Almond Crusted Cherry Pie

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I do not know about you, but I love dessert before dinner. For Easter this year I decided to make a cherry pie for my mom and when I brought it over, we could not wait until after dinner to eat some. We dove right in! I was going to do a traditional pie crust but I wanted to mix it up a bit. My mom loves anything almond, so I decided to incorporate ground almonds into the pie crust. It turned out buttery and flake and nutty. Perfect combination!

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Banana Nut Cake Bars

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If there is one dessert I really enjoy, it would be a soft banana cake. The only problem I always encounter is having to either wait patiently for those darn bananas to ripen or having to keep myself from eating the bananas I am trying to save for banana bread. Luckily I had some ripe bananas and could not pass up the chance of some banana nut cake bars. My recipe makes for a 9 x 13 pan but if you cut the recipe in half you could make a 9 x 9. You will just have to adjust the temperature.

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Broccoli Cheese Bites

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When I was visiting my grandma a while back, I did some cooking for her and her kitchen is quite little so I had to adjust to my surroundings. This recipe was super simple and quick to make. I could see this being a great recipe for kids to even help with. You can use whatever type of cheese in this recipe. I used mild cheddar but I bet pepper jack would be really good if you like a bit of spicy.

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Dijon Dill Potato Salad

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When someone says potato salad I automatically think of mayonnaise. I am not a big fan of mayonnaise. I normally try to exclude it from any of my recipes. Everyone at my work thinks it is crazy how good my Chicken Salad is and I have never even tried it. I used my dad as a taste tester. It had mayonnaise!! So of course I decided to make my own Potato Salad minus mayonnaise. I am a huge fan of dijon mustard so I used that as my substitute. It came out very delish! Read the rest of this entry

Banana Cookies

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I have made banana bread and banana muffins but I have never made banana cookies. I had some VERY ripe bananas and figures lets see what happens. They turned out better than I thought. As you can see I added chocolate chips and peanut butter chips to my dough. It made it taste delish. You can add nuts if you want or just leave out any extras and just have simple banana cookies. These cookies are not like your normal cookie. They are more of a cake cookie.

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Caramel Delight Bars

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One of my favorite girl scout cookies would be the Caramel Delight cookies. I love coconut and I love caramel. I decided why not try a bar! Let me tell you, if you are looking for a rich bar, then this is one for you. You have the crunch from the shortbread, the softness of the brownie, and the chewiness of the caramel coconut. It is everything one would want in a bar.

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Chocolate Sheet (Pan) Cake

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I was not sure if I wanted to call this sheet cake because I did not really make it on a baking sheet. I baked it in a 13 x 9 pan and it still came out very delicious, just a bit thicker than your normal Texas sheet cake. My secret ingredient in this cake is the cinnamon. When my mom took the first bite, it took her a minute to figure out what it was. That is the fun with working with spices. Sometimes it is a guessing game. 🙂

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