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Ingredient: Butter

Christmas Crack Recipe

Good luck keeping this Christmas Crack away from the frenzied fingers of family members. Buttery toffee with a light, crispy crust, coated in rich chocolate and toasted pecans may just be the most addictive snack ever! If you do much recipe research, you’ll find some pretty funny names for things we love to eat – Devils on Horseback, Hissy Fit Dip, and Whoopie Pie, to name a few. Truth is, they’re usually pretty aptly named based on the responses they elicit, and this candy is no exception. Christmas Crack, a sweet buttery toffee sandwiched between a crispy cracker bottom and a rich chocolate coating, IS an addictive snack that will disappear almost as quickly as you can make it. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. You don’t need any more sugary temptations to deal with during the holidays. Well, you’re in luck. This one can tempt you all . . . year . . . long. My Christmas Crack recipe works for so many reasons. It’s basically the perfect storm of complementary textures, sweet and salty flavors, and effortless prep time. In about 15 minutes, caramel’s crispy cousin will be chilling in your fridge while impatient snackers pace the floor asking, “Is it ready yet?” Once you make it, you’ll understand how this delicious snack earned its name. There are a few other recipes for “Christmas Crack” – a...

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Cavatappi with Creamy Tomato Sauce

 Savor the flavors of Florence in my Cavatappi with Creamy Tomato Sauce. No passport required! As some of you may know, I’ve dubbed myself a “reluctant exerciser,” and finding motivation is essential when you’re in the kitchen all day with amazing food. For some, that little nudge into the gym may be a great playlist blasting in their ears; for others it’s an encouraging friend who holds you accountable for your daily walk. I’ve found inspiration in a powerful, four-word mantra that works on even the most non-motivated days, that answers the question “why” when I’d rather dig into...

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Mississippi Pot Roast

Mississippi Pot Roast is a new classic – a simple but hearty, homey dish packed with flavor and the promise of a satisfying supper. Your crock pot does all the work, and you get all the credit!  The slow cooker was introduced in the early 1970s (Rival’s “Crock Pot” being the first one on the market), and I’d be willing to bet the first meal ever made in that new working-mom miracle was a Sunday pot roast. “Set it and forget it,” is still a busy home cook’s battle cry decades later, so I’m sharing a recipe for Mississippi...

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The Best Rice Krispie Treats

The BEST Rice Krispie Treats – soft and chewy, with lots of sticky, gooey threads of marshmallows melting in your mouth. This recipe makes just a few modifications to the classic treat to create something extraordinary!  I suspect most of you remember pouring a bowl of cereal on some cartoon-laden Saturday morning and leaning quietly over the pool of milk to hear the not-so-elusive snap, crackle, and pop. I also suspect many of you, like me, didn’t have that experience until AFTER biting into a chewy, crispy rice krispie treat and watching the little strings of sweet marshmallow stretch...

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Eclair Cake

This scrumptious No Bake Eclair Cake is a snap to make and you won’t believe how delicious it turns out!!!  At my house, dessert recipes are king – the unchallenged, untouched ruler of the kitchen. My cupboard has separate box that is just stuffed full of recipe cards and other assorted cut-outs and such. I absolutely love having a whole slew of dessert recipes ready at my fingertips. And there’s a whole category of those dessert recipes that are both easy and scrumptious. It’s like a dream! This is the best éclair cake recipe I know, and it is...

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