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Snowball Cookies

1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar, powdered -sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour -sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions: Cream butter in a large bowl. Then, add sugar - cream until light. Add vanilla and stir. Sift flour and salt and add to mixture. Add nuts and stir. Shape into "snowballs." Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes in a 350° oven.

Makes 36 snowballs


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Microwave Peanut Brittle


1 c Raw peanuts
1 c Sugar
1/2 c White corn syrup
1/8 ts Salt
1 ts Butter
1 ts Vanilla
1 ts Baking soda

Directions: Stir together peanuts, sugar, syrup, salt. Cook 4 minutes on high. Stirring well, cook another 4 minutes. Add butter and vanilla to peanut mixture stirring to blend. Return and cook 2 minutes. Add baking soda and gently stir till foamy. Pour onto aluminum foil. Let cool, break into pieces and store air tight container.

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peanut butter balls

½ cup and 2 tbsp. butter
2 cup chunky peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cup powdered sugar
3 cup Rice Krispies
18 oz. Chocolate chips
¼ bar paraffin

Directions: Melt butter and peanut butter together. Mix in sugar and vanilla. Stir in Rice Krispies, using your hands, and form the mixture into balls. Melt the chocolate and paraffin in a double boiler. Dip the balls in the chocolate-paraffin mixture. Place them on a cookie sheet, which has been covered with waxed paper. Pop into freezer for 5 minutes to set. Note: If mixture is too dry, add a little water, 1 teaspoon at a time. If mixture is too wet, put in refrigerator before forming into balls.



Rockyroad Microwave Fudge

1 1/2 Cups sugar
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 5-ounce can evaporated milk
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 10 to 12-ounce can mixed nuts

Directions: In 2-quart glass measure, cook sugar, 1 cup marshmallows, milk, and margarine on High for four and a half to six and a half minutes until melted, stirring once during cooking. Stir; cook for another one and a half minutes. Stir in chocolate and vanilla until smooth. Fold in nuts and remaining marshmallows. Spread in foil-lined 8" by 8" baking pan.

Refrigerate until firm. Cut into 24 pieces.

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Applesauce Cookies

1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup applesauce
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins

Directions: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. In a medium bowl, cream together the brown sugar and shortening until smooth. Stir in the egg, and then the applesauce until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves; stir into the applesauce mixture. Mix in walnuts and raisins. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until the edges start to brown. Cool on cookie sheets for a few minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.



Best Ever Sugar Cookies

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

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