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Red, White and Blue Crunch Mix

1 review

My colorful snack mix makes a festive treat for a large group or potluck or even to bring as a grab-and-go snack for a parade. I took it to my school’s faculty lounge once and it was gone before recess! You can use different colored candy disks for various occasions.
—Bonnie Darr, Flagstaff, AZ

Peppermint Chocolate Almond Crisps

1 review

Peppermint, chocolate, lemon and almonds give these cookies a delightful holiday flavor. My husband's office staff love these cookies, and...


Fast French Dip Sandwiches

9 reviews

I was looking for ways to use up leftover beef when I created this tasty sandwich. I love dipping it...


Chocolate Caramel Wafers

6 reviews

To keep my holiday cooking quick, I've come to rely on fast recipes like this one. The crunchy-chewy tidbits are...


Coconut Almond Candy

The secret ingredient in this homemade candy is a true surprise—no one tasting these delicious morsels will guess what’s in...

Triple-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

My kids go for sweet potatoes stuffed with leftover turkey and dressing. We enjoy being in the kitchen together, each...


Three-Chip English Toffee

9 reviews

With its melt-in-your-mouth texture and scrumptiously rich flavor, this is the ultimate toffee! Layered on top are three kinds of...

Swiss Mushroom Loaf

4 reviews

I'm always prepared for recipe requests when I serve this outstanding stuffed loaf. It's excellent not only as an appetizer...


Cookie Dough Truffles

162 reviews

The flavorful filling at the center of these yummy candies tastes like genuine chocolate chip cookie dough…with no worry about...


Chocolate Cake Roll with Praline Filling

6 reviews

This show-stopping cake roll was one of the first “complicated” recipes I ever attempted to prepare. I discovered it was...


Jelly Bean Bark

11 reviews

Homemade Easter candy really doesn't get easier than this. It's so simple—all you need are three ingredients, a microwave and...

Whiskey-Glazed Pecans

1 review

I call these my Jack Daniels Pecans. The subtlety spiked buttery coating makes them an addictive little nosh during a...


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Mini S’mores

8 reviews

Combine marshmallow creme, chocolate, graham crackers and more for a summery delight at any time of year. —Stephanie Tewell, Elizabeth,...


Coconut Almond Bark

My chocolate bark featuring coconut and almonds is a great time-saver when I’m busy but need a treat to share....


Parmesan Butternut Squash

7 reviews

Butternut squash sprinkled with Parmesan and bread crumbs makes a superb side dish we love to share. Using the microwave...


Maple-Spice Cashew Brittle

Crunchy cashews dot this tasty golden brittle, and a hint of spice makes it delightfully different. —Annie Rundle, Simple &...

Creepy Candied Corn

I couldn't stop eating this popcorn when I first tried it at a friend's party. My generous pal offered the...


Broiled Red Potatoes

MU HUSBAND is a typical "meat and potatoes" man. Tired of the usual mashed or baked potato treatment, I began...


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Hot Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

9 reviews

This is a variation of the cookies my mother made when I was growing up. Now my 13-year-old daughter and...


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Oreos and Candy Cane Chocolate Bark

5 reviews

There are incredible surprises in this festive bark, including dark chocolate, candy canes and cream-filled cookies. We keep a big...


Halloween Candy Bark

4 reviews

My kids and I wanted to make a treat using the beautiful colors of fall and some candy that's special...


Twice-Baked Red Potatoes

6 reviews

Before my baby was born, I was in nesting mode and made lots of freezable recipes like these creamy red...


Tuna Potato Supper

6 reviews

Tuna lovers will find this to be a real treat. My husband and I enjoy it as a nice change...


White Chocolate Peppermint Crunch

12 reviews

This is my favorite confection to make at Christmas. Not only is it easy, it's delicious as well. I like...

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Chocolate Peppermint Bark

14 reviews

These treats are such a snap to make, I almost feel guilty serving them. But nobody seems to mind I...


Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Dijon & Rosemary

5 reviews

After moving to Alabama, I learned my friends and co-workers love sweet potatoes. I roast the potatoes with Dijon, fresh...


Chocolate-Covered Bacon

14 reviews

It's a hit at state fairs everywhere, but you can make this salty-sweet concoction at home. Some say bacon is...


Roasted Sweet Potato & Chickpea Pitas

1 review

Here's a hearty take on Mediterranean food, this time with sweet potatoes tucked inside. These unique pockets are delicious for...


Coffee Bean Bark

1 review

Chopped coffee beans add a yummy crunch to this pretty two-toned bark. Coffee lovers won’t be able to resist pieces...


Crispy Chocolate Log

3 reviews

"Our teacher challenged our class to use the microwave for more than defrosting and reheating leftovers," write Michael Saunders and...