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Triple-Layer Cookie Bars

Triple-Layer Cookie Bars

Ingredients
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter
2 eggs

TOPPING:
1 package (7 ounces) flaked coconut
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
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Directions
In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Cut in butter until crumbly. Beat in eggs. Spread in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.

Bake at 350° for 8 minutes. Sprinkle coconut over crust; drizzle with milk. Bake 20-25 minutes longer or until lightly browned.

Meanwhile in a microwave, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter; stir until smooth. Spread over brownies. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2-3 dozen.

Recipe found here: Triple-Layer Cookie Bars

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Layered Peanut Butter Brownies

Layered Peanut Butter Brownies

Ingredients
3 eggs
1 cup butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups sugar
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk chocolate chips

FILLING:
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons 2% milk

Directions
In a large bowl, beat the eggs, butter and vanilla until smooth. Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add to egg mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Set aside 1 cup for topping. Spread remaining batter into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.

In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and milk on low just until combined. Carefully spread over batter. Drop reserved batter by tablespoonfuls over filling. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl.

Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack. Chill until serving. Yield: 3 dozen.

Editor’s Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.

Recipe found here: Layered Peanut Butter Brownies

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Cucumber-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

Cucumber-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

Ingredients
24 cherry tomatoes
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 cup finely chopped peeled cucumber
1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion
2 teaspoons minced fresh dill

Directions
Cut a thin slice off the top of each tomato. Scoop out and discard pulp; invert tomatoes onto paper towels to drain.

In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth; stir in the cucumber, onion and dill. Spoon into tomatoes. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Cucumber-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

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Bacon & Cheese Meatball Sliders Recipe

Bacon & Cheese Meatball Sliders

Ingredients
12 frozen bread dough dinner rolls
1 egg
1 teaspoon water
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

KABOBS:
3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1-1/2 pounds ground sirloin
1 medium sweet red pepper or green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 slices process American cheese, cut into quarters

Directions
Thaw dough according to package directions. Cut each roll in half; reshape portions into balls. Place 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Cover with clean kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.

Uncover dough; gently press to flatten slightly. Whisk egg and water; brush over tops. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks.

In a large bowl, combine the first five kabob ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 24 patties. On 24 metal or soaked wooden skewers, alternately thread patties, red pepper and onion, inserting patties sideways.

Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. Grill kabobs, covered, over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until patties are no longer pink. Remove from the grill; immediately top patties with cheese. Cut buns in half; assemble sliders. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Bacon & Cheese Meatball Sliders

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Soft Raisin Cookies

Soft Raisin Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup water
2 cups raisins
1 cup shortening
1-3/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions
Combine water and raisins in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes; remove from the heat and let cool (do not drain).

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in nuts and raisins.

Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 6 dozen.

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Holiday White Fruitcake

Holiday White Fruitcake

Ingredients
1 package (8 ounces) chopped mixed candied fruit
1-1/4 cups golden raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
2 cups butter, softened
2 cups sugar
6 large eggs

Directions
Preheat oven to 275°. Line bottoms of four greased 9×5-in. loaf pans with parchment paper; grease paper.

In a small bowl, toss candied fruit, raisins and walnuts with 1/2 cup flour. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in remaining flour. Fold in fruit mixture.

Transfer to prepared pans. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool. Yield: 4 loaves (16 slices each).

Editor’s Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Recipe found here: Holiday White Fruitcake

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Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies

Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 packages (3-1/2 ounces each) cook-and-serve butterscotch pudding mix
3 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions
In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Combine the flour, pudding mixes, ginger, baking powder and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with lightly floured cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes or until firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Decorate as desired. Yield: about 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies

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