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Chocolate Butter-Creme Frosting

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2008
I only thought this was so-so. The frosting is very thick and almost fudge like. I should have thinned it a bit more with milk, but followed the recipe as is. I think I will keep looking for a different chocolate frosting recipe.
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Blueberry Buckle

Reviewed: Jun. 14, 2008
This is really delicious! I must say, I was skeptical when making it because the batter was SO thick. I even looked over the recipe again to make sure I didn't forget to add something. After baking though, it is a moist delicious cake with awesome topping. I think the topping was my favorite part. My husband suggested next time I make it with peaches.
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Cream Filled Cupcakes

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2008
I only made the cream filling from this recipe, but it is 5 stars all the way! It is the best cream filling I have found for cupcakes. I have found it is better to inject the filling from the top of the cupcake as I use paper liners for my cupcakes. The frosting will cover up the injection hole. I used a pastry bag fitted with a frosting tip, insert directly into the top of the cupcake and squeeze gently to fill, and stop when you see the cupcake "expand".
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Gourmet Pretzel Rods

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2008
Great recipe! I cut the pretzel rods in half (to better fit on the goodie tray) and dipped in caramel and chocolate. Let the caramel set and then dip in chocolate. If the caramel "pools" on one side while setting, roll the rods to smooth out the caramel after it has set. You can do so many things with this recipe, so many options for coating the rods.....nuts, candies, colored drizzles, sprinkles, etc.
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Famous Coconut-Almond Balls

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2008
These are very good candies-just like an Almond Joy that you buy at the store. I only got 22 "logs" from this recipe, I was hoping it made more. BEST REVIEWER RECOMMENDATION: Food process the coconut to make smaller flakes, and re-roll after placing balls in fridge. Will definitely make again.
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Pecan Tassies

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2008
I'll agree with other reviewers that this is a very time consuming, labor intensive recipe. And because of that, I don't think the results are 5 star. These are OK, but not out of this world. I used a small cookie dough scoop to scoop balls of dough into the mini muffin tin to keep the shells uniform. I also had the pampered chef tool that forms the shells, but even with that it still takes a while to make. And as another reviewer said, do not overfill the shells because the filling will stick to the pan and make the tassies difficult to remove.
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Easy Lemon Cookies

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2008
The title says it all-EASY! This recipe produces tasty, soft cookies. Like another reviewer said, you could make this recipes with ANY cake mix for all kinds of variety. BEST REVIEWER RECOMMENDATION: Refrigerate the dough before scooping into balls. I used a cookie dough scoop for uniform size.
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Marbled Almond Roca

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2008
This was my number one requested recipe this past Christmas. It is easy to make and so delicious.
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Rainbow Pasta Salad II

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2008
This is a perfect summer picnic salad. I add more veggies than the recipe called for and also used only 8 oz of fat free Italian dressing, but that is just my preference. I didn't want my pasta salad "swimming" in the dressing.
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Fruit Salad Dressing

Reviewed: Jun. 2, 2008
The fruit salad dressing was so easy to make and delicious results. It does not overpower the fruit, but rather enhances the flavor overall. Thumbs up from everyone who had it. It also helped my not so flavorful cantelope taste really good!
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Better Than Sex Cake II

Reviewed: May 30, 2008
This is such a simple recipe, with spectacular results. I have made it many times and it is always good. I prefer to whip up my own whipped cream, rather than using cool whip. I sweeten it very little, so that the overall cake is not too sweet.
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Blueberry Crumb Pie

Reviewed: May 11, 2008
This is a delicious pie. I used fresh blueberries in my pie. My pie did not set up and was very liquidy, but it was still very good. I am not good a making pies, so I would not fault the recipe for my lack of success. Also, everyone raved about the crumb topping-so good!
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Chocolate Trifle

Reviewed: May 11, 2008
I would give this 10 stars if possible, it is that good. I made a change to the recipe that I think was crucial to it's success. I whipped heavy whipping cream and only sweetened it very slightly, instead of using Cool Whip. I think this helped the dessert not to be sickly sweet. I also used chopped Heath Toffee bits on top for extra crunch.
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Giant Ding Dong Cake

Reviewed: May 9, 2008
This is a FUN recipe! I have made it as a cake and as cupcakes. For the cake version, I agree that you should make it in layers, rather than putting all the filling into the center. As cupcakes, I used a pastry bag with a large tip, inserted it into the top of each cupcake and filled until I saw the top of the cupcake rise. I dipped the top of each cupcake into the glaze and let set before adding the white swirl. I got 21 cupcakes, filling each 3/4 full and cooking for 18 minutes. These are better made the day before. Also, you really need to whip the filling mixture to incorporate all the ingredients well.
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Banana Bran Muffins

Reviewed: May 3, 2008
YUM! YUM! YUM! These are delicious muffins and such a simple recipe. Like other reviewers, I wanted to make the muffins healthier, so I made the following changes:1)Used Applesauce in place of butter, 2)Used egg beaters, 3)increased wheat bran by 1/2 cup, decreased AP flour by 1/2 cup, 4)Added Cinnamon and Pumpkin Pie Spices, 5)Added raisins in place of nuts, and 5) used low fat buttermilk (because I needed to use it up). The muffins turned out great!
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Raspberry Walnut Torte

Reviewed: May 1, 2008
Very good cake with a beautiful presentation. I like that the walnuts are ground, rather than just chopped.
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White Chocolate Fruit Tart

Reviewed: May 1, 2008
You can get very creative with the presentation of this Fruit Tart. My family gave it rave reviews, but it was only so-so for me. I love the crust, but the filling left something to be desired for me.
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Tiramisu Layer Cake

Reviewed: May 1, 2008
What an exquisite cake! I would rather have this cake anyday over traditional tiramisu. I agree with other reviewers to add more kahlua and coffee. However, I will always use mascarpone cheese, you just can't replace it.
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Cream Puffs

Reviewed: Apr. 27, 2008
These were SO easy to make with such an elegant result. I followed the recommendations of "MommyfromSeattle" and they turned out great. I made one batch with white chocolate pudding mix and chocolate drizzle and then one batch with vanilla pudding mix and lemon curd whipped in with a powdered sugar spinkle. Someone even asked if they came from a bakery-what a compliment!
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Banana Oatmeal Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2008
This is a good version of the typical Banana Bread. The oatmeal makes it much more hearty and dense, but it is not dry! My loaves did not rise much, but it was still good. I took other reviewers advice and used cinnamon applesauce in place of the shortening.
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