Fruit & Oat Bar Cookies

These bars are quick to make, extremely satisfying, and quite versatile.  You can serve them as bars for an afternoon snack, or for dessert with a scoop of ice cream.  Vanilla ice cream complements any flavor of jam, but experiment with unusual combinations:  Strawberry preserve bars with chocolate ice cream.  Blackberry preserve bars with blackberry ice cream.  Cherry preserve bars with butter pecan ice cream.  Have fun with it and see what you come up with.

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Chewy Chocolate Brownies

Is there anyone who doesn’t love a really good brownie? There are countless recipes around, and countless ideas about what makes a brownie “perfect.” But with a cakey, dense, and chocolatey cookie, it’s hard to imagine how that combination could go wrong.  My personal preference is for chewy, not crumbly, with a rich chocolate flavor.  That’s what this recipe will provide, my idea of perfection in a simple chocolate brownie.

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Aloha Cookies

These are a big, chewy, delicious treat of a cookie.  The word ‘cookie’ doesn’t come close to what these are — filling, nourishing, and healthful in the way that few cookies can be, yet sweet and satisfying at the same time. Could be your new favorite snack.

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Herb Stuffing

Everyone seems to have a favorite stuffing recipe for their holiday turkey. If you’ve got a favorite, you may have to make room on your “favorites” shelf for another one — this stuffing is addictive. Tangy, savory, and delicately spiced, this stuffing has been known to change the minds of people who previously felt they didn’t like stuffing. It cuts some corners by using a pre-packaged Herb Stuffing mix, but you can substitute your own mixture of breads if you’d prefer to make the whole thing “from scratch.”

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Peppermint Patties

If you’ve ever been enamored of those store-bought mints in the silver wrapper, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven when you taste your own homemade peppermint patties. With the dark chocolate coating and fresh mint filling, it’s possibly one of the best flavor combinations ever concocted (or, rather, confected?). It is extremely simple to make, and the candies look and taste luscious. Packed into pretty boxes, they make an especially thoughtful during the holidays, too.

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Just Right White Cake

White cakes are the ultimate versatile cake. They’re the traditional cake at celebrations of all kinds, providing the appropriate fanciness at formal gatherings. Just one bite can evoke every wedding you’ve ever attended, even if you happen to be nibbling some on a blanket in your own back yard. White cakes are traditionally for special occasions, but, really, they can adapt to any occasion, festive or ordinary.

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Snickerdoodles

snickerdoodles 2Kind of an old fashioned favorite, the Snickerdoodle has long been a favorite in our house. The goofy name is enough to lure you in, but one whiff of the cinnamon-vanilla sweetness and you can never forget these babies. They’re light in both flavor and texture, with a wonderful crumbly chewiness that is just perfect after lunch or as a special treat.

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