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No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake

24 Oreo cookies, crushed
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup 2% milk
1 cup whipped topping
10 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped

In a small bowl, mix crushed cookies and butter. Press onto bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.

In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand 1 minute. Heat and stir over low heat until gelatin is completely dissolved. Let stand 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth; gradually add milk. Beat in gelatin mixture. Fold in whipped topping and chopped cookies. Spoon over crust.

Refrigerate, covered, overnight. Loosen sides of cheesecake with a knife; remove rim from pan. Yield: 8 servings.

Originally published as No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2014
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Tuscan Cauliflower Soup

4 cups fresh cauliflowerets (about 14 ounces)
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

In a large saucepan, combine cauliflower, broth, water and garlic;

bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, 12-15 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage and mushrooms over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink, breaking up sausage into crumbles. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.

Add sausage and mushrooms to cauliflower mixture; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Stir in cream and pepper; heat through. Serve with bacon. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

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Raspberry Truffle Cake Pops

1 package white cake mix (regular size)
1/2 cup canned vanilla frosting
1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam, melted
2 to 3 tablespoons raspberry liqueur
Red food coloring, optional
48 lollipop sticks
2-1/2 pounds dark chocolate candy coating, chopped
Pink candy coating, chopped
Pink sprinkles and decorative sugar, optional

Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions, using a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Crumble cake into a large bowl. Add the frosting, jam, liqueur and food coloring if desired; mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place on baking sheets; insert sticks. Freeze for at least 2 hours or refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until cake balls are firm.

In a microwave, melt dark candy coating. Dip each cake pop in coating; allow excess to drip off. Insert cake pops into a styrofoam block to stand. Melt pink candy coating; drizzle over cake pops. Decorate some cake pops with sprinkles and sugar if desired. Let stand until set. Yield: 4 dozen.

Recipe found here: Raspberry Truffle Cake Pops

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Whipped Shortbread

3 cups butter, softened
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups cornstarch
Nonpareils and/or halved candied cherries

In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and cornstarch, beating until well blended.

With hands lightly dusted with additional cornstarch, roll dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press lightly with a floured fork. Top with nonpareils or cherry halves.

Bake at 300° for 20-22 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 16-18 dozen.

Recipe found here: Whipped Shortbread

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Raspberry Custard Pie

Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup evaporated milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Dash salt
5-1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cold butter

Line a 9-in. pie plate with pastry; trim to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate. Flute edges; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs. Add the sugar, flour, milk, vanilla and salt; mix well. Gently fold in raspberries. Pour into crust.

For topping, combine flour and brown sugar in a small bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over filling. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake 45-50 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Raspberry Custard Pie

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Peanut Caramel Corn

8 cups air-popped popcorn
1/2 cup salted peanuts
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
4-1/2 teaspoons molasses
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon baking soda

Place popcorn and peanuts in a large bowl coated with cooking spray; set aside.

In a large heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, corn syrup,

molasses, butter and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 2-3 minutes without stirring.

Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and baking soda (mixture will foam). Quickly pour over popcorn and mix well.

Transfer to a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 250° for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from pan and place on waxed paper to cool. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 quarts.

Recipe found here: Peanut Caramel Corn recipe

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1 beef top sirloin steak (1-1/2 pounds), cut into 1/4-inch strips
2-1/2 cups sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms
1 medium onion, cut into wedges
3 dried hot chilies
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-3/4 cups fresh snow peas
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
Hot cooked rice

Place beef in a 4-qt. slow cooker. Add the mushrooms, onion and chilies. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, orange juice, soy sauce, vinegar, cornstarch, ginger, oil and garlic. Pour over meat.

Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender, adding snow peas during the last 30 minutes of cooking. Stir in orange zest. Serve with rice. Yield: 5 servings.

Recipe found here: Zesty Orange Beef

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