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Raspberry Peach Cupcakes

Ingredients
1 cup vanilla or white chips
6 tablespoons butter, cubed
1 package (18-1/4 ounces) white cake mix
1 cup milk
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup fresh raspberries
1/2 cup chopped peeled fresh peaches or frozen unsweetened peach slices, thawed and chopped

LEMON FROSTING:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Fresh raspberries and peach pieces, optional

Directions
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chips and butter. Microwave at 70% power until melted; stir until smooth. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, milk, eggs, vanilla and melted chips; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Fold in raspberries and peaches.

Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, in a small mixing bowl, beat the butter, confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Top with fruit if desired. Yield: 2 dozen.

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Raspberry Truffle Cake Pops

Ingredients
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

Directions
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

Ingredients
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

Directions
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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Peanut Caramel Corn

Ingredients
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

Directions
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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Very Cherry Crescent Ring

Ingredients
1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, drained well and chopped
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup chopped pecans
2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls

GLAZE:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons 2% milk
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Additional pecans

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°. Reserve 3 tablespoons cherries for topping. For filling, beat cream cheese, sugar and extract until smooth. Stir in 3/4 cup pecans and remaining cherries.

On a lightly floured surface, unroll crescent dough into one long rectangle; press perforations to seal. Fold dough lengthwise in half; roll into an 18×12-in. rectangle. Spread filling over top to within 1 in. of edges. Roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal.

Transfer to a greased baking sheet, seam side down; shape into a ring, pinching ends to seal. Using kitchen scissors, start at outside edge and cut two-thirds of the way through the ring at 1-in. intervals. Separate sections slightly and twist to show filling.

Bake until golden brown, 20-30 minutes. (Cover loosely with foil if it browns too quickly.)

Using two large spatulas, remove from pan to a wire rack. Mix confectioners’ sugar, milk and extract; spoon over warm coffeecake. Top with reserved cherries and, if desired, additional pecans. Yield: 16 servings

Recipe found here: Very Cherry Crescent Ring

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Rum-Glazed Pumpkin Cake

Ingredients
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
4 large eggs
1/4 cup water
1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

GLAZE:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash ground cloves
1/2 cup rum

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10-in. fluted tube pan; sprinkle pecans onto bottom of pan.

In a large bowl, beat pumpkin, sugar, oil, eggs and water until well blended. In another bowl, whisk cake mix and spices; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture. Transfer to prepared pan.

Bake 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

In a small saucepan, combine sugar, butter, cinnamon and cloves; cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat. Stir in rum; cook and stir 2-3 minutes longer or until sugar is dissolved.

Gradually brush glaze onto warm cake, about 1/4 cup at a time, allowing glaze to soak into cake before adding more. Cool completely. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor’s Note: To remove cakes easily, use solid shortening to grease plain and fluted tube pans.

Recipe found here: Rum-Glazed Pumpkin Cake

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Buttery Spritz Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

GLAZE:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons water
Colored sugar and sprinkles

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter, confectioners’ sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Gradually beat flour into creamed mixture.

Using a cookie press fitted with a disk of your choice, press dough 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 6-8 minutes or until set (do not brown). Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

In a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar and enough water to reach desired consistency. Dip cookies in glaze; decorate as desired. Let stand until set. Yield: about 7-1/2 dozen.

Editor’s Note: Melted chocolate candy coating may be used in place of confectioners’ sugar glaze; dip and decorate as directed.

Recipe found here: Buttery Spritz Cookies

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Raspberry Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped pistachios
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
Additional confectioners’ sugar, optional

Directions
Preheat oven to 325°. Cream butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Add pistachios; mix well.

Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press a deep indentation in center of each with your thumb; fill each with 1/2 teaspoon jam.

Bake until bottoms are light brown, 13-16 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. If desired, dust with additional confectioners’ sugar. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Recipe foumd here: Raspberry Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies

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Easy Reindeer Cookies

Ingredients
1 package (17-1/2 ounces) peanut butter cookie mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
60 miniature pretzel twists
60 semisweet chocolate chips
30 red-hot candies

Directions
In a mixing bowl, combine dry cookie mix, oil and egg. Beat until well mixed. Shape into a 7-1/2-in. roll; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Using thumb and forefinger, make a slight indentation one-third of the way down the sides of each slice. Press in pretzels for antlers, chocolate chips for eyes and a red-hot for the nose. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until light brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Editor’s Note: You may substitute any peanut butter cookie recipe for the cookie mix, oil and egg.

Recipe found here: Easy Reindeer Cookies

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Triple-Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Ingredients
3/4 cup butter, cubed
4 squares (1 ounce each) unsweetened chocolate
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
2 teaspoons shortening

Directions
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter and unsweetened chocolate; cool. Transfer to a large mixing bowl; add sugar and eggs. Beat until smooth. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to chocolate mixture. Stir in 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.

Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 7-9 minutes or until edges are set and tops are slightly cracked. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

In a microwave-safe bowl, heat shortening and remaining chocolate chips on high for 1 minute or until chips are melted; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Let stand for 30 minutes or until chocolate is set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 6 dozen.

Recipe found here: Triple-Chocolate Brownie Cookies

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