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Easy Creamy Coleslaw

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Easy Creamy Coleslaw

Easy Creamy Coleslaw

Quick and easy recipes are always in demand, and during the summer months, they’re especially welcome.

By simply combining packaged coleslaw mix with on-hand ingredients, a familiar side dish can be prepared in no time. Whether it’s for a picnic, potluck, or family reunion, this classic favorite is a time-honored addition to summertime get-togethers.

Enjoy!

EASY CREAMY COLESLAW

1/2 cup regular or light mayonnaise
1/4 cup regular or light sour cream
2 teaspoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 (14-ounce) package coleslaw mix
2 teaspoons grated onion (optional)
In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, sugar, celery seed, salt, and pepper. Add coleslaw mix and onion, if desired; toss to combine. Cover, and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Makes 8 servings.

Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Satisfy the craving for chocolate and peanut butter by baking a batch of these flavorful cookies. Just in time for July Fourth celebrations, these no-fuss treats are an excellent choice for summertime get-togethers.

Whether it’s a picnic in the park, a hike through the woods, or a day at the beach, these little goodies are terrific for toting anywhere. Enjoy!

Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar, plus more for finishing
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, combine butter, shortening and peanut butter. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup sugar and brown sugar; beat until combined. Add egg and vanilla; beat until combined. Gradually beat in as much flour mixture as possible; stir in the rest. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Roll in additional sugar, place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Press cookies with the bottom of a flat-bottomed glass to slightly flatten. Bake until centers are set and edges are crackled, 7 to 9 minutes. Cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Chocolate Truffles

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Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Sweeten your valentine’s day with gourmet-style confections made fresh in your kitchen. Quick and easy to prepare, these time-honored treats are the ultimate Valentine’s Day indulgence.

Made with minimal ingredients, they can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. When ready to serve, roll again in confectioners’ sugar, if desired. For the best flavor, allow truffles to come to room temperature before serving.

With rich chocolate goodies like these, Cupid is sure to strike. Happy Valentine’s Day!

(Here are more Easy Valentine’s Day Recipes.)

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

2/3 cup heavy (or whipping) cream
12 ounces high-quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
In a medium saucepan, bring heavy cream to a simmer. Remove from heat. Add chocolate. Whisk until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Drop 24 portions by tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. Shape into balls. Roll 12 of the balls in cocoa powder; place in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Roll the remaining 12 in confectioners’ sugar; place truffles in a container with a tight-fitting lid; refrigerate at least 1 hour. Makes 24 truffles.

Cranberry Martini

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Cranberry Martini

Cranberry Martini

Add an elegant touch to New Year’s Eve celebrations by whipping up a colorful cocktail that will toast the evening in style.

By combining a few ingredients, a refreshing drink can be ready to serve in no time. You also can add a dash of vermouth, if desired. And it’s just as easy to double or triple the recipe. Make it even more festive by adding a skewer of fresh cranberries to the drink.

Sophisticated, romantic, and always in good taste, a martini is a delightful choice when it comes to ringing in the New Year. Here’s wishing you and your family a happy and healthy New Year. Cheers!

CRANBERRY MARTINI

Crushed ice
5 tablespoons cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
3 tablespoons vodka
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
Fill a martini shaker 3/4 full with ice. Add cranberry juice cocktail, vodka, and orange juice. Cover and shake. Strain into a martini glass. Makes 1 serving.

Easy Chocolate White Chip Cookies

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Easy Chocolate White Chip Cookies

Easy Chocolate White Chip Cookies

Running out of time but still would like to bake cookies for Santa? Then head to the store and pick up a box of cake mix and a package of white chips, combine with a few pantry staples, and you’ll be on your way to batches of homemade cookies in no time.

By not having to roll and cut out dough or frost when cooled, it’s easy to get out of the kitchen quick. And Santa will surely be pleased to have a plate of fresh-baked cookies to welcome him. All that’s needed is milk and perhaps some food for the reindeer. Now this is one sugarplum of a shortcut that’s perfect on a long winter’s night.

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas.

EASY CHOCOLATE WHITE CHIP COOKIES

1 (16.5 ounce) package plain devil’s food cake mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
3 tablespoons water
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup white chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, butter, water, egg, and vanilla. Stir with a wooden spoon until mixed. Stir in white chips. Drop by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until centers are almost set, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Brandy Eggnog

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Brandy Eggnog

Brandy Eggnog

Get into the holiday spirit by indulging in a glass of eggnog spiked with the velvety goodness of brandy. Ideal when friends come to call, this quick and easy recipe is perfect for preparing at the last minute.

For the ultimate in flavor, be sure to whip the cream just until soft peaks form. And use fresh nutmeg, if possible, to grate over the top of the lightly whipped cream.

Whether it’s an impromptu visit from family and friends or a planned celebration, toasting the Yuletide with this time-honored indulgence will help make the season bright. Here’s to a happy holiday season. Cheers!

BRANDY EGGNOG

1 quart regular or light eggnog
1/2 cup brandy
Fresh, lightly whipped cream
Freshly grated nutmeg
In a medium pitcher, combine eggnog and brandy; stir well. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours. Stir well before serving; top each serving with lightly whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg. Makes 6 servings.

Cranberry Applesauce Bread

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Cranberry Applesauce Bread

Cranberry Applesauce Bread

Hearty loaves of fresh-baked bread are welcome additions to holiday celebrations. And when they include merry-red cranberries, tasty applesauce, and aromatic spices, they’re even better.

Ideal for passing at the table, enjoying on Christmas morning, or to give as a hostess gift, this flavor-packed bread is a seasonal delight. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar just before serving to add the look of new-fallen snow.

Whatever the occasion, sharing home-baked bread with those near and dear is a delicious way to celebrate the spirit of Christmas.

CRANBERRY APPLESAUCE BREAD

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups applesauce
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped fresh cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Confectioners’ sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottoms of four 5×3-inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and baking powder. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, applesauce, sugar, brown sugar, butter, and milk. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Stir in cranberries and walnuts. Divide batter amongst prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 33 to 38 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Makes 4 miniature loaves.

Mini Pecan Pies

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Mini Pecan Pies

Mini Pecan Pies

Pies are a highly anticipated finale of the Thanksgiving Day feast. And while pumpkin pie is certain to be on the menu, it’s always fun to sample other pies too.

By using two mini pie plates like these Anchor Hocking Mini Pie Plates instead of one conventional nine-inch pie plate, it’s easy to offer guests a sampling or two of their favorite pies. And if you’re going to someone’s house for dinner, you can leave a mini pie or two at home and bring the rest to share.

The pastry dough is easy to make and the pecan filling can be whipped up in a hurry. A dollop of whipped cream adds the final flourish.

Here are a couple more Thanksgiving pie recipes that make good use of mini pie plates. And here are some easy Thanksgiving recipes. Enjoy!

MINI PECAN PIES

Pastry for two 6-inch single-crust pies (see below)
3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans or pecan halves
Freshly whipped cream (optional)
Prepare pastry for 2 6-inch pie crusts as directed. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 6-inch pie plates with pastry crust. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, corn syrup, butter, and vanilla. Stir in pecans; divide into 2 crusts. Bake until filling is puffed, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool pies completely on a wire rack. Top each pie with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired. Makes 8 miniature servings.

PASTRY FOR TWO 6-INCH SINGLE-CRUST PIES

1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold vegetable shortening
5 to 6 tablespoons ice water
In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon water over the flour mixture; toss with a fork. Push moistened flour mixture to the side of the bowl. Repeat, using 1 tablespoon of the remaining water at a time, until all of the flour mixture is moist. Gather pastry into a ball. Divide into 2 portions; shape each portion into a disk. Cover each disk with plastic wrap; refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes.

Flour rolling surface and rolling pin lightly. Roll each pastry disk into circles about 8-inches in diameter. Trim to about 7 1/2 -inches. Carefully remove trimmed dough. Fold dough into quarters. Unfold and press into 2 6-inch pie plates. Transfer desired fillings into pie crusts, flute or crimp edges as desired. Bake as directed. Makes 2 miniature pies.

Thanks to Anchor Hocking for providing photography and bakeware

Butterscotch Bars

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Butterscotch Bars

Butterscotch Bars

Fall gatherings are better than ever when they include the yummy taste of butterscotch. Easy to prepare, these seasonal goodies are perfect for any autumn get-together.

Whether it’s a fabulous finale to a crisp fall dinner or a crowd-pleasing addition to any spooky celebration, these tasty morsels are ideal for picking up and nibbling. Both children and adults will delight in the old-fashioned goodness of a butterscotch-flavored treat.

Now this is a delicious way to savor a taste of autumn.

BUTTERSCOTCH BARS

CRUST
1 (16.5 ounce) package plain yellow cake mix
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
3 tablespoons milk
1 egg

FILLING
1/4 cup butterscotch cook-and-serve pudding and pie filling mix
1/2 cup half-and-half or fat-free half-and-half
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For crust, in a large bowl, combine cake mix, flour, butter, milk, and egg. Press two-thirds of mixture into a 9×13-inch baking pan. Bake 8 minutes. Meanwhile, for filling, in a medium glass microwave-safe bowl, combine pudding mix and half-and-half. Microwave on HIGH until mixture boils, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Add butterscotch chips; stir until chips have almost melted. Spread butterscotch mixture over hot crust; sprinkle with the remaining crust mixture. Bake until filling is bubbly and crust is golden, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool completely. Cut into bars. Makes 32 bars.

Easy Yellow Cupcakes

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Easy Yellow Cupcakes

Easy Yellow Cupcakes

A package of store-bought cake mix, pudding mix and a few other ingredients is all it takes to create moist and flavorful cupcakes filled with homespun goodness. And it’s just as simple to transform Easy Yellow Cupcakes into fun Easter Cupcakes by simply embellishing with candy sprinkles and/or edible decorations.

Ideal for little hands to help prepare, these whimsical treats are perfect for nibbling at this time of year. Whether they’re for a school party, Easter celebration, or any get-together, these crowd-pleasing cupcakes always are welcome.

From my family to yours, Happy Easter.

EASY YELLOW CUPCAKES

1 (4-serving size) package instant vanilla pudding and pie filling mix
1 (16.5-ounce) package yellow cake mix (with pudding in the mix)
4 eggs
1 cup water
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
Candy sprinkles and/or edible decorations (optional)
Easy Vanilla Frosting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 24 muffin cups or line with paper liners. Reserve 2 tablespoons pudding mix for frosting (see below). In a large bowl, combine the remaining pudding mix, cake mix, eggs, water, oil, and vanilla. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed until moistened, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium; beat 2 minutes. Divide into muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with Easy Vanilla Frosting; garnish with candy sprinkles and/or edible decorations, if desired. Makes 24 cupcakes.

EASY VANILLA FROSTING

2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding and pie filling mix
1/2 cup heavy (or whipping) cream
1 (8-ounce) carton regular or light frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 to 8 drops yellow food color (optional)
In a medium bowl, combine pudding mix and heavy cream. Whisk until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in whipped topping, vanilla, and food color, if desired.