Thursday, December 20, 2012

Almond Joy Bites


Traveling in December seems to leave one racing to get things done.  I got myself behind...in part because I was gone for a week enjoying my granddaughter's smile and because my sewing machine decided to stop.  It was a major stop, a new circuit board which meant that all projects came to a halt.  Thankfully, I was given a loaner and was back on the road again...but in the fast lane!

I finished two rather large rag quilts but have two quilts left to bind and not much time left.  All  of that said, I knew that cookie baking was halted and I needed to find something easier from the kitchen.

I have always wanted to make some candies and this was going  to be the year....the year for very easy candies!  I found a recipe for Martha Washington Balls at the Southern Bite. I have renamed them Almond Joy Bites...there isn't an almond in them but the taste and the coconut...oh, my goodness, just like an Almond Joy...heavenly...and, they must be removed from my kitchen!


Almond Joy Bites
adapted from Southern Bite

2 cups shredded coconut
8 cups powdered sugar
1 stick butter, melted
1 can Eagle Brand Milk
1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
4 cups chopped pecans
Chocolate flavored Almond Bark

Combine the first six ingredients well using a spoon and finishing with hands.
Roll into small balls 
(Using a small scoop allows for uniformity of the balls.) and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Place in the freezer at least 30 minutes. 
Once thoroughly chilled, dip balls in melted chocolate-flavored almond bark and allow to cool on parchment paper.
When the chocolate sets, decorate with a drizzle of dark chocolate or white chocolate and sprinkle with coconut, if desired.

PRINTABLE RECIPE



My little morsels spent a few hours in the freezer as I got busy...I learned that the chocolate set up faster when the balls were frozen and it didn't effect the end result.

I am sharing at Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday and at Foodie Friday hosted by Michael at Rattlebridge Farm.


13 comments:

  1. OMG! These look so amazing & sound so easy! Very beautifully done!

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  2. They look like fancy store bought treats..Glad you saw her smile:)
    Best Wishes Kate!

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  3. They look great and sound like a fun little treat:@)

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  4. Kate, these not only look beautiful but sound oh so good!! YUM!!!

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  5. These look like they come from a fancy chocolate shop!

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  6. saved this recipe..My family will love em' and ME!!
    Thanks for sharing..
    shug

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  7. What a tasty delight that I will try this afternoon; my husband loves coconu; this is a must try for me.
    Rita

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  8. Hi Kate,
    Sure wish I was on your gift list, your Almond Joy Bites look delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  9. I have been wanting to try homemade almond joys, but I still haven't gotten around to it. Your bites look yummy!

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  10. DEEEElicious!
    Have a blessed Christmas, Kate!

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  11. Yummm! Now if I only had the energy I would make these up right now. Merry Christmas to you!

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  12. If it resembles an almond joy I know I will love it! Very happy Christmas best wishes to you and your family, Kate.

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  13. Kate, my husband is an Almond Joy fanatic. He would love these, thanks for sharing!

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