Monday, June 27, 2011

Red Hot Firecracker Popcorn

Red Hot Firecracker Popcorn Recipe from Holiday Snobs. We're pretty big on popcorn around here- and movies... I'm thinking we should make this and take it to the drive-in movies!

Red Hot Firecracker Popcorn
3 bags microwave popcorn, popped
1 C. Butter
9 oz Red Hots Candy
1/2 C Corn Syrup

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Have popcorn ready in a large bowl. Have a roast pan or large jelly roll sheet sprayed with cooking spray and ready to go. Mix butter, syrup and candy over med/high heat. Once it boils let it boil for 5-8 mins longer. It should then reach soft ball stage on a candy thermometer. All the while stirring constantly. Once it reaches soft ball remove from heat and pour over popcorn and mix well. Pour popcorn into pan or sheet and place in oven. Roast for 45 min stirring after 20 mins. Remove from oven and pour out onto parchment paper or sprayed wax paper to cool in a single layer. Store in an airtight container.

Red White & Blue Whoopie Pies :)

Red White & Blue Whoopie Pies

1 vanilla cake mix
1 c. rice krispy cereal
½ c. melted butter
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Buttercream Frosting (I made homemade, you can use canned or whatever)

Preheat your oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combing all the first 5 ingredients until mixed in. It's kind of crumbly. Carefully stir in m&m's. Roll or smush into 1 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Make sure they are at least 2 inches apart to allow some spreading while baking. Bake for 9-10 minutes or until set. Cool for a minute on the pan, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling. After the cookies have cooled completely, take 2 cookies and fill with frosting.

***So I made them! They're pretty small for whoopie pies, but horribly rich so you couldn't stand it if they were any bigger. I used red & blue mini M&M's, and homemade butter-cream frosting (dyed blue, for July 4th). They are FABULOUS but make me SO SICK I'm hoping someone else finishes eating them because I keep making myself so sick on them :(.

My recipe for butter-cream frosting:

½ cup butter (softened to room temperature)
4½ cups powdered sugar
1½ tsp vanilla
¼ cup milk

Put butter in mixing bowl and whip until fluffy... add vanilla and 2 cups of powdered sugar. Keep whipping. Add milk, whip some more, add rest of the powdered sugar and continue whipping. If it isn't soft enough for your needs, add 1 tsp milk at a time until it is. :) I colored mine with "spider-man blue" gel food coloring.