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Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

Ingredients
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
5 large marshmallows
1 jar (12 ounces) creamy peanut butter

Directions
In a heavy 2-qt. saucepan, combine the sugars, milk and marshmallows. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves and marshmallows melt. Remove from the heat; stir in peanut butter. Pour into a buttered 8-in. square dish. Cool. When firm, cut into squares. Yield: 3 dozen.

If Cooking for Two: Fudge will keep for several weeks wrapped or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator

Recipe found here: Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

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Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Ingredients
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 vanilla beans
2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup whole milk

FROSTING:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
Assorted sprinkles and candies

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°. Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Split vanilla beans lengthwise; using the tip of a sharp knife, scrape seeds from the center into creamed mixture. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.

Fill prepared cups three-fourths full. Bake 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Decorate with sprinkles and candies as desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.

Freeze option: Freeze cooled cupcakes in resealable plastic freezer bags. To use, thaw at room temperature. Frost as directed.

Recipe found here: Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

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Spiced Cake Doughnuts

Spiced Cake Doughnuts

Ingredients
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup grated peeled apples
Oil for deep-fat frying

BROWNED BUTTER FROSTING:
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
Colored sprinkles

Directions
In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and mace; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Fold in apples. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. doughnut cutter. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.

In a small saucepan, bring brown sugar and butter to a boil. Cook and stir for 1 minute or until slightly thickened. Pour into a small bowl; let stand for 10 minutes. Add cream; beat until smooth. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, beating well after each addition until frosting achieves desired consistency. Frost doughnuts; top with sprinkles. Yield: 22 doughnuts.

Recipe found here: Spiced Cake Doughnuts

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Deviled Eggs with Bacon

Ingredients
12 hard-cooked eggs
1/3 cup mayonnaise
3 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Directions
Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks; set whites aside. In a small bowl, mash yolks. Add the mayonnaise, bacon, onion and relish; mix well. Stuff into egg whites. Refrigerate until serving. Sprinkle with paprika. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Deviled Eggs with Bacon

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Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes

Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes

Ingredients
Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes:
1 package (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
1 package (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding mix
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Cinnamon, Ground
1 teaspoon McCormick® Cloves, Ground
1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Cloves, Ground
1 box (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. For the Cupcakes, beat all ingredients, except Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting, in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping side of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes or until well blended.

Spoon batter into 24 lightly greased or paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.

Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely.

For the Frosting, beat cream cheese, butter, vanilla and cloves in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Frost cooled cupcakes with Frosting.

Serves: Makes 24 servings.

Recipe found here: Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes

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Black Velvet Whoopie Pies

Black Velvet Whoopie Pies

Ingredients

Cookies:
1 package (2-layer size) German chocolate cake mix with pudding
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons McCormick® Black Food Color
3 eggs

1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Jack-O-Lantern Orange Filling:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Orange Extract
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Red Food Color
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Yellow Food Color

Directions
For the Cookies, preheat oven to 350°F. Beat cake mix, water, cocoa powder, oil, food color, eggs and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes.

Spoon 1 tablespoon of batter, 2 inches apart, onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. (Cookies will spread so avoid crowding them on baking sheet.).

Bake 8 minutes or until cookies are puffed and spring back when touched, turning baking sheets halfway through baking. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

For the Orange Filling, beat all ingredients in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. To assemble the Whoopie Pies, place 1 tablespoon filling on flat side of 1 cookie. Top with a second cookie, pressing gently to spread the filling. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling. Store whoopie pies between layers of wax paper in airtight container in refrigerator up to 5 days.

Serves: 24
Serving Size: 1 whoopie pie

Cooking Tips
Variations:
Frankenstein Green Filling: Use McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract in place of the orange extract and 1/4 teaspoon Neon Green McCormick® Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye in place of the yellow and red food color.

Phantom Purple Filling: Use 1 teaspoon McCormick® Raspberry Extract in place of the orange extract and 1/2 teaspoon Neon Purple and 15 drops Neon Blue McCormick® Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye in place of the yellow and red food color.

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Delicious Stuffed Baked Apples

Delicious Stuffed Baked Apples

Ingredients
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
2-1/4 cups cranberry-apple juice
1/3 cup thawed cranberry juice concentrate
4 large Golden Delicious apples
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground allspice, divided
1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions
In a small bowl, combine the raisins, cranberries and apricots. In a small saucepan, bring juice and concentrate to a boil. Pour over dried fruit; let stand for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. Core apples, leaving bottoms intact. Peel the top third of each apple; place in a greased 8-in. square baking dish.

Drain fruit mixture, reserving juice. Stir brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon allspice into fruit; spoon into apples. Drizzle with butter. Pour 3/4 cup reserved juice around apples.

Cover and bake for 50 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until tender. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring remaining reserved juice and allspice to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup. Serve with baked apples. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Delicious Stuffed Baked Apples

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