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Hi Nancy, Furbabies and Landers,
Forgive me if this recipe has already been submitted. I'm behind a couple of weeks reading the newsletters because I'm orienting for a new job at Hospice of Brazos Valley. I've met some of the most compassionate women and men in my life in the last two weeks. Hospice nurses and volunteers are awesome. I hope I can learn to be as caring as they are. Suzz TX

Butterfinger 2 Ingredient Fudge

1-16 oz bag candy corn (the orange-yellow-white ones)
1-18 oz jar peanut butter (smooth or chunky)

Melt candy corn in heatproof glass bowl in microwave, 1 minute on high, then 15 seconds on high until it is liquid and smooth. Stir well between each start. Stir peanut butter into candy corn, pour into plastic wrap lined 8x8 inch pan. Level mixture and let sit till firm. Turn out onto cutting board and cut in 1inch squares or bars. May dip in melted chocolate if desired, but not necessary.

I think they taste very much like the inside of Butterfinger candy bars with a little firmer texture. Hope you enjoy.
Suzz TX
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Christmas for Potato Chip Candy (not from mashed potatoes.) I cant find it anywhere. Can someone help me.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for the Baker

I was wondering if anyone has a salad dressing recipe like Bonefish Grill puts on their house salad. It is light and may have something citrus in it.
Shirley in Virginia

Evening Everyone, I saved the recipes for Apple Pie Jam that were in recent newsletters and after the holidays, hope to get around to making one or both. Only last evening when going through papers I came across a stack of recipes I had put back. Among them was a recipe for Apple Pie Filling (canned for pies) from an elder cousin.

Apple Pie Filling (Canned for Pies)
Bernice Chandler

6 qts sliced apples
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup cornstarch
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
3 tbsp lemon juice
10 cups water

Cook until thick and bubbly. Process 30 minutes in water bath.
Betty in MS

The Cocktail Meatballs recipe was given to me by a friend who catered. The second one was given to me by a hostess last fall. Both are great recipes.

Cocktail Meatballs
Gail Seely

3 lb hamburger meat, chuck or round
1 envelope onion soup mix
2 tbsp mayonnaise
4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 egg, beaten
Salt, pepper, cayenne, to taste

Mix ingredients and shape into balls. Cook in microwave on high for 3 minutes (*). Turn and cook 3 more minutes. (Note: As you work, cover raw meat with paper towels or wax paper.) Add to sauce or gravy and serve hot. Freezes well. Thaw before serving in refrigerator overnight.. Makes 100 balls; allow 3-4 per person. Takes 1 hour to prepare.

(*) Cook 5 minutes on rotating microwave base. Can be undercooked because heating in crock pot will finish cooking.
Betty in MS
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Shrimp Dip
Teresa Dixon

1 can broken shrimp, or fresh boiled and cut up
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch mix
8 oz each soft cream cheese and sour cream

Combine and serve with Club crackers.
Betty in MS
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Christmas Cake Recipes

Candy Recipes

I'm looking for a recipe for Pecan Pie Cookies like they make a the Altanta, Ga. farmers market. Thank you for all the work you do on this site.

Making cake mixes taste homemade.
Recently questions were asked about making cake mixes taste homemade. I have several ideas that are valuable regarding this. These were shared with me by a friend in Az.

Substitute buttermilk for all liquids in recipe on box. Extra amount of buttermilk may need to be added because of the thick consistency.

Second, substitute milk for water.

Third, substitute brewed warm, but not hot, coffee for water when using chocolate or devil's food cake mixes.

Fourth, yogurt can also be used in place of liquid.

Fifth, add 1/4 tsp. Salt and 1-2 tsp. Lemon juice to white or yellow cake mixes.

Sixth, add melted butter for part or all of oil.

Seventh, substitute applesauce for oil.

Eighth, add 2tablespoons mayonnaise to batter.

Ninth, add chocolate chips or chocolate shavings to whatever kind of cake mix.
Happy experimenting!
Marvis in Texas
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Trudy in Slidell: I haven't had any experience with this myself, but it did occur to me that you might use a double boiler. Keep the water just simmering in the bottom, and melt the chocolate in the top part. As I say, I've never done this, but it does seem logical to me. I've been reading all the Christmas baking recipes and wish I could do the holiday baking and cooking I used to do, but, alas, I don't have the stamina to stand on my feet for long, and my kitchen in this retirement home is only about 2 1/2 feet square. One comfort is that I can stand in one place and reach everything I need. My most cordial holiday greetings to the Nancy-landers, and to Nancy.
jeanlock in McLean VA.

I would appreciate if someone would explain the microwave time for Jan P's fudge, after you add the milk, vanilla, fluff and nuts. Recipe listed Thursday December 6. I have the ingredients but do not want to try without clarification. Thank you.
Fae N C

Thanks to Robbie and Mavis for sending the recipes for Pecan Pie Bars which are printed in Dec 10 newsletter. I definitely will try them.
Anita in Camarillo

Hi Nancy, Re: Linda D. Topeka, Ks. 12-10 N/L request for "hunter take along snacks". I have been making these since the '60's.

Roll out canned biscuits, (for men you might use the Jumbo or Grands) between sheets of waxed paper. Cook sausage, drain, spread sausage over the biscuits, roll up like a jelly roll, make sure the ends and side of roll are closed securely.

Bake per instructions on biscuit cans.

These are good, hot or cold. They are good with gravy over them, or smear a little mustard on them and eat cold. I have made these, store in ziplok bags, and the family can snack when hungry. My husband has taken these in his lunchbucket, also add a couple of boiled, peeled eggs, some fruit, (something he can throw together himself, if tired of usual lunch.)
Margaret, Tulsa

Hi Nancy, Re: 12-10-N/L Trudy in Slidell, a few years back I dipped pretzels in chocolate, I melted the chocolate on low in a small crockpot. dumped several handfuls of pretzels then gently stirred and lifted them out one at a time with a fork. Maybe your chocolate could be melted in this method.
Margaret, Tulsa

Here is another blog/web site that anyone trying to master the art of baking at high altitudes might want to check out. It has a recipe for "The Perfect High Altitude Chocolate Cake. You can subscribe to recoil email updates and there is the option of leaving comments and questions about the information posted. It appears to be a fairly new blog. The recipe for the cake explains the adjustments that were made and why. It also modifies the traditional directions for making a cake because of the change in altitude.
Robbie In

For Helen in Omaha, For the 3-2-1 cake, use 3 TB mix, 2 TB water, micro wave 1 minute.
Theresa in MI

Peanut Butter Christmas Mice

1 c. creamy peanut butter
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 t. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 c. peanut halves
2 T green & red M&M miniature baking bits
4 t. miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
Cake decorator holly leaf & berry candies
60-66 pieces red shoestring licorice (2 in. each)

In large mixing bowl, cream peanut butter, butter, sugar & brown sugar. Beat in egg & vanilla. Combine flour & baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. Refrigerate 1 hour or until easy to handle.

Roll into 1 in. balls. Place 2 in apart on ungreased baking sheets. Pinch each ball at one end to taper. Insert 2 peanut halves in center of each ball for ears. Add one M&M baking bit for nose & 2 chocolate chips for eyes. Arrange holly & berry candies in front of one eat.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 min. or until set. Gently insert one licorice piece into each warm cookie for tail. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 5 doz.

Athena in DE ( Source: Nancy Rowse, Arkansas)

I substitute for the holly & berry candies - they are not essential.
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Robbie's Christmas Fudge Recipes
In the 12/9 newsletter Nancy P asked for fudge recipes that do not use marshmallows. Here are three great recipes. the first two have been around for many, many years. The third recipe is from Dennis at the Prepared Pantry and anything from his recipe file is scrumptious.

Robbie Foolproof Chocolate Fudge

1 1/2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 C. milk chocolate chips
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk- not evaporated milk
1 1/2 t. vanilla
dash salt
1 C. chopped walnuts - optional

In heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt chips with sweetened condensed milk and salt. Stir often. Remove from heat; stir in walnuts and vanilla. Spread evenly

into wax paper lined 8- or 9-inch square pan. Chill 2 hours or until firm. Turn fudge onto cutting board; peel off paper and cut into squares. Store loosely

covered at room temperature.

Microwave directions: In large glass bowl, mix chips with sweetened condensed milk and salt. Microwave for 2 minutes. Stir. Continue micro waving in 30-60 second increments until chips are completely melted. Stir in vanilla and nuts and continue as directed above.

Options: If you prefer darker fudge, use more semi-sweet. If you like chocolate mint, you can use mint flavored chocolate morsels. My sister uses 1 ½ cups butterscotch morsels instead of the milk chocolate morsels. She also often adds a cup of marshmallows and stirs the mixture until the marshmallows are melted.

Nut substitutes: mini M&M's or toffee bits.
Robbie IN

Carnation Famous Fudge

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups Nestle Toll House semisweet chocolate morsels
2/3 cup undiluted Carnation -evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup pecans (or walnuts), chopped
2 cups miniature marshmallows

Butter an 8-inch square pan.

In medium saucepan, combine butter, evaporated milk, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 4 to 5 minutes, stirring

constantly; remove from heat. Stir in marshmallows, morsels, vanilla extract and nuts. Stir vigorously for 1 minute or until marshmallows melt completely.

Pour into pan. Cool and cut into squares.
Robbie IN

Five Minute Microwave Fudge Recipe

16 ounces Prepared Pantry Dark Chocolate Wafers or equal (With these wafers, this is a scant three cups.)
1/4 cup Ramstadt Breda Medium Dark Cocoa or equal
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon Madagascar vanilla extract or other quality vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts

Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

Place all the ingredients except for the nuts in a medium-sized microwave safe bowl. Stir together.
Cook the mixture in the microwave at reduced power and in short intervals, stirring between intervals, until the chocolate is almost melted. Remove the bowl from the microwave and continue stirring until the chocolate is completely melted. Fold in the nuts.

Pour the melted chocolate mixture into the prepared pan. Refrigerate until set. After it is set, grab the edges of the foil or parchment paper and lift the block of candy from the pan. Cut the candy into squares with a sharp knife.
Dennis, The Prepared Pantry
Robbie IN  
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Christmas Mix Recipes

Spiced Mocha Mix

1 c. dry non-dairy creamer
1 c. hot cocoa mix
2/3 c. instant coffee powder
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Mix all ingredients together. Store in a jar. Makes great Christmas gifts.
Recipe to attach to jar:
Use 3 tablespoons in one cup of boiling water.
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Oatmeal Cookies Jar Mix Gift Recipe

3 c. sifted flour
2 1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
Cut in 1 cup shortening until mixture resembles cornmeal. Stir in 3 cups oatmeal. Store in a tightly covered container.

Recipe to attach to jar:
2 dozen cookies

1 egg
1 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Stir in 2 cups dry mix. Drop dough by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated 375 oven for 10-12 minutes. Yield: 8 dozen cookies.
*You may add 1/2 cup raisins, dates, chocolate chips or nuts.
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Brownie Jar Mix Gift Recipe

7 c. sugar
2 1/2 c. cocoa
1 tbsp. salt
4 c. flour
1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. baking powder
2 c. shortening

Mix sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt together in large bowl. Stir well. Cut in shortening until it resembles coarse meal. Place in air tight container. Store in dry place or in the refrigerator up to six weeks.

Recipe to attach to jar:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add 3 beaten eggs to 3 cups of the mix. Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Flour and grease 9" square pan and bake all at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
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Christmas Apricot Upside Down Cake

3 tbsp. butter
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 to 1 1/2 c. drained, canned apricots
1/2 c. shortening
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. molasses
2 1/2 c. sifted cake flour
2 tsp. soda
2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. sour milk

In skillet: Melt butter, add 1 cup of the brown sugar and stir until melted. Arrange apricots cut side up. Cream shortening. Add 1/2 cup brown sugar and cream until fluffy. Add eggs, molasses and beat. Sift flour, salt, soda, ginger; add alternately with sour milk. Pour over apricots. Bake 325 to 350 degrees, 35 to 50 minutes. Serve with whipped cream.
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Christmas Boston Cream Candy

6 c. sugar
3 c. whipping cream
2 c. Karo syrup (white)
2 c. chopped walnuts

Combine sugar, cream and syrup; cook until medium hard ball forms in cold water. Beat until thick. Add nuts. Pour in buttered pan to cool. Add raisins and almonds. Pour onto wax paper - this will be a thin candy. Let cool then break into pieces.
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Christmas Ornament Recipes

Cinnamon Scented Christmas Ornaments

4 oz. can (about 1 c.) cinnamon
1 tbsp. cloves
1 tbsp. nutmeg
3/4 c. applesauce
2 tbsp. white glue

In medium bowl, combine cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Add applesauce and glue; stir to combine. Work mixture with hands 2 to 3 minutes or until dough is smooth and ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Divide into 4 portions. Roll out each dough portion to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut dough with cookie cutters. Using straw or toothpick, make small hole in top of ornament. Place cut out ornaments on wire rack to dry. Allow several days to dry, turning ornaments over once each day. Use these ornaments to decorate gifts, hang on tree, etc.

Gingerbread Ornaments

1 tbsp. allspice
2 tbsp. cloves
1 tbsp. nutmeg
1 c. applesauce

Combine first 4 ingredients and blend well. Stir in applesauce and mix well. Roll out 1/4 inch thick on ungreased cookie sheet. Cut with cookie cutters of different shapes. Put a tiny hole in top with toothpick. Let dry 4 days. Put string through hole and hang on Christmas tree. Can also make hearts for all year home ornaments. Smells wonderful.

Bread Dough Christmas Ornaments (Not Edible)

Mix 1 slice white bread (without crust) and 1 tablespoon glue. Keep wrapped. Mix assorted acrylic paints into separate piles of dough. This takes awhile to mix. For white dough you must use white paint. Flatten with a rolling pin. Shape into forms or use cookie cutter. Brush 1 tablespoon glue mixed with 1 tablespoon water over shapes. Stick wire into dough and let set at least 2 hours.

Christmas Bread Ornaments

4 c. flour
1 c. salt
1 1/2 c. water

Combine flour with salt; add water. Stir the mixture with a spoon until it starts to form a smooth dough. Knead dough about 5 minutes. To make ornaments, pinch off bits of dough and form shapes. Such as bears, Christmas trees, gingerbread people and snowmen or roll out the dough and use cookie cutters. To make hair, push a piece of dough through a garlic press. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Paint with acrylic paints, then spray with clear acrylic spray. On the back of the ornament, write the name and the year.

Homemade Dough Ornaments

4 c. flour
1 c. salt
1 1/2 c. water
Cookie cutters
Tempera paint
Clear fixative spray

Mix first 3 ingredients. Knead for 5 minutes and shape into a ball. Roll dough on a floured surface. Cut into shapes with the cookie cutters or shape with your own design. Make a hole in the top with straw (or toothpick). Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Paint with Tempera paint. While paint is still wet, you can sprinkle with glitter, if desired. When dry, spray with clear fixative. Insert yarn into the hole and tie in a bow and hang on your Christmas tree.

Play Clay Ornaments

2 c. baking soda
1 c. cornstarch
1 1/4 c. cold water

Mix soda and cornstarch together, blending well. Add the cold water and mix well until mixture is smooth. Boil for one minute until it has consistency of mashed potatoes. Stir constantly. Spoon out on a plate. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to cool. Knead dough and roll out on waxed paper. Cut out designs with a cookie cutter or shape by hand. Let dry until hardened, about 1 to 2 days. Paint ornaments with Tempra or water colors. Dry well and coat with shellac or clear nail polish. Hangers may be mounted on back with glue, or pressed into dough before it dries.
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