Merri Ann’s Crockpot Potatoes

This crockpot mashed potato recipe is the recipe that Merri Ann used for holiday dinner mashed potatoes. It’s a combination of several recipes that she found online with her own simple seasoning.All you do is throw the ingredients into the crockpot and walk away. You’ll have creamy crockpot mashed potatoes with minimal effort. Crockpot Mashed Potatoes: A One-Pot Meal Most recipes called for Yukon Gold potatoes but we used russets. She used seven pounds of potatoes which maxed out a large crockpot. The recipe below is scaled back to five pounds of potatoes. We mashed them right in the crockpot. …

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Three Ways to Make a Meal Out of Your Leftover Mashed Potatoes

‘Tis the season for mashed potatoes. Thanksgiving and the holidays bring in the beloved mashed potatoes with all those family gatherings, but that also means lots of leftovers. So, what do you do with all your leftover mashed potatoes? Make a quick meal out of them. After all, most of the work is already done. Meal #1: Leftover Mashed Potato Salad and Grilled Cheese It doesn’t have to be a grilled cheese sandwich. Any sandwich will do. Mashed potato salads are super quick and easy, not much more than stirring in mayonnaise and condiments. So, a sandwich and a mashed …

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How to Make Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples

These chocolate caramel candy apples are easy, delicious, and make beautiful gifts. Dip your apples in caramel, chocolate, or even melted candy and top them with cinnamon, candies, or chopped nuts. Use your imagination and the options are endless. Choosing Your Apples for Candy Apples The key to these best candy apple is contrast. Chocolate and caramel are sweet on their own. While adding a crisp apple to crunch into will be nice for the texture, choosing a sweet apple could be a headache. For the best contrast against the sweet caramel and chocolate coating, you’ll want a nice, tart …

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Sweet Potato Pie

We often substitute sweet potato or yam puree for pureed pumpkin. In many recipes, we can’t tell the difference and neither can the guests. Make this sweet potato pie, and it might become the new holiday favorite. Sweet Potato Pie vs. Pumpkin Pie Pictured above is a slice of set potato pie and a slice of pumpkin pie. Can you tell the difference? Sweet potatoes tend to be lighter and less dense than pumpkin. The flavor differs slightly. This sweet potato pie has a beautiful tawny color—a little lighter than pumpkin. And frankly, it’s easier to stick a couple of …

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Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

This pumpkin swirl cheesecake has a delightful swirl of chocolate, and as we all know, pumpkin and chocolate are a pair you just can’t resist. It’s easy, scrumptious, and perfect for the holidays or all year round. The chocolate requires an extra step but otherwise, this is as easy as most other cheesecakes. Ingredients 1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 6 tablespoons butter, melted 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup granulated sugar 1 16-ounce can pumpkin (about 1 3/4 cups) 4 large eggs 1/2 cup whipping cream 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon …

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Homemade Caramel Recipe

This homemade caramel recipe makes great caramel for coating candy or candy apples. It’s better than the caramel that you buy in the store and is way easier than unwrapping a million little caramel squares. It’s easy and leaves lots of room for variations. The Basic Homemade Caramel Recipe Ingredients 1 lb brown sugar 1 cup (two sticks) butter 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk 1 cup light corn syrup 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon butterscotch flavor Directions Care needs to be taken to assure that there are no sugar crystals in your candy as you make it. A few …

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

This chocolate chip pumpkin cookie recipe is one of our favorite ways to use canned or freshly pureed pumpkin. The soft pumpkin cookie combined with the chocolate chips is just scrumptious. It’s sure to be a favorite for the pumpkin season. Ingredients: 1 15-ounce can prepared pumpkin 2 large eggs 3/4 cup vegetable oil 2 cups granulated sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ginger 4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 12-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup chopped walnuts Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. …

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Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

These pumpkin pancakes taste just like a slice of pumpkin pie in a pancake. The recipe calls to use a pancake mix or recipe for the base and adding the pumpkin pie ingredients to it. We used our Buttermilk Pancake mix, so we had pumpkin buttermilk pancakes. We’re sure that these would be great with our Country Wheat Pancakes also. The Pumpkin Pie Pancake Mix If you’re short on ingredients or time in the mornings, you can also use our delicious pumpkin pie pancake mix instead. They’ll be just as tasty but just a little bit easier and more convenient. …

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Four Unforgettable Things You Can Make with Cocoa

It’s amazing what good quality cocoa can do for your recipes. It will make them richer, tastier, and more chocolatey. It’s almost like the difference between good European chocolate and old holiday candy–you can easily taste the difference in quality. Get the Cocoa Recipes Click on any of the links below to jump to the recipe: Gourmet Hot Chocolate Chocolate Whipped Cream Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting Hot Fudge Sauce Made with Cocoa What Cocoa Butter Can Do for Cocoa Look for cocoa that is at least 14% to 16% cocoa butter. Most grocery store cocoa is 8% to 10%. The …

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Pumpkin Pie Squares: Better than Pumpkin Pie

I’m not lying when I say these pumpkin pie squares are better than pumpkin pie. This recipe is easier, has more emphasis on the pumpkin flavors and filling, and the crust is as simple as oats and brown sugar–no pie crust! Merri Ann and I hardly ever make pumpkin pie anymore when we can just make these. Why We Love These Pumpkin Pie Squares You don’t have to tinker with a pie crust You can make it in three sizes with the big one, big enough for a crowd It’s exciting, different than a pumpkin pie It’s easy The Story …

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Pumpkin Pie Aebleskiver with Cream Cheese Filling

This pumpkin pie aebleskiver uses our Harvest Pumpkin Aebleskiver mix, and they’re stuffed with a cream cheese pastry filling and topped with a cinnamon cream pancake syrup. If you ever wanted pumpkin pie for breakfast or a snack without the guilt of the pie, this would be it. They’re so easy and absolutely delicious. Ingredients Harvest Pumpkin Aebleskiver mix cream cheese pastry filling cinnamon cream pancake syrup for serving Directions Mix the aebleskiver mix according to package instructions. Heat your aebleskiver pan to medium-low. Place 1/4 teaspoon butter in each well. Heat until the butter bubbles. Place one tablespoon batter …

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Sweet Potato Pie with Pecan Streusel

This sweet potato pie is a happy alternative to pumpkin pie and still tastes just as good, if not better. When tasting it, before hearing the ingredients, some even called it a pumpkin pie on steroids. It uses sweet potatoes, cinnamon, ginger, and butter rum flavor instead of the typical pumpkin pie filling and a pecan streusel and is just fantastic. What You’ll Need for the Sweet Potato Pie: Three medium-large yams or sweet potatoes Fresh ginger Pecan pieces butter rum flavor Just-add-water pie crust mix A deep-dish, nine-inch pie pan A pie crust shield A pastry blender or knife …

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Pumpkin Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

We originally designed this recipe for a pumpkin sheet cake with a very good cream cheese frosting recipe, but we used this to make our whipped cream layer cake and it was perfect. You’ll find both frosting recipes here. We used a Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes Mix. It makes a cream cake, denser than store mixes but lighter than a pound cake. It is the perfect density for a pumpkin cake. You add spices, nuts, and canned pumpkin. Pumpkin Cake Recipe You may substitute one tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg listed in these instructions. …

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How to Make Cream Cheese Brownies with a Brownie Mix

You can add a cream cheese filling to any brownie mix to make cheesecake brownies.  There are two ways to do this: either swirling the cream cheese filling through the brownie batter or putting a cream cheese layer over the brownie batter to make a layered dessert.  We’ll describe both ways. Swirled Cheesecake Brownies Ingredients 1 brownie mix 2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 large egg yolks Directions Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Dust with flour or line with parchment paper. Mix …

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How to Use Fresh Pumpkin in Your Baking Plus a Pumpkin Bread Recipe

It’s easy to open a can of pumpkin and use it in your favorite recipe but it’s nice to use fresh pumpkin in baking. It adds flavor, color, extra nutrients, and often more moisture than the canned pumpkin. Plus, there’s just something special about making your pumpkin baked goods entirely from scratch. Get this free pumpkin baking guide with recipes and instructions. Choosing Your Baking Pumpkin When buying pumpkins, choose the smaller sugar or pie pumpkins, not the larger ones used for jack-o-lanterns. The larger pumpkins are not as sweet and are often stringy. Choose full-sized, mature, deep-colored pumpkins. Leave …

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Lemon Cream Cake with Lemon Filling

This is a delightful cake, one of the favorites in the store. It’s light and creamy, made from a cream cake base with a touch of lemon flavor, and topped with a lemon cloud whipped cream frosting for a delightfully intense lemon flavor without being overwhelming. About the Topping and Filling We topped this cake in several ways.  What you see on this is a light coating of lemon designer dessert sauce sprinkled with lemon bark.  The sauce holds the bark in place. The bark is crushed candy pieces, lemon, and white chocolate. Both the sauce and the bark contribute …

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How to Make and Easy Upside Down Cake with Almost Any Fruit

Upside down cake is one of my personal favorites. Pineapple upside-down cake is the most common, but you can make an upside-down cake with any fruit. It’s easy with a cake mix. Choose any fruit, layer it over brown sugar with cake batter over the top, bake it, and turn it over for an ooey-gooey treat. Step 1:Choose the Fruit for Your Upside Down Cake You can choose nearly any fruit for your upside-down cake, as long as it cooks well. Think of any fruit you could include in a pie, and you could use it in your upside-down cake. …

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Chubby Cherry Whipped Cream Cake

Our Chubby Cherry Filling and Topping is really good so we had to make a whipped cream cake out of it.  We added Chubby Cherry to the whipped cream frosting, put it between the layers, and spread some on top.  It’s very good. Ingredients 1 Vanilla Bean Cake Mix 3 large eggs 1/2 cup water Chubby Cherry Filling and Topping 1 whipped cream frosting recipe and decoratings (We used some caramel sauce in the cake above; put the frosting swirls over the top of the caramel.) Directions Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Mix the cake batter in your stand type …

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Caramel Nut Whipped Cream Cake

For this caramel nut whipped cream cake, we used our famous caramel nut flavored whipped cream. The contrast of the salt and sweet and the smooth and crunch is delightful.  To make these cakes, we didn’t make many changes. We stayed with the white sugar so that we would have a snow-white cake and used some cream cheese. Of course, people loved the cake. Ingredients: 1 Vanilla Bean Cake Mix 3 large eggs 1/2 cup water 1 whipped cream frosting recipe and decorations (We used some caramel sauce in the cake above; put the frosting swirls over the top of the …

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Huckleberry Whipped Cream Cake

This huckleberry whipped cream cake uses our vanilla bean baby cake mix as a base with a touch of huckleberry flavor and is topped with a tasty huckleberry-flavored whipped cream with huckleberry jam between the layers. About the Huckleberry Whipped Cream Cake Huckleberries are a big deal in Idaho and Montana.  There are folks that spend their weekends in late summer searching for and picking huckleberries. Huckleberry jam and even frozen huckleberries are sold in gift shops and even convenience stores.  They are slow to pick and expensive to buy. A nice couple came into our store wanting a huckleberry …

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