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BAILEY’S IRISH CREAM MINI-CHEESECAKES 24 mini-cakes



Ingredients:
For the crust:
16 whole Oreo, finely ground in food processor
3 tablespoons melted butter
For the filling:
16 oz (2-8-oz pkg) cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/3 cups sour cream
3 Tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
For the ganache glaze:
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons light corn syrup

How to make it:

Preheat oven to 350F.
1. Combine the ground Oreos and melted butter into a bowl until well combined. Spoon into 24 mini cheesecake cups. Press into the bottom of each cup so the crust is flat. If you have a small cup or container small enough, that works well. Partially bake for 10 minutes then remove from oven.
2. In a large bowl with a handheld or stand mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in sour cream, Bailey's, and vanilla.
3. Pour or spoon batter into cheesecake pan cups to fill to a little less than half of the cup. Then add the melted chocolate to the rest of the batter. Fill the cups to about 3/4 full.
4. Bake for 25-28 minutes until cheesecake is cooked through. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
5. Once the cheesecakes have cooled, loosen the edges with a plastic knife and remove them from the pan by pushing up on the removable bottoms. Arrange them on a piece of waxed paper and make the glaze...
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Corn Casserole



Ingredients:
1 box Jiffy cornbread mix
1 can cream corn
1 can whole kernel corn drained
2 eggs
1 stick butter melted
1 Cup Sour cream

How to make it:

Mix all together in casserole adding the sour cream last.
 Bake in 350 oven for 45 minutes

Best Steak Marinade In Existence



Ingredients:
1/3 cup Soy sauce
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons dried basil
1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon dried minced garlic


How to make it :

Place the soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, basil, parsley, and pepper in a blender.
Add hot pepper sauce and garlic, if desired. Blend on high speed for 30 seconds until thoroughly mixed.
Pour marinade over desired type of meat.
Cover, and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Cook meat as desired.

Scalloped Potatoes



Ingredients:
 4 C. thinly sliced potatoes
3 T. butter
3 T. flour
1 1/2 C. milk
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. my house seasoning (equal parts garlic powder, onion powder and pepper...combine and store in an airtight container)
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 C. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
paprika

How to make it :

Melt the butter in a pot and whisk in the flour, cooking for 1 minute over med. high heat. 
Whisk in the milk, salt, house seasoning and cayenne pepper. 
Cook till the mixture thickens up, remove from heat and stir in the cheese. 
Place half of the potatoes in the bottom of a lightly greased 1 quart casserole dish. 
Pour half of the cheese mixture over the potatoes and spread around. 
Repeat with remaining potatoes and cheese mixture. 
Sprinkle the top with a little of the paprika. 
Bake in a 350 degree oven, uncovered, for 45 minutes.

Mexican Restaurant Style White Cheese (Queso) Dip



Ingredients:
1 pound white, deli-sliced American cheese
⅔ cup of milk or half-and-half
3-4 tablespoons of canned, chopped green chiles or jalepenos
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chipotle powder (optional)

How to make it :

If using a slow cooker, turn on to the lowest setting. Dump everything in, heat and stir until thickened.
If using a double boiler, heat the milk, chopped chiles and spices, then gradually add in the American cheese, 1-2 slices at a time, stirring until fully melted and incorporated together

Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies



2 boxes Jiffy Blueberry Muffin mix
4 oz. cream cheese
1 stick “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter”
½ C. light brown sugar, firmly packed
2 eggs
1 ½ C. white chocolate chips

How to make it :

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Cream together butter, cream cheese, and brown sugar. Add eggs one at a time until blended. Combine muffin mix with the butter mixture and mix well. Fold in white chocolate chips. Chill for at least one hour. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake for 14-15 minutes or until just turning brown around the edges. Cool on cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes. Transfer to wire rack until completely cooled.

***PLEASE NOTE***While we have made these cookies for quite a while and never had an issue with the quality of the finished product
 we would suggest baking a small batch at first...if they come out flat, try to chill the batter for a while longer. This really seems to be a key step with this recipe.

Grandma's Corn Bread Dressing



Ingredients:
 1 (16 ounce) package dry corn bread mix
1 small onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons dried sage   
2 cups chicken stock
2 eggs, beaten


How to make it :

 First of all, Prepare the dry corn bread mix according to package guidances. After that Cool and crumble.
Preheat oven to (one hundred seventy-five degrees C)  350 degrees F,  Grease one 9x13 inch baking dish.
Melt the butter and saute the celery and onion  In a large skillet over medium heat until soft.
In a large bowl, mix the celery,eggs, chicken stock, sage,  onions, three cups crumbled corn bread,  and salt and pepper to taste; mix well.
Lastly, put into prepared dish and bake at (one hundred seventy-five degrees C) 350 degrees F  for 30 minutes.

Skillet Potatoes



Ingredients:
2 large russet potatoes, cut into 1" cubes......
14 oz. smoked sausage, thinly sliced
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 c. chopped bell pepper (red or green)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 c. chicken stock
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper
1/4 tsp. dried parsley
2 tbsps. veg. oil

How to make it:

In a large skillet heat oil...add in the smoked sausage and cook, turning often till browned on edges. Remove meat from skillet and add in the potatoes and cook over med. high heat till they begin to brown and become tender. Add in the onions, pepper and garlic cooking for about 5 minutes then add in the chicken stock and cover. Cook for about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove cover and check potatoes for doneness. Add the spices, stir and add in the smoked sausage.

3-Ingredient Cream Cheese Biscuits



Ingredients
8 ounces full fat cream cheese, softened
⅔ cup butter, softened
1 cup self-rising flour*, plus more for dusting
*To make your own self-rising flour whisk 1 cup of flour with 1 + ½ teaspoons baking powder plus ¼ teaspoon salt.

How to make it:

Pulse together the cream cheese, butter and flour in a food processor until combined, about 10 pulses, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl halfway through.
Turn out onto a piece of lightly floured parchment paper and pat it into a disc. Refrigerate 1 hour.
Place an oven rack on the highest rung and preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Sprinkle a work surface with flour, unwrap the dough and sprinkle the top and a rolling pin lightly with flour.
Roll out to ½-inch thick and cut with a 1 + ¼-inch thick biscuit cooker. Place them on the baking sheet about an inch apart.
Stick the scraps together and make more biscuits. If you can't fit them all on the baking sheet refrigerate and bake them in turns.
Bake about 14 minutes on the top rack until golden and puffed, rotating the pan halfway through. You can brush the tops with melted butter if you like.
They're best eaten fresh and warm!

Scalloped Potatoes



Ingredients:
4 C. thinly sliced potatoes
3 T. butter
3 T. flour
1 1/2 C. milk
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. my house seasoning (equal parts garlic powder, onion powder and pepper...combine and store in an airtight container)
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 C. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
paprika

How to make it :

Melt the butter in a pot and whisk in the flour, cooking for 1 minute over med. high heat. 
Whisk in the milk, salt, house seasoning and cayenne pepper. 
Cook till the mixture thickens up, remove from heat and stir in the cheese. 
Place half of the potatoes in the bottom of a lightly greased 1 quart casserole dish. 
Pour half of the cheese mixture over the potatoes and spread around. 
Repeat with remaining potatoes and cheese mixture. 
Sprinkle the top with a little of the paprika. 
Bake in a 350 degree oven, uncovered, for 45 minutes.

Fried Apple Pies



Ingredients:
1 pot of cooked apples
sugar to your taste
spices ( cinnamon, cloves, apple pie spice) to your taste
peanut oil for frying.

How to make it :

You can use dried fruit or fresh apples. You use your own judgement on how many apples to cook, to how many pies you want to make.
I peel,core,& slice my apples. Put them in a sauce pan with very little water & cook slowly. The apples will make some juice their self. If you get too much liquid you can add a little cornstarch to the sugar to thicken. DON"T ADD The sugar until the apples has cooked.
Take off the heat and let it get cooled off. You don't want it to be warm, it will mess the dough up.
Sometimes I make my on crust, but most of the time I just use can biscuits. I get the store brand, they work best. DON"T get the buttermilk biscuits, get the home style. The name brand usually has kosher salt, it will make little holes in the crust when you fry them. So the store works best.
Flour you pastry sheet, put a biscuit on it and roll out as if you're make a crust.Dampen the edge of the dough so it will seal off better. Place about 1 1/2 teaspoon of filling in the middle. It really depends on how much you roll the crust. You don't want it thick or too thin to tear when you're frying them. Dampen edge with water using your finger tip.
Fold over the crust, take a fork and press around the edge, turn over and repeat the edge again.
I use an electric skillet with peanut oil. Lay your pie in the skillet when you think the oil is hot enough. When you lay the pie in, it should start to sizzle around the edges. Fry it until golden brown, turn & fry on the other side.
I usually have my skillet temp. around 300 degrees, but the temp can vary on different skillet, just keep a close eye, & don't burn them.
Lay on paper towels to drain. I sprinkle with a sugar & cinnamon mixture in a salt shaker. Then enjoy!! Every time I take these pies for a get together, whether home or church, these pies disappear fast.

GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE


 Ingredients
1/2 cup boiling water
4 ounces sweet cooking German chocolate
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
4 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
4 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Coconut Pecan Frosting
1 cup sugar ( 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup butter ( 3/4 cups)
1 cup evaporated milk ( 12 oz. can)
1 teaspoon vanilla ( 1 1/2 tsp)
3 egg yolks ( 4 egg yolks)
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut ( 2 cups)
1 cup chopped pecans ( 1 1/2 cups)

How to make it:
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 9-inch square pans or 3 8-inch round pans.
Pour boiling water on chocolate, stirring until chocolate is melted; cool. Mix sugar and butter in large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs yolk, one at a time. Beat in chocolate and vanilla on low speed.
Mix in flour, baking soda and salt alternately with buttermilk, beating after each addition until batter is smooth. Fold in egg whites.
Divide batter among pans. Bake square pans 40-45 minutes or round pans 35-40 minutes. Check for doneness with toothpick in center. Cool and top with Coconut-Pecan Frosting.
Coconut Pecan Frosting: Mix sugar, butter, milk, vanilla and egg yolks in saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 12 minutes. Take off heat. Stir in coconut and pecans. Beat until spreading consistency. Allow to cool & thicken before icing cake. 

New Orleans Style Shrimp Creole Recipe



Ingredienst:
 1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 cup Yellow Onion, Chopped
1 cup Celery, Chopped
1 cup Green Bell Pepper, Chopped
2 cloves Garlic, Chopped
3 Tablespoons Flour
1 can 8 Ounce) Tomato Sauce
1 can (14 Ounce) Chicken Broth
1/8 teaspoons Black Pepper
1/8 teaspoons White Pepper
1/8 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
1 pound Medium Shrimp, Peeled And Deveined
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
2 whole Bay Leaves
2 cups Boiled Rice (see New Orleans Style Boiled Rice Recipe)

How to make it :
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Add oil.
Over medium heat sauté all seasonings until wilted, about 5 minutes.
Add flour and blend well.
Add tomato sauce and broth.
Add black pepper, white pepper and cayenne pepper.
Bring to a low boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Add shrimp, lemon juice, Bay leaves, cover and simmer for 20 minutes longer.
Remove pot from the heat and allow to stand, covered, at room temperature for about 10 minutes before serving.
Serve over boiled rice.
Garnish with sliced green onion tops.

Best Steak Marinade In Existence



Ingredients:
1/3 cup Soy sauce
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons dried basil
1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon dried minced garlic

How to make it :

Place the soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, basil, parsley, and pepper in a blender.
Add hot pepper sauce and garlic, if desired. Blend on high speed for 30 seconds until thoroughly mixed.
Pour marinade over desired type of meat.
Cover, and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Cook meat as desired.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Buttermilk Cake



 Ingredient:
    1/2 cup butter
    1 1/2 cup sugar
    2 eggs
    2 (1-oz.) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
    2 cups sifted cake flour
    1 tsp. salt
    1 cup buttermilk
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1 Tbsp. vinegar
    Chocolate Frosting
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    3 cups confectioners’ sugar
    3 (1-oz) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    Half-and-half (if necessary)

How to make it:

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 9-inch cake pans. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper.
    In large bowl or standing mixer, cream butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar and beat until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in melted chocolate.
    In separate bowl, combine four and salt. Add buttermilk and chocolate mixture, alternating. Stir in vanilla.
    In small bowl, dissolve baking soda in vinegar. Slowly add this to the chocolate mixture. Mix just until blended. Do not over-mix.
    Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes then remove from pans. Transfer to wire racks and cool completely before frosting.
    Chocolate Frosting
    In large mixing bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Slowly add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well between additions. Stir in chocolate and vanilla. If necessary, thin frosting with 1-2 tsps. half-and-half.

Polish sausage , Sauerkraut and potatoes ( CROCKPOT )



Ingredients:
2 (14 ounce) cans sauerkraut, undrained (or 1 (2 pound) bag)
5 or 6 potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 cup water
1 pound Polish sausage, cut into chunks (could use smoked sausage)
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon pepper

How to make it:

Place sauerkraut and potatoes in slow cooker, add spices and water. Place sausage on top. Cook 4 hours on high or about 6 hours on low or until potatoes are tender

MADE CARROT CAKE TODAY



INGREDIENTS:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 cups finely grated peeled carrots
1 cup walnuts, chopped


How to make it:

- Position racks in the top and bottom third of the oven, and preheat to 325°F. Lightly grease 3 (8-inch) round pans with butter. Line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper.

- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Whisk well to blend.

- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the sugar and oil until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well to incorporate after each addition. Add the applesauce and pineapple, beating to mix. Add the flour mixture, and beat to incorporate, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula if needed. Add the carrots and the walnuts, and beat briefly.

- Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Slide the pans into the oven and bake until the cakes begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35-45 minutes. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 15 minutes; then turn them out onto the rack to cool completely.

BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING



INGREDIENTS:
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
4 Tablespoons butter or margarine, more or less as needed, at room temperature
5 slices crust-on white bread
1/2 cup raisins...
2 cups milk
2 eggs

HOW TO MAKE IT:

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees F./180 C
*Add cinnamon to sugar in cup and mix well.
*Set aside.
*Generously spread one side of each piece of bread with butter or margarine.
*Cutting diagonally, slice each in half.
*Arrange triangle slices in pan, slightly overlapping, with butter-side
up and cut edges facing the same direction, making a spiral.
*As you add the bread, sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon, and raisins.
*Put milk in small bowl, add eggs, and using whisk or fork, mix to blend well.
*Pour milk mixture over bread and raisins in baking pan.
*Set aside for about 15 minutes for bread to absorb liquid.
*Bake in oven for about 30 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
*Serve the pudding while still warm in individual dessert bowls.
*It is eaten plain or with cream poured over it.

GARLIC & LEMON CHICKEN W/GREEN BEANS & RED POTATOES!



INGREDIENTS:
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 lemons, 1 thinly sliced, 1 juiced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pound trimmed green beans
8 small red potatoes, quartered
4 chicken breasts (bones left in, with skin, about 3 1/4 pounds)

How to make it:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a large baking dish or cast-iron skillet with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Arrange the lemon slices in a single layer in the bottom of the dish or skillet.

In a large bowl, combine the remaining oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper; add the green beans and toss to coat. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, remove the green beans and arrange them on top of the lemon slices. Add the potatoes to the same olive-oil mixture and toss to coat. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, arrange the potatoes along the inside edge of the dish or skillet on top of the green beans. Place the chicken in the same bowl with the olive-oil mixture and coat thoroughly. Place the chicken, skin-side up, in the dish or skillet. Pour any of the remaining olive-oil mixture over the chicken.

Roast for 50 minutes. Remove the chicken from the dish or skillet. Place the beans and potatoes back in oven for 10 minutes more or until the potatoes are tender. Place a chicken breast on each of 4 serving plates; divide the green beans and potatoes equally. Serve warm.

White Chocolate No Bake Cheesecake Pie



Ingredients:
1 cup white chocolate chips
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, cut up in small pieces
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 9-inch graham cracker crust
1⁄3 cup toffee pieces (or other topping of your choice)

How to make it:

Melt the chocolate chips slowly in microwave, stirring often until smooth.
Stir in cream cheese until smooth.
Fold in whipped topping.
Pour into crust.
Cover and chill until set (about 4-5 hours).
Sprinkle with topping.
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Czech Kolaches.



INGREDIENTS 
2 cups whole milk
3/4 cup butter, cut up
3/4 cup shortening, cut up
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
6 cups all-purpose flour
2 packages active dry yeast envelopes
Desired filling (see below)
Powdered Sugar Icing (see below)

How to make it:

In a large saucepan, heat and stir milk, butter, shortening, sugar and salt just until warm (120 degreesF to 130 degrees F) and butter and shortening almost melt. Set aside and cool for 5 minutes. Stir in eggs.
In a large mixing bowl, combine 3 cups of the flour and the yeast. Add milk mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds or until combined. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Gradually add remaining flour, switching to a wooden spoon if necessary to stir in last amount of flour. (Dough will be very soft.) Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill overnight.
Shape chilled dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Cover; let rise in a warm place 30 minutes. Use your thumb or the back of a round measuring teaspoon to make a deep indentation in center of a few balls at a time. Spoon about 1 teaspoon filling into each indentation. Repeat with remaining balls and filling.
Bake one or two pans of kolaches at a time at 325 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden on the bottoms. Immediately remove to racks; cool slightly. If you like, drizzle with icing before serving.
Poppy Seed Filling: In a coffee grinder or small food processor blend 3/4 cup (4 ounces) poppy seeds until fine. Set aside. In a small saucepan combine 1/2 cup milk, 1/3 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon honey and a dash of salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, lightly beat 2 egg yolks. Gradually stir about half of the warm milk mixture into beaten yolks. Return the yolk mixture to milk mixture in saucepan and stir to combine. Cook and stir over medium heat just until mixture thickens and coats a spoon. Remove from heat. Stir in poppy seeds and 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest. Transfer to a bowl and chill, covered, for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days. Makes 1 1/2 cups.
Raspberry Filling: In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups frozen raspberries, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl and chill, covered, for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days. Makes 1 1/2 cups.
Apricot Filling: In a medium saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups chopped dried apricots and 1 1/2 cups apricot nectar. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Cool slightly. Place in a blender and blend until smooth. (Mixture should be thicker than applesauce.) Transfer to a bowl and chill, covered, for several hours or up to 2 days. Makes 1 1/2 cup.
Powdered Sugar Icing: In a small bowl, combine 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing reaches drizzling consistency. Makes 2/3 cup.
storage

Store unglazed kolaches in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie



 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
3 cups half-and-half
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (9 inch) pie shell, baked
1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed

How to make it:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Spread the coconut on a baking sheet and bake it, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
In a medium saucepan, combine the half-and-half, eggs, sugar, flour and salt and mix well. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in 3/4 cup of the toasted coconut and the vanilla extract. Reserve the remaining coconut to top the pie.
Pour the filling into the pie shell and chill until firm, about 4 hours.
Top with whipped topping and with the reserved coconut.

BUTTER PECAN CAKE RECIPE



Ingredients:
1-1/4 cups butter, softened, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
2-2/3 cups chopped pecans
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 cup milk
4 eggs
FROSTING: OR PURCHASE:
8 to 8-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup butter, softened

How to make it:

Place pecans and 1/4 cup butter in a baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream sugar and remaining butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in 1-1/3 cups of toasted pecans.
Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
For frosting, cream butter and confectioners' sugar in a large bowl. Add milk and vanilla; beat until smooth. Stir in remaining toasted pecans. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Yield: 12-16 servings

Cowboy Pasta



 Ingredients:
1 lb. Hamburger meat
2 cans Ranch Style Beans
2 (12 oz.) VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinner
1 can of diced tomatoes and green chilies*
salt and pepper for taste

How to make it:
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Cook hamburger meat; drain, add the beans and cook on medium heat covered. Cook Shells & cheese according to package. When done add both meat mixture and noodles together until completely combined and serve warm. 

**Cooking Note: We have added broccoli and corn before and it was also very good. I almost always serve this with a vegetable and bread. 

This makes about 8 one cup servings!  

The Best Banana Cake - In The World



Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed, ripe
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 1/8 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups icing sugar


How to make it :

1 Preheat oven to 275°F /135C.
2 Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
3 In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.
4 In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
5 In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy.
6 Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla.
7 Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
8 Stir in banana mixture
9 Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
10 Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.
11 For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
12 Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
13 Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth.
14 Spread on cooled cake.
15 Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of the frosting, if desired ( or hearts!). 

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes



Ingredients
1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
½ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup evaporated milk
⅔ cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda

How to make it:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 cup muffin tin with silicone liners, foil liners sprayed with cooking spray or just spray the cups with cooking spray. Either of these three methods will make it easy to take the cupcake out after it’s cooked. Paper liners make it difficult to remove the cupcakes.
Mix the pumpkin, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and milk. Add the flour, pumpkin spice, salt, baking powder and baking soda to the mixture. Fill each muffin cup with 1/3 cup of the mixture. Bake for twenty minutes and let cool for twenty minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle more pumpkin pie spice on top and serve. Makes 12 cupcakes.

CREAMY BROCCOLI BACON BAKE



Ingredients:
6 cups small broccoli florets
2 carrots, sliced
1 tub (8 oz.) Cream Cheese Spread
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 green onions, sliced
3/4 cup Shredded Triple Cheddar Cheese with a TOUCH CREAM CHEESE
4 slices Fully Cooked Bacon, chopped

How to make it:

HEAT oven to 425°F.
ADD broccoli and carrots to saucepan of boiling water; cook 2 to 3 min. or until crisp-tender. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water. Meanwhile, mix next 3 ingredients until blended.
RETURN cooked vegetables to saucepan. Add cream cheese mixture and onions; stir until vegetables are evenly coated with sauce, adding reserved cooking water if necessary for desired consistency.
SPOON into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray; top with shredded cheese and bacon. Cover.
BAKE 25 min. or until heated through, uncovering for the last 5 min.

How To Make Oreo Delight



Ingredients:
1 pkg of regular oreos
8 oz cream cheese softened
1 large pkg chocolate instant pudding
6 T melted butter
16 oz cool whip
1 c powdered sugar
2 ¾ c milk
Crush cookies
Save about 1 c to sprinkle on top

How to make it:

In small bowl mix remaining crumbs with butter
Press crumbs/butter mixture into bottom of a 9 x 13 cake pan to form crust
Make chocolate pudding according to package directions and let it set up in the fridge
Using electric mixer, mix half cool whip, softened cream cheese and powdered sugar in large bowl
Spread the cool whip/cc/sugar mixture on top of the oreo crust
Spread the pudding over the cool whip layer, then the remaining layer of the cool whip mixture on top of that
Refrigerate until ready to serve..
ENJOY!!!

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Crock Pot Bowtie Casserole



Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (15 o) can stewed tomatoes
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
salt/pepper
10 oz. frozen spinach, thawed (can also use fresh spinach)
16 oz. bowtie pasta, cooked
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded

How to make it:

Brown ground beef with onion and garlic. Put in crock-pot and add sauce, tomatoes and seasonings. Cook for 6-7 hours on low. Add the last 4 ingredients during the last 30 minutes of cooking and turn crock-pot to high. Add fresh spinach, pasta, parmesan and 1 cup of the mozzarella and mix well. Add the last 1/2 cup of mozzarella to melt on the top.

Cream Cheese Lemon Bars Recipe



Ingredients:
1 box lemon cake mix
1/3 cup butter or margarine - softened
1 egg
8 ounces cream cheese - softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 lemon - grated
2 tablespoons lemon juice or 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Container: 9 x 13 baking pan and a mixing bowl 

How to make it:

In a mixing bowl, blend dry cake mix, butter, and 1 egg. press into a 9 x 13 pan, ungreased. Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually blend in the powdered sugar. Stir in lemon peel and lemon juice until smooth.
Reserve 1/2 cup of this mixture and refrigerate it for later use. Beat the remaining 2 eggs, add the vanilla, and then beat this mixture into the remaining cream cheese mixture until well blended. Spread over the cake mixture. Bake at 350° until set, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely. Spread the reserved cream cheese mixture onto the bars.
Refrigerate until firm; then cut into squares and serve.

Banana Bread Bars with Brown Butter Frosting



Ingredients:
Banana Bread Bars:
1-1/2 c. sugar
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. butter, softened
2 eggs
1-3/4 (3 or 4) ripe bananas, mashed
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Brown Butter Frosting:
1/2 c. butter
4 c. powdered sugar
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. milk

How to make it:

1. Heat oven to 375F. Grease and flour
15x10-inch jelly roll pan. For the bars, in
a large bowl, beat together sugar, sour
cream, butter, and eggs until creamy.
Blend in bananas and vanilla extract. Add
flour, baking soda, salt, and blend for 1
minute. Stir in walnuts.

2. Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake 20
to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

3. Meanwhile, for frosting, heat butter in
a large saucepan over medium heat until
boiling. Let the butter turn a delicate
brown and remove from heat

4. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract
and milk. Whisk together until smooth (it
should be thicker than a glaze but thinner
than frosting). Using a spatula, spread
the brown butter frosting over the warm
bars (the frosting will be easier to spread
while the bars are still warm)

CREAMY LEMON SQUARES



Ingredients:
FOR THE CRUST
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled, plus more for pan
1-1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
FOR THE FILLING
2 large egg yolks
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (3 lemons)

How to make it:

*Preheat oven to 350F / 180C degrees.
*Brush a square baking dish with melted butter.
*Crush graham crackers
*Then add in sugar and butter and blend to mix.
*Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan.
*Bake until lightly browned, 8 to 12 minutes.
*Cool crust, 30 minutes.

TO MAKE THE FILLING
*In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks and condensed milk.
*Add lemon juice; whisk until smooth.
*Pour filling into cooled crust; carefully spread to edges.
*Bake until set, about 15 minutes.
*Cool in pan on rack.
*Chill at least 1 hour before serving.
Serve with whipped cream.

CREAMY LEMON SQUARES



Ingredients:
FOR THE CRUST
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled, plus more for pan
1-1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
FOR THE FILLING
2 large egg yolks
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (3 lemons)

How to make it:

*Preheat oven to 350F / 180C degrees.
*Brush a square baking dish with melted butter.
*Crush graham crackers
*Then add in sugar and butter and blend to mix.
*Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan.
*Bake until lightly browned, 8 to 12 minutes.
*Cool crust, 30 minutes.

TO MAKE THE FILLING
*In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks and condensed milk.
*Add lemon juice; whisk until smooth.
*Pour filling into cooled crust; carefully spread to edges.
*Bake until set, about 15 minutes.
*Cool in pan on rack.
*Chill at least 1 hour before serving.
Serve with whipped cream.
 
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