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Very Lemony Meringue Pie

Ingredients
1-1/4 cups sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 cup cold water
3 egg yolks
1/3 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons butter
1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked

MERINGUE:
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/3 cup cold water
3 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash salt
6 tablespoons sugar

Directions
Preheat oven to 325°. In a saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir in a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks. Return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.

Remove from the heat. Add lemon juice and butter; stir until butter is melted and mixture is blended. Pour hot filling into pastry shell.

In a saucepan, combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until mixture is thickened, about 2 minutes.

Remove from the heat. In a bowl, beat egg whites, vanilla and salt until foamy. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on medium speed until soft peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Gradually beat in cornstarch mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form.

Spread evenly over hot filling, sealing edges to crust. Bake 18-20 minutes or until meringue is golden. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate pie for at least 3 hours before serving. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Very Lemony Meringue Pie

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Strawberry Watermelon Slush

Ingredients
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups cubed seedless watermelon
2 cups fresh strawberries, halved
2 cups ice cubes

Directions
Place first four ingredients in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Add ice; process, covered, until slushy. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings

Recipe found here: Strawberry Watermelon Slush

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Root Beer Float Cake

Ingredients
1 package white cake mix (regular size)
1-3/4 cups cold root beer, divided
1/4 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1 envelope whipped topping mix (Dream Whip)

Directions
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, 1-1/4 cups root beer, oil and eggs. Beat on low speed for 2 minutes or stir by hand for 3 minutes.

Pour into a greased 13×9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

In a small bowl, combine the whipped topping mix and remaining root beer. Beat until soft peaks form. Frost cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12-15 servings.

Recipe found here: Root Beer Float Cake

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Citrus Cheesecake

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

FILLING
5 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1-3/4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

TOPPING
1-1/2 cups (about 12 ounces) sour cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Combine flour and lemon peel; gradually add to creamed mixture. Mix until dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Divide dough in half; cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

Remove sides of a 9-in. springform pan. Grease bottom. Between waxed paper, roll half the dough to fit bottom of pan. Peel off top paper; invert dough onto bottom of pan. Remove paper; trim dough to fit pan.

Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Attach sides of the pan and grease sides. Pat remaining dough 1-1/2 in. up sides of pan, pressing dough to bottom crust to seal.

For filling, in another large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, flour, peels and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs and yolks; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in cream just until combined. Pour into crust. Return pan to baking sheet.

Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 325°; bake 55-65 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Combine topping ingredients; spread over cheesecake. Refrigerate overnight. Yield: 12-14 servings

Recipe found here: Citrus Cheesecake

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Chunky Blond Brownie

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup white baking chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
1 jar (3 ounces) macadamia nuts or 3/4 cup blanched almonds, chopped, divided

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in white chips, chocolate chunks and 1/2 cup nuts.

Spoon into a greased 13×9-in. baking pan; spread over the bottom of pan. Sprinkle with remaining nuts. Bake 25-30 minutes or until top begins to crack and is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Chunky Blond Brownie

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White Chocolate Mousse Tarts

Ingredients
6 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
2 packages (6 count each) individual graham cracker tart shells
Assorted fresh fruit, optional

Directions
In a microwave, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl; whisk in milk and vanilla. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon into tart shells. Garnish with fruit if desired. Chill until serving. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: White Chocolate Mousse Tarts

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Red Raspberry Creme Brulee

Ingredients
1 can (21 ounces) raspberry pie filling
1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
6 egg yolks
6 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup coarse sugar

Directions
Preheat oven to 325°. Coat six 6-oz. ramekins or custard cups with cooking spray. Spoon a scant 3 tablespoons pie filling into the bottom of each ramekin; set aside.

In a small saucepan, heat cream until bubbles form around sides of pan. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar. Remove cream from heat; stir a small amount of hot cream into egg mixture. Return all to pan, stirring constantly.

Pour into prepared ramekins. Place in a baking pan; add 1 in. of boiling water to pan. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until centers are just set (mixture will jiggle). Remove ramekins from water bath; cool 10 minutes. Spoon remaining pie filling over tops. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

If using a creme brulee torch, sprinkle custards with coarse sugar. Heat sugar with the torch until caramelized. Serve immediately.

If broiling the custards, place ramekins on a baking sheet; let stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Sprinkle custards with coarse sugar. Broil 8 in. from heat for 4-7 minutes or until sugar is caramelized. Refrigerate 1-2 hours or until firm. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Red Raspberry Creme Brulee

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