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Lemon Drop Cookies

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon half-and-half cream
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup finely crushed lemon drops
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, cream and peel. Combine the flour, lemon drops, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 3 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Lemon Drop Cookies

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Italian Sausage Egg Bake

Ingredients
8 slices white bread, cubed
1 pound Italian sausage links, casings removed and sliced
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
9 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups 2% milk
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed

Directions
Place bread cubes in a greased 13×9-in. baking dish; set aside. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Spoon sausage over bread; sprinkle with cheeses.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and seasonings; pour over casserole. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Italian Sausage Egg Bake

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makeover-rum-cake

Makeover Rum Cake

Ingredients
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup dark rum
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs

GLAZE:
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, cubed
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons dark rum

Directions
Coat a 10-in. fluted tube pan with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour; add pecans. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, milk, rum, oil, applesauce and eggs; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.

Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 325° for 40-45 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.

In a small saucepan, combine glaze ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until thickened. Drizzle over cake. Yield: 16 servings.

Recipe found here: Makeover Rum Cake

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Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Mix

Ingredients
1-3/4 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup powdered nondairy creamer
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup miniature marshmallows

ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS:
3/4 cup hot milk

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the milk powder, sugar, creamer, cocoa and cinnamon. Add the marshmallows; mix well. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 3 months.

To prepare 1 serving: Dissolve 3 tablespoons hot chocolate mix in hot milk. Yield: about 3-1/2 cups mix (18 servings).

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Espresso Cream Cake

Ingredients
2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
2 tablespoons hot water
1 carton (8 ounces) Mascarpone cheese
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 prepared angel food cake (8 to 10 ounces)
1/2 cup coffee liqueur
2 teaspoons baking cocoa

Directions
In a large bowl, dissolve espresso powder in water; cool. Stir in cheese.

In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar; beat until soft peaks form. Stir 1/2 cup cream into cheese mixture; fold in remaining cream.

Serve mascarpone cream with cake. Drizzle each serving with liqueur and dust with cocoa. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Espresso Cream Cake

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gingerbread-sandwich-trees

Gingerbread Sandwich Trees

Ingredients
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup molasses
4 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
M&M’s minis
3/4 cup vanilla or chocolate frosting
Green food coloring, optional

Directions
In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses. Combine the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, ginger and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness.

Cut with a floured 3-in. tree-shaped cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Gently press M&M’s into half of the cookies.

Bake at 325° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

If using vanilla frosting, tint green if desired. Spread frosting over the bottoms of plain cookies; top with decorated cookies. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Gingerbread Sandwich Trees

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Contest-Winning Sweet Potato Bake

Ingredients
7 large sweet potatoes (about 6 pounds), peeled and cubed
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/2 cup orange marmalade
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger

TOPPING:
12 oatmeal cookies, crumbled
6 tablespoons butter, softened

Directions
Preheat oven to 400°. Place sweet potatoes in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook just 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain.

Mash potatoes with butter. Add marmalade, orange juice, brown sugar, salt and ginger. Transfer to a greased 13×9-in. baking dish. Toss cookie crumbs with butter; sprinkle over the top.

Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes or until browned. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Contest-Winning Sweet Potato Bake

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