Snack Like A Southerner: Caramel-Peanut-Popcorn Snack Mix

Caramel-Peanut-Popcorn Snack Mix(myrecipes)

15 cups
 popped popcorn (about 3/4 cup kernels) 
Vegetable cooking spray 
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. firmly packed dark brown sugar 
1/2 cup butter 
1/2 cup dark corn syrup 
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 
1 cup lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts 
Wax paper 
(10.5 oz.) package candy-coated peanut butter pieces (such as Reese's Pieces)
Step One: "Preheat oven to 325°. Spread popcorn in an even layer on a lightly greased (with cooking spray) heavy-duty aluminum foil-lined 13- x 18-inch pan."
Step Two: "Stir together brown sugar and next 3 ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat; bring to a simmer, and simmer, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Pour over popcorn, and stir gently to coat."

Step Three: "Bake at 325° for 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Add peanuts during last 5 minutes."
Step Four: "Remove from oven, and spread on lightly greased (with cooking spray) wax paper. Cool completely (about 20 minutes). Break apart large pieces, and stir in candy pieces."
Enjoy! Thanks, My Recipes! 

Snack Like A Southerner: Cheddar Witch's Fingers

Cheddar Witch's Fingers


5 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 ounces (1 cup packed) shredded, extra sharp cheddar cheese
¾ cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornmeal
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
1 large egg
Coarse salt
30 sliced almonds
Black food coloring gel, optional

Step One: "Combine butter, cheese, flour, cornmeal and cayenne (if using) in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until mixture has the texture of wet sand. Transfer to a bowl."

Step Two: "Using a fork, mix in egg until dough holds together. Turn out onto a sheet of parchment paper about 12 inches long. Top with another sheet of parchment and press dough into a ½-inch thick circle."

Step Three: Freeze for 15 minutes. Remove dough from freezer and roll into a rectangle about 8 inches wide and 10 inches long. Return to freezer for an additional 15 minutes."

Step Four: "If desired, paint almonds. Mix a tiny amount of food coloring with a tiny bit of water. Using a small paintbrush, paint color onto almonds and set aside."

Step Five: "Remove dough from freezer and preheat oven to 350º."

Step Six: "Peel off top sheet of parchment. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into two 8×5-inch sections."

Step Seven: "Then cut into about 30 ½-inch wide strips. Place strips on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with coarse salt, to taste."

Step Eight: "Use your fingers to shape each strip, rounding the ends and bending in various directions to create a knobby shape. Using a sharp knife, score “knuckles” onto each “finger.”

Step Nine: "Lightly dab one edge of each finger with water, then gently press the almonds into the dough."

Step 10: "Bake for about 15 minutes, until the fingers are golden and crisp. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely."

Enjoy! Thanks, Cooking Like a Champion!