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Red Velvet Cake

Like RED VELVET CAKE? Yes? Then a “from scratch” red velvet cake recipe is the only way to go!  A box mix comes out too dry and tasteless while this lives up to it’s name!  The buttermilk helps to make it velvety smooth and rich!     When you add the baking soda on top of the white vinegar, you will get a fizzing reaction. Watch…

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Christmas Biscotti

CHRISTMAS BISCOTTI: This is one way I make Christmas Biscotti using red and green candied cherries and pistachio nuts which are green. They look so festive! Another way is I use dried cranberries and pistachios. Or a combo of dried cranberries with the cherries! The possibilities are endless! You can leave the biscotti plain. You can drizzle a glaze on top. Or you can dip…

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Cherry Christmas Slice and Bake Cookies

These beautiful Christmas Refrigerator Slice and Bake Cookies not only look festive with the red and green cherries, but they are SO delicious! The bottoms get browned and the tops stay white. They are a CRISPY cookie. The dough is very easy to make in less than 5 minutes! It has chopped pecans, but use whatever chopped nuts you like, or leave them out completely….

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Chocolate Kahlua Balls~NO BAKE!

Love coffee? These are for you! Even non-coffee lovers like them! You mix the ingredients together in a food processor, roll them into balls and then roll the balls in confectioner’s sugar. SO EASY! NO BAKING! An oldie but goodie recipe I got from my Aunt Gloria that is loved by a LOT of people! I make this every holiday! See more pictures in the…

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Chocolate Rum Balls~Easy, No-Bake!

Chocolate rum balls, no-bake! (Adults only since they are not baked!) They are easy to make and soo good!!  Hard to eat just one!   You really can taste the rum, but it doesn’t overpower the cookie.   These are great for the holidays, but they are also really nice to make anytime! Everyone REALLY loves these! See more pictures of the EASIEST steps ever…

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Apple Cranberry Walnut Pie

This is one of my favorite holiday pies! Apples, cranberries and walnuts go really well together! I have tried several recipes for this pie. I combined some techniques and ingredients to come up with this way that I like the best! Cooking the filling for a few minutes beforehand makes it a success every time! I like it with lowered sugar and added more cranberries…

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My Contest-Winning Apple Pie

This apple pie won me the $300 top prize in 2008 at my church fair! Over the years baking apple pies has been a passion of mine since apple is my favorite pie! I have several favorite apple pie recipes that I love all for different reasons and I use them all! You can find some of my other favorite apple pie recipes on my…

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Fresh Sugar Pumpkin Pie

Canned pumpkin? No, not me. For decades now, I have opted out! Have you ever had pumpkin pie made from real pumpkins? Canned pumpkin filling is good, but using the real pumpkin tastes even better. If you never had fresh pumpkin pie, you are missing out on the real taste of pumpkin! You can use regular pumpkins, but the smaller sugar pumpkins are ideal for…

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Red Velvet Brownies

You use 2 box mixes to make these red velvet brownies. A lot of red velvet brownies have cream cheese in them. This one is simple version and my favorite. I like it better than a regular brownie! They are SO incredibly MOIST! I’ve gotten many requests for this recipe! And, these sell really well at fairs! You can dress them up for holidays with…

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Old-Fashioned Penuche

“This buttery rich, creamy, caramel-y praline soft fudge recipe is so delicious! Bill’s mother made this old-fashioned penuche recipe which she got from HER mother.  I date this back to the 1950’s or maybe the 1940’s.  It was a hit back then and is still amazing now!     There are so many variations of Penuche Fudge!  It is very popular in the southern United States…

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Ricotta Cheese Cookies

Ricotta Cookies are so good!!! One bite of these and you go, mmmm!   They are a  much sweeter cookie in comparison to the egg biscuits they resemble.  The ricotta cheese gives it a soft texture.   This is a favorite cookie of mine. I love the texture and the strong vanilla in them. I make them every Christmas. See more pictures in the slideshow…

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Chocolate Macaroons

These fudgy delicious macaroons get rave reviews from so many people when I make them!   They actually have no flour in them!   Be careful with the bake time, there is a wide variance in the time.   Macaroons are a delicate cookie and they don’t harden much while in the oven but they  harden more after they come out of the oven.  Every…

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Opera Fudge

  If you like white chocolate, try Opera Fudge! Typically Opera Fudge has just candied red cherries in it.  I added walnuts which you can leave out if you prefer. Yes, I serve Opera Fudge on an Opera Plate! That plate is a scene from Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly”.   This fudge is worthy of its name. It is exquisite! Like opera is! Enjoy!”