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Some have asked for the dessert recipes that I made in Alaska.  So, in case you didn't have a chance to copy them down in Alaska, or for those of you reading who don't know what I am talking about, here are some tasty treats to try one day. 

Cherry Delight
1 pkg. graham crackers
1 stick butter or margarine (melted)
1 pkg. cream cheese (8 oz.) (room temp. is best or heat in microwave for a few seconds to soften)
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Cool Whip (8 oz.)
1 can cherry pie filling (20 oz or the next size if you prefer)

Crush graham crackers to make crumbs.  Melt butter and pour on crumbs.  Mix.  Spread mixture into a 9 x 13 pan.  Combine softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla.  Mix in Cool Whip.  Spread this mixture on top of crust.  Spread cherry pie filling on top of cream cheeese filling.  (Can add nuts to cream cheese mixture if you like).  Keep refrigerated.

Peach Cobbler
preheat oven to 350°
1 stick butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup milk
sliced peaches (fresh or canned)  (no set amount...just make it yummy!)

Melt butter in 9x13 pan in oven.  Meanwhile, mix flour, sugar, and baking powder together.  Add milk and stir.  Take pan out of oven when butter is melted and pour batter over melted butter - DO NOT STIR.  Place fruit and juice over batter.  Sprinkle a little extra sugar on top.  Bake around 30 minutes.  (Sometimes, I see that it's done but not browning on top, so I turn on the broiler on low and watch carefully until a nice light brown color appears.  Be careful, it only takes a couple of minutes.)

Coffee Cake
preheat oven to 375°
1/2 cup shortening  (or stick butter, softened)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour milk (1 cup milk + 1 Tblsp. vinegar: let set a few minutes)
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tblsp. cinnamon
Combine all three ingredients and set aside.

Combine flour, salt, soda, and powder into a bowl and set aside.  Cream shortening (or butter) and sugar.  Add eggs and mix.  Alternately mix in milk and dry ingredients.  Pour half the batter into a greased 9x13 cake pan.  Sprinkle half the topping onto the batter.  Cover with remaining half of batter.  Top with remaining topping mixture.  Bake for approximately 25 minutes.
(The one I made in Eagle River was made with stick butter...I will probably always use butter from now on).

Puppy Chow Snack Mix
12 oz. box Crispix cereal (or Chex cereal of your choice)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup peanut butter
12 oz. chocolate chips (semisweet or milk chocolate)
2-3 cups powdered sugar

Pour cereal into large mixing bowl and set aside.  Combine butter, peanut butter and chocolate chips into saucepan and melt over low heat until mixture is melted and smooth.  Pour melted mixture over the cereal and stir until cereal is well coated.  If you have one, pour powdered sugar into a paper sack and pour the coated cereal into it and shake until the powdered sugar is well distributed on cereal.  Otherwise, pour powdered sugar onto coated cereal in the mixing bowl and toss until well coated.  Cool cereal snack on wax paper or large baking sheets.  Store in tightly covered containers at room temperature.  Can be frozen.

Apple Crunch  
preheat oven to 375°
1 cup sugar
3 Tblsp. flour
5 cups apples (peeled and chunked)
1 cup flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup quick oats
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter or margarine

Combine sugar, 3 T. flour and apples and pour into greased 9 x 13 baking pan.  Mix together 1 cup flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, oats, brown sugar and butter and spread on top of apple mixture.  Bake approximately 35 minutes.



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