March 02, 2012

Homemade Salted Nut Rolls (Similar to Pay Day Candy Bars)

I made them into bite sized balls this year instead of the traditional logs

I've had this recipe in my files for about 16 years already.  It's one I typically only make at Christmas however, because I hate making any candy I have to 'dip'.  I don't have the patience for the dipping process nor the mess.  However, this year, after I got tired of making them into the traditional 2 inch logs like you purchase at the store, I cut them into bit sized balls.  So... you can make them into the little 'logs' that you are familiar with if you eat this kind of candy, or you make them into little bites.  Completely up to you.  Play with your food!

Homemade Salted Nut Rolls

3 c powdered sugar
1 - 7 oz. jar marshmallow creme
1 t vanilla
1/4 t almond
1 - 14 oz. bag caramels, unwrapped
3 T water
3 c salted peanuts and/or cashews, chopped

Combine the powdered sugar, marshmallow creme, vanilla and almond and knead until smooth.  This will be a very dry mixture at first until it's incorporated.  If you have a KitchenAid or other heavy duty mixer with a dough hook, it's a lifesaver!  When it forms a ball, continue kneading by hand with extra powdered sugar so it's smooth and not too sticky.  Shape into logs (about 8 - 10 of them) that are about 1/2 inch thick and 5-6 inches long.  Wrap in wax paper and freeze.  Melt the caramels with the water in a saucepan over low heat.  Stir until smooth.  Remove the logs from the freezer and dip each into the caramel and then into the salted, chopped nuts.  Roll back in the wax paper and refrigerate for at least an hour to harden the caramel.  Slice into 1/3 slices.

This year I took the logs from the freezer, but cut them into bite sized pieces before dipping into the caramel and then into the nuts and lightly and quickly rolling them by hand and placing them on the wax paper.   

The delicious white center starts off dry but comes together quickly

All ready to go!

Chop the nuts in a food processor  - but not too long or you'll end up with powder

Little logs, straight from the freezer and ready to be dipped in caramel and nuts

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