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Mix It Up with Jenny - Tailgate Treats

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Blonde Brownies
Buckeye Candy

(Family Features) - Coolers and camp chairs and portable grills - it's time to cheer on the home team with a tailgate party. In my hometown, football fans love to hit the stadium early to cook out, enjoy each other's company and celebrate their love of the game.

Whether you're tailgating at a high school, college or pro game, here are a couple of tips to make your party a winner.

Share and Share Alike. Make it easy on everyone by making the tailgate party a potluck. Bring your own meat to grill, but take turns bringing side dishes, drinks, plates, cups and utensils, and desserts. This lowers the cost for everyone and it's a great way to try some new foods.

Sweet and Simple. When it's my turn to bring the desserts, I like keeping things simple. These Blonde Brownies are a terrific blend of that caramely/butterscotchy flavor you get from brown sugar, and yummy chocolate morsels. And they're a snap to make! For peanut butter and chocolate fans, Buckeye Candy is a sweet solution. This recipe makes about 6 dozen candies, so there should be plenty to go around.

Keep the tailgating team cheering with more easy, portable recipes that you can find at www.VeryBestBaking.com.

Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the Nestlé Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com.

Blonde Brownies

Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

Preparation
    1. PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan.
    2. COMBINE flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Spread into prepared pan.
    3. BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

Calories: 160g     Total Fat: 7g
Cholesterol: 30mg     Protein: 2g
Carbohydrates: 23g     Sodium: 100mg

Serves
Makes 3 dozen brownies

Buckeye Candy

Ingredients
  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter, (not all-natural)
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 3/4 cups (16-ounce box) powdered sugar
  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

Preparation
    1. LINE baking sheets with wax paper.
    2. BEAT peanut butter and butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in powdered sugar until mixture holds together and is moistened. Shape into 1-inch balls; place on prepared baking sheets. Freeze for 1 hour.
    3. MELT morsels and shortening in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted.
    4. DIP peanut butter centers into melted chocolate using a toothpick, leaving a small portion of the center uncovered. Shake off excess chocolate and scrape bottom of candy on side of bowl. Return to baking sheets; refrigerate until chocolate is set. Store in covered container in refrigerator. Keep chilled on the way to the game.

Calories: 200g     Total Fat: 12g
Cholesterol: 5mg     Protein: 4g
Carbohydrates: 21g     Sodium: 75mg

Serves
Makes 6 dozen candies

SOURCE: Nestlé


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