Chocolate Enchantments and Delights

I had a book manuscript due today that I wrote with two amazing colleagues on programs in libraries. I had another due earlier this month that another extraordinary librarian wrote with me. I’m so grateful for these opportunities, and am even more grateful that they are done!

I’ve looked for a lot of fast and easy recipes this busy season, and these two from the 60s Southern Living Cookies and Candy Cookbook fit the bill, under the Dropped Cookies section.

Chocolate Enchantments

1 14-oz. package caramels

3 Tbsp. water

1/2 c. semisweet chocolate pieces

3/4 c. chopped nutmeats

1 c. quick rolled oats

Place the caramels and water in top of a double boiler over boiling water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until caramels are melted. Reduce heat until water in double boiler is hot, not boiling. Add chocolate pieces and stir until melted. Remove from heat and stir in nutmeats and oats. Drop quickly by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Chill. 3 dozen

Chocolate Delights

2 C sugar

4 T cocoa

1 C cream

24 marshmallows

2 C. graham cracker crumbs

1 C. chopped nuts

2 tsp. vanilla

Mix the sugar, cocoa and cream in a saucepan and cook to soft-ball stage, stirring constantly. Cool slightly, then add the marshmallows, crumbs, nuts and vanilla. Mix well. Drop by teaspoonfuls on waxed paper.


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