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Peanut Butter No-Bakes
Payday In A Bowl
Vinegar Cookies
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Five Minute Fudge Wreath
Banana-Berry Brownie Pizza

Peanut Butter No-Bakes

One of my all-time favorites! MMMM MMMM.

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 stick butter or margarine
pinch of salt
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup coconut

In a saucepan, mix together sugar, milk, cocoa, butter, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter. Stir until peanut butter melts. Add vanilla extract, oats, & coconut. Mix well. Using teaspoon or small scoop, drop onto wax paper. Let sit until firm. Yields about 3 dozen.

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Payday In A Bowl

If you love Payday candy bars, you will love this cheap, simple treat. It really does taste like a Payday.

Candy Corn

In a bowl, mix two parts peanuts to one part candy corn. Pop a handful in your mouth. Enjoy!

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Vinegar Cookies

Don't be fooled by the name. These cookies taste like pecan sandies. They are not overly sweet, but they do melt in your mouth.

2 sticks butter or margarine, softened
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1 cup pecans, chopped

Cream butter and sugar together. Add vinegar. Slowly add flour and baking soda. Beat until smooth and creamy. Stir in pecans. Form into one inch balls and place on cookie sheet one inch apart. Press with fork. Bake at 325 for fifteen minutes. Allow to cool on cookie sheet two minutes. Then remove to cooling rack. Makes about three dozen.

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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

When chocolate chips in the cookie is just not enough, try this double dose of chocolate. Pass the milk!!

2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 package Jell-O chocolate pudding (4 serving size pkg)
2 eggs
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Cream butter and sugars. Add vanilla and pudding mix. Beat until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add flour and baking soda. Stir in chips and nuts. Drop by teaspoon full onto cookie sheet two inches apart. Bake at 375 for 8 - 10 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes on cookie sheet before removing to cooling rack. Makes about 7 dozen.

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Five Minute Fudge Wreath

The only fudge I ever made that was edible. After trying recipe after recipe after recipe, this is the first fudge recipe that turned out for me. I got it from the Oprah show, and it is sooooooo easy.

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk (save the can)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup raisins
Candied red & green cherries or red & green M&Ms to decorate top

Grease an 8 inch round cake pan with butter or butter flavored non-stick cooking spray. Combine chocolate and butterscotch chips, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract in medium saucepan. Turn heat to low. Cover the empty condensed milk can with plastic wrap and place it in the center of the round cake pan. Stir the chips and milk until they melt together (about 3 minutes). Stir in nuts and raisins. Scoop the fudge into the cake pan all around the plastic covered can to form a wreath or ring shape. Let it remain bumpy on top. Keep pushing the can back to the center of the pan if the fudge moves it. Cut red cherries in half and green cherries into quarters. Use the green pieces to make leaves and the red to make holly berries. Decorate the fudge with several groups of holly berry sprigs made from the cherries and garnish with walnuts between the sprigs. Put the fudge in the fridge and chill until firm. Once chilled, remove the can from the cake pan. Loosen the sides and bottom of the cake pan from the fudge with a spatula. Cut into thin slices to serve.

NOTE: We did not have cherries or M&Ms, so the photo shows only walnut garnish. Leaving out the red and green turns the wreath into fudge for any occasion.

Variations (Here are a few - use your imagination)

White Chocolate Wreath With Macadamia Nuts and Cranberries
Substitute white chocolate chips for both chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Substitute macadamia nuts for walnuts. Substitute dried, sweetened cranberries for the raisins.

NOTE: I tried this one with 1/2 white chocolate and 1/2 butterscotch. It made it a butterscotch color, but I got great reviews at a campground potluck!
Goober and Raisinette Wreath
Substitute peanut butter chips for butterscotch chips. Substitute peanuts for walnuts.

Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter Wreath Substitute milk chocolate chips for semi-sweet. Substitute peanut butter chips for butterscotch chips. Substitute peanuts for walnuts. Leave out the raisins. This is Howard's favorite so far.

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Banana-Berry Brownie Pizza

We were invited to a pizza party and asked to bring a dish. So I thought this would be appropriate to go along with the theme. It turned out to be a huge hit!

1 package brownie mix (13 X 9 pan size)
1/3 cup boiling water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg

1 package 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1 to 2 medium firm bananas, sliced
1 square (1 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate, melted

In a bowl, combine brownie mix, water, oil, and egg until well blended. Spread into a greased and floured 12 inch pizza pan. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla extract until combined. Spread over brownie crust. Bake 15 minutes longer. Cool on wire rack.

Just before serving, arrange strawberries and bananas over topping. Drizzle with chocolate. Refrigerate leftovers.

Yields 10 - 12 servings.

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