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Amish Sugar Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions
In a large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugars. Beat in eggs until well blended. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture.

Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Test Kitchen Tips
Salted butter and a splash of extract (try almond!) make these extra flavorful.

If you like your treats on the sweeter end of the spectrum, add a pinch of coarse sugar to the tops of these light and airy cookies.

Why cream of tartar? Baking soda needs an acidic ingredient to create the gas bubbles that make baked goods rise and lighten. Cream of tartar (aka tartaric acid) provides that in this recipe. Yay, chemistry!

Recipe found here: Amish Sugar Cookies

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Artichoke & Mushroom Toasts

Ingredients
36 slices French bread baguette (1/2 inch thick)
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons butter
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 jar (7-1/2 ounces) marinated quartered artichoke hearts, drained
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese

Directions
Place bread on baking sheets; brush with 2 tablespoons oil. Broil 4-6 in. from heat for 1-2 minutes or until lightly toasted.

In a large skillet, saute mushrooms with Italian seasoning in butter and remaining oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Place artichokes in a food processor; cover and process until finely chopped. Add mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese; cover and process until blended. Spread over toast slices; top with mushrooms and sprinkle with Swiss cheese.

Bake at 350° for 4-6 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 3 dozen.

To Make Ahead: Prep the toasts earlier in the day and store on baking sheets in the refrigerator. Sprinkle with Swiss cheese just before baking.

Recipe found here: Artichoke & Mushroom Toasts

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Snickerdoodle Blondie Bars

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt

TOPPING:
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, spices and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Spread into a greased 9-in.-square baking pan.

Mix topping ingredients; sprinkle over top. Bake 35-40 minutes or until set and golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.

Test Kitchen Tip:
For thinner bars, prepare recipe as directed spreading batter in a 13×9-inch greased baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Recipe found here: Snickerdoodle Blondie Bars

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Winning Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups butter, softened
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2-1/3 cups sugar
6 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour

Directions
In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add flour, beating just until blended.

Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 300° for 1-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Recipe found here: Winning Cream Cheese Pound Cake

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Peanut Butter Cake Bars

Ingredients
2/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.

Spread into a greased 13×9-in. baking pan. Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Peanut Butter Cake Bars

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Banana Beignet Bites

Ingredients
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

BEIGNETS:
2 cups cake flour
3/4 cup sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
1/2 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons canola oil
Oil for deep-fat frying

Directions
In a small bowl, mix sugars and cinnamon until blended. In a large bowl, whisk the first five beignet ingredients. In another bowl, whisk egg, bananas, milk and 2 tablespoons oil until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.

In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry about 45-60 seconds on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Roll warm beignets in sugar mixture. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Recipe found here: Banana Beignet Bites

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Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip

Ingredients
1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup chopped seeded tomatoes
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Assorted crackers or toasted French bread baguette slices

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°. In a large skillet, cook sausage, onion and garlic over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink, breaking up sausage into crumbles; drain. Stir in wine, oregano, salt and thyme. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is almost evaporated.

Add cream cheese; stir until melted. Stir in spinach, beans and tomatoes; cook and stir until spinach is wilted. Transfer to a greased 8-in. square or 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheeses.

Bake until bubbly, 20-25 minutes. Serve with crackers. Yield: 16 servings (1/4 cup each).

Recipe found here: Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip

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