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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
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

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
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

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  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.


    Emily Reply:

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


  2. March 9, 2011


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    Thanks for stopping by, Jessica!


  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.


  4. March 9, 2011

    Looks AWESOME!!!


    Emily Reply:

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


  5. March 9, 2011

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


    Emily Reply:

    Sure thing! Anything for you!


  6. March 9, 2011

    Looks very yummy!

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    Emily Reply:

    They taste as yummy as they look, trust me!


  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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