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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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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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Triple Chocolate Cappuccino Cups recipe 2a

York Interstate Fair
Triple Chocolate Cappuccino Cups

You have been asking for more things made with cocoa. We’re on it! Check out these Triple Chocolate Cappuccino Cups. They are simple, delicious, and with their miniature size, not that indulgent. That is, if I stop at one, which I admit…

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Blue Ribbon Lemon Meringue Pie

Minnesota State Fair
Blue Ribbon Lemon Meringue Pie

Quite a while back we tested some recipes in the vintage cookbook. More of a booklet, it was titled, “Great State Fair Recipes…A Collection of Minnesota State Fair Sweepstakes-Winning Recipes from 1906 to 1975.” Cakes, cookies and breads (three highly popular categories at…

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Chicken Satay sauce 8a

Peanut Dipping Sauce

This Peanut Dipping Sauce goes perfect with my Chicken Satay. It has coconut milk, peanut butter, honey, soy sauce, red curry paste, chili oil, and dried chili flakes.If you have leftovers or simply love the flavor and want to use it…

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Chicken Satay recipe 11a

A Winner Any Night of the Week
Chicken Satay

I can say without a doubt, this Chicken Satay recipe makes the best satay I have ever tasted. I make it almost every week and have started making quadruple batches of the marinade to keep on hand. This has been going…

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