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Easy Chocolate Chip Cake

This has to be one of the easiest cakes I’ve ever made! Just 4 ingredients, and it’s a snap to put together. No frosting needed, either!

1 Chocolate Pudding Mix (Small Box)
1 1/2 cups Milk
1 Chocolate Cake Mix (I used Devil’s Food Cake Mix)
1 1/2 cups Chocolate Chips (I used Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 cake pan with no-stick spray.

Combine chocolate pudding mix and milk in a mixing bowl. Using a mixer, beat until smooth. Add dry cake mix, and beat until well-combined. This mixture will be very thick.

Pour into prepared cake pan, and spread evenly. Scatter the chocolate chips over the top. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.  Cool (if you can wait that long) and cut into squares.

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Cheeseburger Bites

1 egg yolk, beaten
1/2 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons grated onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
6 slices bread
24 cubes Cheddar cheese (1/2-inch cubes)

In a bowl, combine egg yolk, ground beef, onion, salt and pepper. Shape mixture by teaspoonfuls into 24 balls. Remove crusts from bread; roll flat and cut into 1-1/2-in. rounds. Place meatballs on bread rounds; make a depression in each ball and fill with a cube of cheese, making sure bread is covered with meat mixture. Place on a baking sheet. Broil in preheated oven about 6 in. from heat for 3-5 minutes or until no pink remains. Garnish with ketchup, mustard, sliced green onions or sliced dill pickles if desired. Yield: 2 dozen.

Berry Pie

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash salt
1/3 cup water
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh strawberries, halved (or sliced, if large)
1 cup fresh raspberries
3/4 cup fresh blackberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter
Pastry for a double-crust pie (9 inches)

Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom crust; trim pastry even with edge.

In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon desired, salt and water; stir until smooth. Add the blueberries and bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Set aside to cool slightly.

Gently fold the strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and lemon juice into the blueberry mixture. Pour into pastry; dot with butter. Roll out remaining pastry; make a lattice crust. Trim, seal and flute edges.

Bake pie at 400° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake for 45-50 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 8 servings.

Peach Bread Pudding

9 leftover dinner rolls
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
21 ounce can peach pie filling

Cut rolls into 1/2 inch cubes. Place cubes in a sprayed 8-inch square baking pan.

In a bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, almond extract and 1 cup peach pie filling. Mix well. Pour over roll cubes. Press down with a spoon to make sure all of the roll cubes are covered with egg mixture; let soak for 30 minutes. Bake at 350°F 30-40 minutes.

Heat remaining pie filling and serve over warm pudding.

Southwestern Chicken Garden Casserole

10-oz. package frozen spinach, thawed
3 small yellow summer squash, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 Tbs. peanut oil
3 cups cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
12 small corn tortillas, cut into pieces
10 3/4-oz. can cream of celery soup, undiluted
8-oz. container sour cream
8-oz. jar picante sauce
4.5-oz. can chopped green chiles (do not drain)
one packet of fajita seasoning
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain chopped spinach and pat dry with paper towels. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté squash, bell pepper, and onion for 6 minutes or until tender, then remove from heat. Stir in spinach, chicken, next 6 ingredients, and 1 1/2 cups cheese. Transfer to a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, then bake for 5 more minutes.

Mexican Chicken & Potato Casserole

1 32-oz. pkg. frozen diced hash browns, thawed
1/2 med. onion, chopped
1 4-oz. can chopped green chilies, drained
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup red bell peppers, diced
1 16-oz. container sour cream
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
1 cups heavy whipping cream
8 oz. Mexican Style Velveeta Cheese, cubed
2 cups shredded Mexican Blend Cheese or shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cups tortilla chips, crushed
2 green onions, diced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

Place the potatoes in a large bowl. Stir in the onions, chilies, jalapeno, corn, beans, red peppers, sour cream, and soup. Add the chicken, cream, and cheeses; combine well. Transfer mixture to the baking dish.

Bake about 50-55 minutes or until potatoes are tender and mixture is hot and bubbly, stirring twice while baking. During the last 6-10 minutes of baking, sprinkle the crushed tortillas and green onions over potatoes and return to the oven. Remove casserole and let set 5-10 minutes before serving.

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bars

1 package (18-1/4 ounces) Devil’s Food cake mix
1/3 cup canola oil
1 egg

FILLING:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, oil and egg. Set aside 1 cup for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until set.

For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg; beat well. Spread over crust. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and reserved crumb mixture.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.

Meatball Glazes and Sauces

These are great glazes to add to your appetizer meatballs. Most are simply heated in a sauce pan, then stirred into your favorite meatballs. Bake or keep them warm in a crockpot.

Most Popular Meatball Sauce
1 bottle (14 ounces) ketchup
1 jar (12 ounces) grape jelly
1 medium onion, finely chopped
Combine all ingredients in saucepan and cook 3 or 4 minutes until jelly is dissolved. Pour over meatballs in a crockpot and stir to coat.

Apricot Meatball Sauce

1/2 cup apricot preserves
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
Heat both ingredients in a small saucepan and pour over meatballs. Stir to coat.

Barbecued Meatball Sauce

1 cup ketchup
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon Liquid Smoke, optional
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Combine all ingreadients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for two minutes, stirring often. Pour over meatballs.

Barbecued Meatball Sauce II

2 cups ketchup
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Combine all ingredients and pour over meatballs in a crockpot.

Cranberry Sauce for Meatballs

1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
Heat both ingredients together in a small saucepan. Pour over meatballs.

Creamy Garlic Sauce for Meatballs

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
3-1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
In a large saucepan, combine flour and soups. Stir in the water and seasonings until blended. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add your favorite meatballs; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until heated through. Transfer to crockpot to keep warm. This is also great as a main course, served over mashed potatoes or rice.

Meatball Glaze

1 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup sweet-and-sour sauce
Heat all ingredients through, then pour over meatballs.

Meatball Sauce

3/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Combine all ingredients and heat in small saucepan. Pour over meatballs.

Microwave Meatball Sauce

1 can (8 ounces) Hunt’s® Tomato Sauce
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the tomato sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice and garlic salt. Cook, uncovered, on high for 30-60 seconds or until sugar is dissolved, stirring every 15 seconds. Pour over meatballs.

No Fuss Meatball Sauce
1-1/3 cups ketchup
2 cups ginger ale
Combine both ingredients and add to meatballs.

Orange Marmalade Meatball Glaze

1 jar (12 ounces) orange marmalade
1/4 cup orange juice
3 green onions, chopped, divided
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (Optional)

In a small saucepan, heat the marmalade, orange juice, half of the green onions and the jalapeno. Pour over meatballs and stir gently to coat.

Polynesian Meatball Sauce

1 can (20 ounces) pineapple tidbits
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup packed brown sugar

Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set pineapple aside. Add enough water to juice to measure 1 cup. In a saucepan, combine the cornstarch, pineapple juice mixture, vinegar, soy sauce, lemon juice and brown sugar until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add sauce and reserved pineapple to meatballs in a crockpot. Keep warm until finished serving.

Sweet and Sour Meatball Sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup water
1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring until thickened. Add to meatballs.

More Ideas
Simply pour these ready-made condiments over your meatballs for wonderful saucy flavor:

  • Grape Jelly (heat in saucepan first)
  • Gravy
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Spaghetti Sauce

White Chocolate Chip Dessert

3 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 90 wafers)*
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 package (10 to 12 ounces) white chocolate chips**
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
Chocolate ice cream topping, optional

In a large bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, butter and brown sugar. Press onto the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 5-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.

In a microwave, melt white chips; stir until smooth. Cool.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Add melted chips; beat well. Fold in whipped topping.

Pour filling over crust. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. Drizzle with chocolate topping if desired. Yield: 15 servings.

*Graham cracker crumbs can be substituted
**White baking chocolate, chopped, can be substituted