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orange-spritz-cookies

Orange Spritz Cookies

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon orange or vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Colored sugar

Directions
In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in orange peel and extract. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture.

Using a cookie press fitted with the disk of your choice, press cookies 1 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugar. Bake at 375° for 6-9 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks. Yield: about 5-1/2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Orange Spritz Cookies

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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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espresso-cream-cake

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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apple-cinnamon-shortcakes

Apple-Cinnamon Shortcakes

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup plus 4 teaspoons melted butter, divided

FILLING:
1/4 cup butter, cubed
4 large tart apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, combine cream and 1/2 cup butter; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.

Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls 2 in. apart onto a greased baking sheet. Brush with remaining butter; sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 375° for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly.

For filling, in a large skillet, melt butter. Add apples; saute until tender. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Gently split warm shortcakes in half horizontally. Top bottom halves with apple mixture; replace tops. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Apple-Cinnamon Shortcakes

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slow-cooker-apple-bread-pudding-with-warm-butterscotch-sauce

Slow-Cooker Apple Bread Pudding with Warm Butterscotch Sauce

Ingredients
22 KRAFT Caramels
5 cups milk, divided
1 can (21 oz.) apple pie filling
2 cups light cream
8 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
12 cups cubed challah bread (egg bread), 1/2 inch pieces
1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Butterscotch Flavor Instant Pudding

Directions
Microwave caramels and 1 cup milk in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 to 2 min. or until caramels are completely melted, stirring after 1 min. Add apple pie filling, cream, eggs, cinnamon and 1 cup of the remaining milk; mix well. Stir in bread.

Pour into slow cooker sprayed with cooking spray; cover with lid. Cook on LOW 4 to 5 hours.

Beat pudding mix and remaining milk in microwaveable bowl with whisk 2 min. just before serving the pudding. Microwave on HIGH 2 min., stirring after each minute. Spoon over individual servings of warm pudding.

Prep Time 20min.
Total Time 4hr. 20min.
Servings 24 servings, 1/2 cup bread pudding and 2 Tbsp. sauce each

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caramel-pecan-cheesecake

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

Ingredients
2 cups crushed shortbread cookies
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
1 jar (12-1/4 ounces) caramel ice cream topping
1 cup chopped pecans
5 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1-3/4 cups sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs
2 egg yolks
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

SOUR CREAM TOPPING:
2 cups (8ounces each) sour cream
1/3 cup sugar

Directions
In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 10-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir 1/4 cup flour into the caramel topping. Set aside 1/3 cup caramel mixture and 2 tablespoons pecans for garnish. Drizzle remaining caramel mixture over crust; sprinkle with remaining pecans.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar vanilla and remaining flour until smooth. Beat in eggs and yolks just until combined. Stir in cream.
Pour over crust. Bake at 325° for 65-70 minutes or until center is almost set.

In a small bowl, combine sour cream and sugar; carefully spread over warm filling. Bake 10-12 minutes longer or until topping is set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.

Chill for 8 hours or overnight. Remove sides of pan. Just before serving, drizzle with reserved caramel mixture and sprinkle with reserved pecans. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

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