Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

This is just as easy as the traditional Rice Krispie treats, but uses caramel in place of marshmallows and tastes much richer!!  You can buy the caramel in 5 lb. blocks.  I get mine at a Mennonite store, but it is also sold on Amazon.

Caramel Rice Krispie Treats
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 15 minutes
Caramel Rice Krispie Treats
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut caramel into slabs for easier melting and place into deep sided pan with butter and milk or half & half. Melt over medium low heat. Stir in cereal. Spread into greased 9" square pan and let cool.
  2. If you would like, you can melt the chocolate chips over low heat and drizzle over the top. Refrigerate to set.
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Cinnamon Sour Cream Biscuits

These actually have more the consistency of muffins, but they are wonderful, regardless!  I make them for me and our grandsons with raisins, but substitute chocolate chips for the raisins for my husband.

Cinnamon Sour Cream Biscuits
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Cinnamon Sour Cream Biscuits
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Glaze
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. If you are using a baking stone, place that in the oven. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Cut in butter. You can make up a large batch and store it at this point, in the freezer or refrigerator.
  3. Add sour cream, milk and raisins or chocolate chips, stirring just until combined.
  4. If you are not using a baking stone, line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Scoop out onto baking sheet (I use a 2 oz. scoop). Bake for 12 minutes. Cool slightly, then drizzle with glaze.
  5. This will make 11-12 mini muffins. Just use a 1 oz. scoop and bake in the mini muffin maker for 5 minutes.
Recipe Notes

The biscuit ingredients before adding the milk, sour cream, and raisins or chocolate chips measures 1 3/4 cups and weighs about 236 grams, so if you want to, you can mix up a big batch of the flour mixture, store in the refrigerator or freezer, then measure out just what you need and continue with the recipe.

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Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

This is my new favorite breakfast and snack!  I love the crunch of the homemade healthy granola with the creaminess and the tang of the yogurt and the freshness of the fruit!  And it is very healthy and simple to make!  In fact, it is not really even a recipe, but just photos and ingredients.  You can make it however you like.  Our grandsons (ages 9 and 11) tried it yesterday, and they loved it!

I make my own granola in a big batch and it keeps for a long time in a tightly sealed container.  Here is the recipe:

Easy Homemade Healthy Granola

If you choose to buy your granola instead, watch for any food allergens you may have.  Most of them contain gluten.

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
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Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
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Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Layer all ingredients in a glass
  2. Use whatever fruits you like! Use whatever proportions you prefer.
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Fred for 60 people

This was a recipe that the cooks used to make at our church camp.  They didn’t have a name for it, so when someone asked, they would say “Fred”.  Super easy and good!

Fred for 60 people
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Servings Prep Time
60 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
60 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Fred for 60 people
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Servings Prep Time
60 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
60 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Make graham cracker crust with graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press crust into bottom of large sheet cake pan. Bake at 325 for 10 minutes.
  2. Spread pudding over crust. Then top with whipped topping and sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Serve!
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Apple Crisp

This recipe originally came from an old Betty Crocker cookbook that I got for a shower gift when I got married.

Apple Crisp
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Apple Crisp
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Peel, core and slice apples to make about 5 cups. Place apples in 10x6x2" baking dish.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Pieces of butter should be the size of coarse crumbs. Sprinkle mixture over apples.
  3. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes, or until fruit tests done with a fork. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
Recipe Notes

Crock Pot Recipe:  Grease crock.  Put apples slices in crock pot.  Spread topping over apples.  Cook on high for 2-3 hours.

Peach Crisp:  Substitute 2 1/2 lb. peaches (about 10 medium) for the apples.

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Apple Crisp for 120 people

I am actually not sure about the baking time for this dish.  The original recipe made 6 servings and baked for 40 minutes.  I never wrote down what the cooking time was for the larger batch.  So just keep an eye on it and let me know if you make it how long it took.

Apple Crisp for 120 people
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Servings
120 servings
Cook Time
40-60 minutes
Servings
120 servings
Cook Time
40-60 minutes
Apple Crisp for 120 people
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Servings
120 servings
Cook Time
40-60 minutes
Servings
120 servings
Cook Time
40-60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Combine oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt in mixing bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly (should be the size of coarse crumbs).
  2. Peel apples. Half, core and slice fruit. Place in bottom of pans. Sprinkle oat topping over the fruit.
  3. Bake in 350 degree oven about 40-60 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.
Recipe Notes

Peach Crisp:  Substitute 2 1/2 lb. peaches (about 10 medium) for the apples.

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Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

These are super easy and chocolatey!  When I take them to get-togethers with other choices of cookies, these always go first!  This is a classic recipe with a lot of variations. But this is the way I make them.

Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
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Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
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Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: dozen
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar, cocoa, milk, butter and salt in large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and cover saucepan for 30 seconds to allow steam to wash sugar crystals down sides of pan. Meanwhile, line cookie sheets with wax paper.
  3. Stir mixture and bring to a boil that can't be stirred down for 1 minute.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.
  5. Add oats and stir to mix well.
  6. Drop by small cookie scoop onto wax paper. Refrigerate.
Recipe Notes

You can also pour this mixture into a 9" square pan that has been greased, let cool, then cut into squares.

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Basic Crepes

Crepes are so versatile!  They can be used for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert or a snack!  This is a very good basic recipe that is based on the recipe from www.chef-in-training.com.  I liked it better than the other recipes I tried, so I am sharing it here.

We had a Create Your Own Crepe bar for Mother’s Day.  My favorite was this crepe with a cheesecake filling, some sliced strawberries and some mini chocolate chips.  There are so many possibilities!  Other options we offered were puddings (chocolate, French vanilla, banana), Whipped topping, Chocolate Sauce (it hardened and we couldn’t get it out of the bottle easily!), Blackberry Jam, cinnamon mixed with powdered sugar, and powdered sugar by itself.  It turned out great!  We also made some chocolate crepes, but I preferred these to the chocolate ones!

The batter can be made up a day or two ahead of time, and/or the crepes can be made up ahead of time and put back on the griddle for just a few seconds per side to reheat.

Basic Crepes
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Servings Prep Time
24 crepes 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 crepes 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 30 minutes
Basic Crepes
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Servings Prep Time
24 crepes 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 crepes 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: crepes
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk flour and eggs. Slowly add milk and water stirring until smooth. Add salt and butter (and sugar if making dessert crepes) and continue whisking until smooth. (You can also just dump everything in a blender and blend until smooth.) Refrigerate in a covered container for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oiled pan to medium high temperature. Pour about 3-4 T. of batter into pan and tilt the pan to swirl in a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
  3. Cook crepe for about 1-2 minutes until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, and turn. Serve hot and fill or top however you desire.
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Molasses Crinkles

Molasses Crinkles
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Servings Prep Time
4 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-12 minutes 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-12 minutes 1 hour
Molasses Crinkles
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Servings Prep Time
4 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-12 minutes 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-12 minutes 1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: dozen
Instructions
  1. Mix butter, brown sugar, egg and molasses together thoroughly. Stir together remaining ingredients, then stir into butter mixture. Chill dough. Using small cookie scoop, roll into balls. Dip top in sugar. Place sugar side up on greased cookie sheet, 3" apart. Sprinkle each cookie with 2-3 drops of water. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes, until set, but not hard.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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Buster Bar Dessert

An easy, tasty ice cream dessert for a large crowd.  I’m not sure where this recipe came from.  I used to make it many years ago for church dinners.

Buster Bar Dessert
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Servings
150 servings
Servings
150 servings
Buster Bar Dessert
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Servings
150 servings
Servings
150 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Crush cookies, using food processor. Reserve 3 cups. Add melted butter to remaining cookie crumbs. Press in thin layers in bottom of pans with 2" sides or so.
  2. Soften ice cream and spread over cookie crust. Freeze.
  3. Add chocolate syrup and peanuts. Cover with Cool Whip. Sprinkle reserved cookie crumbs on top and freeze.
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