Caramel Almond Stars
Preheat oven to 350°. 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.)Advertisement
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.
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.