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Month: November 2017

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Maple Nut Caramel Corn

Popcorn: 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/4 cup (60 g) plain popcorn kernels 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (or kosher salt ground with a mortar and pestle), divided 1 cup (115 g) pecan halves (or peanuts) Caramel: 1/2 cup (125 ml) maple syrup 1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar 4 tablespoons (60 g) unsalted butter FOR THE POPCORN, add the oil […]

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Spicy Chickpea, Kale, and Tomato Stew

From Julie Hillers, cancer survivor Add spice to your life with this flavorful stew that combines the colors of golden curry with green kale, red tomatoes, and brown mushrooms. The bonus is that they are cancer-fighting “super foods” too. Makes 4 servings 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 medium boneless, skinless chicken breast, […]

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Blueberry Breakfast Cake

This breakfast favorite freatures blueberries, one of our Top 10 “Super Foods,” in a rich, high-fiber blend of whole grain wheat and oat flours. Makes 9 servings 1 large egg 1/2 cup low-fat milk 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt 3 tablespoons butter or no-trans-fat margarine, melted 1/2 cup oat flour 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose […]

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Waldorf Salad

Enjoy the delightful combination of textures in this healthy update of the classic salad. Makes 6 to 8 servings 3/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise Juice from 1 medium orange (about 1/4 cup) 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 Red or Golden Delicious apples, cored and chopped 2 Fuji or Granny Smith apples, […]

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Mexican Wedding Cakes – Polvo de Novia

1-1/2 cups nuts 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 cups (9 ounces) all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 lb (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened and cut into small chunks 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 large egg yolk (optional) 1/2 cup (1.5 ounces) powdered sugar Pulse the nuts in a food processor, until half of them look pulverized and the rest […]

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Sugar Plums

While working as a secretary in a library, I got a request from someone looking for a sugar plum recipe. I searched high and low but eventually stumbled upon this version in a local publication.—Virginia Barber, Waynesville, Georgia Yields: 36 servings/ 3 dozen I Total time: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. Ingredients 2 eggs 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided 1 […]

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White Chocolate Latte Cups

A smooth, rich caramel fills homemade chocolate cups for a decadent dessert. These are great for entertaining or potlucks.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen Yields: 18 servings/ 1-1/2 dozen I Total time: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 20 min. + chilling Ingredients 1 cup (6 ounces) dark chocolate chips 2 teaspoons shortening Filling: 3 tablespoons sugar 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream 1/4 […]

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White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

Fixing desserts is my favorite kind of cooking. I usually make these cookies for Christmas—their pale-white adds a special touch to all the reds and greens. We—my husband, our daughter (6) and I—live on a real dirt road! I’m a full-time wife and mother. Our second child’s due to join us in mid-January. Yields: 15 servings/about 2-1/2 dozen cookies I […]

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Just-Like-Pecan-Pie Bars

With a rich, butter crust and chewy nut filling, these bars are just as good as real pecan pie! Cut them in pretty triangle or diamond shapes.—Judie Heiderscheit, Holy Cross, Iowa Yields: 64 servings/64 bars I Total time: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking […]

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Christmas Fruitcake Cookies

As holiday gifts, these rich fruit-and-nut filled cookies are pretty and practical. Make them ahead—the taste actually gets better over time! —Julia Funkhouser, Carson, Iowa Yields: 42 servings I Total time: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./batch Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 large egg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon […]

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Frosted Eggnog Logs

Holiday hostess Robin Olson from Gaithersburg, Maryland looks forward to finding a trayful of these sweet and spicy treats at her Christmas cookie swap every December. Yields: 50 servings/50 cookies I Total time: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon rum extract 3 […]

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Frosted Eggnog Cutout Cookies

My husband loves the creamy richness of eggnog, so I add it to the dough and buttercream icing in these cookies. Top each one with a sprinkle of nutmeg. —Joan Sarge, Asheville, North Carolina Yields: 96 servings/about 8 dozen I Total time: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 5 min./batch + cooling Ingredients 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar […]

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Festive Thumbprints

I never cared for jam-filled thumbprints, so I decided to fill them with frosting instead. This makes them easy to ship, which you can’t do with the sticky jam filling. I sent these to my daughter while she was serving in Iraq, and they made the long haul in perfect condition. —Wendy Schlueter, Babbitt, Minnesota Yields: 48 servings/about 4 dozen […]

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Crispy Peanut Butter Balls

I make over 40 different types of cookies and candies during the holidays for friends and family. This is one of my favorite candies to give aways as gifts.—Liz David, St. Catharines, Ontario Yields: 72 servings/6 dozen I Total time: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Ingredients 2 cups creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup butter, softened 3-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar 3 […]

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Confetti Cake Batter Cookies

Mom and I took up cake decorating. Funfetti was our favorite cake, so we used the mix to make cutout cookies. Plain or decorated, they’re a fave at parties. —Danielle DeMarco, Basking Ridge, New Jersey Yields: 28 servings/about 2 dozen I Total time: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling Ingredients 1/2 cup butter, softened 2 large […]

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Church Window Candies

This is a hit with kids—the little ones just love the colored marshmallows! —Emmilie Gaston, Wabash, Indiana Yields: 60 servings/5 dozen I Total time: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Ingredients 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup butter, cubed 1 package (10 ounces) pastel miniature marshmallows 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted 2 cups flaked coconut Directions 1. In […]

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Chocolate Peanut Squares

If you’re a fan of peanut butter cups, you’ll enjoy these two-layer treats. A slightly crunchy graham cracker and peanut butter layer is topped with a smooth coating of melted chocolate chips and peanut butter. Yum! -Nicole Trudell Fort Langley, British Columbia Yields: 36 servings/1-1/2 pounds I Total time: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Ingredients 1 teaspoon plus 1/2 cup […]

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French Chocolate Cream Bonbons

My grandmother gave me this tasty recipe when I was a girl. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of her huge kitchen and all the delicious treats she made. —Joan Lewis, Reno, Nevada Yields: 72 servings/about 6 dozen I Total time: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Ingredients 4 cups (1 pound) confectioners’ sugar 1 cup ground pecans or walnuts […]

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Chewy Almond Cookies

Yields: 27 servings/4-1/2 dozen I Total time: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch Ingredients 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 egg 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup sliced almonds Directions 1. In a mixing bowl, cream […]