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cake pops

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 24 pops
1 (12 ounce) package colored candy coating melts, divided
24 plain doughnut holes
24 lollipop sticks
1 tablespoon multicolored candy sprinkles (jimmies), as desired

Directions
Place about 1/4 cup of candy melts into a small microwave-safe bowl, and melt in the microwave at 40 percent power for 30 seconds; stir the candy coating, and continue to heat for 30 second-intervals until the coating is just warm and completely melted.

Poke a hole halfway through a doughnut hole with a lollipop stick, then dip the end of the stick into the melted coating and reinsert into the hole. This holds the doughnut hole firmly on the stick. Stick the doughnut pop upright into a block of plastic foam, and set into refrigerator for 1 hour to firm up.

When pops are firmly attached to their sticks, melt the remaining candy coating dots in a microwave-safe bowl on 40 percent power for 1 minute; stir, and melt for 30-second intervals until the coating is warm and smoothly melted. Dip the doughnut hole into the coating, covering it completely. Hold the dipped pop over a bowl, and sprinkle with colored candy sprinkles. Return the decorated pops to the plastic foam block to set.

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Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients
1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream
1/2 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce
3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
Assorted crackers

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream and hot sauce until smooth; stir in chicken.

Transfer to an 8-in.-square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake 18-22 minutes or until heated through. Serve warm with crackers. Yield: 4 cups.

Recipe found here: Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

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White Chocolate Cereal Bars

White Chocolate Cereal Bars

Ingredients
4 cups miniature marshmallows
8 ounces white baking chips (about 1-1/3 cups)
1/4 cup butter, cubed
6 cups Rice Krispies

Directions
In a Dutch oven, combine marshmallows, baking chips and butter. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until melted. Remove from heat. Add Rice Krispies; stir to coat.

Transfer to a greased 13×9-in. pan; gently press mixture evenly into pan. Cut into bars. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Recipe found here:White Chocolate Cereal Bars

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Peanut Butter Snowballs

Peanut Butter Snowballs

Ingredients
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 pound white candy coating, coarsely chopped

Directions
In a bowl, combine the sugar, peanut butter and butter. Shape into 1-in. balls and place on waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Chill for 30 minutes or until firm.

Meanwhile, melt the candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl. Dip balls and place on waxed paper to harden. Yield: 2 dozen.

Editor’s Note: Dark, white or milk chocolate confectionery coating is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. It is sometime labeled “almond bark” or “candy coating” and is often sold in bulk packages (1 to 1-1/2 pounds). It is the product used for dipping chocolate. A substitute for 6 ounces chocolate coating would be 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet, dark or white chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon shortening melted together.

Recipe found here:Peanut Butter Snowballs

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Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake

Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake

Ingredients:
For Raspberry Pound Cake:
15 Tbsp Butter, softened
1/4 cup Milk
3 Eggs
1/4 tsp Raspberry Extract (Optional – adds flavor if raspberries aren’t ripe enough)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp Almond Extract
1 1/2 cup Cake Flour
3/4 cup Sugar
3/4 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 cup Raspberries
For Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/4 cup Butter, softened
1/4 Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup Powdered Sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×5 loaf pan with non-stick spray.

In bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and raspberry, vanilla and almond extract. (*note* Raspberry extract is optional if raspberries are not available or very ripe – just adds touch of flavor). Set aside.

With a mesh strainer over a small bowl, use a spatula to push and mash the raspberries through the strainer. The seeds and pith will be left behind and the raspberry juice will be in the bowl. Set aside the raspberry juice and discard the seeds.

Sift together flour, sugar and baking powder into the bowl of a stand mixer. Fit mixer with paddle attachment, and turn on low. Add in softened butter and mix on low until the flour/butter mixture has combined. It doesn’t have to be completely smooth, but just make sure majority of flour and butter has been mixed together. Slowly pour in eggs/milk mixture into the stand mixer in a steady stream. Continue to beat on low or medium-low until throughly mixed.

Remove stand mixer bowl from mixer and pour about 1/3 to 1/2 of the batter into a separate bowl. Into the batter, stir in the raspberry juice.

Alternate pouring the batters into the prepared loaf pan, smoothing out the batters with a spoon between each addition. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let rest in loaf pan for 10-15 minutes on a wire rack, then turn out of pan and allow to complete cooling.

For Frosting:
With a mixer, beat together softened butter and cream cheese until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar and combine until smooth. Spread over the top of the cooled pound cake. Let rest, slice and serve.

YIELD: 1 Loaf – 8 Slices

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Peanut Butter Blondies

Peanut Butter Blondies

Ingredients
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup milk
1 cup peanut butter chips

FROSTING:
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup baking cocoa
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter chips

Directions
In a large bowl, cream the peanut butter, butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour and baking powder; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in chips.

Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 325° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack.

For frosting, in a small bowl, combine the butter, cocoa, milk, corn syrup and vanilla. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar; beat until smooth. Frost brownies. Sprinkle with chips. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Peanut Butter Blondies

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Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Ingredients
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon red food coloring
1-1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup baking cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled

FILLING:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract

TOPPINGS:
White baking chips, melted
Finely chopped pecans

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, sour cream, food coloring, vinegar and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in cooled chocolate.

Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are set. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Beat in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread filling on bottom of half of the cookies; cover with remaining cookies.

Drizzle with melted baking chips; sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 2 dozen.

Freeze option: Freeze cookies in freezer containers. To use, thaw cookies in covered containers. Fill and decorate as directed.

Recipe found here: Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

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