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Peanut Butter Cake

Ahhh! Peanut butter...good anyway, with anything, and anytime. Try it, you won't be sorry.


1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup plus 2 tbl sugar
3 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
peanut butter to taste-at least 1/2 cup. If using more, decrease shortening by an equal amount
3/4 cup crisco shortening
1 cup plus 2 tbl milk
1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla
3 eggs


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 pan
2. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together. Add graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter, shortening, milk, and vanilla.
3. Beat mixture on low until moistened, then beat on medium for 2 minutes.
4. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat for 1 minute.
5. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. When removed from oven, don't remove cake from pan. Frost while warm (frosting recipe follow).

Frosting Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
8 tbl butter
1/2 cup milk


1. Mix all frosting ingredients together in a saucepan. Heat and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute stirring constantly.
2. With a wooden spoon handle, poke a few holes in cake, then pour warm frosting over cake.

#12-16 servings

Lobster Mac & Cheese Bites

This dish is pleasantly unexpected. The two main ingredients are wonderful on their own, but put them together and it's heaven.


1 & 1/4 cup half n half
3 eggs
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1 tsp mustard powder
8 ounces cooked lobster meat, cut into 3/4" chunks (about 1 & 1/2 cups)
2 cups asiago cheese (8 ounces) shredded
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
4 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into 1/4 " cubes (1 cup)
1 pound mini penne pasta, cooked & drained


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line  13 x  9 pan with foil to overhang sides by 2 inches, coaat with non stick cooking spray.
2.Whisk together the half n half, eggs, Old Bay, & mustard powder. Stir in lobster, asiago cheese, 1 cup of the shredded cheddar, the cheddar cubes, & the pasta.Transfer to prepared pan & cover with foil.
3.Bake 25 minutes, then uncover, sprinkle with remaining shredded cheddar. Bake until melted for 5-10 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes, then cut into squares.

Pecan Candy

I can't remember where I found this recipe originally. I saw it somewhere, wrote it down, and kind of forgot about it. I ran across it, and decided to make it. Boy, is it easy and really great tasting.


1 (7oz) container homestyle fluffy white frosting mix
1/2 cup boiling water
1/3 cup light corn syrup
2 tsp vanilla
1 (16 oz) box powdered sugar
1  1/2 cup chopped pecans & toasted pecan halves


1. Place frosting, boiling water corn syrup, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Beat at low speed until mixed. Then beat mixture until stiff peaks form (4-5 minutes).
2. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low until all combined.
3. Stir in chopped pecans.
4. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto wax paper lined cookie sheets. Top each with one pecan half .
5. Lelt stand until firm on the bottom (about 8 hours).
6. Store in airtight container in layers of waxed paper.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pizza

Once again, 2 of my favorite things together in one dessert: chocolate and peanut butter. This is great for any party, and there won't be any left. I got this recipe at a baby shower, and I won't say how many slices I had : )


1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cu[ granulated sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup ( 6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 12 inch pizza pan.
2. In mixing bowl, combine shortening, peanut butter, and sugars. Then beat in eggs and vanilla.
3. Stir in flour and mix well...pat into the pizza pan. Bake 12 minutes. Sprinkle with marshmallows and chocolate ships. Return  to oven for an additional 4-6 minutes, or until lghtly browned.

**16-20 slices

Mocha Chocolate Shortbread

I love a good shortbread cookie with a cup of coffee...they dunk good.


1 & 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp instant coffee granules
2/3 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups (12 ounces) semi sweet chocolate morsels, divided


1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Combine first 3 ingredients in medium sized bowl, then add butter and vanilla. Beat with mixer unitl blended.
3. Stir in 1 cup of the chocolate morsels. Press the dough into an ungreased 9" square pan, then prick dough several  places with a fork.
4. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of chocolate morsels over top of hot shortbread and spread to cover.
5. Cut shortbread into 25 squares (about 1 & 3/4 "). Then cut each square into 2 triangles. Let cool 30 minutes in pan before removing.

***50 triangles

Pumpkin Sheet Cake

Everytime I find a recipe with pumpkin, I have got to try it. This cake recipe is great for a party. It's large enough to decorate creatively. The original recipe did not call for nuts, but I tried it with pecans and really like it.

Ingredients for cake (frosting recipe follows):

1 can (16 ounces) pumpkin
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Direction for cake:

1, Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan.
2. In mixing bpwl, beat pumpkin, sugar, and oil. Add eggs and mix well.
3. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; add to pumpkin mixture and beat until well blended.
4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes (do toothpick test). Remove and cool completely.

Ingedients for frosting:

1 pkg (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
5 tbl butter or margarine, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 and 3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 to 4 tsp milk
chopped nuts

Directions for frosting:

1. Beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in mixing bowl until smooth. Gradually add sugar and mix well.
2. Add milk until frosting reaches desired spreading consistency. Frost cake and sprinkle with nuts.

Fried Butter Balls

One of my favorite categories are appetizers. I sometimes prefer to do heavy appetizers (a lot)  to a sit down meal. People go crazy over this one and always request the recipe. It so simple to make.


2 sticks of butter
2 ounces of cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup all purpose flour
1 egg beaten
1 cup cup seasoned breadcrumbs
peanut oil for frying


1. Cream together the butter and cream cheese, and salt & pepper with mixer until smooth.
2. Using a 1 inch scoop, make balls of the butter mixture and arrange on waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Freeze until solid.
3. When butter balls solid, coat in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs, and then freeze again.
4.When ready to fry, heat oil in deep fryer to 350 degrees.
5. Fry balls for 10-15 seconds or till just golden brown. Drain on paper towels before serving.


Bohemian Bread Triangles

I got this recipe from my Mother. It was and still is a staple in her entertaininng recipes. Always popular, and never any leftovers.


1 can (8 oz) crescent rolls
2 (3 oz ea) pkg cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp worcestershire sauce
8 oz can sliced mushrooms, drained well
2 tbl grated parmesan cheese
2 tsp chopped fresh chives

1. Preheat ove to 350 degrees, lightly spray cookie sheet
2. Unroll dough into 1 long rectangle, firmly pressing perforations to seal. Press out dough to almost fill pan.
3. Combine the cream cheese and worcestershire sauce...mix well. Spread cream cheese mixture over dough.  Top with mushrooms. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and chives.
4.Bake for 12-14 minutes or till crust is golden brown. Cut into approximately 32 triangles.