Caramel Nut Logs
Source: Land O' Lakes
1/2 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter
1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow crème
4 1/2 to 5 cups powdered sugar
1 (14-ounce) package caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons LAND O LAKES® Butter
2 tablespoons LAND O LAKES® Half & Half
2 cups chopped salted peanuts, cashews or pecans
Microwave 1/2 cup butter and marshmallow crème in large microwave-safe bowl on
HIGH, stirring once, until melted (1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes). Stir until well
mixed. Stir in 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar; mix well. Place onto surface lightly
sprinkled with powdered sugar; knead in up to 1/2 cup additional powdered sugar
with hands until mixture is firm and no longer shiny.
Divide mixture into 6 equal parts. Shape each into 5x1-inch log; wrap in plastic
food wrap. Place logs onto ungreased baking sheet. Freeze until firm (at least 2
hours or overnight).
Line another baking sheet with waxed paper. Set aside. Place chopped nuts on
another sheet of waxed paper. Set aside.
Place caramels, 2 tablespoons butter and half & half in 2-quart saucepan. Cook
over medium heat, stirring often, until caramels are melted and smooth. Reduce
heat to low to keep caramel mixture warm.
Remove logs from freezer; unwrap. Dip 1 log into warm caramel mixture with tongs
or two-pronged meat fork. Turn to coat; allow excess caramel mixture to drip
back into pan.
Place caramel-coated log on nut-covered waxed paper. Lifting waxed paper, roll
log to coat with nuts. (Use hands to press nuts into log, if necessary.) Set log
onto waxed paper-lined baking sheet to cool. Repeat with remaining logs.
Refrigerate 1 hour; wrap each log in plastic food wrap. Store refrigerated.
To serve, cut each log into 12 slices; place each into foil candy cup.
DECORATING TIP: Place 1/4 cup real semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon
shortening in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds. Stir;
continue microwaving, stirring every 10 seconds, until melted and smooth (10 to
30 seconds). Drizzle over logs.
Ingredient Substitution Index
Yield: 6 dozen candies