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Ingredient: Pecans, Chopped

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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Hummingbird Cake

Skip the boring banana bread and breathe new life into that overripe fruit with this tropical Hummingbird Cake recipe.  The Caribbean is calling, and this cake is the next best thing! “If you build it, they will come,” has worked exactly (at least) two times in history: once in a Kevin Costner movie and once for the tourism board of Jamaica. It may be hard for those of us who dream of Montego Bay beaches to imagine, but in the 1970s it wasn’t exactly a tourist hotspot. In an attempt to bring more flights and full wallets in from...

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Grape Salad

Spring has sprung and thoughts are drifting to warm days and cool picnic treats. Pull out your favorite Tupperware to share this sweet, light Grape Salad with your friends and bring copies of the recipe. They’ll want you to share! Raise your hand if you like simple recipes. Yeah, me too. There’s definitely a sense of accomplishment when you spend hours in the kitchen successfully tackling a long and complicated recipe, especially with something like a luscious lasagna or an eight-layer chocolate cake as a reward. Some weeks, though, are filled with extra appointments or kid’s soccer games or...

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Easy Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake With Caramel Glaze

Buttery, rich, tender Pound Cake loaded with Pecans, just the right amount of Bourbon, and topped with a luscious Caramel Glaze! I often wonder how many people love pound cake as much as I do. The tender, moist texture; that rich, buttery flavor; and, of course, the full-bodied density that gives pound cake its name. I don’t know of any other cake that can give you so much at one time! And I looooove how versatile pound cake is. It’s the perfect cake companion to so many different and wonderful flavors. One of my favorite flavor combinations is this...

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Classic Pecan Pie

Classic Pecan Pie I adore Pecan Pie. We have this delicious pie all year round. There is, however, one day of the year that my family insists on it being served. Thanksgiving! Other pies and cakes are, of course, welcome to join the feast, but this Classic Pecan Pie had better be on the table front and center! This recipe is from the iconic The Silver Palate Cookbook. I’ve used this recipe to make my pecan pies since I first got this cookbook decades ago! It’s my favorite! Recipe Notes: Toasting the pecans is absolutely mandatory. Don’t skip this step....

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