Frosted zucchini bars

Frosted Zucchini Bars
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
Dash of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups grated zucchini
3/4 cup chocolate chips or raisins
1 cup chopped nuts
Frosting (see below)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat eggs. Add sugar, then oil, beating well. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; add to egg mixture. Stir in vanilla, zucchini, chocolate chips and nuts. Spread into greased 15 by 17 inch jelly roll pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Do not overbake. Cool. Frost; cut into bars.
Frosting:
1 stick margarine
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Blend all ingredients together.

Monster oatmeal and raisin cookies

Monster Oatmeal And Raisin Cookies
1 cup margarine
2 1/4 cups brown sugar
2 cups sugar
6 eggs
2 1/2 cups peanut butter
2 tablespoons vanilla
4 teaspoons baking soda
9 cups oatmeal
9 ounces raisins
Cream together margarine, sugars, eggs and peanut butter; mix well. Add vanilla, baking soda, oatmeal and raisins. Drop onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes, or until done.

Easy peanut butter cookies

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups biscuit baking mix
Sugar
Beat together sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter, egg and vanilla until smooth. Stir in baking mix. Chill for 1 hour. Shape into 1 inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet; flatten with fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes.

Gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread Cookies
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup shortening
1 egg
1/2 cup ground almonds
Raisins
Cinnamon candies
Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger and cloves; set aside. In medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, honey, applesauce and shortening. Bring to a boil; simmer for 5 minutes. Cool to lukewarm. Add egg, almonds and dry ingredients; mix well. Chill overnight. Make head, body, legs and arms. Place on greased cookie sheet. Make eyes and nose from raisins and cinnamon candies. Bake at 325 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Do not brown.

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Creative candy cookies

Creative Candy Cookies
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup chopped nuts
2 (1 1/2 ounce) bars chocolate covered coconut or almond candy, cut up
1 1/2 cups biscuit baking mix
Cream together butter, sugar and egg. Add nuts, candy and baking mix. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes, or until light brown. Leave cookies on baking sheet a few minutes before removing.
Makes 3 dozen cookies.

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Spiced chocolate cake

Spiced Chocolate Cake
4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup shortening
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Melt chocolate; set aside to cool. Stir shortening to soften. Sift in flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cloves, cinnamon and coffee. Add 1 cup buttermilk and mix until flour is dampened. Beat vigorously for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup buttermilk, eggs, chocolate and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes longer. Pour into greased and floured 13 by 9 by 2 inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until done. Cool; frost with your favorite 7 Minute Frosting.

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Creamy peppermint cheese cake

Creamy Peppermint Cheesecake

6 to 8 servings

A friend of mine was invited to her aunts for Christmas dinner and was asked to bring a dessert. Her aunt had asked four other people to bring desserts, too. And guess what? They all brought pecan pie! After I heard that, I gave her this recipe, cause its quick, easy, and rarely duplicated.

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2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

3/4 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

6 drops red food coloring

One 9-inch graham cracker pie crust

Whipped cream and candy canes for garnish (optional)

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Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat well. Add the sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Place 1/2 cup of the mixture in a small bowl and stir in the peppermint extract and food coloring; mix well. Pour the remaining cream cheese mixture into the pie crust. Smooth the top. Drop the peppermint mixture by spoonfuls into the mixture in the crust and swirl with a knife to create a marbled effect. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the edges are set (the center will be slightly loose). Allow to cool for 1 hour, then cover and chill for at least 6 hours before serving. To serve, top each slice with a dollop of whipped cream and a miniature candy cane, if desired.

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TIP: If you can sneak an extra few moments, make your own homemade graham cracker crust.

From A Mr. Food Christmas

By Art Ginsburg

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