

Fort Collins Candy Shops Slideshow

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Oct 122012
 

Author: Khristian Gilham

“Mommy, mommy, I want some candy!” The days are over that you have to ask for that succulent treat you are dying for. Fort Collins Candy Bar and Rocket Fizz are the two new candy shops in town your tastebuds can quiver over. So, take a break from your diet and feast your eyes on these delicious shops.

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