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Caramel White Hot Chocolate

Ingredients
1-1/2 qt. (6 cups) plus 3 Tbsp. milk, divided
1 pkg. (3.3 oz.) JELL-O White Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding
18 KRAFT Caramels
3/4 cup COOL WHIP Rich & Creamy Refrigerated Whipped Topping

Directions
Beat 1-1/2-qt. milk and pudding mix in large saucepan with whisk 2 min. Bring just to a simmer on medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Microwave caramels and remaining milk in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 30 sec. to 1 min. or until caramels are completely melted and sauce is well blended, stirring after 30 sec.

Reserve 2 Tbsp. caramel sauce for later use. Whisk remaining caramel sauce into pudding; pour into 6 mugs.

Recipe found here: Caramel White Hot Chocolate

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Wild Rice Stuffed Squash

Ingredients
1 package (6 ounces) long grain and wild rice mix
2-1/3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecan halves, toasted
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
4 medium acorn squash (about 22 ounces each)
3/4 cup water

Directions
In a large saucepan, combine the rice with contents of seasoning mix, broth, sage and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 23-25 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is almost absorbed. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute celery and onion in oil until tender. Stir in cranberries, pecans and parsley. Remove from the heat. Stir in rice mixture.

Cut squash in half widthwise. Remove and discard seeds and membranes. With a sharp knife, cut a thin slice from the bottom of each half so squash sits flat. Fill squash halves with about 1/2 cup rice mixture. Place in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Pour water into pan.

Coat one side of a large piece of heavy-duty foil with cooking spray. Cover pan tightly with foil, coated side down. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until squash is tender. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Wild Rice Stuffed Squash

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Easy Southwestern Veggie Wraps

Ingredients
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
2 large tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 cup cooked brown rice, cooled
1/3 cup fat-free sour cream
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
2 shallots, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 romaine leaves
6 whole wheat tortillas (8 inches), at room temperature

Directions
Place all ingredients except romaine and tortillas in a large bowl; toss to combine. To serve, place romaine on tortillas; top with bean mixture and roll up, securing with toothpicks if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Easy Southwestern Veggie Wraps

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Summer Dessert Pizza
Summer Dessert Pizza

Ingredients
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

GLAZE:
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup orange juice

TOPPING:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup whipped topping
1 firm banana, sliced
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1 can (8 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
2 kiwifruit, peeled and thinly sliced
1/3 cup fresh blueberries

Directions
In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and beat well. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Press dough into a greased 12-in. x 14-in. pizza pan. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.

For glaze, combine sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Stir in the water and orange juice until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

For topping, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Add whipped topping; mix well. Spread over crust. Arrange fruit on top. Brush glaze over fruit. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Recipe found here: Summer Dessert Pizza

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Glazed Cherry Coffee Cake

Ingredients
1 package yellow cake mix (regular size), divided
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
2/3 cup warm water (120° to 130°)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
1/3 cup butter, melted

GLAZE:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1 to 2 tablespoons water

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups cake mix, flour, yeast and water until smooth. Stir in eggs until blended. Transfer to a greased 13×9-in. baking dish. Gently spoon pie filling over top.

In a small bowl, mix butter and remaining cake mix; sprinkle over filling.

Bake 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. In a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar, corn syrup and enough water to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over coffee cake. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Recipe found here: Glazed Cherry Coffee Cake

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Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Ingredients
1 package lemon cake mix (regular size)
1-1/3 cups water
1/3 cup canola oil
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1 cup lemon creme pie filling

MERINGUE:
3 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, oil, eggs and lemon peel; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.

Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert a very small tip. Fill with pie filling. Push the tip into the top of each cupcake to fill.

In a large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Pipe over tops of cupcakes.

Bake at 400° for 5-8 minutes or until meringue is golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

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White Chocolate Parfaits

White Chocolate Parfaits

Ingredients
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 egg yolks
4 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups whipped topping
1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1-1/2 cups fresh raspberries
Sliced strawberries and additional whipped topping, optional

Directions
In a large saucepan, combine the cream, sugar and cornstarch. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture reaches 160° or is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon.

Stir a small amount into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes; stir in chocolate until melted. Remove from the heat; gently stir in vanilla.

Cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Place 1/4 cup each in four parfait glasses.

Combine blueberries and raspberries; place 1/4 cup in each glass. Repeat layers of chocolate mixture and berries twice. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Garnish with strawberries and whipped topping if desired. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: White Chocolate Parfaits

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