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Raspberry Berets

Ohio State Fair Raspberry Berets

These colorful and creative cookies are like mini fruit pies. 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 (to be deep enough to hold the fillings) and let them cool.  Beth Krauss won at the 2015…

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Spicy Homemade Cheeze-Its

Minnesota State Fair Winner - 1999
Spicy Homemade Cheeze-Its

Here’s another great recipe from the archives: Spicy Homemade Cheeze-Its! It was originally titled “Savory Cheese Crackers” and was a runner-up cookie contest winner at the Minnesota State Fair. Meg Desmond placed third with it, way back in 1999. She…

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Coconut Peanut Butter Power Balls

No-Bake Energy Bites
Coconut Peanut Butter Power Balls

You will think you won the lottery with these “Coconut Peanut Butter Power Balls.”They are “no-bake” and come together in minutes. You don’t even use a stovetop, but a bowl instead. Their main ingredients are oatmeal, chocolate chips, peanut butter, coconut and…

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Turkey Sausage Sweet Potato Hash Bowls

Turkey Sausage Sweet Potato Hash Bowls

Meet my new go-to weeknight meal:  Turkey Sausage Sweet Potato Hash Bowls. Its inspiration came in waves. First, I’m obsessed with the Korean beef and pulled pork hash bowls at Dayblock Brewing Company in Minneapolis. They serve them on select…

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PB Choco-Chunk Salted-Caramel Cookie

Great Allentown Fair
PB Choco-Chunk Salted-Caramel Cookie

Peanut butter, chocolate and caramel collide in this winning cookie from the 2014 Great Allentown Fair. By the way, if you’ve never seen or competed in a state or regional fair competition, here’s a quintessential “behind the scenes” shot from…

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Pineapple Coconut Cream Pie

Texas State Fair - Blue Ribbon Winner
Pineapple Coconut Cream Pie

If you want a tried and true, blue ribbon winning pie for your next dessert table, do not pass up this Pineapple Coconut Cream Pie, a 1st place winning recipe from the 2016 State Fair of Texas. The crust comes…

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Irish Cream Skillet Cookie

Tulsa State Fair
Irish Cream Skillet Cookie

Looking for an easy, Irish-themed cookie for St. Patrick’s Day coming up? Make this one! Sherrel Jones did for the 2016 Tulsa State Fair and won 1st place honors (and won a nice prize from the makers of Gold Medal Flour).…

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Pineapple-Cherry-Pecan Chippers

Indiana State Fair - Blue Ribbon Cookie
Pineapple-Cherry-Pecan Chippers

I love a simple cookie. Hey now, I am talking simple to make, but not simple tasting! These Pineapple Cherry Pecan Chippers have a classic delicious dough: butter, sweetness, flour, and egg, plus a little lift from baking powder. Flavor boosts…

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Easy Apple Bread Pudding with Toasted Pecans

Easy Apple Bread Pudding with Toasted Pecans

So I’ve been meaning to share a bread pudding recipe for quite some time. A recipe doesn’t get much easier than this one; or tastier. You just combine everything in a slow cooker. And less than 3 hours later (with…

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Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup

Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup

I’m a Minnesota girl who loves the heat of spicy foods. I’m so comforted by creamy soups, especially in the winter months. For many of my go-to creations I use sweet potatoes or cauliflower, and steam them first. It could me…

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Bourbon Molasses Sandwich Cookies

Bourbon Molasses Sandwich Cookies

Wow. Wow. Wow! You have to try these! They ooze boozy deliciousness. Heck, I don’t even like bourbon, but I LOVED these cookies. So did every person who tasted them. Two other great things about these, are one, the ease of…

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