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Macadamia Nut Cookies

Macadamia Nut Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 jars (3-1/2 ounces each) macadamia nuts, chopped
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup (6 ounces) white baking chips

Directions
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and beat for 2 minutes. Stir in nuts and chips. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on pans for 1 minute before removing to wire racks; cool completely. Yield: about 6 dozen.

Editor’s Note: 2 cups of chopped almonds may be substituted for the macadamia nuts.

Recipe found here: Macadamia Nut Cookies

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Boston Cream Angel Cake

Boston Cream Angel Cake

Ingredients
2 cups plus 1 tablespoon cold milk, divided
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant French vanilla pudding mix
1 prepared angel food cake (8 to 10 ounces)
1 cup hot fudge ice cream topping

Directions
In a large bowl, whisk 2 cups milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Split cake into three horizontal layers; place bottom layer on a serving plate. Spread with half of the pudding. Repeat layers. Replace cake top. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat hot fudge topping; stir in remaining milk. Drizzle over cake, allowing it to drip down the sides. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Boston Cream Angel Cake

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Black Forest Cheesecake

Black Forest Cheesecake

Ingredients
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 chocolate crumb crust (8 inches)
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling

Directions
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Fold in whipped topping.

Spread half of the mixture evenly into crust. Fold cocoa and confectioners’ sugar into remaining whipped topping mixture; carefully spread over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Cut into slices; top each slice with cherry pie filling. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Black Forest Cheesecake

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Milk Chocolate Bundt Cake

Milk Chocolate Bundt Cake

Ingredients
1 milk chocolate candy bar (7 ounces), broken into pieces
1/2 cup chocolate syrup
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
Confectioners’ sugar, optional

Directions
In a microwave, melt candy bar with chocolate syrup; stir until smooth. Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in chocolate mixture and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.

Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar if desired. Yield: 12-14 servings.

Recipe found here: Milk Chocolate Bundt Cake

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Chocolate Eclair Delight

Chocolate Eclair Delight

Ingredients
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 can (12 ounces) fat-free evaporated milk
1 cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup egg substitute
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

TOPPING:
2 cups reduced-fat whipped topping
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon baking cocoa, divided
9 whole graham crackers, halved

Directions
In a large heavy saucepan, combine the first five ingredients. Gradually whisk in evaporated milk and milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer or until thickened.

Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg substitute; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Gently stir in vanilla. Press plastic wrap onto surface of filling; cover and refrigerate until cooled.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine whipped topping and 1 tablespoon cocoa; set aside. Arrange half of the crackers in a 9-in. square pan coated with cooking spray. Layer half of the filling and topping over the crackers. Repeat layers. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Just before serving, sprinkle with remaining cocoa. Yield: 9 servings.

Recipe found here: Chocolate Eclair Delight

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Special Mocha Cupcakes

Special Mocha Cupcakes

Ingredients
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold brewed coffee
1/2 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
3 teaspoons cider vinegar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

MOCHA FROSTING:
3 tablespoons milk chocolate chips
3 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup butter, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons brewed coffee
1/2 cup chocolate sprinkles

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat sugar, coffee, oil, eggs, vinegar and vanilla until well blended. In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into coffee mixture until blended.

Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool.

For frosting, in a microwave, melt chips and butter; stir until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar and enough coffee to achieve desired consistency. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes. Top with sprinkles; gently press down. Yield: 1 dozen.

Recipe found here: Special Mocha Cupcakes

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Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup peanut butter
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups biscuit/baking mix
3/4 to 1 pound milk chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon shortening

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, milk, egg and vanilla; bea
t until smooth. Gradually stir in biscuit mix and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Shape into 1-in. balls and place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.

In a microwave, melt candy coating and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip each cookie halfway into chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets; let stand until set. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Editor’s Note: Milk chocolate confectionery coating is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. It is sometimes labeled “candy coating” and is often sold in bulk packages of 1 to 1-1/2 pounds.

Recipe found here: Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

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