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Cool and Creamy Watermelon Pie

Cool and Creamy Watermelon Pie

Ingredients
1 package (3 ounces) watermelon gelatin
1/4 cup boiling water
1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 cups cubed seeded watermelon
1 graham cracker crust (9 inches)

Directions
In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Cool to room temperature. Whisk in whipped topping; fold in watermelon. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Recipe found here: Cool and Creamy Watermelon Pie

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Classic Pecan Pie

Classic Pecan Pie

1 cup Karo® Light OR Dark Corn Syrup
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) pecans
1 (9-inch) unbaked or frozen** deep-dish pie crust

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix corn syrup, eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla using a spoon. Stir in pecans. Pour filling into pie crust.

Bake on center rack of oven for 60 to 70 minutes (see tips for doneness, below). Cool for 2 hours on wire rack before serving.

**To use prepared frozen pie crust: Place cookie sheet in oven and preheat oven as directed. Pour filling into frozen crust and bake on preheated cookie sheet.

RECIPE TIPS: Pie is done when center reaches 200°F. Tap center surface of pie lightly – it should spring back when done. For easy clean up, spray pie pan with cooking spray before placing pie crust in pan. If pie crust is overbrowning, cover edges with foil.

NUTRITION TIP: To reduce calories, substitute new Karo® Lite Syrup for the Karo® Light or Dark Corn Syrup.

High Altitude Adjustments: Reduce sugar to 2/3 cup and increase butter to 3 tablespoons. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.

VARIATION: coarsely chopped walnuts may be substituted for pecans to make a walnut pie.

Recipe found here: Classic Pecan Pie

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Strawberrry-Rosemary Yogurt Pops

Strawberrry-Rosemary Yogurt Pops

Ingredients
1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons strawberry preserves
2 fresh rosemary sprigs
1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) vanilla yogurt
6 freezer pop molds or paper cups (3 ounces each) and wooden pop or lollipop sticks

Directions
In a small bowl, mix strawberries, vinegar, preserves and rosemary. Let stand 30 minutes; discard rosemary.

Spoon 2 tablespoons yogurt and 1 tablespoon strawberry mixture into each mold or paper cup. Repeat layers. Top molds with holders. If using cups, top with foil and insert sticks through foil. Freeze until firm. Yield: 6 pops

Recipe found here: Strawberrry-Rosemary Yogurt Pops

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Mini Apple Turnovers

Mini Apple Turnovers

Ingredients
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg, separated
3 tablespoons cold water, divided
2 cups all-purpose flour
7 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
3/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Additional sugar, optional
Vanilla ice cream

Directions
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Refrigerate the egg white. Beat egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water into cream cheese mixture. Gradually add flour until well blended. Shape pastry into a ball. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, combine the apples, sugar and cinnamon. Cover and cook over low heat for 8-10 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove from the heat.

Turn the pastry onto a lightly floured surface. Roll to 1/8-in. thickness; cut into 4-in. circles. Top each circle with apple mixture. Brush edges of pastry with water; fold pastry over filling and seal edges well.

In a small bowl, whisk egg white and remaining water; brush over pastry. Sprinkle with additional sugar if desired.

Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Serve with ice cream. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Mini Apple Turnovers

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Firecracker Float

Firecracker Float

Ingredients
3 scoops vanilla ice cream
1 envelope Pop Rocks candy, flavor of your choice
1 cup chilled lemon-lime soda

Directions
Place a scoop of ice cream in a tall glass; sprinkle with one-third of the candy. Repeat layers twice. Top with soda. Serve immediately. Yield: 1 serving.

Recipe found here: Firecracker Float

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Pecan Sandies Cookies

Pecan Sandies Cookies

Ingredients
2 cups butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons water
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups chopped pecans
Additional confectioners’ sugar

Directions
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add water and vanilla; mix well. Gradually add flour; fold in pecans.

Roll dough into 1-in. balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets and flatten with fingers.

Bake at 300° for 20-25 minutes or until bottom edges are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. When cool, dust with confectioners’ sugar. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Recipe found here: Pecan Sandies Cookies

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Chocolate Eclairs2

Chocolate Eclairs

Ingredients
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs

FILLING:
2-1/2 cups cold milk
1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

FROSTING:
2 ounces semisweet chocolate
2 tablespoons butter
1-1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons hot water

Directions
Preheat oven to 400°. In a large saucepan, bring water, butter and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny.

Using a tablespoon or a pastry tube with a No. 10 or large tip, form dough into 4×1-1/2-in. strips on a greased baking sheet. Bake 35-40 minutes or until puffed and golden. Remove to a wire rack. Immediately split eclairs open; remove tops and set aside. Discard soft dough from inside. Cool eclairs.

In a large bowl, beat milk and pudding mix according to package directions. In another bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Beat in sugar and vanilla; fold into pudding. Fill eclairs (chill any remaining filling for another use).

For frosting, in a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Stir in sugar and enough hot water to achieve a smooth consistency. Cool slightly. Frost eclairs. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 9 servings.

Recipe found here: Chocolate Eclairs

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Rhubarb Strawberry Crunch

Rhubarb Strawberry Crunch

Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
4 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb
1 pint fresh strawberries, halved
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Vanilla ice cream, optional

Directions
In a bowl, combine the first four ingredients; cut in butter until crumbly. Press half into an ungreased 9-in. square baking pan. Combine rhubarb and strawberries; spoon over crust.

In a saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in the water and vanilla; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Pour over fruit. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Serve with ice cream if desired. Yield: 9 servings.

Recipe found here: Rhubarb Strawberry Crunch

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Fudgy Brownies with Peanut Butter Pudding Frosting

Fudgy Brownies with Peanut Butter Pudding Frosting

Ingredients
1 package fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 to 3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons cold 2% milk
4-1/2 teaspoons instant vanilla pudding mix
1 can (16 ounces) chocolate fudge frosting

Directions
Prepare and bake brownies according to package directions. Cool on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat the confectioners’ sugar, butter, peanut butter, milk and pudding mix until smooth. Spread over brownies. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm. Frost with chocolate fudge frosting just before cutting. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Fudgy Brownies with Peanut Butter Pudding Frosting

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Easy Apple Strudel

Easy Apple Strudel

Ingredients
1/3 cup raisins
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups coarsely chopped peeled apples
1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 sheets phyllo dough (14 inches x 9 inches)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons canola oil

Directions
In a microwave-save bowl, combine the raisins, water and almond extract. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1-1/2 minutes, let stand for 5 minutes. Drain. Add the apples, 1/3 cup sugar, flour and cinnamon; toss to coat. Set aside.

Place 1 sheet of phyllo dough on a work surface. Combine butter and oil; set aside 2 teaspoons. Lightly brush some of the remaining butter mixture over phyllo dough. Keep remaining phyllo dough covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel to avoid drying out. Layer with 7 more sheets of phyllo, brushing each layer with some of the butter mixture. Spread apple mixture over phyllo to within 2 in. of one long side. Fold the short edges over filling. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting from the long side where the apple filling is 2 in. from edge.

Place seam side down on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. With a sharp knife, cut diagonal slits into top of strudel. Brush with reserved butter mixture. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until golden. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Easy Apple Strudel

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