Well, I’ve gone and done it again; I’ve made a new tradition or two. This year I really wanted to try a bunch of new recipes and make them my own, and so far two of them are really big hits! I have more to make, but I’ve already made rum/bourbon balls and pumpkin seed brittle.
All I have to say is that peanuts are obsolete and pepitas are in! Who wants boring old peanut brittle when they can have pumpkin seed brittle? I tried this recipe from Land O’ Lakes for Peanut Brittle and it’s a winner! I even used Land O’ Lakes salted butter. However, I think the other trick was using salted and roasted pepitas instead of peanuts. It turned out better than the store-bought pumpkin seed brittle I bought in a fancy tin last year.
I’ve never had rum balls before. I tried this fabulous recipe from Southern Living (my go-to recipe bank) for Rum Balls. I will say they are an acquired taste that doesn’t take long to acquire, especially when you add bourbon. I did have a passing thought that I’d like to try pecans AND almonds instead of just pecans. I guess I will have to experiment next year! Meanwhile, my farmer-neighbor says that they definitely taste as they should, and I believe him, as I witnessed him snarfing them down two at a time…
These lovely treats are great around the holidays when I want to have a few (everything in moderation), and then I can give away the rest as gifts. Tons of fun in the kitchen and nice to share! Better their hips than mine, as I always say.