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French Christmas Cookies Recipe

French Christmas Cookies Recipe

These moist treats will have everyone reaching for more. Folks tell me they enjoy the cookies. In fact, the batches I make ahead for my family and store in the freezer seem to mysteriously disappear each year—even though the chocolate topping I put on before serving hasn't been added yet! —Judy Wilder, Mankato, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:30 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2-3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, melted

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in milk. Gradually beat cracker crumbs into creamed mixture. Stir in walnuts and 2 cups chocolate chips.
  • 2. Fill 2-in. foil baking cup liners three-fourths full. Place 1 in. apart in 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. Drizzle with melted chocolate; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 224 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein .

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SonjaVK 240192
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2015

"Decided to try these out for our family get togethers this Christmas and will definitely make them again. I used mini parchment paper cups in mini cupcake pan (to help hold shape) and they come out super easy, no non-stick spray required. Also I used green food coloring with white chocolate chips for the drizzle and did Christmas trees for the holidays. I will say I goofed on my first batch and they were really messy, but that's because I didn't add enough graham cracker crumbs."

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TeresaKP 237426
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"Agree with CraftyJen, would not make these again!"

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puffybloomers 231911
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2015

"used paper cups in a mini muffin pan. If you spray them first they pop right out. Used peanut butter and mini choc. chips. also used pecans instead of walnuts. pretty good reciped. My husband rated them a B"

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CraftyJen 214275
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"I followed the recipe exactly and the cookies stuck to the foil cup. The outside of the cookie was firm and after baking them for 13 minutes, the centers were soft and fell apart. Very messy and a waste of money spent on the ingredients."

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swtasgld 18479
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012 Edited Dec. 8, 2014

"made them for the first time they were a hit !!!!"

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GrandmaJodyII 45566
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"I was disappointed in the texture. Next time I would not chop the walnuts so fine as the chocolate chips seem overwhelming. I have not baked all of them yet and put some miniature marshmallows in the freezer and hope my chopper will chop them up a bit. Think a little white would add to the color--maybe a few chopped cherries too!

Jody"

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imaknitter2 16059
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2012

"Not sure what happened. Followed recipe exactly and the result wasn't good. Sorry I wasted all those walnuts :0("

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giglyn 16058
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"I used mini muffin pans and non-stick spray and they came out fine. Very good."

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AmyCoyle 42946
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2012

"These cookies are amazing!! I made them last year as part of my Christmas cookies and I had to make several additional batches! They were such a hit! I already have people asking me to bring them functions and it's only September! My only trouble was getting them out of the foil cups, so I used baking spray on mini muffin pans and made them without the foil cups."

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gwashington1961 19014
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2012

"This recipe yields 9 1/2 dozen cookies per each batch of recipe (114 each). It uses Graham Cracker Crumbs as a base which may be perfect [measured by the cups full], yet I am thinking of trying crushed Nilla Wafers as an alternate base. It may not be that big a difference, but I am intrigued with not using Graham Crackers [a personal prejudice-they were a daily snack in DC Elementary Schools when I was a youngster. Now I only use them for S'mores, & an occasional pie crust. I have found Kellog's Nilla Wafers work best in most recipes-as an alternate to GC[. Try it your self and give me your feedback. Enjoy!"

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diane-gforce 43318
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2011

"Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic recipe! I didn't have chocolate chips and used peanut butter chips instead, but my family raved about the taste of them at Christmas. I will make these again and try chocolate!"

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Boo422 16039
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"Very simple to make and people at work loved them! Already have requests to make more!"

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jjnhr0310 38853
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"Taste great but mine stuck to the liners as well...making a batch now without liners to see if there is a difference"

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linda49721 14997
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"Awesome, took it to a cookie exchange & everyone loved them."

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robinp31687 16038
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"These cookies taste really good. The only problem i have is that they stick to the bottom of the liners (doesn't matter which type of liner I use)."

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marjie53 38172
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"These were very easy to put together. They also taste great. I plan to make another batch as part of my Christmas party that is my present to my co-workers. They will be a great addition to the menu!"

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wandairby 42820
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2011

"These were off the hook. I mailed them to my family and they traveled very well. The kids loved them"

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rudylenak 38143
Reviewed May. 21, 2011

"good"

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Stephalane 41174
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"I was a little skitish, but my 11 yr old picked this out for the 4-H cookie contest. She won! They were incredible! Like little morsels of Heaven! We made no changes and they were easy enough for her to make on her own. Kid-friendly to make, but very elegant, it is a winner!"

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gjretired 37846
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"Very chocolately! Tastes like a bite of gourmet choc chip cookie. It really doesn't need more chocolate on top, but I'm trying to figure out how to "dress it up." I cooked mine in chocolate red foil papers in mini muffin pans. Following suggestions here I sprayed the inside well and they lift out easily. I haven't served them at our brunch--We'll see how that goes."

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GrannyG1 43311
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2010

"Made lots and everyone loved them."

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dalenorton 43309
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2010

"Made the in miniature muffin pans - everyone LOVED them and SO easy to make"

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noducks 41172
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

"Everyone loved them! One batch made enough cookies to share, in tins, with 3 others and still have some for home. Passed the recipe on. So Easy and good!"

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grantryan 16036
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2010

"Everyone loved them & they were easy to make."

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lpeters65251 72728
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"I made these for our New Year's Eve party. I substituted butterscotch chips for chocolate, added 1/2 t. vanilla and 1/4 t. salt. I had lots of compliments and my husband loved them, too. I would never have guessed they were made from graham crackers! I would sure make them again.

I"

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sillycook 13478
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"Hubby especially loved these!! This is a huge recipe, though. Next time I will try halfing it unless we have someplace to share them."

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kaystinson 17715
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"very nice and wonderful, I got rave reviews at my party"

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KarenML 37839
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"Yummy! Made these for Christmas and everybody wanted to take some home. Very easy to make. I definitely will make these again. I used foil cups to start and then switched to paper baking cups (holiday print) that was much easier to separate."

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dlivsie 18478
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2009

"Although it was a bit messy to make, these cookies are definitely worth it. My family and friends have raved about these cookies and I didn' t even get a chance to drizzle the chocolate on them. I will definitely be making these for the holidays from now on."

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Sheila Brotherton 41170
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"Made these cookies for office Christmas gifts - they wanted the recipe. Very easy to make and oh-so-good. Definitely will make these again."

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kierlaney 38852
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"I made this with white chocolate and topped with drizzled icing, delicious, my daughter made them with the chocolate chip and they were just as good."

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heatmoon 72727
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"My daughter and I made them for her French class for extra credit, they are very good, we added coconut and used half the nuts."

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Jennifer28 201906
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"I made a half recipe to try. They were easy to make, but the taste was a bit dry. I probably won't make them again, although I was suprised of the low calorie count. They tasted like they had more calories than 35."

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chsecy 38851
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"I made seven of your cookie & candy recipes and this was my favorite. I substituted toffee chips for the nuts, since I can't have nuts. Delicious!"

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OKeefe 13475
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"I have made it 2 times already. The first with real butter and the next with oleo. I could not buy the foil in my town so used paper cup and put them in the mini pans to bake. They needed 15 min to be set. The butter ones come out of the paper easier I felt. Both were good. Everyone including ones that don't like nuts loved them, as the nuts weren't large.I will make them again"

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labsuper 41169
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"I made these using 1 1/4 C milk chocolate & peanut butter chips and 3/4 cup semi-sweet morsels. They turned out great!"

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marycatherine1 201905
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"it was very easy and what I really liked about them is that they made a lot....I filled up the little papers more than 2/3 full so I didn't get 9-1/2 dozens but it was ok because it still made a lot..They were the bomb!"

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kchesney 18354
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"I baked them for an eternity and they never set. Just a gooey mess stuck to the paper. A real time waster."

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koala7girl 37772
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"These are really good and very easy to make. I will definitely make these again!!"

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micked66 41168
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"Very tasty and I will make again. I used semi sweet chips for the topping as that is what I had and that was very good."

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judy72 45521
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"I plan to make them again - they are delicious and easy to make."

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KayK64 45519
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"I used the mini semi-sweet chocolate chips and they were great."

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KayK64 14996
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"I made these and they were really good. Time consuming only from the standpoint of filling the little papers."

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dkorenberg 72726
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"These were horribly time consuming, dry and crumbled when removing the paper liners."

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sillyserpent 13472
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"I would have preferred to make them with the mini-chips - I will next time."

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patsy37 18400
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"I have been making these for many years, we call them tea cakes. I use half-half instead of milk and use the mini chips. They are very good. If you people are worried about calories don't make them."

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Cookie D 18348
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"This is a real winner for Christmas gift boxes and just the right size for kids! Have to be careful though they just slip into your mouth

and are easy to get hooked on.
Here's a question that is not connected to the cookies...when you uyse silicone bakeware does it need to be greased or sprayed before filling?"

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ccdse 37597
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"These were such a hit at our home. I did read several reviews in which the calorie count is in dispute but even at 65-70 calories per serving they are good. I didn't put the melted chocolate on top and they were great! Easy and mine only took the 10-12 minutes to cook."

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maxscenes 14944
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"Thought they were very tasty even without the chocolate drizzle on top. Wasn't sure if they were set yet, so baked maximum amount. After cooling, figured out could have baked less."

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wyocook09 43298
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"There's enough here that I can't eat them all by Christmas! They look so festive!"

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wisemama320 17714
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"Very pleased, will make this every Christmas and also during the year"

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ssengilla 42818
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"Did not care for it, too sweet and no substance like a cookie (solid)."

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sannph 17713
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"My Family and Co-Workers all loved this recipe. It was very easy and delicious. I am making it again tonight since they were eaten faster than expected.."

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llanger71 45517
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"Not as easy to make as I thought it would be. Turned out all right at best."

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rrudebusch 38850
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"This was a very quick and easy recipe. Everyone loved the cookies. I took some to work and they disappeared in minutes."

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JFelt 13470
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"I made these this weekend and they taste great but they take a long time to bake. The reason the calorie count is so low is because they are bite size. I wonder if they would be just as good if you made larger cookies out of the dough?--Joyce, Centralia,MO"

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amyincolorado 17709
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"I don't think these are quick at all. Lots of fuss without a huge payoff."

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cutterbuddy 14942
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2009

"Why do you need to store these in the refrigerator? They are very good and will do again...."

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ahorsman 41157
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2009

"the only thing i would say to do is make sure to spray the papers before putting the stuff in ti so it comes out easier :) th ekids really enjoyed it"

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heatmoon 14939
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2009

"Could I use semi-sweet chips? I think that would be good!"

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darlab 37596
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2009

"Absolutely delicious - and portion controlled. Not sure why they are called "French" cookies - we can not even get graham crackers over here! :o)"

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grandma15 72725
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"I made these cookies for a cookie exchange. Ididn't have enough milk chocolate chips for the topping, so I substituted with about 1/2 cup of milk choc. chips and 1/2 cup of a mixture of dark chocolate chips and mint chips. They turned out great."

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daisywilken 37593
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"I like the idea that they are in the little baking cups, something about that seems to make them more special and fancy."

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KScales 19012
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"We apologize that the nutrition information has been left off this recipe. It will be updated soon. But in the meantime, here is the information. 1 cookie equals 32 calories, 2 g fat, 3 mg cholesterol, 12 mg sodium and 3 g carb. These numbers may seem low, but they're based on the recipe making 114 cookies.

Taste of Home Test Kitchen"

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dbriggs1956 16033
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"I can't wait to try these! They sound like the perfect little nibble of a sweet that some of us need once in a while. But if anyone is SO concerned with calories you probably SHOULDN'T be looking in the cookie section anyway!"

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1vipmom 37592
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"I have been making this cookie for the past 3 years, My daughter loves these and request that I make them each Christmas season. I add these to my gift tins that I give to freinds and everyone says how yummy these are."

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cathy27 45515
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"It sounds good but I would prefer recipes with the nutritional facts"

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Barbara 13464
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"Maybe the calorie count is 35 calories since you use the miniature baking cups instead of the regular muffin cups. I will try them this weekend."

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likemindz 14917
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"Wow ..awesome tasting and easy...Went over great at the Church Luncheon.."

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mimi4fun 43295
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"I figured out the calorie count at approx 60 a piece and that's without the chocolate squiggle on top that would add another 10"

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MargeAZ 42817
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"Kind of sweet for my taste - too much chocolate/brown sugar (and I love chocolate). I would use less chocolate, or just not put the chocolate on top. I entered this recipe in a recipe software I have. It comes out to 62 calories each, if you make 114 out of the recipe.

You could use fat-free milk, less brown sugar, light butter to reduce calories."

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Oilqueen 72724
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"sorry about my spelling, my fingers aren't working right for 'chocolate'."

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Oilqueen 42816
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"The cookies were super easy to make, and very yummy. I went with white chololate on top, may try dark chololate next. For the nestle commercials, don't scroll over where it talks about the chololate chips. It's annoying, but it's a selling technique."

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shgalitz 42815
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"Without a nutrition guide, I won't make this recipe. Certainly can't be under 35 calories with the butter and chocolate chips!"

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kruke 37590
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"I am wondering if this is the dessert under 35 calories? there is no nutrition info on this page...they sound too good to be true!"

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kwyet1 18346
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"I also couldn't get rid of the Nestle ad....I kept 'x'ing and 'x'ing and it kept coming back. I have never had this problem with any of your other receipes!"

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Shril3 201904
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"Made these on December 14th for a family gathering on the 20th. My husband loved them and I don't have as many now as I planned. The grandchildren dropped by and they were generously shared. I used silicone baking utencils so no baking cups and they seem to be just fine.

Shirley O'Neil, Ontario, Canada"

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pegs88 38849
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"All you have to do to get rid of the Nestle ad is click on the X in the upper right hand corner of the ad and it will go away....."

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SusieQ26 72723
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"NestleCAn't Read the recipe!!!! Please Correct. The Nestle commercial blocks the recipe Can't read the recipe!!!!!!!!!!!"

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Gaylene Brownell 45509
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2009

"This recipe appears to be an adaptation of what we call graham cracker fudge. It's a real time saver. Coming from Mankato, Min., are you related to Laura Engels Wilder, Judy?"

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laura80104 18344
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2009

"Love these! My family couldn't stop snacking on them."

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