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Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2003
HELPFUL TIPS: Bake for 8 min exactly! ...and you can even wait a few min. for it to cool on the cookie sheet just get it out of the oven! Either way, the critics (my family & friends) RAVED about these yummies, and I've never left w/o someone asking for the recipe! 1st: Use butter AND eggs that are room temp. I've used all butter w/excellent results. 2nd: Mix dry & wet separately. 3rd: Hand mix or you'll get a different result. Do not overmix. I never have cream of tartar, so I use 2 tsp. of white vinegar OR lemon juice. Lastly, I used a medium scoop. For the topping, I used 3T. sugar & 3.5 tsp. of cinnamon dumped in ziplock bag. Do not be afraid to over coat. It will NOT turn out too sweet (and I'm not a fan of sweets)!!!! Coat well. :) If your cookie turns out flat, I'd check to see if your baking soda has expired. To test, it should fizzle the second you place it in water. I've never had issues w/these turning out flat OR dough being sticky (which was really confusing to me to hear from others); just keeping them in our lock n lock container long enough before husband comes home. They store great, & I didn't have any of the problems many others did! I never need to put these in the refrigerator first either!
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Blueberry Salad

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2007
HELPFUL TIPS TO MAKE 5*: This is how I made this into a prize winning dessert on our military base! You can easily make 2 pies w/graham cracker crusts w/this recipe. The times I make two pies, I put the unused jello in a individual sized teddybear pan, so my toddlers can have a snack later w/o the fattening cream cheese mixture. They love it!! Anyway, I filled w/enough cream cheese topping to cover the bottom & sides of the pre-made crust. ...waited about 5-10 min. for the jello to cool from boiling (necessary), and then placed it on top until it reached the rim of the crust. Be sure you're still able to carry it to the fridge w/o the blueberry mixture spilling over ...making the crust look not as presentable (speaking from experience). lol The next morning, the texture was so nice, and there was a beautiful layer of cream cheese on the bottom. Plenty of extra that I put in a Tupperware for those piggy's in my family to add more on top if they wanted. I am always thrilled to show off this recipe, so thanks for the user who published it! People always say it's the best!!
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Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS NOT MENTIONED: This is very forgiving! Just keep baking until it becomes golden brown around the edges. If they cool COMPLETELY & they're not done..put back in for another 5 min. Can't go wrong! I promise they'll be super chewy although they must sit (set) for awhile as they won't appear it. I've had to bake for 20 min. several times! Everything is dependent on if you put in fridge & for how long (i've left overnight or for DAYS). But if you don't refrigerate long enough or at all, they'll be flat! It has nothing to do with using margarine or butter. I've done it both ways ..same exact results! 1st: Sift the dry ingredients. Melt the butter in microwave then mix in sugars. DO use the room temp. yoke of one egg & 1 other egg. Dump rest of ingredients on top. Mix by hand until blended. Make sure butter isn't hot or it'll melt chocolate chips! Refrigerate batter for 1hr then preheat oven. Drop 1/4C scoop (should make 16-18) & bake! If I use a med. scoop, I just bake 2 min less. UPDATE: My husband thinks these are sweet so I only use 3/4C b.s. and a TAD under 1/2C of white sugar. 1C chocolate chips is PLENTY! Never grease pan! Melt in your mouth results if you use a combination of milk chocolate& semi-sweet like bakeries AND a touch of andes mint baking chips! Update2: Just tried "Blonde Brownies I" and it's IDENTICAL, but a yummy brownie! Try it!
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Caramel Popcorn

Reviewed: Mar. 27, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS NOT MENTIONED: I was doubtful about this recipe but let me tell you that my husband's soldiers went bonkers over something that was SO QUICK to make! If you have trouble mixing in the caramel that I do recommend just dumping it on top instead of trying to keep a thin stream ...just stick it in the oven for a few minutes for it to get hot again & then you can finish mixing! :) As mentioned, the caramel will become foamy so don't worry, and do not try adding the vanilla PRIOR to taking it off the oven! I use two disposable foil pans for turkeys side by side in the oven. Always have one in the oven while mixing the other! Use enough butter so the caramel doesn't get too sticky (1/2C). I used 3 bags of buttered popcorn (brand REALLY isn't important), and I also don't find using cheap no-brand brown sugar to be a problem. Really! I've used all kinds of combinations of nuts and prefer macadamian and/or almonds. I like using 2 pans b/c it gives you room to stir comfortably. Be sure when you take out the pan to stir to get the bottom REAL well or you'll have one solid layer of caramel on the bottom. Also, be sure to let this cool before breaking as directed in the recipe but stir one last time when you take it out of the oven. You must put this back in the oven when the caramel begins to stiffen up b/c continuing to stir at this point is pointless as it breaks pieces of popcorn. Store in giant ziplock bag at room temp!
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Mint Chocolate Chip Pie

Reviewed: Jul. 16, 2009
CHANGES I MADE: Instead of using mint ice cream, I used oreo because more people tend to like it more. Filled the pre-made oreo crust, let it freeze again, then took it out and piped on cool whip. Followed it up with some crushed oreos since I thought it was not only taste better but look better (just my opinion of course) than chocolate drizzled!! Plus it went with the theme of the pie. I gave this 5*'s b/c of the endless possibilities you can use with this simple LAST MINUTE dessert! I love how fast it is, yet you get the praise for it as if you spent all day on it!
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Cinnamon Coffee Cake II

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2010
HELPFUL TIPS AND WHY THIS IS 5 STARS: Everyone is right! This literally takes 5 minutes to throw together and then you've got an entire family excited you made something so pretty (submitted pic). For optional icing/toping, I put 1/2C powdered sugar and 1T of milk in a ziplock bag, cut off corner, and pour over. Looks real pretty and it's only enough to zig zag over. DEFINITELY take the advice of using Duncan Hines cake mix (white or yellow) or one that doesn't already have pudding in it. My oven is fast, and I still had to bake for 45 min at 325, so definitely check with toothpick! Also, you can use 2 pkgs of vanilla INSTANT pudding or 1 of cream cheese if you don't have butterstotch. I think putting 1/3 off batter, 1/3 off brown sugar mix, 1/3 batter, 1/3 brown sugar mix, then last of batter, last of brown sugar mix is the best. It VISUALLY looks prettier when you cut it (again, see pic), and it also isn't too overwhelming. Plus, any more layers then you don't get to taste the brown sugar mix and that's the best part right? I never put nuts b/c the kids don't like it, but if I did ...I'd use pecans.
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Scott's Buffalo Wing Sauce

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2009
HELPFUL TIPS THAT MAKE THIS WORK FOR ME: Say NO to BUTTER!!! lol After trying the most popular wings recipes on this site, I got the baking down (350 for 45 min, take out and re-spray w/pam to make crispy, then 375 for 15 min) .........but I was not satisfied w/the hot sauce! No matter what I added or reduced, it still tasted too buttery. I also didn't want hot because we have toddlers in the house who eat them. Well, this recipe was a hit BUT with some minor modifications like NO BUTTER!!! Even when you cut the butter in half, you still can taste it. Plus it makes the sauce slide off the wings. I add about 2T ketchup or a tad more to the 2T honey and 1/3C hot sauce of any kind. The ketchup and honey really cut down on it being hot ...like the butter would but w/o adding the unneeded GREASE! They stick real nicely too! I love them!!! So if you keep thinking something is just not right, try my suggestions!
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Fry Bread Tacos II

Reviewed: Jan. 29, 2009
HELPFUL TIPS: This makes 3 (using the suggested 3/4C dough) & I can't imagine ANY adult eating more than 1 since they take up the entire plate (as my pic shows). It's necessary to make this as PAPER THIN as possible as they thicken up a lot. I like to make this for company & use a little less than 1/2C so they're the perfect portion size. I fry these about 2-3 min. on each side. By the time you flip it, it shouldn't sink into the oil. I also used a knife to pop any bubbles that formed so there would be a nice flat surface. You can make these ahead, and heat up in oven (temp 200) for guests or even microwave! I layer mine w/refried beans, then the ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, green/red/AND white onions diced, followed by cheese, salsa, sour cream. This is truly the best and as mentioned, wonderful w/ice cream.
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Thin Mint Crackers

Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS NOT MENTIONED: Be sure to use a napkin (or your finger if they're just for you) to wipe up the extra chocolate that spreads around the cookie after you've dipped it, so you don't have a sloppy finish when the chocolate hardens. Another idea is to spread the ritz w/ a little peanut butter & then dip in chocolate! However, be ready to do them fast and put them in the freezer for 5 min. so the pb doesn't melt! UPDATE: So I originally made this and loved the recipe because my kids could make them and it took 5 minutes. Problem is, we would take them to parties, & people easily knew it was a Ritz, and that's kinda embarrassing. Not to mention the salt! So, after trying several cookies, I tried a nilla wafer AND PERFECTION!! They don't break in half easily like ritz, so you can manage them easier and they taste JUST like girl scout cookies and no one can tell it's a nilla wafer inside! On paula dean, they took 2 sugar cookies and baked it w/a mint in the middle so another idea on how to use those mints. I use 1 fork, and give it 2 lifts up and down so the excess chocolate can drip off then place on baking sheet line with foil or wax paper, and it's usually enough to catch all the excess chocolate & I find andes mints taste a LOT better than using the peppermint extract. So, I buy a whole case of andes baking chips when they come out around holidays!
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Half and Halfs

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS NOT MENTIONED: Be sure to put together both batters at the same time. No sense in getting the flour& other ingred. out twice! I like using 1/8t of baking powder in each batter b/c it allows you to shape it to the thickness you want because when it bakes, it will not flatten much at all but stay how you want. Great way to ensure your cookies won't go flat! Also, I take my smallest scooper and drop one on the cookie sheet, then combine the FLAT/BOTTOM sides together. Easiest way to mold the two together. If you use the baking sheet as your surface then FLIP the cookie over ...the side that was touching the sheet will be nice and smooth. Definitely raise your temp to 350. What's nice about this recipe is each cookie cooks at the exact same consistency so one side never turns out flatter or overcooked!
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Fruited Curry Chicken Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS: I only use one package (deli section) of Tyson's grilled chicken strips diced up, which equals a heaping 1 cup. Then I use half an apple, same amount of grapes, and a mixture of craisins and raisins (which comes in a package next to craisins and raisin), and since no one likes celery ...omit that. For the nuts, I used Almond Accents found in the salad section (toasted almonds with flavor). They made this TO DIE FOR!!! For mayo, I basically use the amount needed to cover all the ingredients which is always at least 1/4 cup LESS than the amount indicated! My husband HATES chicken salad sammies in any form, but loves this. Reminds me a lot of Arby's wraps but better. You definitely have to let this sit in the fridge for one full day to get the full effect of all the blended flavors. I love this recipe because the ladies in my get-togethers think they're eating a healthy alternative and I look like a super cook for serving them in a tortilla (wrap like a burrito)!
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Cream Cheese Cookie Cups

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2009
TIPS NOT MENTIONED & HELPFUL ALTERNATIVES: These are soooo good & everyone is so impressed you made them. The forming them into the mini muffin pans is the most time consuming part but make sure the dough is close to room temp for easy handling. Use smallest cookie scoop (1in balls) for each tin THEN mold. Perfect amount & suggested by a similar recipe. Which brings me to the ALTERNATIVES: During the holidays, nestle tollhouse had some Christmas ideas that would go GREAT along side this one esp. if they're like my husband who doesn't like cream cheese mixture (rich), BUT you do. I make it along with one made of sugar cookie dough (1 1/3C dough mixed with 1T flour for better consistency). Bake at 325 for 9-10 min. THEN add a mixture of craisins and chocolate chip OR white chocolate chips inside. The wives at our coffee think I'm Martha Stewart. lol The color is beautiful and it is always a festive hit!
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Sweet and Sour Chicken I

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2009
HELPFUL TIPS IN PREPARING: 1. Make the chicken ahead and save for whenever you will eat this dish. Heating in oven at 350 for 15 min. really does work and chicken is really crispy but that's really b/c the batter is so dang perfectly thick. DEFINITELY start with making the chicken batter, as described like pancake mix. When cutting recipe in half, ALSO cut in half the chicken batter (1C water, flour, 1T cornstarch&oil, 1/2t salt, 1/5t baking powder, egg). I never have self-rising flour, so that's where the baking powder comes in. 2. The sauce is only good for about 4 chicken breasts, otherwise double the sauce. It thickens up REALLY well, but as mentioned ...make sure the cornstarch is completely dissolved in water before adding it. I keep the sauce on lowest setting until ready to eat. 3. Take some frozen veggies, fry in pan with some soy sauce for a great side dish! 4. My kids love the chicken w/o sauce, so they think it's chicken nugget night w/ketchup. 5. Tastes better to coat the chicken in sauce rather than dumping over, but only use the chicken you plan on eating so you can save the rest for leftovers. Otherwise it gets mushy the next day when mixed in with sauce. I just reheat sauce while chicken is in oven for 15 min.
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Southern Moon Pies

Reviewed: Jun. 30, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS NOT MENTIONED: If you do only use 1C of marshmallow creme, make your kids a pb&marshmallow sandwich with the leftover creme as they wait for the pies to cool to apply the filling. This ensures you don't eat all the same hour you made them! However, you really should use the entire 7oz jar of creme but keep the other amounts for the filling the same. I didn't even put thick amounts of filling in-between nor can I imagine it because it's very rich, BUT my husband who hates SWEETS says this is the best dessert ever! Brags to his coworkers. hehehe Some complained about a "butter" taste to it, but I think that's from not blending well & using room temp butter. As far as the crust/pie part, I used a mixer for the butter and sugar then dumped the rest of the ingredients on top. Doesn't effect taste & you save yourself a bowl! HOWEVER, DO NOT OVER MIX!! This is why I mix everything AFTER all the ingredients have been added. Too much = liquid dough & you will have pancakes instead of beautiful puffed cakes. Speaking from experience! Stick in the fridge between batches or even before baking. For best results, don't flatten or touch the rounded medium scoop (what I use) after it hits the cookie sheet. Then you'll have perfect puffy pies like you see in everyones picture! After I take it out, I use my spatula to cut around any pies that didn't come out perfectly round. Works great instead of trying to do it w/your hand (which makes it obvious)!
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Three Cheese Manicotti II

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2009
HELPFUL SUGGESTION WITH MANICOTTI: I didn't know what method to try on cooking the manicotti just enough to stuff and finish cooking while baking so I took the easiest, and each time it works out perfectly! Heat a big pot until it boils, take off, stick manicotti in it, and let sit for 15 min! Take out one at a time and let them dry as you prepare the filling. I wasn't sure if this would taste gross if I filled them too much and I'm glad they weren't overpowered by the ricotta! Using a gallon size freezer bag and cutting the end, I just stuffed as much as I could. Easier to not put ALL the filling in at once so you can squeeze it out the bag w/o feeling really weak (guilty). I didn't bother adding the Parmesan at the end of baking and w/all the mozz on top, it wasn't needed! 2C of sauce on the bottom of 9X13 was perfect. Served w/garlic bread and salad! Perfecto :)
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Original Nestle® Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reviewed: Jun. 15, 2004
HERE'S HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT COOKIE: First off, make sure the eggs and butter are at room temperature before using. Big difference. Second, add 2 heaping tsp. of vanilla. Third, add 1.5 tsp. of cinnamon. Add the nuts or don't. HAND MIX EVERYTHING AT THE VERY END. Seems like the majority of the time, these recipes call for too much mixing! If you've taken forever to do this, set it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Bake for the 9 minutes. Put the remaining dough back in fridge. Very easy and you will have everyone in your house loving you. :)
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Bourbon Pecan Chicken

Reviewed: May 26, 2008
HELPFUL TIPS NOT MENTIONED: I really don't see how the clarified butter makes or breaks this recipe as mentioned by several because I've taken the time to do it & my picky guests over the years could NEVER tell a difference. I just use 1T unsalted butter, 1T olive oil. I do know that this is always hands down the best dish I make and people can't stop eating even if they're "bird eaters." I just use egg with a splash of milk to coat this (instead of butter) before adding the pecan breading because it sticks better. I brown each side for 2 minutes, which is perfect, and then stick in the oven at 375 for 15 min. This is always moist. I use all of the butter stated for the sauce b/c this helps simmer down the taste of alcohol. I use Jim Beam and on accident one time, I used a Rum. Still edible though (thank goodness, considering this is what I use any time new guests come over). This goes perfect with a strawberry salad and for the best dressing in the world, try the one on "Strawberry Romaine Salad I." I've never tasted anything so perfect!
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Slow Cooker Latin Chicken

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2009
I really think people should take note to the user who doubled her sauce. I only used 1 package (2lb) of boneless thighs (bone-in works fine though!) and 1.5 sweet potatoes, and the tops were burning and black beans dried out because it was not covered in liquid. So, I doubled the cumin, allspice, garlic, 1.5C salsa (light, med, hot doesn't matter), and 2/3C broth. Use a slotted spoon if you don't want soupy, but this really wasn't! Used box of uncle ben's chicken wild rice (with the seasoning) to serve on top of, and people go ga-ga over all the flavor. This definitely makes the house smell warm. We "HATE" sweet potatoes, so my husband cringed when I told him what this was made of, yet this is now both of our favorite meals. I'm so glad I trusted the reviews. Also added a can of corn, and glad I did as it was the perfect mix of flavors!
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Jet Swirl Pizza Appetizers

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2006
HELPFUL TIPS THAT WORK: 1st, this recipe is the only one that my husband doesn't just LOVE, but brags to all his friends about coming over to try. lol It's so simple! I always find that I have to bake it for 28 min, flipping it the last 5 minutes to help the dough cook inside (basically I cook until both sides are golden). I've made this 50+ times & anything less.. the dough in the middle sometimes comes out uncooked which is embarrassing. Also, it's best to not try to stretch out the pizza dough. Just open it, stretch to only flatten it & use. Making it too thin only breaks the dough & the pepperoni juices will leak out. I'm always about adding MORE to things, but remember "less is perfection" in this case. The more you stuff into this dough, the less appetizing it tastes. Trust me, I've tried several times & it's the reason only "I" make it right in my family! Just sprinkle the ingredients, roll it, and bake. Adding some sort of italian seasoning really adds a nice touch. We use ranch or marinara sauce to dip, and people are begging for the recipe! UPDATE: The frozen philsbury french loaf works wonderful w/this recipe too! Another poster recommended microwaving the pepperoni for 30-40 sec before cooking, and what a great idea! I then bake until brown on each side (as I mentioned above).
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Mini Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins

Reviewed: Nov. 5, 2010
OH MY GAWD ..these are great!! We're not big butterscotch fans, but when they're combined with the right flavors as they are here... you've got yourself a winner. Plus they look so cute that it's a classy take-to for get-togethers. My recommendation is to fill them right about to the top so you have a nice muffin top instead of a flat muffin. :)
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