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Apple-Spice Angel Food Cake

Ingredients
1 package (16 ounces) angel food cake mix
1 cup water
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
Reduced-fat whipped topping and/or apple slices, optional

Directions
In a large bowl, combine cake mix and water. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Fold in the applesauce, pecans and pie spice.

Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake on the lowest oven rack at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until lightly browned and entire top appears dry. Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.

Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a serving plate. Garnish with whipped topping and/or apple slices if desired. Yield: 16 servings.

Recipe found here: Apple-Spice Angel Food Cake

Amish Sugar Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions
In a large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugars. Beat in eggs until well blended. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture.

Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Test Kitchen Tips
Salted butter and a splash of extract (try almond!) make these extra flavorful.

If you like your treats on the sweeter end of the spectrum, add a pinch of coarse sugar to the tops of these light and airy cookies.

Why cream of tartar? Baking soda needs an acidic ingredient to create the gas bubbles that make baked goods rise and lighten. Cream of tartar (aka tartaric acid) provides that in this recipe. Yay, chemistry!

Recipe found here: Amish Sugar Cookies

Creamy Cavatappi & Cheese

Ingredients
6 cups uncooked cavatappi or spiral pasta
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
4 cups 2% milk
6 cups (24 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup cubed process cheese (Velveeta)
3 green onions, chopped

TOPPINGS:
1/2 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
3 thick-sliced bacon strips, cooked and coarsely crumbled
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 green onion, chopped
Coarsely ground pepper, optional

Directions
Cook cavatappi according to package directions.

Meanwhile, saute garlic in butter in a Dutch oven. Stir in flour and pepper sauce until blended; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Stir in cheeses until melted; add green onions. Drain cavatappi; stir into cheese mixture.

Transfer to a greased 13×9-in. baking dish. Combine the bread crumbs, bacon and melted butter; sprinkle over top.

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with green onion and, if desired, pepper. Yield: 10 servings.

Recipe found here: Creamy Cavatappi & Cheese

Easy Stuffed Shells

Ingredients
36 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
1 jar (24 ounces) spaghetti sauce
36 frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs (1/2 ounce each), thawed
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta shells according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water.

Spread 1/2 cup sauce into a greased 13×9-in. baking dish. Fill each shell with a meatball; place over sauce. Top with remaining sauce and the cheese.

Bake, covered, 35 minutes. Uncover; bake 3-5 minutes longer or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Easy Stuffed Shells

5-Cheese Ravioli Marinara

Ingredients
1 package (25 ounces) frozen five-cheese or chicken ravioli
4 small zucchini, thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
1/3 cup shaved Parmesan cheese

Directions
Cook ravioli according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, combine zucchini and marinara sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered. 7-9 minutes or until zucchini is crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.

Drain ravioli; add to zucchini mixture. Heat through, stirring gently to combine. Top with cheese. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: 5-Cheese Ravioli Marinara

Sour Cream Potatoes

Ingredients
10 medium red potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1/4 cup 2% milk
2 tablespoons butter, divided
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1-1/4 teaspoons garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika

Directions
Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain.

In a large bowl, mash the potatoes. Add the cream cheese, sour cream, milk, 1 tablespoon butter, parsley and garlic salt; beat until smooth.

Spoon into a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Dot with remaining butter; sprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 10 servings.

Recipe found here: Sour Cream Potatoes

Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken Rolls

Ingredients
8 fresh asparagus spears
2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
4 fresh sage leaves
2 slices provolone cheese (1 ounce each)
2 slices deli ham (3/4 ounce each)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1-1/2 teaspoons butter
1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth

Directions
In a large skillet, bring 1/2 in. of water to a boil. Add asparagus; cover and boil for 3 minutes. Drain and immediately place asparagus in ice water. Drain and pat dry.

Flatten chicken to 1/4-in. thickness. Spread mustard over one side of each chicken breast. Down the center of each, place two sage leaves, a cheese slice, ham slice and four asparagus spears. Fold chicken over asparagus; secure with toothpicks.

Place flour and egg in separate shallow bowls. In another shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Dip chicken in the flour, egg, then bread crumb mixture.

In a large skillet, brown chicken on all sides in butter and oil. Transfer to an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Add wine to skillet, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Pour over chicken.

Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Discard toothpicks. Yield: 2 servings.

Recipe found here: Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken Rolls

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