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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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White Chocolate Pound Cake with Chocolate Sauce

White Chocolate Pound Cake with Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients
4 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup water
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk

CHOCOLATE ORANGE SAUCE:
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 tablespoon orange juice
2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions
In a small saucepan, combine white chocolate and water; cook and stir over low heat until melted. Remove from the heat; cool slightly.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in white chocolate mixture. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.

Transfer to a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

Meanwhile, in a small heavy saucepan, combine the whipping cream, sugar, semisweet chocolate and 2 tablespoon butter over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook 4-5 minutes longer or until sauce thickens slightly, stirring constantly.

Remove from the heat. Stir in the orange peel, orange juice, vanilla and remaining butter. Serve warm with cake. Yield: 16 servings.

TO MAKE AHEAD: Cake and chocolate sauce can be prepared a day in advance. Cover and refrigerate sauce. Store cake in a resealable plastic bag or airtight container at room temperature. Reheat sauce over low when ready to serve.

Recipe found here: White Chocolate Pound Cake with Chocolate Sauce

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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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Elegant Pumpkin Pie

Elegant Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients
1 package (14.1 ounces) refrigerated pie pastry
1 can (30 ounces) pumpkin pie filling
3/4 cup evaporated milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 carton (24.3 ounces) Philadelphia ready-to-serve cheesecake filling
2 cups whipped topping
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup glazed pecans

Directions
Unroll each sheet of pastry into a 9-in. pie plate; flute edges. In a large bowl, beat the pie filling, milk and eggs until smooth; pour into crusts. Cover edges loosely with foil.

Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake 35-40 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove foil. Cool on wire racks.

In a large bowl, combine the cheesecake filling, whipped topping and salt. Spread over pies; sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2 pies (8 servings each).

Recipe found here: Elegant Pumpkin Pie

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Blue-Ribbon Butter Cake

Blue-Ribbon Butter Cake

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk

BUTTER SAUCE:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/4 cup water
1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
Pour into a gre
ased and floured 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 350° for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes. Run a knife around edges and center tube of pan. Invert cake onto a wire rack over waxed paper.

For sauce, combine the sugar, butter and water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat just until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in extracts.

Poke holes in the top of the warm cake; spoon 1/4 cup sauce over cake. Let stand until sauce is absorbed. Repeat twice. Poke holes into sides of cake; brush remaining sauce over sides. Cool completely. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Recipe found here: Blue-Ribbon Butter Cake

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White Chocolate Parfaits

White Chocolate Parfaits

Ingredients
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 egg yolks
4 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups whipped topping
1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1-1/2 cups fresh raspberries
Sliced strawberries and additional whipped topping, optional

Directions
In a large saucepan, combine the cream, sugar and cornstarch. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture reaches 160° or is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon.

Stir a small amount into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes; stir in chocolate until melted. Remove from the heat; gently stir in vanilla.

Cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Place 1/4 cup each in four parfait glasses.

Combine blueberries and raspberries; place 1/4 cup in each glass. Repeat layers of chocolate mixture and berries twice. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Garnish with strawberries and whipped topping if desired. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: White Chocolate Parfaits

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Nutty Apple Streusel Dessert

Nutty Apple Streusel Dessert

Ingredients
6 cups sliced peeled tart apples
1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup 2% milk
2 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup biscuit/baking mix

TOPPING:
1 cup biscuit/baking mix
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons cold butter
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Ice cream or whipped cream, optional

Directions
In a large bowl, toss apples with cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Place in a greased 3-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the milk, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and baking mix. Spoon over apples.

For topping, combine biscuit mix and brown sugar in a large bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Add almonds; sprinkle over apples.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the apples are tender. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Recipe found here: Nutty Apple Streusel Dessert

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