My sister and mom have a recent tradition that they would take a day in December and make various cookies and candies to give to the neighbors. Over the years Colleen has become pretty creative with the things that she makes, but there are always the staples that people love and enjoy that are made from year to year.
I agreed to make more treats for my husband’s customers this week. I knew that using any one of her recipes would be a successful hit with them. I decided to go with something small, but totally satisfying. Turtle Candies. I mean, who can resist chocolate, caramel, and cashews all at one time? I am not always comfortable making sweets and desserts, but I am trying to challenge myself more and more these days.
These are so easy to make. A wonderful gift to give when you want someone to think you spent a long time slaving in the kitchen. They’ll say, “You MADE these? I loooove Turtles!” You’ll just smile, nod, then turn to the camera and wink.
1 package of individually wrapped caramels
2 c cashews, chopped
1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F. Lay wax paper on 2 cookie sheet and spray with cooking spray. Make piles of cashews with one heaping Tb for each. Unwrap caramel and place one on top of each pile of nuts. Bake for 6 minutes until caramel is mostly melted.
Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir well. Heat for 15 additional seconds. Remove and keep stirring until fully melted. (Be patient and keep stirring. They WILL all melt.) Spoon a dollop of chocolate on top of each caramel, nut pile. Spread around with spoon. Let sit 3-4 hours before packaging.