Did you know that there are literally thousands of uses for a bag of powdered sugar? It's true. Powdered sugar isn't just for dusting on desserts or French toast as a decoration. This ingredient can actually be used to make frosting, cookies and, best of all, candy. When it comes to candy, the sky is the limit. There are so many different recipes that can be made with a base of powdered sugar. Here are just a few candies that you can make from a bag of powdered sugar.
Pinwheels are a popular Christmas candy that is incredibly easy to make. All you need to do is pour 2 pounds of powdered sugar into a large bowl and add two tablespoons of melted butter along with a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract and enough milk to form a ball of dough once the ingredients are mixed together. Once the dough forms, cut in half and roll each half into a long rectangle around 1/8 inch thick. Spread with peanut butter or chocolate spread and roll into a tube. Slice and store in an airtight container separating the layers with waxed paper.
If you love the classic York Peppermint Patty, you will love this candy. For this candy you will need 1 pound of powdered sugar combined with 3 tablespoons of softened butter, 2-3 teaspoons of pure peppermint extract and 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Stir in 1/4 cup evaporated milk and form the mixture into 1 inch balls. Once the balls have chilled in the refrigerator, flatter with the bottom of a glass and dip into melted chocolate consisting of 12 ounces of semi sweet chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of shortening. Place the dipped patties onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and chill until firm before storing in an airtight container.
Another popular Christmas candy that has powdered sugar is buckeyes. Buckeyes start with two sticks of softened butter mixed with one and a half cups of peanut butter and a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. You then stir in six 6 cups of powdered sugar by hand. The mixture will be dry, but can be formed into 1 inch balls. Chill the balls until firm before dipping in a mixture of 12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips that have been melted with 2 tablespoons of shortening. Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper until the chocolate is firm and then store in an airtight container.
Last, but certainly not least, powdered sugar can be used to create a variety of cream candies. This recipe is super simple. All you need is 4 cups of powdered sugar mixed with 1 stick of softened butter, 4 tablespoons of whipping cream or evaporated milk and 1 tablespoon of flavoring (not extract) such as maple, Irish cream or peppermint. Form the candy into 1 inch balls and chill until firm before dipping into a melted mixture of 12 ounces of chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons shortening.
Powdered sugar has many, many uses in the confectionery world. Whether you have a craving for peanut butter pinwheels or maple cream chocolates, this is one ingredient you must keep on hand.