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Orange Bundt Cake

Best Ever Citrus Pound Cake
Orange Bundt Cake

Happy holidays! We are going to close out this fair season with a show stopper. We didn’t get around to sharing this great cake last year. Now is the time! We discovered this delight when it won Grand Cake of the Fair…

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Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Chili

Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Chili

This Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Chili is out of the ordinary for sure. It has a multitude of beans, sweet bell peppers, curry and color! With the peanut butter and sweet potato, it has a creaminess that is addictive…and a flavor…

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Swirled Latte Cookies

Dipped in White Chocolate
Swirled Latte Cookies

If you want to wow the cookie (and coffee) lovers in your life, check out and bake these Swirled Latte Cookies from a perennial state fair baking participant (Elsie Olsen, Minnesota State Fair). These fall in the “icebox cookie” category…

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Pumpkin Cupcakes

Super easy. Super delicious.
Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin is something I love year-round, and around the clock! The award-winning Pumpkin Toffee Cookies from last weekend had me craving cupcakes in the same flavor. So say hello to these Pumpkin Cupcakes! I made sure the recipe would be super easy…and…

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Pumpkin Toffee Cookies

Illinois State Fair
Pumpkin Toffee Cookies

These Pumpkin Toffee Cookies are perfect for fall. I baked and brought a batch to a Thanksgiving winter cabin getaway this weekend. They are tender and flavorful. The toffee bits add a chewy dimension everyone enjoyed and the caramel glaze adds a…

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SPAM Turkey Day Turnovers

a.k.a. SPAMSGIVING™ DAY DELIGHT Minnesota State Fair Winner (2006)
SPAM Turkey Day Turnovers

In honor of Thanksgiving coming up and a nod to “Throwback Thursdays” we have re-invented a 2006 Minnesota State Fair winning recipe. It is a delight to make and taste. Originally titled SPAMSGIVING DAY DELIGHT, Faith Farrell had created and baked a savory pie inspired by…

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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

If you want an easy, flavorful version of Irish Soda Bread, make this recipe. It’s so delicious and makes a perfect pairing for fall soups and stews. -Cyndi p.s. Breads are hands-down one of the most popular categories to compete…

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Twix Shortbread Cookies

Homemade caramel chocolate topped treats
Twix Shortbread Cookies

We’re admittedly a bit addicted to these Twix Shortbread Cookies. I personally grew up a fan of Twix, the caramel and milk chocolate cookie bars…and the peanut butter version. A variation on this recipe won “best new entrant” at the…

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Upside-Down Caramel Apple Cakes

Top finalist at the Tulsa State Fair
Upside-Down Caramel Apple Cakes

Want a fun and easy recipe that is both fool-proof and fantastically delicious? Try these Upside-Down Caramel Apple Cakes. They come from 20-year-old Jenn Bolen at the 2014 Tulsa State Fair. We love the theme, serving portions, and how yummy they are.…

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