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Baklava is a Mediterranean sweet treat recipe and different Baklava preparation processes are adopted in different countries like Lebanon, Greece, Albania, or Turkey. The following Baklava recipe is an authentic and very tasty Greek Baklava recipe.
Ingredients:
Chopped nuts (pistachios, almonds, walnuts, or a combination of the three) — 1 lb
Phyllo dough– 1 lb
Ground cinnamon– 1 teaspoon
Ground cloves– 1/3 teaspoon
Sugar– 1/3 cup
Melted butter– 1 cup

Syrup:

Water– 1 cup
Sugar– 1 cup
Lemon juice– 2 tablespoons
Honey– ½ cup
Instructions

Step 1– Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease lightly a 9×13 pan.
Step 2– Thaw the pre-made phyllo dough. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for how to thaw.
Step 3– Roll out the thawed dough and cut it in halves. Cover the dough with a slightly damp towel.
Step 4– Chop the nuts into even and small pieces and combine them with cloves, cinnamon, and sugar.
Step 5– Melt the butter in a separate bowl.
Step 6– Place one sheet of dough onto the pan. Brush melted butter over the sheet with a pastry brush.
Step 7– Place all of eight sheets one on top of another. Every time, make sure to brush or ‘paint’ the sheet with butter.
Step 8– Spread a layer of the chopped nut mixture and cover it with 2 more phyllo dough sheets. Continue this 1 nut mixture/2 dough sheets routine until the nut mixture is exhausted.
Step 9– Cut the layers into 24 equal squares. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the edges become crisp and the layers take a golden brown color.

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– 2 eggs
– 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
– 1 cup of softened butter, room temperature
– 1 cup of white sugar
– 1 cup of packed brown sugar
– 1 teaspoon of baking soda
– 1 teaspoon of baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon of salt
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
– 1/2 cup of peanut butter, creamy or crunchy

 

Classic Peanut Butter cookies are a favorite of many. They are perfect for holiday gatherings or any other occasion. The recipe is quick and easy to prepare.
Instructions:

Step 1- In a large bowl, combine baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour

Step 2- In a separate mixing bowl, combine white sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, and softened butter

Step 3- Beat in eggs and vanilla extract with the sugar and butter ingredients

Step 4- Slowly add in the flour mixture and combine well with a mixer

Step 5- Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least an hour

Step 6- Preheat oven to 370 degrees Fahrenheit

Step 7- Once the dough is chilled, make small balls using a teaspoon

Step 8- Place dough balls onto a greased cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes

Step 9- Allow to cool on a wire rack

Cheesecakes are among the tasty treats that many people look for in most occasions. They look classy and at the same time they taste incredibly creamy which is why most people think they are complicated to make. If you have always thought that making cakes is impossible for you, now is the chance to impress your friends and loved ones with an easy but delicious cheesecake recipe.

Directions:

Step 1- Make a crust by mixing cinnamon, 6 tablespoons butter, walnuts and Graham crackers in bowl and press in a spring form pan
Step 2- Chill crust and prepare filling
Step 3- Melt white chocolate together with unsalted butter
Step 4- In a separate bowl, mix cream cheese, whipped cream and sugar until smooth then pour vanilla extract
Step 5- Mix melted chocolate with cream cheese mixture and gently fold in fresh raspberries
Step 6- Pour mixture into the crust and spread evenly
Step 7- Chill overnight and serve the next day or two

This White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake recipe takes at least a day to prepare and serves about 3 people.

Shortcakes are among the classic favorites in every occasion. On the other hand, most desserts that can be bought in the market are not as tasty as they should be because they are not fresh anymore. It can be a good idea to make some newly baked cookies for a change such as Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints as they are delicious but very easy to prepare.

Instructions:

Step 1- Beat sugar, ½ teaspoon almond extract and butter in a bowl until foamy
Step 2- Gradually add flour to mixture until bubbles disappear
Step 3- Preheat oven to a temperature of 350 Degrees Fahrenheit
Step 4- Roll dough into 1 inch balls using a cookie scoop and place them on cookie sheet
Step 5- Make a crater at the middle of each cookie using a small cap or your thumb
Step 6- Fill each crater with ¼ teaspoon of raspberry jam
Step 7- Bake cookies approximately 15 minutes or until the cookies are slightly brown
Step 8- Cool cookies for a minute then remove from the rack
Step 9- Drizzle milk and almond extract and then sprinkle confectioner’s sugar on top of the cookies

This recipe makes about 36 pieces and takes approximately 1 hour to prepare.

Peanut butter cookies taste divine, but when it comes to the task of making them, it becomes a messy affair due to the inclusion of flour. This flourless peanut butter cookies recipe is perfect for those who would like to do away with the flour and still maintain the tenderness in the cookie texture. These cookies go great with milk thanks to their savory and unique taste.

Here’s how you can make your own flourless peanut butter cookies:
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Step 2: Take an egg in a bowl and beat it
Step 3: Put in a cup of peanut butter and a cup of sugar and mix well.
Step 4: Now add in the egg and a teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional) and mix once again
Step 5: Use a tablespoon to scoop out dollops of this cookie mixture and place them on top of a cookie sheet on a baking tray
Step 6: Use a fork to gently squash the cookie dollops in order to create a flatter disc
Step 7: Allow the cookies to bake for eight minutes in the oven
Step 8: Take the cookies out of the oven and allow it to cool down before serving

The Autumn Cheesecake is something that one can rustle up during the fall season. It is simple to make and very delicious.

The directions are as follows:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Step 2: In a bowl, mix together a cup of graham cracker crumbs, half a cup of finely chopped pecans, three tablespoons of sugar, ¼ cup of unsalted melted butter and half a teaspoon of cinnamon
Step 3: Press the mixture into the bottom of a springform pan (9 inches in diameter)
Step 4: Bake the mixture in the preheated oven for a duration of ten minutes
Step 5: Take a separate bowl and mix together 8 ounces of softened cream cheese and half a cup of sugar. Mix them well at a medium pace until a smooth texture is achieved.
Step 6: Beat in two eggs one by one into the cream cheese and sugar mixture
Step 7: Add into half a teaspoon of vanilla extract into the mixture
Step 8: Pour the mixture on top of the baked crust
Step 9: Take four peeled, cored and thinly sliced apples and toss it around with half a teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/3 cup of sugar
Step 10: Lay the tossed and seasoned apples on top of the cream cheese layer and sprinkle ¼ cup of chopped pecans on top
Step 11: Bake for an hour in the preheated oven

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Caramel popcorn is a yummy snack to munch on whether you are watching a movie or at a party. It is perfect for people who are gluten or egg intolerant.

The step-by-step recipe for caramel popcorn is:

Step 1: Add butter or oil to a large bottomed pan with lid or a pressure cooker
Step 2: Pour in the desired amount of raw popcorn
Step 3: Place the pan or pressure cooker on medium flame
Step 4: Cover the lid leaving a small gap facing away from you for the hot steam to escape
Step 5: Shake gently and continuously as the popcorn starts popping
Step 6: Turn the heat off when the popping dies down and place the popped popcorn in a large bowl
Step 7: Preheat the oven to 95 degrees Celsius or 250 degrees Fahrenheit
Step 8: Put in a cup of melted butter, 2 cups of brown sugar, half cup of corn syrup and a teaspoon of salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil while stirring continuously
Step 9: Once it starts boiling, allow it to boil for four minutes without stirring
Step 10: Remove the caramel sauce from heat and stir in a teaspoon of vanilla extract
Step 11: Pour in the caramel mixture in a thin stream on top of the popcorn and coat evenly
Step 12: Place the coated popcorn in a shallow dish and bake in the oven for an hour while stirring it every fifteen minutes.
Step 13: Remove from oven and serve when cooled

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Makes: 90 cookies
If you are trying to make peanut butter cup cookies but you do not have a recipe, this should help. This is a simple recipe with easy to understand instructions. You just need to get all the ingredients right and follow the instructions. If you do that, you will be enjoying your cookies in no time.
Directions
Step 1- get a large bowl and cream the butter in it.
Step 2- add the peanut butter and sugar until it becomes fluffy.
Step 3- beat the eggs in and add vanilla extract.
Step 4- combine salt, flour and baking soda in another bowl.
Step 5- gradually add this to the mixture and then mix it up.
Step 6- stir in the chocolate chips and the peanut butter cups.
Step 7- drop rounded tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto ungreased baking sheets.
Step 8- bake them at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.
Step 9- let them cool and serve.

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Zucchini brownies are the perfect way to get some vegetables into the veggie resistant members of your family. You can also put those rampant zucchinis to good use this way.

Step 1- Bring the oven up to 350°.
Step 2- Spritz a 9×13 pan with oil or rub with butter.
Step 3- Mix sugar, oil and flour in a large mixing bowl until it takes on a sandy texture.
Step 4- Gradually add in zucchini, vanilla and cocoa as you beat the mixture on low. Add the salt and baking powder and blend well.
Step 5- Spread the chocolate batter in the greased pan. Drop spoonfuls of softened cream cheese on top and use a wooden spoon to swirl it into the brownie mixture.
Step 6- Bake brownies for 30 minutes, testing for doneness with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, the brownies are done.
Step 7- Allow the brownies to cool considerably before putting into the refrigerator. Chill the dessert for at least an hour before serving.
Note: You may also try adding a cup of chocolate chips to the batter for extra richness.