Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cookie Friday: Not Cookies

My, things got serious around here this week. Let's lighten up with a hefty serving of sugar!

St. Patrick's Day Goodies

WBH made the popcorn balls and I made the cupcakes. Sure it's past St. Patty's, but no one's saying they have to be green!

Popcorn Balls: In sauce pan over medium heat, heat 2/3 cup corn syrup and 1 package of green jello until dissolved. allow to cool a few minutes. Pop a bowl of popcorn- pour jello mixture over popcorn. stir, and form into balls with greased hands.

While eating them, please enjoy this video about corn syrup.

1 stick butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups flour
2 Tbs milk
1 orange( for use with cupcakes and frosting)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and zest orange. Blend butter, sugar and eggs. In separate bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda and half of orange zest. Add half of this mixture to egg/sugar blend. Add milk and squueze in juice from half of orange. Add remaining dry ingredients. Spoon into muffin cups and bake for 12-15 minutes.

Frosting: ( This one is much less exact than the cupcakes. )
1 cup softened butter cut into cubes
4 cups powdered sugar
remaining orange zest
juice from remaining orange half

Blend first three ingredients. Squeeze juice from orange half into frosting and add milk by the tablespoon until desired consistency is reached.

These will have a lot more orange flavor on the second day, so make ahead if possible. Enjoy!



James and Elizabeth said...

I've been wanting to make Popcorn balls for a while now. I guess I'll have to use your recipe. (I've never made popcorn balls before).

Anonymous said...

They look and sound delicious.

RM said...

I'll have to use the popcorn ball recipe one of these days!