Friday, December 5, 2014

Almond Joy To The World!

Its my favorite time of the year once again! Normally, just seeing red and green is enough to make me giddy but with all the lights and decorations around nowadays I cant help but grin constantly! :) Christmastime and the entire holiday season is just so very special! I love that no matter what religion or culture, we all are able to look back and be grateful for the countless blessings over the past year.

Not surprisingly, another one of my favorite things about Christmastime is all of the wonderful sweets, cookies, cakes, candies and confections. Gah!! I definitely have had to exercise my will power muscle even more as of late but hey whats the holidays without a few special sweet treats?

For the past few years, we've made something sweet and yummy to share with my husbands coworkers and staff. As soon as November hits I keep a look out for great recipes to try. This year I came across this recipe from Ina Garten who has been sharing her favorite christmas cookie recipes on her facebook page. It seemed so unbelievably easy that I had to try it and of course add a little bit of a twist to make it my own! I decided to add toasted coconut flakes and roasted almonds because it reminded me of one of my father's favorite candy bars, Almond Joy! They were not only addictingly delicious but with only 4 ingredients super simple as well!

p.s.They remain wonderful even without the added nuts.

Almond Joy Crisps

Cant you just hear the satisfying crunch as you take that first bite?
Then the chocolate melting and oozing.....
Also love that they look like snow dusted pinecones :)

11.5 oz bag of Ghiradelli milk chocolate chips
3 cups of cornflakes
1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted (reserve a tablespoon for garnish)
1/2 cup of sliced honey roasted almonds (reserve a tablespoon for garnish)

1. measure out cornflakes and place in a large mixing bowl
2. add coconut flakes and almonds
3. Melt chocolate chips over a double boiler and mix constantly until smooth
4. pour melted chocolate over cornflake mixture
5. quickly and thoroughly mix all the ingredients
6. spoon heaps onto a parchment lined baking sheet or onto a silpat
7. sprinkle more toasted coconut flakes and sliced almonds on top
8. allow to harden for 15 minutes in the fridge
9. carefully pull off the parchment paper and... 
10. Devour. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone. Thank you for encouraging and supporting Our Eyes Eat First with your visits! Wishing you peace, love happiness and joy during this wonderful season and always!