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CRESCENT CHERRY CHEESECAKE BARS

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This recipe for Crescent Cherry Cheesecake Bars is one you will make over and over again.  I love this recipe and you can change it in all kinds of ways.  Serve it for breakfast with coffee or as a dessert with any meal.  I honestly think I could eat this in some form or another every day and never tire of it. This is sort of like a cherry crisp but the crescent rolls give it a pie crust flavor. You are going to love this recipe!

1 (12 ounce) can Big and Buttery Crescent Rolls

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened (I soften my cream cheese in the microwave for about 40 seconds)

1/4 cup white granulated sugar

1 teaspoon almond extract (can use regular vanilla extract)

1 egg yolk

1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling

1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 stick butter or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup

1/2 cup walnut or pecan pieces

Glaze

1 to 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

3 to 4 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Spray a 9 x 13 cake pan with cooking spray.  Put the crescent rolls in the bottom of the pan pressing seams together. Using a mixer blend cream cheese, white sugar, almond extract and egg yolk.  Spread over the crescent rolls.  Spread the cherry pie filling on top of the cream cheese mixture.  Combine the oats and brown sugar and sprinkle on top of the pie filling. Add the nuts.   Cut the butter into small pieces on top of the oats and nuts. Bake in preheated 325 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool.  Make the glaze by combining powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract and mixing with a spoon.  You can add more milk if not thin enough or more sugar if too thin.  Drizzle over your cheesecake bars. See photos below.   Note:  You don’t have to add the glaze to this but I think it makes it better.  Makes about 12 servings. Keeps well in the refrigerator. Can be reheated or eat it cold. Enjoy!

Note:  You could make this with any kind of pie filling such as apple and add cinnamon to the oats and brown sugar.

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If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Cherry Cream Cheese Cobbler. 

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APPLE PIE MUFFINS

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These Apple Pie Muffins are just the thing to serve family and friends for breakfast with coffee or with milk as a snack anytime.  They are delicious and make a wonderful breakfast on the go.  Children and adults love these because they taste like apple pie but in a muffin!

1 (21 ounce) can apple pie filling (I use Duncan Hines Original Country Apple Pie Filling)

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup white granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

3 tablespoons butter, melted

2 eggs

1 cup nut pieces, Optional

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon.  Add the vanilla extract, buttermilk, melted butter and eggs.  Mix well with a spoon.  Spray a 12 cup muffin tin, add about 1/4 cup batter to each cup.  Drop about 1 tablespoon of the apple pie filling into the batter.  Sprinkle nuts on top.  Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven 25 to 30 minutes until brown on top.  Makes 18 muffins. Enjoy!

Note:  You can make these with about any kind of pie filling.  They keep well and easily reheat in the microwave. I refrigerate any leftover.  We love the filling “oozing” out of the muffins. You could add raisins along with the nuts and you could sprinkle a little brown sugar and cinnamon on top before baking.

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If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Zucchini Pineapple Muffins.

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SPICY APPLE UPSIDE DOWN CUPCAKES

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This recipe was kind of an experiment for me and it turned out really good.  These cupcakes are wonderful with coffee and your friends and family will love them. They could be served with ice cream on top for a great dessert, too.

Cupcakes

1 Duncan Hines Signature Spice Cake Mix (16.5 ounce)

3 eggs

1 cup milk

1 cup oil

1 apple, grated or shredded or 1 cup

1 cup raisins, Optional

Topping

1 stick butter or margarine, or 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons, melted

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 small apples

Nuts (I used pecans)

Melt your butter and brown sugar and cinnamon for the topping either on top of the stove or in the microwave.  I did mine in the microwave for about 1 minute.  Set aside. Mis together the cake mix, eggs, milk and oil with a mixer.  Fold in grated apple and raisins.  Spray your cupcake pan with cooking spray. (I used a large six cup pan. You can try this in the 12 cup if you want) Put 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar and butter mixture in the bottom of each cup.  Add about a tablespoon of chopped nuts and a couple slices of peeled apple.  Fill the cup about half full with the cupcake mixture. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes checking for doneness as ovens vary. (If using 12 cup pan your time will be approximately 20-25 minutes) Remove from oven and let cool about 10 minutes. Remove by running a knife around the sides and lifting out of the pan. If some of the topping stays in the pan just put on top of the cupcakes. Makes 15 large cupcakes or should make about 25 small ones. Enjoy!

Note:  I tried putting the nuts in the pan first and then the apple slices.  Then, I tried putting the apple slices in first and then the nuts. You can look at my photo and you will see 3 of each. I thought they looked much better if you put the nuts in first.  It was fun experimenting with these.  I made some with raisins and some without.

Don’t forget to check out these recipes:

Raisin Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting
Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes
Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Roasted Beets and Sauteed Beet Greens

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This easy beet recipe is like 2 meals in one. You first have the roasted beets and then the delicious sauteed beet greens. I have always enjoyed beets they are a very versatile vegetable from a topping on a salad or a great side dish. This recipe was enough for 2 people, you may double it if need be.

 3 large beets with greens

3 tbsp of Olive Oil

1/2 tsp of garlic powder

1/2 a red onion

1 tsp of honey

chopped nuts (I used pecans)

cooked bacon slices or bacon bits

Cut tops off of beets and thoroughly wash beets, set greens aside. Arrange beets in a glass dish, then coat with olive oil and sprinkle garlic powder over them. Bake beets in a preheated 350 degree oven until you can easily slice beets with a knife. Some will take longer depending on oven, but for 3 large beets it took about an hour. Once beets are done, remove from oven and you will need to remove the skin from the beets. The beets will definitely stain your hands so either wear gloves or be ready for red fingers. While the beets cool, add 2 tbsp of olive oil to a pan, and 1/2 a red onion (you can add more if you love onion). Chop greens down to 2-3 inch pieces and add to pan to cook with onion and olive oil. Once all mixed add in 1 tsp of honey, cover and let cook on medium heat until nice and tender. I put it all together in a bowl and topped with pecans and bacon. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out these recipes:

Fresh Mustard and Turnip Greens

Orange Beet Casserole

Baked Chicken with Peaches

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