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Recipe Roundup: Fave desserts, 2010

2011 March 9
by Emily Hill

This is it! The grand finale of the recipe roundup posts from our church’s annual progressive dinner and bake-off. So far I’ve featured my fave appetizer and drink recipes; my fave bread, soup, salad and side dish recipes; and my fave main dish recipes. (Have you tried the Butterfield Chicken recipe yet? To die for!)

Today I bring you my fave desserts from our 2010 recipes. Among them you’ll find the ooey, gooey Magic Marshmallow Treats that quickly became a family favorite. If those don’t become your family’s newest go-to recipe, perhaps the Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies or Peanut Butter Popcorn will be!

Apple Nut Cake
Cake
1 1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed firmly
3 eggs
2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4-5 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced (1″ size)
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

Glaze
3 T butter
3 T brown sugar
3 T sugar
3 T whipping cream

For cake:
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan. Combine oil, sugars and blend well. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Sift together dry ingredients then add into mixture and blend. Fold in apples, nuts, and vanilla. Spoon into pan. Bake until done about 1 3/4 hours. Cool in pan for 20 minutes then turn out onto wire rack and continue cooling while preparing glaze.

*Option: Bake in two bread pans for 1 1/2 hours.

For glaze:
Combine all ingredients in heavy sauce pan and boil for 1 minute, then spoon or pour over warm cake.


Brown Sugar-Pecan Cookies
Cookies
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Brown Sugar Frosting
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup half-and-half (or evaporated milk)
1 T butter or margarine
1 1/2 to 1 2/3 cups sifted powdered sugar
60 pecan halves (about 2/3 cup)

For cookies:
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugars, beating well. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour, soda, and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating well. Stir in chopped pecans. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on un-greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Spread about 1 tsp Brown Sugar Frosting on each cookie and top with a pecan half. Yield: 5 dozen.

For frosting:
Combine brown sugar and half-and-half in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil; boil 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in butter. Add 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add enough remaining powdered sugar to make desired spreading consistency. Yield: 1 1/3 cups.

magic marshmallow dessert

Magic Marshmallow Treats

(See recipe with step-by-step instruction and drool-worthy photos here.)


Peanut Butter Popcorn
2 bags microwave popcorn
1/4 to 1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut butter

Pop the popcorn. Strain out all un-cooked kernels and pour into a large bowl. Heat butter, sugar and honey until boiling. Add peanut butter. Mix well. Pour over popcornand mix well.


I doubt whether the world holds for anyone a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice cream. ~ Heywood Broun

14 Responses Post a comment
  1. March 9, 2011

    Peanut butter popcorn? Stop! You’re killing me! Could I drizzle a little chocolate on top to seal the deal? Yum.

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    Emily Reply:

    Now THAT would be delicious! Thanks for the tip–I will have to try that when I make this recipe!

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  2. March 9, 2011

    YUM!!

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    Emily Reply:

    Thanks for stopping by, Jessica!

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  3. March 9, 2011

    I have got to get making those marshmallow treats. Have you ever made the Pioneer Woman’s apple dumplings? They are to die for.
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    Emily Reply:

    I haven’t made those yet but now you have me craving them. Perhaps I’ll make them AND watch The Apple Dumpling Gang while eating them.

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  4. March 9, 2011

    Looks AWESOME!!!

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    Emily Reply:

    They taste awesome too! (I only share recipes I’d actually eat. ;) )

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  5. March 9, 2011

    Ok – NOW we need to schedule another recipe exchange party!! And you need to bring one of each! :)

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    Emily Reply:

    Sure thing! Anything for you!

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  6. March 9, 2011

    Looks very yummy!

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    Emily Reply:

    They taste as yummy as they look, trust me!

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  7. March 11, 2011

    I bought everything for the marshmallow treats, and I still haven’t made them…must do tomorrow.
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    Emily Reply:

    Those would be a great Sunday afternoon treat! Hope Van likes them!

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