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Peanut Butter Alien Cookies

Peanut Butter Alien Cookies

 Ingredients:

  • 1 package (about 16 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Green decorating icing
  • 1 cup strawberry jam

 Method:

Let dough stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Grease 2 cookie sheets.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine dough, peanut butter, flour, powdered sugar and vanilla in large bowl; beat with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Reserve half of dough; wrap and refrigerate.

Roll out remaining dough between parchment paper to ¼ inch thickness. Cut out 14 circles with 3 inch round cookie cutter; pinch 1 side of each circle to make teardrop shape. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Roll out reserved dough between parchment paper to ¼ inch thickness. Cut out 14 circles with 3 inch round cookie cutter; pinch 1 side to each circle to form teardrop shape. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Cut out 2 oblong holes for eyes. Make small slit for mouth. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Spread icing on cookies with faces; let stand 10 minutes or until set. Spread jam on uncut cookies. Top each jam topped cookie with green face cookie.

 Makes 14 sandwich cookies

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Mint Chocolate Brownies

Mint Chocolate Brownies

 Ingredients:

  • 1 package brownie mix
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 6 drops green liquid food coloring
  • 2 drops yellow liquid food coloring
  • Shaved thin crème de menthe chocolate mints

 Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bottom and sides of an 8 inch square pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions; pour into prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F according to package directions. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 1 hour).

Meanwhile, beat butter and powdered sugar at medium low speed with an electric mixer until combined; add milk, peppermint extract and food colorings, beating until blended. Increase speed to medium high and beat 1 minute or until fluffy.

Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles. Gently remove foil. Spread frosting evenly over brownies, and cut into 16 squares. Sprinkle with thinly shaved mints.

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Orange Ombre Cake

Orange Ombre Cake

Ingredients:

  • Parchment paper
  • 2 packages white cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix boxes
  • ¼ cup thawed, frozen orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. orange zest
  • Orange food coloring paste
  • Sweet Orange Frosting

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 4 (8 inch) round cake pans; line with parchment paper. Prepare double batch of cake mix according to package directions, using water, oil and egg whites and adding ¼ cup orange juice concentrate and 1 tbsp. orange zest. Divide batter evenly between 4 bowls (about 2 ½ cups per bowl).

Set 1 bowl aside. Add dash orange food coloring to second bowl, stirring until blended. Color batters in remaining 2 bowls gradually darker shades of orange. Spoon batter into prepared pans.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 22 to 24 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove cakes from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 1 hour).

Sweet Orange Frosting: Beat 2 ¼ cups softened, salted butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 8 cups powdered sugar, beating until blended. Beat in ½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed), ½ tsp. vanilla extract and 1 tbsp. orange zest. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.

Set aside 1 cup Sweet Orange Frosting in a small bowl. Divide remaining 6 cups frosting evenly among 3 bowls. Add dash of orange food coloring paste to one bowl, stirring until blended. Color remaining 2 bowls of frosting gradually darker shades of orange.

Place darkest orange cake layer on a cake stand. Spread 1 cup darkest orange frosting evenly over cake. Repeat process with cake layers and frosting, layering from darkest to lightest. Spread remaining darkest tinted orange frosting on bottom third of cake sides. Spread remaining medium tinted frosting on middle third of cake sides. Spread remaining lightest tinted frosting on top third of cake sides. Spread plain frosting on top of cake.

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Surprise Cherry Cookies

Surprise Cherry Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 package sugar cookie mix
  • 24 whole red maraschino cherries with stems, drained and patted dry
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tsp. milk
  • 1/8 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tbsp. rainbow candy sprinkles

Method:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare cookie dough according to package directions. Shape dough into 24 balls. Flatten each ball into a disc and wrap around each cherry, covering completely and sealing edges. Place dough balls into 2 lightly greased (12-cup) miniature muffin pans. Bake at 375 degrees F for 12 minutes or until lightly browned and just firm. Cool in pans on wire rack 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and cook completely. Whisk together powdered sugar, milk and almond extract until smooth, adding additional milk if necessary, for desired glaze consistency. Spoon glaze onto each cookie, top with candy sprinkles.

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Candy Corn Cupcake Trifles

Candy Corn Cupcake Trifles

Ingredients:

  • Paper baking cups
  • 1 package vanilla cake mix with pudding
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • ½ tsp. orange food coloring paste
  • ¼ tsp. yellow food coloring paste
  • 12 (8 oz.) jars of other half-pint jars
  • 2 (12 oz.) containers whipped ready-to-spread white frosting
  • 1 ½ cups candy corn

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place paper baking cups in 2 (12 cup) muffin pans. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, using water, oil, and eggs. Divide batter in half; tint half of batter orange and other half yellow. Spoon orange batter into 12 muffin cups and yellow batter into remaining muffin cups.

Bake 350 degrees F for 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire rack. Cool completely (about 30 minutes).

Remove paper baking cups. Cut each cupcake in half horizontally. In each 12 glass jars, place 1 yellow cupcake half and 1 orange cupcake half. Spoon 1 container of frosting into a large zip-top plastic freezer bag; seal bag. Cut off about ½ inch corner of bag. Squeeze bag to pipe frosting over orange cupcakes in each jar. Divide 1 cup candy corn evenly among jar and sprinkle over frosting. Repeat layers with remaining cupcake halves, second container of frosting, and remaining ½ cup candy corn.

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Halloween Poke Cake

Halloween Poke Cake

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 package white cake mix with pudding
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 (3 oz.) package orange flavored gelatin
  • 1 (16 oz.) container ready-to-spread dark chocolate frosting
  • 2 tbsp. orange decorator sugar crystals

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat bottom only of a 13×9 inch pan with cooking spray. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, using water, oil and egg whites and adding orange zest. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 27 to 32 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan or wire rack 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in small bowl, pour boiling water over gelatin; stir until gelatin is dissolved. Poke cake every inch with handle of wooden spoon or long skewer halfway into cake. Pour gelatin slowly over cake, allowing gelatin to fill holes. Cool completely (about 1 hour).

Frost cake. Sprinkle with sugar crystals. Store tightly covered in refrigerator.

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Rainbow Layer Cake

Rainbow Layer Cake

Ingredients:

  • Parchment paper
  • 2 packages white cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix boxes
  • Violet food coloring gel
  • Royal blue food coloring gel
  • Kelly green food coloring gel
  • Yellow food coloring gel
  • Orange food coloring gel
  • Red Food coloring gel
  • 3 (16 oz.) cans ready-to-spread vanilla frosting, divided
  • 2 ¾ cups powdered sugar, divided

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 6 (8 inch) round cake pans; line with parchment paper. Prepare double batch cake mix according to package directions, using water, oil and egg whites. Divide batter evenly between 6 bowls. Stir 1/8 tsp. each of violet, blue, green and yellow coloring into 4 of the batters. Stir ½ to 1 tsp. orange into the fifth bowl, and ¾ to 1 tsp. red coloring into the sixth bowl. Pour batters into prepared pans.

Bake cake layers at 350 degrees F for 13 to 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove cakes from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 1 hour).

Beat 2 cans frosting with 1 cup powdered sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy (2 to 3 minutes). Stack cake layers with 1/3 cup frosting in between each layer. With 1 ¼ cups frosting spread a thin layer of frosting on top and sides of cake.

Add remaining can of frosting and remaining 1 ¾ cups powdered sugar to remaining frosting in bowl. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer until light and fluffy (2 to 3 minutes). Divide frosting into 3 bowls. Tint 2 bowls different shades of light blue. Frost cake with deepest blue toward the bottom and white frosting on top. Use back of spoon to blend and swirl frosting.

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Green with Envy Candy Apples2

Green with Envy Candy Apples

  • Ingredients:
  • 12 small Ganny Smith apples
  • 12 craft sticks or candy sticks
  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 tsp. Kelly green food coloring paste
  • Parchment paper
  • Method:

Remove stems from apples, and insert craft sticks. Combine sugar, corn syrup and 2/3 cup water in a heavy 2 qt. saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring occasionally. Boil 13 minutes, without stirring until a candy thermometer registers 300 degrees F (hard candy stage). Immediately remove from heat; stir in food coloring. Dip each apple in syrup, tilting pan and turning apples to coat evenly; allow excess syrup to drip off. Place apples on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Let stand until set, about 10 minutes. Decorate candy apples with colorful gummy worms for a playful look. Cellophane bags and colorful ribbons turn them into perfect party favors.

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Easy Desserts For Any Occasion

White Cake with Raspberry Sauce

White Cake with Raspberry Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 carton (16 oz.) strawberry glaze
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 ½ cups fresh or frozen unsweetened raspberries

Method:

Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan. Cool on a wire rack. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped cream. Spread over cooled cake. Refrigerate until serving. Just before serving, combine strawberry glaze and water in a bowl; gently fold in raspberries. Serve with cake.

Yield: 12-15 servings

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Easy Desserts For Any Occasion

New York Cheesecake

New York Cheesecake

For the crust:

  • 15 full size graham crackers (1 ½ packages), crushed
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup sugar

Filling:

  • 5 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • Fruit topping (optional)

Method:

Mix graham crackers, butter and ½ cup sugar together well and pat into the bottom and sides of a 9-10 inch springform pan. Put into the freezer while preparing the filing. Preheat the oven to 550 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar and flour until smooth and creamy. Add eggs, yolks and vanilla – one at a time. Stir well between additions, scraping the sides of the bowl often.

Pour the filling over the crust. Wrap the bottom and halfway up the sides of pan with aluminum foil to prevent water seeping into the cheesecake. Place the cheesecake pan into a baking and with sides and place into the oven. Fill the outer pan with hot water.

Bake at 550 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until puffed. If it starts turning brown too quickly, turn the oven down immediately. Reduce the oven to 200 degrees F and bake for 1 hour or until the cake is mostly firm. The center will still jiggle slightly when the pan is shaken.

Remove from the oven and run a wet knife around edge to loosen. Cool on the countertop for 2 hours. Put in the refrigerator to cool completely overnight.

For the garnish:

Serve plain or with fruit topping drizzled over cheesecake, if desired.

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