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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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Chocoflan Recipe

Opposites do attract, and in epic dessert fashion! Discover the charm of Chocoflan – a masterful union of fudgy chocolate cake and creamy vanilla custard. That little machine that makes chocolate and vanilla swirled ice cream might just be my favorite invention (second to air conditioning, of course). Why spend precious time at the counter pondering the age-old question of “chocolate or vanilla” when you can have both? “Both” (or “one of everything”) is,  after all, my dining philosophy, and it’s one of the reasons I love to make this Chocoflan. In one unassuming Bundt pan, you’ll construct the...

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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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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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Oreo Cheesecake

The simple perfection of a classic Oreo cookie combines with the rich decadence of a cheesecake to make this show-stopping dessert. My Oreo Cookie Cheesecake is guaranteed to bring back fond childhood memories of milk and cookies even though you’re going to need a fork this time! Few snack foods fill me with nostalgia like Oreo cookies. I enjoyed them as a little girl and then later shared them with my own children. What’s not to love about that signature sweet “stuff” sandwiched between two crispy chocolate cookies? I’d argue that the act of eating them is even a...

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