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Chocolate, Peanut & Pretzel Toffee Crisps

Ingredients
40 saltines
3/4 cup butter, cubed
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup cocktail peanuts
1 cup broken pretzel sticks
3/4 cup M&M’s minis

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with foil; grease foil. Arrange saltines in a single layer on foil.

In a large heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Spread evenly over crackers.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until bubbly. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. Allow chips to soften 2 minutes, then spread over top. Sprinkle with peanuts, pretzels and M&M’s minis; shake pan to settle toppings into chocolate. Cool.

Refrigerate, uncovered, 1 hour or until set. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2-1/2 pounds.

Recipe found here: Chocolate, Peanut & Pretzel Toffee Crisps

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Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Ingredients
3 large eggs, divided use
6 tablespoons reduced-fat butter, softened
1 cup sugar, divided
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Separate two eggs, putting each white in a separate bowl (discard yolks or save for another use); set aside. In a small bowl, beat butter and 3/4 cup sugar until crumbly. Beat in the whole egg, one egg white and vanilla until well combined. Combine flour and cocoa; gradually add to egg mixture until blended. Pour into a 9-in. square baking pan coated with cooking spray; set aside.

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Beat in the second egg white. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls over the batter; cut through batter with a knife to swirl.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until set and edges pull away from sides of pan. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 1 dozen.

Recipe found here: Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

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Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Mix

Ingredients
1-3/4 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup powdered nondairy creamer
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup miniature marshmallows

ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS:
3/4 cup hot milk

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the milk powder, sugar, creamer, cocoa and cinnamon. Add the marshmallows; mix well. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 3 months.

To prepare 1 serving: Dissolve 3 tablespoons hot chocolate mix in hot milk. Yield: about 3-1/2 cups mix (18 servings).

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Cherry Almond Bark

Ingredients
1 pound white candy coating, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup chopped candied cherries
1/2 cup unblanched whole almonds

Directions
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt coating, stir until smooth. Add cherries and almonds. Spread onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm. Break into pieces. Yield: about 1 pound.

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

Recipe found here: Cherry Almond Bark

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Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

Ingredients
1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
1-1/3 cups water
1/2 cup canola oil
3 eggs
1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
Chocolate curls, optional

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

Spoon batter by 1/4 cupfuls into paper-lined muffin cups. Place a rounded teaspoonful of pie filling in the center of each cupcake. Set remaining pie filling aside.

Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

Frost cupcakes; top each with one cherry from pie filling. Refrigerate remaining pie filling for another use. Garnish with chocolate curls if desired. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

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frappe-mocha

Frappe Mocha

Ingredients
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1/4 cup boiling water
1 cup fat-free milk
4-1/2 teaspoons chocolate syrup
1/2 cup crushed ice
Whipped topping and additional chocolate syrup, optional

Directions
In a small bowl, dissolve coffee granules in water. Pour into an ice cube tray; freeze.

In a blender, combine the milk, chocolate syrup and coffee ice cubes. Cover and process until smooth. Add crushed ice; blend. Pour into chilled glasses; serve immediately. Garnish with whipped topping and additional chocolate syrup if desired. Yield: 2 servings.

Recipe found here: Frappe Mocha

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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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