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Christmas Crunch

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2004
If I could give this recipe 10 stars I would. I made 4 generous gift bags out of a doubled recipe -- would have been 6 except we couldn't stop eating it! The doubled batch cost about $5.00 since broken cashews are a deal at the local discount store. I spent more on all the stuff, of course, but had plenty of everything left over to make more so that's a rounded guess. In terms of the process: The butter goes in after it is cooked so it is hard to mess up. A similar candy burned (on low) before reaching hard crack when I tried to double it because the extra cooking time was too much for the butter in the recipe. The Christmas Crunch doubled up with no problem. I poured the doubled batch into two jelly roll pans but wish I would have had slightly bigger surfaces so I could have spread it out just a little thinner. Also, it took a long time for it to reach 280 degrees but went to 300 quickly after that -- so watch carefully toward the end. The best part is this is very no fuss. I didn't have to stand over it and it wasn't messy or time consuming (a few minutes on each end of the cooking process is all). The result is this sweet, buttery, crispy, nutty treat! Can't wait to try it with pecans or almonds. Thank you Debbie for my new Christmas gift recipe!
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Vicki's Hush Puppies

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2004
My pups always turn out greasy and mealy, but these were fine. They were too sweet for me, which is what I thought I was going to like about them, but no -- too much. In a half recipe I used a small egg -- pefect, not eggy as some have experience. I used red onion and it was too pungent. I'll use something milder next time and cut down the amount a little bit. Otherwise, this was definately a workable recipe. Very good!
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