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Fudgy Brownies

Fudgy Brownies

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

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Peanut Butter Blossoms

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Ingredients
48 HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup REESE’S Creamy Peanut Butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Additional granulated sugar

Directions
1 Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.

2 Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.

3 Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.

4 Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.

Recipe found here: Peanut Butter Blossoms

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Caramel Apple Cake Pops

Caramel Apple Cake Pops

Ingredients
1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
1-1/2 cups finely chopped peeled tart apples
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 packages (11 ounces each) Kraft caramel bits
1/4 cup water
39 lollipop sticks
1 cup finely chopped salted peanuts

Directions
Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions, adding the apples after mixing. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake according to package directions. Cool completely.

In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, cream and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; cool for 5 minutes. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.

Crumble one cake layer into a large bowl. (Save remaining cake for another use.) Add brown sugar mixture; mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. Arrange on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Freeze for at least 2 hours or until firm.

In a large saucepan, combine caramel bits and water. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until smooth. Dip ends of lollipop sticks into caramel and insert into cake balls. Dip balls in caramel; roll bottoms in peanuts. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 39 cake pops.

Recipe found here: Caramel Apple Cake Pops

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Espresso Brownies

Ingredients
Nonstick vegetable oil cooking spray
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons espresso powder
1 (19.8-ounce) box brownie mix (recommended: Duncan Hines)
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Whisk 1/3 cup of water, oil, eggs, and 2 tablespoons espresso powder in a large bowl to blend. Add the brownie mix. Stir until well blended. Stir in the chocolate chips. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 35 minutes. Cool completely.

Meanwhile, dissolve the remaining 2 teaspoons of espresso powder in the remaining 2 tablespoons of water in a medium bowl. Whisk in the vanilla. Add the powdered sugar and butter and whisk until smooth. Pour the glaze over the brownies. Refrigerate until the glaze is set. Cut into bite-size pieces. Arrange the brownies on a platter and serve.

Recipe found here: Espresso Brownies

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Peanut Butter Fudge

Ingredients
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1-1/3 cups peanut butter
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme

Directions
In a saucepan, bring sugar and milk to a boil; boil for 3 minutes. Add peanut butter and marshmallow creme; mix well. Quickly pour into a buttered 8-in. square pan; chill until set. Cut into squares. Yield: 3-4 dozen.

Recipe found here: Peanut Butter Fudge

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Homemade Twinkies

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE TWINKIES:
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla

FOR WHIPPED FILLING
1/3 cup shortening
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup powdered sugar

PREPARATION:

FOR THE TWINKIES:

Preheat the oven to 350. Beat the eggs and sugar for one minute until slightly thickened. Mix in other ingredients, just blending until combined. Divide batter between three greased mini loaf pans, or 6 cupcakes. Bake for half an hour, until puffed and golden brown, and when you insert a toothpick into the cake it comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans, then remove to a cutting board.
With a sharp knife, carefully cut out rectangles from the bottom. Scrape out the insides carefully, and eat them, but saving a strip of rectangle to put back on. Fill with whipped filling, put the little caps back on.

FOR WHIPPED FILLING

Mix the first four ingredients for 6-7 minutes, then add the confectioners sugar and beat another 5 minutes

Recipe found here: Homemade Twinkies

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Vanilla Cupcakes

Ingredients
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup (130 grams) granulated white sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Zest of 1 large lemon (outer yellow skin)
1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (60 ml) milk

Confectioners (Buttercream) Frosting
2 cups (230 grams) confectioners sugar (icing or powdered sugar), sifted
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk or light cream
Assorted food colors (if desired)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl whisk together the lemon zest, flour, baking powder, and salt.

With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and milk, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Evenly fill the muffin cups with the batter and bake for about 17 – 20 minutes or just until set and a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean. (Always check a few minutes before the stated baking time. Do not over bake or the cupcakes will be dry.) Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, frost with icing. If you want flat topped cupcakes then slice off the dome of each cupcake, with a sharp knife, before frosting. If you want to pipe the frosting, I like to use a large Wilton 1M star decorating tip. Cupcakes are best eaten the same day they are made, but they can be covered and stored for a few days.

Confectioners (Buttercream) Frosting: In an electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream the butter until smooth and well blended. Add the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat in the sugar. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the milk and beat on high speed until frosting is light and fluffy (about 3-4 minutes). Add a little more milk or sugar, if needed. Tint the frosting with desired food color (I use the paste food coloring that is available at cake decorating stores and party stores).

Makes about 12 cupcakes

Recipe found here: Vanilla Cupcakes

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