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Time for another giveaway for a great Gooseberry Patch cookbook!
This giveaway is for ONE copy of the NEW Simple Shortcut Recipes generously donated by Gooseberry Patch. This cookbook is perfect if you don’t have loads of time to spend in the kitchen. The recipes are delicious, easy, and you probably have many of the ingredients in your pantry already. Giveaway rules will follow after the recipe!
For the next 10 days, look for a recipe every day from this cookbook!
I chose to make these cupcakes because I LOVE citrus. It’s one of my favorite ingredients to cook with. Everything always tastes so fresh and citrus can be found all year long so I don’t have to wait for a certain time of year to use it.
One of the things I liked about this particular recipe, is that you can use it for a dessert, for breakfast, or for an afternoon snack with a cup of tea. Plus I love Florida so anything that says Sunshine State is right up my alley!
Three of the four dogs got into them and enjoyed them as well!
Sunshine State Citrus Cupcakes
submitted by Bunny Palmertree of Carrollton, MS
1 pkg yellow cake mix
2 small boxes Instant Lemon Pudding ~ I used sugar-free
3/4 cup oil
1 cup orange juice
4 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Beat for one minute on low and then 3 minutes on high.
Fill paper lined muffin tins about 1/2 full.
Bake at 350º for 25 minutes or until golden.
While cupcakes are still warm, pierce with a fork.
Spoon glaze evenly over the top of all the cupcakes, using up all the glaze. It’s easier if you put wax paper under the cooking rack to catch all the drips.
1/3 cup orange juice
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and boil and stir for 2 minutes. Use immediately.
Makes 2 dozen.
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Peanuts covered in chocolate and butterscotch ~ what could be better? I found this recipe on Food.com posted by mollypie and it looked great so I decided to try it for Christmas gift giving. It is beyond EASY!!!! Now, I am NOT that big a fan of butterscotch ~ a little goes a long way as far as I am concerned but this recipe says it’s a two for one for the chocolate/butterscotch coating so I switched it up to 2 bags of chocolate chips to one bag of butterscotch instead of the other way around and it worked great. Of course you can make it whichever way you prefer.
1 (12 ounce) pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 (12 ounce) pkgs butterscotch chips
2 cups of salted peanuts with no skin
Melt the chocolate/butterscotch in a microwave safe bowl at 50% power for 30 seconds at a time until completely melted. You can also melt on the stovetop in a double boiler if you prefer.
Add peanuts to the melted chips and stir until all the peanuts are coated.
Drop by tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper and let cool until they harden up ~ they are not rock hard but firm and are soft to bite into.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Makes about 3 dozen clusters.
This recipe is so simple to make and can be used for an appetizer or it would make a great roll-up for lunch. It’s super easy to make and can be made a day ahead and left in the fridge until you are ready to eat them. I found the recipe in one of my community cookbooks.
Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups
1 (8 ounce) cream cheese, room temperature (I used light)
16 ounces sour cream (I used light)
1 (1 ounce) packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dip dry mix
1 pound deli ham sliced thin (I used Lite Virginia baked ham)
1 pkg flour tortillas (burrito size ~ you need 8 or so)
Mix the cream cheese, sour cream and dry ranch together in a bowl and mix until there are no big lumps of cream cheese.
Put a thin layer of cream cheese mixture on a tortilla, leaving about a 1/2 inch space around the entire tortilla. Fit some of the sliced ham on top (you can cut it to fit).
Roll up tightly and then place in a piece of saran wrap and roll up the saran wrap tightly around the rolled up tortilla.
Repeat until all ingredients are used.
To serve as an appetizer, take off the saran wrap, cut the unsightly ends off and throw away and then cup up the tortilla into about 1 inch pieces. For sandwiches, cut the ends off and then cut in half.
Makes 10-12 servings as an appetizer or 8 as sandwiches.