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Ingredient: Vanilla

Mississippi Mud Cookies

The ol’ Hospitality State and its muddy claim to fame provides inspiration for these marvelous Mississippi Mud Cookies. With two kinds of chocolate, crunchy pecans, and toasted marshmallows, you’ll up your cookie game a notch or two! If you’ve never heard of Mississippi Mud, you’re probably thinking it can’t possibly be something you’d eat. If you are familiar with this niche of the dessert world, though, that phrase has transported you to a fudgy fantasy land . . . fluffy chocolate clouds floating in a vast chocolate sky in Cocoa-ville. Think “Death by Chocolate” but with marshmallows. The desserts,...

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Christmas Tree Brownies

Forget sugar plums. You’ll have visions of my Christmas Tree Brownies dancing in your head! These rich brownies are a chocolatey deviation from traditional sugar cookies and are decorated to professional-level perfection. I’m always amazed by the number of people I see out Christmas-tree shopping before I’ve even fully emerged from my Thanksgiving food coma. The first trees you’ll find at my house during the holiday season are these cute little conifers, fashioned out of rich fudgy brownies, with happy little faces and smiles almost as big as the one that’ll be on your face when you take your...

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Santa’s Wardrobe Malfunction

Santa’s clearly lost some weight this year, but a few of these “wardrobe malfunction” treats will be just what the doctor ordered to get that belly nice and round (and his pants securely up!) before Christmas. If you love cooking, you probably look forward to holiday baking more than any presents that might be headed your way in December. I have a long list of must-haves for my family every year, and skipping them means a big ol’ blue Christmas at my house. Some of those cookies and candies take hours, even days, to prepare, so I’m always on...

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Easy Microwave Fudge Recipe

Cool breezes and falling leaves mean candy time is coming! Fabulous fudge is just a few minutes away with this easy microwavable recipe – practically fool-proof and full of chocolate flavor. I really enjoy making candy, but sometimes I think I must have angered the candy gods in a previous life. While I usually have no problem producing beautiful bonbons (after making friends with the candy thermometer, of course), sometimes things just don’t turn out right and I’m left with a pot of something inedible; even the most dedicated chocoholics aren’t interested. If I can find a fool-proof candy...

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Easy Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

Ditch the candy bar and indulge in a piece of my delectable Peanut Butter Fudge! The naturally smooth texture of this universally loved pantry staple gets transformed into a decadent sweet-tooth fix sure to please any lover of our precious peanut. We all have our favorite snacks – maybe it’s a handful of salty popcorn, a bag of chocolatey M&Ms, or some crisp, cheesy crackers. Personally, I love to sneak into the silverware drawer, reach into the pantry, and dive into a jar of peanut butter with my spoon. There’s nothing quite like the sweet, creamy texture of this...

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