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Ingredient: Vanilla Extract

Caramel Stuffed Brownies

This is your ticket to brownie bliss – a rich, fudgy brownie wrapped around a thick, buttery caramel layer and topped with crisp pecans and chocolate chips. Bring on the sweet, sweet chocolate coma! Politics and football are two divisive topics we usually try to avoid at family gatherings. There’s only one thing more polarizing, something that makes tempers flare and parties retreat to their opposing corners with extreme prejudice. Brownies. Some connoisseurs are staunch purists, requiring a thick, fudgy square of chocolate without any nuts, marshmallows, or even chocolate chips to get in the way. Others are mavericks,...

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Kit Kat Cake Recipe

Cut me off a piece of that Kit Kat Cake! A moist, homemade chocolate cake with fudgy frosting makes this candy bar delivery vehicle something special. When it comes to dealing with a serious candy bar craving, there are two types of people. Some believe in moderation, attempting to satisfy themselves with a miniature “fun-size” bar lifted from their kiddo’s Halloween basket (don’t you envy their optimism??). The rest of us know the only way to properly deal with that kind of desire is to indulge in a king-sized, ultra-mega giant candy bar that’s absolutely worth going to the...

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Gingerbread Mickey Cookies

Looking for a fun, unique holiday treat? These Gingerbread Mickey Cookies will be the darling of your dessert table with their instantly recognizable shape and delicious chocolate shell. Growing up, my grandmother always baked gingerbread cookies during the holiday season. I would walk into her kitchen and see stacks and stacks of un-decorated gingerbread cookies on her counter. Then we’d all gather up with our bowls full of icing and sprinkles and such – snack time and arts-and-crafts time all in one. These scrumptious Gingerbread Mickey Cookies are every bit as delicious as Grandma’s cookies. They are moist and...

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Mickey and Minnie Swirl Cookies

Nothing says Christmas cheer more than swirls of red, green and white everywhere you look – including in the kitchen! Then when you add in Mickey and Minnie Mouse on top of that, you will make anyone, and everyone smile with delight and wonder as you pass around the Christmas cookie tray! Mickey Mouse made his debut in 1928 and has been making children around the world smile ever since, hence the inspiration for this delightful holiday treat. Starting with softened butter and powdered sugar we cream these together with eggs and pure vanilla extract. In this particular recipe,...

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Candy Cane Fantasy Cupcakes

Don’t just leave a peppermint stick for ol’ St. Nick this holiday season, leave him a cupcake filled with peppermints from top to bottom! These Candy Cane Fantasy Cupcakes are a show-stopping homemade gift or a guaranteed hit at holiday bake sales. People love it when those pumpkin spice lattes start showing up, lining up outside Starbucks like they’re selling Star Wars tickets. My favorite holiday barista’s treat won’t show up until a few weeks later, though: the peppermint mocha (white chocolate if I’m feeling naughty). When I reach across the counter to grab my warm, festive cup, I...

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