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Raspberry Berets recipe 1a

Ohio State Fair Raspberry Berets

These colorful and creative cookies are like mini fruit pies. They’re aptly named Raspberry Berets. They get me singing the Prince song of the same name every time. They are crowd-pleasing and easy to make! You start with a delicious cookie shell made with butter, granulated and powdered sugars, baking soda, salt, and flour. Fresh out of the oven (while still in the tins) you re-press the cups…

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Chocolate Chiffon Cake 1

Minnesota State Fair
Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Make this blue ribbon winning chocolate chiffon cake and you will have a divine dessert on your hands. Gwendolyn Swenson won “grand cake of the of fair” honors with it at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair. Cake flour and whipped egg…

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Chicken Chili 2

Black Bean Pumpkin Chicken Chili
Chicken Chili

This chicken chili is a winner every time. It is super easy to make, incredibly flavorful, and is totally adaptable to your preferences. You can add more veggies, more garlic, less chili powder, or even make it a turkey or…

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Shortbread-Red 2

Pistachio, Peppermint, Coconut or Classic Shortbread
Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies make great holiday gifts. They’re easy to make and everyone loves their melt-in-your-mouth texture. They also are easily morphed into various flavors and colors, perfect for the holidays. I started with pistachio shortbread. Softened butter, powdered sugar, flour, and…

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Puerto Rican Coconut Eggnog 1

Puerto Rican Coconut “Eggnog”

This is some winning eggnog! Simply combine two cans of coconut milk, two cans evaporated milk, one can sweetened condensed milk, 2 cups rum, and a touch of salt, and you’ll have a blue-ribbon-worthy batch of Puerto Rican Coconut Eggnog.…

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Fresh Herb Olive Nut Bread 2

Washington State Fair Winner
Blue Ribbon Fresh Herb Olive Nut Bread

If you want a flavorful bread that wows people and is easy to make, bake this blue ribbon fresh herb olive nut bread. From fresh garlic, shallots, and chives, to basil, dill weed, and oregano, this bread incorporates them all,…

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Chocolate Coconut Tea Ring 2a

Chocolate Coconut Tea Ring

A long time coming, we’ve finally replicated this tea ring recipe, a state fair blue ribbon winning yeast bread you’re going to love. Tea rings are so classic! And so visually appealing,  as in YUM to look at. This Chocolate Coconut…

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Monster Cookies

From a Minnesota State Fair Supreme Baker
Monster Cookies

We caught up with blue ribbon baker Karen Cope this week at the Minnesota State Fair. She brought samples of her favorite recipe of late: Monster Cookies! We took a taste and can definitely attest to their deliciousness. I grew up…

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Strawberries & Cream Cookies 1

Delta Fair Winning Cookie
Strawberries & Cream Cookies

Use instant oatmeal and a cream cheese filling for a jazzed up oatmeal cookie. For this winning recipe, start with butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking soda and strawberries and cream instant oatmeal. (We’ve used Quaker and Great Value brands with…

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Coconut Cupcake Bread Pudding recipe

Blue Ribbon Group Recipe
Coconut Cupcake Bread Pudding

If you are nutty for coconut like I am, I have a dessert you’re going to ADORE! Coconut Cupcake Bread Pudding! I made it with leftover homemade cupcakes, but you could use store-bought ones, a compatible flavor cupcake like lemon, vanilla, or chocolate. Even…

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Black Bottom Cupcakes recipe 6a

Black Bottom Cupcakes

Any time I come across a recipe for something I grew up baking with my mom, I’m filled with warm fuzzies and food cravings. Lots of no-bake cookies and “strike-it-rich” cakes comes to mind. Imagine my delight then, when I…

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