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Macaron (French Macaroon)

Reviewed: May 29, 2013
I have made these now about half a dozen times and they come out a little better each time I try it. I have a few suggestions to make them fool proof. Start with room temperature eggs, add 1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar when whipping the eggs, (it stabilizes the mixture). I used superfine sugar or Castor sugar to make the meringue smooth, and sifted the almond meal and powdered sugar through a sieve to get out the pieces of almond that were larger. (A hand sifter cannot sift the meal properly.) When making slightly larger Macarons, add extra minutes to the time. I have even turned off the oven and cracked the door and left the cookies in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes to assure they come off the pan easily. I used a Silpat for some and parchment for others. Both are good! Once you see the results? you'll be hooked! :)
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No Bake Lime Mousse Torte

Reviewed: Feb. 19, 2013
I made mini cheesecakes with this recipe and they were a perfect end to a great meal. Everyone thought I baked them. I love lime and this fit the bill as far as flavor. I added strawberries for color, but they tasted great with the cakes too.
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Candied Apples I

Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2012
These came out beautifully. First of all, I added 1/4 of red hots and a touch of red candy coloring at the end of cooking. When you reach around 250 degrees, add your candies then take it up to around 300 degrees. Stir carefully when you take the pan off the stove and work quickly. My apples in the picture are green granny smiths and you can clearly see the candy coating covered them beautifully. I will use this recipe again and again. Thank You All Recipes.
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Caramel Apples

Reviewed: Oct. 4, 2012
It couldn't be an easier recipe to make or more tasty. I used organic Granny Smith apples and found that they had absolutely no wax on them so they took the caramel beautifully! Fun to make and more fun to decorate and eat!
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Simple Orange Glaze

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2012
Quick and easy ... I let it harden on my pumpkin cookies ... fun and they were a hit!
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Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2012
I did the recipe as written and they are delicious. They came out crunchy outside and cake and chewy inside. Just how I imagined they would be. I have to say I baked these at night and they scented the whole house with a wonderful pumpkin spicey smell. It's a prelude to the coming Fall and the warmth of the Holidays. YAY!
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Peanut Butter Frosting

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2012
I used this recipe and tweaked it just a bit ... I added more fresh cream with the powdered sugar to make it less fudge-y and more frosting-y! :) It came out just fine. I also a full 1/4 cup of peanut butter because it needed a little more taste to balance the brown sugar.
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Peanut Butter Frosting

Reviewed: Sep. 20, 2012
This is a great recipe for peanut butter frosting. I cut the recipe in half for a smaller batch of cupcakes and added 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and a pinch of salt. Delicious! It tasted smooth and sweet and not overpowering. A definite keeper! :)
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Easy Chocolate Crackled Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 16, 2012
So I used sanding sugar to coat the cookies and added dried cherries for flavor. These made such good cookies ... they tasted like little brownies with chewy cherries inside. I will make these again and try other additions. :)
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Death by Chocolate Mousse

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2012
I wanted to make a mousse that didn't take forever and use egg whites and gelatin ... (I know that sounds lazy ...) but this was just perfect and everyone loved it. Wonderful, easy and tasty recipe! :) I highly recommend it.
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Easy Lemon Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2012
Wonderful recipe and yes I added enhancement to the lemon flavor. I added 2 tbsp lemon juice, and the zest of two medium lemons. Be aware what size your eggs are because mine were large and the batter was runny the first time. ( I added 1/2 cup all purpose flour and two tablespoons of sugar) The second time I used smaller eggs and it was fine.
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Scrumptious Frosted Fudgy Brownies

Reviewed: Sep. 10, 2012
Everything worked with this recipe. It tasted great. I added pecans on top with a small white vanilla chip. The brownie stayed chewy and the frosting added to the flavor instead of overpowering it. Wonderful recipe!
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Addictive Pumpkin Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 8, 2012
This is a wonderful recipe and so quick. I left out the nuts and raisins and added a streusel and glaze. I made muffin top muffins because I bought new pans (ha ha) but they worked well as you can see. I will use this again for my brunches and just for taking to work. Wonderful recipe!
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Aunt Anne's Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 6, 2012
Great starter recipe. I added cream cheese, lemon zest and crumble and blueberries. The crumble on top was made the same only without cinnamon. I baked it in a springform pan and it came out cleanere than I thought it would. The taste is divine and moist and yummy!
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Fresh Blueberry Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 5, 2012
I needed some breakfast cakes and used this recipe to accomplish that task. They were good tasting and made up quickly. I added cream cheese instead of the shortening and put a crumble on the top. I will use this again for a coffee cake next time. We shall see! :)
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Napoleons

Reviewed: Sep. 4, 2012
I wanted to do the traditional recipe and this one fit the bill. I like the flatter pastry and the icig to look like a real French Napoleon. I think it worked ... you be the judge. Good recipe with a few teaks. :)
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Satiny Chocolate Glaze

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2012
I really like this recipe for chocolate glaze ... you have to work fast because it stiffens quickly. I didn't have chips, so I used 2 semi sweet 1 oz squares and added a little bit of milk. Wonderful to taste and spread perfectly o my eclairs.
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Pastry Cream

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2012
This came out perfectly. I have tried the other recipes and they too work fine but I used this particular one for my eclairs. Delicious and easy to make ,actually!
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Eclairs II

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2012
These came out perfectly ... (picture to come). I suggest making one of the pastry cream recipes from this site. You can pipe a small amount on the bottom and top with piped whipped cream on top before the top is put on. I have even piped a small bit of raspberry seedless jam down the top of the cream adding a special flavor a la Danish versions! Anyway you cut or don't cut it, this is a winner. :)
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Donut Muffins

Reviewed: Sep. 1, 2012
I actually made donuts from this recipe. Either way these are delicious and fun to make. Great tasting recipe.
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