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Cherry Macaroons

Cherry Macaroons

Ingredients
1-1/3 cups shortening
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups flaked coconut
1 cup maraschino cherries, chopped

Directions
In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and extract; mix well.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in the coconut and cherries (dough will be very stiff).

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Yield: about 6 dozen.

Recipe found here: Cherry Macaroons

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Hawaiian Cake

Hawaiian Cake

Ingredients
1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
2 cups cold 2% milk
2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 can (20 ounces) DOLE® Crushed Pineapple in 100% Pineapple Juice, drained
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries, drained
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions
Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until cake tests done; cool completely.

In a large bowl, combine milk and pudding mixes; beat in cream cheese until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over cooled cake. Top with the pineapple, cherries, coconut and walnuts. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 16-20 servings.

Recipe found here: Hawaiian Cake

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Ranch Mac & Cheese

Ranch Mac & Cheese

Ingredients
1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
1 cup 2% milk
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon garlic pepper blend
1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Colby cheese
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1/2 cup crushed saltines
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, combine the milk, butter, dressing mix and seasonings; heat through. Stir in Monterey Jack and Colby cheeses until melted. Stir in sour cream.

Drain macaroni; stir into cheese sauce with the saltines. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Ranch Mac & Cheese

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Just like KFC or Kentucky Fried Chicken biscuits!

kentucky bisuits

Kentucky Biscuits

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 dash salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup buttermilk

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Cut in 1/2 cup butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in the buttermilk. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 2 minutes. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet, roll into a 6×6 inch square, and cut into 12 even sections. Do not separate.

Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted in the center of the square comes out clean. Separate into biscuits, and serve hot.

Original recipe makes 12 biscuits

Recipe found here: Kentucky Biscuits

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American-Italian Pasta Salad

American-Italian Pasta Salad

Ingredients
1 (16 ounce) package fusilli pasta
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons milk
1 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
1 cup frozen petite peas, thawed
2 (2 ounce) cans sliced black olives
1 cup cubed Genoa salami
3/4 cup chopped green onions
3/4 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions
In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente, rinse under cold water, and drain.

In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, milk and Italian dressing mix. Whisk together until smooth, set aside.

In a large salad bowl combine cooked and cooled pasta, peas, olives, salami, green onions, celery and parsley. Mix in dressing last, reserving 1/2 cup. Let sit overnight in fridge. Stir before serving. Add extra dressing if pasta appears dry.

Original recipe makes 20 servings

Recipe found here: American-Italian Pasta Salad

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Veggie Spiral Salad

Veggie Spiral Salad

Ingredients
1 cup uncooked tricolor spiral pasta
1/2 cup chopped seeded cucumber
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup sliced radishes
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup sliced ripe olives, drained
1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon Italian salad dressing mix
2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the cucumber, celery, onion, radishes, tomatoes, olives, cheese, garlic powder and pepper. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water; stir into vegetable mixture.

In a bowl, whisk the dressing mix, vinegar and oil. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Yield: 5 servings.

Recipe found here: Veggie Spiral Salad

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Shortcut Strawberry-Vanilla Dessert

Shortcut Strawberry-Vanilla Dessert

Ingredients
2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1 teaspoon sugar
1-1/2 cups cold 2% milk
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups whipped topping, divided
1 loaf (10-3/4 ounces) frozen pound cake, thawed

Directions
In a small bowl, combine strawberries and sugar; let stand for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping; set aside.

Cut cake into 14 slices. Layer seven cake slices with 2 tablespoons strawberries, 1/3 cup pudding mixture and another cake slice. Top with remaining strawberries and whipped topping. Yield: 7 servings.

Recipe found here: Shortcut Strawberry-Vanilla Dessert

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