This past weekend I had two gatherings with friends for which I needed to make dessert. I love gatherings like that.
As you know, I’ve been trying hard to keep with my cash budget and so I went looking for desserts that might use some of the ingredients I already had in my pantry. Believe it or not, these fit the bill.
I made Dorie Greenspan’s Snickery Squares, from her cookbook Baking From My Home to Yours, and then I made – oh my goodness they were so good I am drooling just looking at the picture – Peppermint Patties from Gourmet Magazine.
Now the Snickery Squares are delicious – a layer of shortbread topped with a layer of dulce de leche (from a can!) and finished off with candied peanuts and melted chocolate – but the Peppermint Patties just blew my mind. They were so simple and completely authentic-tasting. I challenge you to tell the difference between mine and a York Peppermint Patty (if there were any left over for the testing, that is). The only bad thing is that I now know what is inside a Peppermint Patty. Crisco. Or vegetable shortening, if that makes you feel any better. And only a little, just about a tablespoon. They are totally worth a tablespoon of Crisco. So if you’re feeling like making your own Snickers or Peppermint Patties, I say go for it. Links to the recipes are below.
Snickery Squares – Here is a copy of the recipe with some great photos and tips from Nosh With Me. Recipe originally from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home to Yours.