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    My kids like these at Christmas. They look like little snowballs.

    Double-Chocolate Snowquakes

    Ingredients:
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    3/4 cup Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    3/4 teaspoon(s) salt
    1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    3/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
    1/4 cup sugar
    2 large eggs
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1 1/4 cup(s) milk-chocolate chips
    1 cup confectioners' sugar

    DIRECTIONS
    Make the dough: Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. Cream butter until smooth in a large bowl with an electric mixer set on medium speed. Add the sugars and beat until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and mix thoroughly. Reduce mixer speed to medium low, add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, and mix until a soft dough forms. Add chocolate chips and mix to incorporate. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

    Bake the cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking pans with parchment paper and set aside. Place the confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl and set aside. Keeping dough well chilled, shape 1 tablespoon of dough into a ball. Roll the ball in the confectioners' sugar to coat generously -- do not shake off excess sugar. Place balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking pans. Bake until cookies have puffed and cracked and are slightly firm to the touch -- 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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    Truffles

    3 packages (12 oz. each) semisweet chocolate chips
    2 1/4 cups sweetened condensed milk, divided
    1/2 tsp orange extract
    1/2 tsp peppermint extract
    1/2 tsp almond extract
    1 1/2 pounds white candy coating, melted
    3/4 pound dark chocolate candy coating, melted
    1/2 cup ground almonds

    In microwave-safe bowl, melt one package of chocolate chips. Add 3/4 cup of the milk and mix well. Stir in orange extract. Repeat twice, adding peppermint extract to one portion and almond extract to the other. Cover and chill for 45 min., or until firm enough to shape into one-inch balls. Place on three separate wax paper-lined baking sheets. Chill for 1 1/2 hours.

    Dip orange-flavored truffles in white candy coating and place on wax paper to harden. Dip peppermint truffles in dark chocolate coating. Dip almond-flavored truffles in dark chocolate coating, then roll in ground almonds. Make your truffles look pretty and drizzle white chocolate over the peppermint truffles and drizzle dark chocolate over the orange truffles. Makes about 7 dozen.

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    "Blue, those balls sound fantastic." PB, that could very well be the FIRST and last time "blue balls" and "fantastic" are ever located in the same sentence!

    Here's the mulled apple cider I make for hallowe'en parties. The best part is that it's made in the crock pot, so it keeps warm the entire time, AND it makes your house smell great!

    INGREDIENTS:

    • 2 qts. apple cider
    • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
    • 1 orange (unpeeled)
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 1 tsp. whole cloves
    • brandy

    PREPARATION:

    Combine cider, sugar, ginger and orange in slow cooker. Tie cinnamon and cloves in a small cheesecloth bag; add to crockpot. Cover and cook on LOW 2 to 4 hours. The entire house will smell great! Remove the bag of spices. In a mug put a shot of brandy, then fill with hot mix from cooker.
    Makes 10 to 12 servings
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    Bourbon Balls. Because I like liquor any way I can get it, I guess.

    1 6 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/3 cup Bourbon
    2 1/2 cup fine vanilla wafer crumbs
    1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
    1/4 cup Confectioners' sugar

    Mix chocolate and sugar in bowl until smooth. Blend in Bourbon. Add mixture of crumbs and walnuts; mix well. Shape into 1 inch balls. Roll in confectioners' sugar; place in paper bonbon cups. Store in airtight container for several days. Sprinkle with additional Bourbon and dust with confectioners' sugar. Makes 1 1/2 dozen.
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    Fried Pesto-Cheese Sticks





    Ingredients:
    24 pieces of string cheese
    24 eggroll wrappers
    1 jar of Classico basil pesto (Classico® - Products)
    Oil for deep-fat frying

    Place eggroll wrapper on work surface with a point facing you. Place a piece of cheese down the center. Smear cheese with pesto to your satisfaction. Fold bottom point of wrapper up; fold top point down. Fold one side point over the top, then roll over tightly until only one point is left. Using a pastry brush and water, lightly wet the remaining point and stick to the stick to seal it shut. Repeat 23 times!

    In deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375. Fry sticks a few at a time until golden brown, turning occasionally. Drain on paper-towel covered plate.

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    I prefer brandy in my apple cider, too, but I'll take it any way I can get it. All of these recipes sounds great. I'm so glad this thread got revived.

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    I can't believe I forgot Divinity. Tasty stuff, but this recipe involves the dreaded candy thermometer.

    2 3/4 cup sugar
    1/4 cup powdered sugar
    1/2 cup light corn syrup
    1/2 cup water
    1/4 tsp. salt
    2 egg whites, beaten stiff
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    1 cup chopped pecans

    Stir sugar, syrup, salt, and water over medium heat stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Cook to hard ball stage (260 degrees). Beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry. Add syrup slowly to egg whites beating constantly, until a dull look appears and it will hold its shape. Add vanilla and nuts. Drop by spoonful onto wax paper.
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    Oh no! Not the candy thermometer!!!!

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    ^^ Okay, I dread the candy thermometer!
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    No, I've had trouble with them, too.

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    This is one of my faves, and a staple on the southern holiday table. At my house anyway.

    Sweet Potato Casserole

    3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
    1/2 cup melted butter
    2 eggs, lightly beaten
    1/2 cup milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 cup brown sugar

    Topping:
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/3 cup flour
    1/3 cup melted butter
    1 cup chopped pecans

    Combine first 6 ingredients. Pour into a buttered 1 1/2 to 2-quart casserole dish. Mix remaining ingredients together and sprinkle over top. Bake at 350° for 30 to 40 minutes.
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    Ok, here's one of the most sinful yet simple desserts you will ever put in your mouth! We make this every year and I have never met a person who didn't love it.

    1 can of cherry pie filling
    1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
    1 can of crushed (or chunk if you prefer) pineapple
    1 can of sweetened condensed milk (Eagles Brand)
    2 cans of mandarin oranges
    1 large tub of Cool Whip
    Crushed Pecans if desired

    Simply mix all ingredients and refrigerate for at least an hour. Serve and prepare yourself for screams of delight!
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    This is super easy (and Im sure its already been mentioned). I dont have time to go through all the pages, but I definately will because I love to cook and I love treats of any sort.

    What you need:
    -Pretzel sticks
    -Chocolate (milk, dark, white-whatever you like)
    -Candy Canes

    Crush the CCs into small pieces. Melt the chocolate. Dip half of a pretzel stick into the chocolate and then roll it in the crushed CC. Set it on a piece of wax paper to cool.

    Thats it.

    Good for a little snacking at home, parties, make a dozen, put it in a little holiday bag with a bow and it makes for nice informal gifts.

    whee.

    Im hungry now.

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