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Snickerdoodle Blondie Bars

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt

TOPPING:
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, spices and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Spread into a greased 9-in.-square baking pan.

Mix topping ingredients; sprinkle over top. Bake 35-40 minutes or until set and golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.

Test Kitchen Tip:
For thinner bars, prepare recipe as directed spreading batter in a 13×9-inch greased baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Recipe found here: Snickerdoodle Blondie Bars

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Winning Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups butter, softened
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2-1/3 cups sugar
6 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour

Directions
In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add flour, beating just until blended.

Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 300° for 1-1/2 hours 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. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Recipe found here: Winning Cream Cheese Pound Cake

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Peanut Butter Cake Bars

Ingredients
2/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.

Spread into a greased 13×9-in. baking pan. Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Peanut Butter Cake Bars

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Napoleon

Ingredients
3/4 cup whole milk
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
9 sheets frozen phyllo pastry (such as Athens), thawed
1/3 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar

Directions
In small heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of the milk to a boil. In a small bowl, whisk remaining 1/4 cup milk, egg yolks and sugar until smooth. Whisk in flour. Whisk a little hot milk into egg yolk mixture. Stir egg yolk mixture back into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick, and mixture comes just to a boil, 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Pour into small bowl, cover surface directly with wrap; cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until cold.

Meanwhile, heat oven to 375 F. Coat a 15 x 10 x 1-inch jelly roll pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spread one pastry sheet on prepared pan. Brush with butter. Repeat layering with all of the pastry sheets and butter. With sharp knife, cut sheets lengthwise into thirds. Cover with a sheet of nonstick foil and a second baking pan.

Bake at 375 F for 15 to 18 minutes or until pastry layers brown nicely. Remove top pan and foil; let cool.

In a small bowl, beat cream to stiff peaks. Stir custard; fold in cream. Place one pastry strip on cutting board. Spread half of the custard onto pastry. Top with second pastry strip, then gently spread with remaining custard. Top with final pastry strip; dust with sugar. Slice into pieces with a serrated knife. Serve within 2 hours of layering.

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County Fair Cherry Pie

Ingredients
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Dash salt
4 cups pitted tart cherries
Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
Star cookie cutters (1/2 inch and 2 inches)
Confectioners’ sugar

Directions
In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt; stir in cherries. Let stand 30 minutes.

Cook and stir cherry mixture over medium heat until mixture boils and starts to thicken.

Pour into jars or freezer containers, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Cool. Cover with lids; refrigerate or freeze. Yield: 3 cups filling for one pie.

To make pie: Preheat oven to 375°. Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom pastry; add filling. (If filling is frozen, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.) Flute edges of pastry. Bake 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cover edges during the last 20 minutes to prevent overbrowning.

Meanwhile, cut remaining pastry into 12-14 large stars and 16-18 small stars; place on an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake at 375° 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar. Place stars randomly over cooled pie. Sprinkle edges of pie with confectioners’ sugar. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Recipe found here: County Fair Cherry Pie

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Almond Ring Coffee Cake

Ingredients
3-1/2 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1 cup milk
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg

FILLING:
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

GLAZE:
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon almond extract
1-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
Sliced almonds, toasted, optional

Directions
In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour and yeast. In a saucepan, heat the milk, butter, sugar and salt to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat until moistened. Add egg; beat for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

Turn onto floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Turn on a lightly floured surface; roll into an 18-in. x 12-in. rectangle. In a small bowl, beat filling ingredients until smooth. Spread over dough to within 1 in. of edges.

Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Place on a greased baking sheet, sealing ends to form a ring. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.

In a small bowl, combine milk and almond extract; whisk in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Drizzle over coffee cake. Sprinkle with almonds if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Recipe found here: Almond Ring Coffee Cake

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Gumdrop Cereal Bars

Ingredients
5 cups Corn Pops cereal
1 cup gumdrops
4 cups miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
Place cereal and gumdrops in a large bowl; set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, place marshmallows and butter. Microwave, uncovered for 45 seconds to 1-1/2 minutes or until melted; stir until smooth. Stir in vanilla.

Pour over cereal mixture; toss to coat. Spread into a greased 9-in. square pan. Cool on a wire rack. Cut with a buttered knife. Yield: 16 bars.

Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Recipe found here: Gumdrop Cereal Bars

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