Submitted by Jamie Fryslie. Makes 4 dozen cookies. 1/2 c. butter-flavored shortening 1/2 c. real butter 1 c. brown sugar 1 c. white sugar 2 eggs 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla optional: 1 tsp peppermint extract 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 2 1/2 c. flour, lightly spooned into measuring cups…

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Submitted by Carol Sprenger. Makes 26 cookies. 1 ¾ C all-purpose flour 1 TBLSP natural unsweetened cocoa powder ½ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt 8 TBLSP  unsalted butter, softened 1 C granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 TBSLP red food coloring 1 tsp vanilla extract ¼ C sour cream 1/2 C mini white chocolate…

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Submitted by Keli Books, from her late grandmother, Marlene Rae VanMaanen. Makes 24 cookies. 24 Maraschino cherries 1/2 cup salted butter, softened 3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar 1 tbsp white vanilla 1 1/2 cups flour 1-2 tbsp heavy cream Drain 24 maraschino cherries, save the juice. Lay cherries to dry (or cookies will turn pink).…

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Submitted by Heidi Sackreiter. Makes approximately four to five dozen (depending on shape or size of cookie). 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cream of tartar Beat powdered sugar and butter in a large bowl…

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Submitted by Laurie Carruthers. Makes 30 cookies. 1 cup butter softened 1 cup powdered sugar  3/4 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups flour 1 tablespoon orange zest 2/3 cup toasted & finely chopped pecans 1/3 cup finely chopped Craisins Place butter, powdered sugar, almond extract and salt in a bowl. Beat until smooth,…

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Submitted by Phyllis Lauer. Makes about 5 dozen. 2 egg whites 1/8 tsp cream of tartar A little less than 1/8 tsp salt 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup chocolate chips 1 tsp vanilla Whip 2 egg whites until frothy. Add 1/8 tsp cream of tartar and a little less than 1/8 tsp salt. Beat until…

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Case in point: we LOVE cranberry sauce – but we always struggle with too much leftover. You could make a classic Thanksgiving-leftovers-sandwich, or just a good ol’ second plate of turkey fixings – or even better: these easy, sweet and nutty cranberry pecan oat crumble bars. Using homemade cranberry sauce or canned, it takes about…

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There’s some debate on whether the sticky, peanut buttery, chocolate topped rice krispie bars are called “scotcheroos” or “special k bars.” Personally, I believe they are scotcheroos unless they are made with Special K cereal, and only then should they be called special k bars. Makes sense, right? Regardless of which side of the debate…

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Ingredients:  1 15 oz bag of pretzel twists 1 1/3 cup butter 1 1/3 cup brown sugar 2 cups chocolate chips (I use a mix of semi-sweet and milk) 1 tsp salt Method:  Preheat oven to 375º. Completely cover a half sheet pan in parchment paper. Pour bag of pretzels onto pan and lightly crush.…

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Pecan Balls Submitted by Jeanne Anderson 1 cup butter, room temperature (do not substitute) 1/2 c sugar 1 tsp vanilla 2 cups pecans, chopped very fine ( I used a food processor and measure before chopping- do not substitute with walnuts) 2 cups cake flour unsifted (do not substitute) 2 cups or more powdered sugar…

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