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Hot Chocolate Cayenne Cookies

Hot Chocolate Cayenne Cookies

These cookies will help you stay warm all winter long. The cayenne gives them heat and the coconut oil/honey combo a moist texture I find completely addicting. And like most cookies, they freeze well so you can make a double…

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Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Blending two of my favorite things – citrus and melt in your mouth goodness – these cookies are a breeze to make and amazing to taste. I have always liked my shortbread on the thinner side. Maybe it’s a texture thing?…

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Homemade Giant Samoa

Homemade Giant Samoa

So hands down, the Girl Scout Cookies I love most are Samoas (as in multiple box purchase). They also go by Caramel deLites. Same cookie, different baker, I hear. I love the tender shortbread base, the caramel coconut later and of…

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Coconut Peppermint Macaroons

State Fair of Texas
Coconut Peppermint Macaroons

Seventeen-year-old Michael Kimery baked these Coconut Mint Macaroons for the State Fair of Texas last year (2015). They won “Best Holiday Cookie” honors. They are delicious tropical tasting macaroons dipped in chocolate and infused with peppermint. You use extract in the cookie…

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Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt & Pudding Mix

Indiana State Fair
Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt & Pudding Mix

Banana bread was one of the first things I baked as a kiddo. My mother always let me be the one to mash the bananas and I did so, with a potato masher, fervor and might. So when this “Best of…

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Fresh Strawberry Vanilla Cream Pie

Fresh Strawberry Vanilla Cream Pie

This delightful dessert is homemade vanilla cream atop a delicious graham cracker crust with fresh strawberries and a dark chocolate drizzle. It’s a super simple version of stunning bakery pies and award winners like the Strawberry Napoleon Pie that a home-baker featured…

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Blueberry Pie

North Carolina State Fair
Blueberry Pie

No matter how you slice it, this blueberry pie is delicious! Derrick Lingle from Granite Falls won 1st place with it at the North Carolina State Fair. Blue ribbon blueberry pie anyone? His easy to follow crust directions help ensure a lovely…

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Potato Chip Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Unforgettable deliciousness!
Potato Chip Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

This is one of those amazingly yummy cookie recipes you can’t get out of your mind once you taste them: Potato Chip Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies. Seriously. They melt in your mouth. Do not miss making them people! These are…

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Raspberry Cream Pie

North Carolina State Fair
Raspberry Cream Pie

This raspberry cream pie is worth every ounce of effort it takes to prepare. The crust bakes beautifully and the delicious layers give it a complexity that wows the senses. It’s also colorful! The creation comes from Emily Olsen of Knightdale.…

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PB BF Cookies

Arkansas State Fair
PB BF Cookies

These cookies could be your new Best Friend. I call them PB BF Cookies…short for Peanut Butter-Butterfinger Cookies, but they work as Peanut Butter Best Friend Cookies too =) They originated as “Twisted Peanut Butter Cookies” and they won the blue…

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