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Artichoke & Mushroom Toasts

Ingredients
36 slices French bread baguette (1/2 inch thick)
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons butter
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 jar (7-1/2 ounces) marinated quartered artichoke hearts, drained
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese

Directions
Place bread on baking sheets; brush with 2 tablespoons oil. Broil 4-6 in. from heat for 1-2 minutes or until lightly toasted.

In a large skillet, saute mushrooms with Italian seasoning in butter and remaining oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Place artichokes in a food processor; cover and process until finely chopped. Add mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese; cover and process until blended. Spread over toast slices; top with mushrooms and sprinkle with Swiss cheese.

Bake at 350° for 4-6 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 3 dozen.

To Make Ahead: Prep the toasts earlier in the day and store on baking sheets in the refrigerator. Sprinkle with Swiss cheese just before baking.

Recipe found here: Artichoke & Mushroom Toasts

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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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Banana Beignet Bites

Ingredients
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

BEIGNETS:
2 cups cake flour
3/4 cup sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
1/2 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons canola oil
Oil for deep-fat frying

Directions
In a small bowl, mix sugars and cinnamon until blended. In a large bowl, whisk the first five beignet ingredients. In another bowl, whisk egg, bananas, milk and 2 tablespoons oil until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.

In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry about 45-60 seconds on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Roll warm beignets in sugar mixture. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Recipe found here: Banana Beignet Bites

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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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