Monday, December 6, 2010

The Monday Recipe Blog

Hello, hope the weather is good in your neck of the woods.  Winter is coming on strong, and so are the holidays.

Today, straight from the recipe box of Lois Elaine Mueller, is a recipe for Caramel Delights. For the next several months I will be featuring Lois Elaine's recipes every Monday. Her heyday was in the 1950's and 1960's, and her children swear she was the best cook that ever lived. Many baby boomers will remember these mouth-watering recipes, and the dishes are just as tasty today as they were in the sixties.

The holiday season was a favorite in the Mueller family of the 1950's and 1960's.  Winters were hard in Saginaw, Michigan, but Christmas was always white and beautiful.  Bill, a police detective, and Lois, a housewife, always got into the spirit of Christmas and the month of December was a delicious one for the Mueller kids.  Lois Elaine specialized in holiday cookies, but her other dishes were great as well. 

Here is the recipe for her Caramel Delights...

Lois Elaine's Caramel Delights:

28 Kraft caramels (about 1/2 pound)
2 T. cream
1 1/4 c. small pecan halves
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Melt the caramels in the top of a double broiler (note:  it's easy to melt caramels in a microwave oven now)
Add the cream, stirring until smooth.  Add the pecans.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet.  Let stand until firm and not sticky to the touch.  They will set more quickly in the refrigerator. 

Melt the chocolate chips over hot (not boiling) water. (note:  see above re. the microwave oven)  Remove from heat.  Spread a teaspoon of the melted chocolate over each caramel delight and let stand until the chocolate is firm.

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