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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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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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