Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Homemade Halloween Treats

With all the scary recalls on candy I've been seeing the past week I'm being paranoid about my kids getting treats from unknown sources. So, I said to myself, "Self, lets make a treat the kids can enjoy making, we know where the ingredients come from and we won't spend all day slaving over a candy thermometer." And my good friends at came showed me a great, simple recipe for a wonderfully simple treat...Brigadeiros.

These tiny treasures tickle taste buds but only contain three ingredients, and once cooled, it's a fun treat for little fingers to help out in the kitchen.

Here's the recipe
14pz Sweetened Condensed Milk
4 TBS UNsweetened coco Powder
1 TBS Salted Butter
Sprinkles, coconut flakes, ground up nuts or chocolate chips or whatever catches your fancy
small cupcake liners

Mix all this stuff (minus the sprinkle and cupcake liner part) in a medium sauce pan on med/high heat. Mix it pretty much continuously until it's all bubbly and starts to thicken. Let cool until it's handle-able. Grease up your hands!!! I used olive oil but you can use butter too. Grab hunks and roll into balls, the size is up to you and will yield whatever it will depending on the size of the ball.

Now here's where your little Brigadiers come in handy. Here are mine but yours will differ depending on household.

Dump your coating of choice on a plate and while you pull out the warm dough and roll into a ball have your little ones roll the balls in the coating, making sure they get all the sides. Then plop them on a piece of saran wrap or cup cake papers and your ready to go!

Here's a photo of the finished Brigadieros

No matter if you plan to devour your door-to-door treats or decide to let your kids "trade up" for homemade goodies like we're doing, please, have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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