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March 30, 2015

CANDIED VANILLA SUGAR WAFERS

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These vanilla sugar wafer cookies, covered with almond bark and decorated with sugar crystal-coated marshmallow petals just scream springtime. 

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Let me ask you this, how is your sense of direction? I am one of those unfortunate souls who has none. I can go somewhere literally 100 times but when left to my own device to navigate...you'd think I have never been there. My husband, on the other hand, can go somewhere just once and ten years later would remember how to get there and the landmarks along the way. Seriously, how does that man do it? Such a showoff! :)

I blame my shortcoming on hereditary: my mom also lacks a sense of direction. Growing up, there was a department store (Zayre...does that ring a bell?) about 30 minutes away from our house that our family used to go every now and then. Mom did not drive, so dad did all the driving. When I got my license, one of the first places Mom and I wanted to visit was this store. We took off one afternoon with that intention and returned home 1.5 hours later, never having made it there. We lost our bearing  midway and drove around in vain. To our defense, this was before the cell phone or GPS days when you have to find a phone booth to make a call. We were too embarrassed to call home to ask my dad, and apparently, too proud to stop to ask anyone else. 

When we got home Dad asked how our trip was. We said "good", and that was the end of the story....until about a week later when Dad started to ask questions. We came clean. He had a good laugh and never let us live it down. He has always had a keen sense of direction. Our Sunday family drives often involved him driving to unfamiliar places just so he can figure his way back home. 

So, how about you? Do you have a shortcoming that you would like to share...or admit to? I'd love to hear it!

Candied Vanilla Sugar Wafers

Today's main feature are these adorable Candied Vanilla Sugar Wafers. They are springy and perfect for the Easter party dessert table, picnics, birthday parties, what have you. The wafers are coated with colored vanilla almond bark. They are then adorned with sugar crystal-coated marshmallow flower petals which add a colorful and whimsical touch.

And if you are looking for something deliciously fun to make with the children—BINGO!—you have found it! You are very welcome indeed!


CANDIED SUGAR WAFERS



INGREDIENTS: 

1 pkg. (24 oz.) Vanilla Almond Bark
48 mini marshmallows
2 tsp. blue sugar crystals
2 tsp. pink sugar crystals
green and yellow food coloring
1 pkg. (11 oz.) Vanilla Sugar Wafers



INSTRUCTIONS:

Melt almond bark according to package directions. I like to melt mine in an oven-safe bowl over a simmering pot of water (do not let water touch the base of the bowl). 

While almond bark melts, make marshmallow flower petals. Cut each in half at a diagonal. Dip the cut side into sugar crystals, making equal amount of blue and pink flower petals.

Knife cutting marshmallow 

Marshmallow flower petals


Once the almond bark has melted, remove 3 tablespoons and place in a small microwaveable bowl. Set aside. Add enough green food coloring to the remaining almond bark in the bowl to obtain desired shade. Stir until well blended and smooth.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. Working one at a time, dip and coat sugar wafer into melted almond bark. Remove with a fork, allowing excess almond bark to drip back into bowl. Place cookie on parchment-lined baking sheet. Place three marshmallow flower petals in the center to form a flower. Repeat dipping wafers and adding flower petals until almond bark or wafers are gone.

Microwave the reserved almond bark for about 10 seconds or until melted. Add and blend a couple drops (or more) of yellow food coloring to obtain desired color. Place almond bark in the corner a small zip lock bag and twist closed. Cut about 1/4" off the tip of the corner. Pipe a small drop in the center of each flower. Optional, shave off excess dripping on the cookies with a sharp knife. Makes about 32 cookies.




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12 comments:

  1. These vanilla wafers are just beautiful! They're so perfect for spring and look so delicious!

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    1. Thank you Marcie! Unfortunately for my waistline, it wast too easy to fill up on samples of these as I was making them! :)

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  2. These look so gorgeous! Perfect for Easter! Love seeing the creative stuff from fellow food bloggers! Unfortunately, I am not making any cute stuff this Easter - too busy! :)

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    1. Thank you, Julia! The fact that Easter is early this year does not help...but there is always next year! I somehow thought we had another whole week, otherwise I would have done this post a little earlier.

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  3. These vanilla wafers look perfect for spring! So pretty! I struggle with sense of direction too. I do better when I am on foot, but forget about driving!

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    1. Thanks Christin! And thank you for indulging me! You have one up on me —I am equally directionally challenged on foot as I am in the car :(

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  4. These turned out beautifully--so perfectly even! I laughed at your direction story. My husband has no sense of direction (though strangely once he gets somewhere, he can reverse direction to get home). We joke that one time while traveling, he overshot the whole city of Orlando. Two of our three kids have no directional sense (though one compensates well), so I agree it is probably hereditary.

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    1. Thank you! I feel better having come (indirectly) across "my kind" of people. I have mistakenly taken the long way from point A to point B more times than I care to remember! I know how your husband and kids feel :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. These are brilliant! And so cute!! I loved discovering this post and your sweet story :-)

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comments! I'm so glad you stopped by!

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  6. What a very special treat! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a wonderful week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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