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Buckeyes

Ingredients for peanut butter balls:
2 C. peanut butter
4 C. confectioners' sugar
1 stick butter, melted
1 C. graham cracker crumbs
1 T. vanilla

Directions for peanut butter balls:
Mix all ingredients together and form into 1-inch balls.  
Chill.  

Ingredients for dipping chocolate:
3-4 C. chocolate chips
1/3 square paraffin wax

Directions for dipping chocolate:
Place in top of double boiler and simmer until melted:
Dip each ball into chocolate and place on waxed paper to set.  
Cherry, Coconut, Pecan Rice pudding

Ingredients:
3/4 C. white rice (may substitute Quinoa or any flavor of rice)
3 cups milk
dash salt
1/2 C. sugar
1/4 C. dried cherries
1/2 C. coconut
1/4-1/2 C. chopped pecans
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
1 t. cinnamon 

Directions:
Bring 6 cups water to a boil in heavy, large saucepan.  
Add Quinoa and boil, uncovered, 7 minutes. Drain well. Place Quinoa in a bowl.
Bring milk to a boil in the same saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.  
Add Quinoa and salt.  
Cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat, stirring often, until Quinoa is very soft and absorbs most of the milk, about 15-20 minutes.   Quinoa should look creamy, not soupy and not dry.
When Quinoa is cooked, stir in sugar.  
Cook; stir 1 minute.  
Remove from heat.  
Stir in cherries, coconut pecans, vanilla and cinnamon.
Serve warm, sprinkled with cinnamon, if desired.


Baklava

Ingredients:
1 pound frozen filo dough
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 1/2 C. honey
1 1/2 C. water
1 1/2 lemons
1 cinnamon stick
1 t. vanilla
3/4 C. sugar
1 pound pecans (because I like them!), finely chopped
1 T. cinnamon
1 pound unsalted butter

Directions:
Put frozen dough into refrigerator overnight.  
Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, honey, water, juice and skin 
of the lemons, cinnamon stick and vanilla in a saucepan.  
Boil 10 minutes.  
Strain, cool and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.  
Take filo dough out of refrigerator 2 hours before ready to use.  
Mix 3/4 cup sugar, walnuts and cinnamon.  
Set aside. 
Preheat oven to 325

Directions:
Melt butter slowly. 
Keep butter warm while working on pastry.  
Open filo and spread flat.  Work fast so filo will not dry out.  
Place 18 x 12 x 1-inch pan on filo (or 15 x 10).  
Cut all the sheets to fit the pan.  
Cover filo with towel.  
Butter pan using pastry brush to spread melted butter.  
Lay 1 sheet of filo in pan.  
Brush thoroughly with butter.  
Repeat until there are 8 buttered sheets.  
Lay on another sheet.  
Spread on 1/4 of the nut mixture.  
Top with another sheet and brush with butter.  
Repeat 3 times until the nut mixture has been used.  
Lay on another sheet of filo and brush with butter.  
Repeat until all the filo has been used.  
Be sure top layer is very well buttered.  Refrigerate 1/2 hour.  
Using a sharp knife, cut pastry into diamonds.  
Make the first cut parallel to long side of pan, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches from edge.  
Continue long cuts, dividing width evenly.  
Then cut at an angle.  
Be sure to cut all the way through.  
Bake for 45 to 55 minutes until golden brown in color and pastry is flaky.  
Spoon chilled syrup over Baklava.  
Cool in pan.  
Best served after it has set for several hours.  
Baklava will keep at room temperature for 2 to 3 days, refrigerated for 2 to 3 weeks, or it may be frozen.  
Sugared Pecans  

Preheat oven to 250

Ingredients:
1 egg white
1 T. water
1 pound pecans

1 C. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. salt

Directions: 
Beat egg white and water until stiff peaks form.
Fold in pecans.
Make sure all pecans are evenly coated.

Mix together:
1 C. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. salt

Fold pecans into sugar mixture and stir well.
Spray a large sheet pan (I use a 12 x 17) with non-stick cooking spray.
Place pecans on sheet pan.
Spread out evenly so there is no overlap.
Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Pour out onto parchment-lined paper and separate immediately.

Caramel Corn Puffs (Oh. Em. Gee.)

Preheat oven to 250

Ingredients:
1 (8 oz) bag CORN puffs (NOT cheese puffs)
1 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. corn syrup
1/2 C. butter
1 t. baking soda

Directions:
Lay a large piece of parchment paper on counter and tape it down.
Put corn puffs in a large roasting pan and set pan aside.
Heat sugar, corn syrup and butter.  
Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.  
Remove from heat and add 1 t. baking soda (THIS WILL BUBBLE UP).
Whisk together.
Pour over puffs in a large roasting pan.
Stir completely.  
Bake 45-60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes for even browning.  
Pour out onto parchment and separate while hot.
White Trash

Ingredients:
1 (16 oz) bag sourdough pretzel nibblers
1 (16 oz) can salted cashew halves and pieces
1 1/2 pounds vanilla candy coating, melted
1 (11 oz.) bag caramel bits
1 (14 oz.) bag candy-coated chocolate pieces

Directions:
Line 2 baking sheets with waxed paper.  
In a large bowl, combine pretzels and cashews.
Pour candy coating over pretzel mixture, tossing gently to coat all pieces.
After mixture has cooled slightly, add candy-coated chocolate pieces and caramel bits. 
Mix gently.
Pour mixture onto prepared baking sheets.
Let cool completely.  
Gently break up into smaller pieces.
Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks (if it lasts that long!).
Avocado Chocolate Pudding (it's delicious!)

Ingredients:
1 avocado
1/4 C. cocoa powder
1/3 C. agave nectar
1/2 t. salt
2 t. vanilla extract
1/2 C. water

Directions:
Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth.


Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs (no-bake!)

Ingredients for chocolate chip cookie dough:
3/4 C. butter, softened
3/4 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. white sugar
2 T. milk
1 t. vanilla extract
2 C. all-purpose flour
2 C. mini chocolate chips (divided)

1 package (9 x 13-inch size) fudge brownie mix, baked and cooled.
chocolate chips (for melting and coating)

Directions for chocolate chip cookie dough:
Cream butter, sugars, milk and vanilla together.  
Gently mix in flour.  
Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips.  
Form dough into 1/2-inch to 3/4- inch balls.  
Place on cookie sheet and freeze until firm.

Directions for assembling bombs:
Cut brownies into 1-inch  squares.  
Flatten slightly with fingers.  
Wrap brownie around cookie ball completely sealing in cookie dough.  
Freeze until firm.
Melt 1 C. chocolate chips.  
Dip brownie bombs into melted chocolate.  
Sprinkle with sprinkles if desired.
Refrigerate.  
Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

Ingredients:
1 C. creamy peanut butter
2 T. butter, softened
1 C. confectioners' sugar
120 mini pretzels (round or square)
chocolate chips for melting
sprinkles 

Directions:
Mix peanut butter, butter and confectioners' sugar together until well blended.
Roll into small balls.
Place one ball on one pretzel and then place another pretzel on top.
Gently press together.
Dip half of the pretzel in the melted chocolate.
Sprinkle with sprinkles!
Sweet Potato-Apple Crisp

Preheat oven to 375

Ingredients for filling:
3 C. mashed, cooked sweet potatoes
3/4 C. packed brown sugar
1 C. granulated sugar
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted
1 T. vanilla extract
1 C. flour
1 T. baking powder
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground nutmeg
1/4 t. salt (optional)
1 C. evaporated milk
1 (20 oz) can apple pie filling

Ingredients for Topping:
1/4 C. (1/2 stick) butter
1/4 C. packed brown sugar
1/4 C. flour
1/2 C. quick-cooking oatmeal
1/2 C. chopped pecans

Directions for filling:
In a large bowl, using electric mixer, beat sweet potatoes and brown and granulated sugars.  
Add eggs, butter and vanilla, beating until smooth.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  
Alternately add flour mixture and milk to sweet-potato mixture.  
Beat at medium speed until blended.  
Pour into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish.  
Spread apple filling over sweet-potato mixture.

Directions for topping:
Combine butter, sugar, flour, oats and pecans.  
Sprinkle over apples.
Bake 50 minutes.  
Cool.  
Serve with whipped cream if desired.
Haystacks (healthier!)

Ingredients:
2 C. butterscotch chips 
1/2 C. peanut butter
1 pouch (3 3/4 C) Fiber One original bran cereal (from 16.2 oz box)

Directions:
Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment.
In a large microwavable bowl, microwave butterscotch chips and
peanut butter (uncovered) on High for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Microwave 30 seconds to 1 minute longer, stirring every 15 seconds until melted and smooth.
Stir in cereal until well coated. 
Feel free to add more butterscotch chips at this point.
You can never have too many!
Drop mixture by rounded teaspoonfuls onto parchment. 
Refrigerate until chocolate if firm.
Banana Pudding

Ingredients:
Box of Vanilla Wafer cookies
6 to 8 bananas, sliced
2 C. milk
1 (5 oz) box instant french vanilla pudding
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions:
Line the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cookies and layer bananas on top.
In a bowl, using a whisk, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend.
Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk.
Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture.  
Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended.  
Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with remaining cookies.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Cannoli Cones (or Cannoli Dip!)

Ingredients:
1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 C. confectioners' sugar
1 t. vanilla 
1 C. mini chocolate chips

1 package waffle ice cream cones (I like Joy brand)

Directions:
Mix ricotta cheese and cream cheese together until smooth.
Add sugar and vanilla and mix until combined.
Add in chocolate chips and mix until combined.
Cover and refrigerate until cold.
Spoon into waffle cones and enjoy!
Or break up waffle cones and use pieces as scoops for dip.

Crispy Treats

Ingredients:
4 T. butter
2 (10 ounce) bags marshmallows
8 C. crispy cereal (Rice Krispies, Cocoa Krispies, Lucky Charms)

Directions:
Spray a large pot with non-stick cooking spray.
Spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Spray a wooden spoon and spatula with non-stick cooking spray.
Do you see a theme here? Spray, spray, spray.
Put butter and marshmallows into the pot.
Turn heat on the lowest setting.
Stir constantly until melted and blended.
Keep the heat on very low while you add the crispy cereal and stir together.
Pour immediately into 9 x 13 pan and press down gently.
Allow to cool before cutting.
Lemon Curd

Ingredients:
4 lemons, at room temperature
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 large (or extra large) eggs, at room temperature
1/8 t. salt

Directions:
Remove the zest of the lemons with a lemon peeler or zester.
Squeeze the lemons to get 1/2 C. juice.  
Set aside.
Put the zest into a food processor and add the sugar.
Process for a few minutes until the zest is very fine.
Put butter into the bowl of an electric mixer and cream 
along with sugar and zest mixture.
Add eggs, 1 at a time. 
Add lemon juice and salt.
Mix well.
Pour the mixture into a 2-quart saucepan.
Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thickened, about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat. 
Oreo Truffles

Ingredients:
36 Oreo Cookies, very finely crushed
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
16 ounces dipping chocolate, melted
(I like Ghirardelli discs but you can also use chocolate chips)

Directions:
Cover a baking sheet with parchment or foil.
Mix Oreo crumbs and cream cheese together.
Make sure they are very well blended.
Form mixture into balls and dip into melted chocolate.
Place balls onto cookie sheet and decorate as desired.  
Refrigerate until firm (approximately 1 hour).

Energy Bars (so good!)

Ingredients:
1 C. nuts
1 C. raisins 
1 C. dates (pitted)

Directions:
Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor.
Pulse and spin until dough comes together in a ball.
(Scrape sides as necessary)
Place on plastic wrap and press down.
Cover completely with plastic wrap.
Refrigerate until firm enough to cut.