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Caramel Almond Stars

Caramel Almond Stars

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  • Makes: 65 servings
  • Yield: about 60 stars
  • Hands On 35 mins
  • Total Time 35 mins

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These playful candies are sort of a mock turtle--all the texture and flavor minus the homemade caramel or fussy dipping. Sprinkle with Wilton's gold star sprinkles (sold online) or coarse sparkling sugar. For a flavor twist, substitute roasted, salted almonds or even smoked almonds.

Ingredients

  • 30 vanilla caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 cups whole almonds (with skin or blanched), toasted
  • 1 cup white baking pieces
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
  • Gold star-shape sprinkles or coarse sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees . Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut caramels in half and mold each half into a circle. (It doesn't need to be perfect.) Arrange on pans. Place one pan at a time in the oven for 3 to 4 minutes or until caramels are slightly softened. Immediately press five almonds into each caramel to form a star shape. (If caramels start to firm up, return pan to oven for a minute or two.)
  2. In a small heavy saucepan, heat white baking pieces and shortening over low heat, stirring until melted. Remove from heat. Spoon a small amount of white chocolate over each candy, "gluing" the almonds in place. Chill until firm but still tacky, about 5 minutes. Top with sprinkles or coarse sugar. Store between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or freeze up to 3 months.

Storage

  • Place stars between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 1 week or freeze up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

(Caramel Almond Stars)

Servings Per Recipe 65, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, fiber (g) 1, sodium (mg) 16, sugar (g) 4, sat. fat (g) 2, Riboflavin (mg) 0, carb. (g) 6, Niacin (mg) 0, Monounsaturated fat (g) 1, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, Folate (µg) 2, pro. (g) 1, calcium (mg) 29, cal. (kcal) 64, vit. A (IU) 6, iron (mg) 0, Fat, total (g) 4, vit. C (mg) 0, chol. (mg) 0, Thiamin (mg) 0, Potassium (mg) 32

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