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Cheesecake Snacks

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These graham cracker, fruit and cream cheese snacks are healthy and easy to make for a great after-school snack. Get Anne Coleman's yummy recipe here.

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Gingerbread

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This gingerbread is big, soft, and comforting, like the down comforter of the cake world, and it fills your house with the spicy, delicious smell of holiday baking, even on a regular old school night. Try out this delicious recipe for your kids' lunches or dessert.

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Blueberry Bruschetta

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While bruschetta is most often served as a savory preparation, this blueberry and cream cheese version also makes a lovely and lighter dessert. Get Anne Coleman's refreshing, delicious recipe here.

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The Best Halloween Party Ever!

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Halloween is creeping upon us! Here are some ideas to help make this year's Halloween bash the best yet!

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Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcakes with Peanut Buttercream Frosting

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These delicious peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes are the perfect kid dessert or snack, and they'll love helping make them. Get Cat Cora's terrific recipe here.

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Pineapple-Raspberry Parfaits

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You won't mind serving dessert on a busy weeknight after assembling these quick parfaits.

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Crunchy Pear & Celery Salad

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Bartlett or Anjou pears are used in this salad for their crisp texture. The nut and cheese combination sets the tone of the dish—white Cheddar and pecans is decidedly American.

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Peanut Butter & Strawberry Bars

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The flavors of peanut butter and jelly with fresh strawberries makes these bars a favorite snack. The kids love helping with stirring and pressing the base into the pan and slicing strawberries with plastic knives. These are also good with a little chocolate drizzled over the top for extra flavor.

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Shortbread

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Shortbread makes a great holiday gift. This recipe puts a twist on the classic baked treat by adding lemon and rosemary, but it's excellent even without them.

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Cherry-Pumpkin Seed Chocolate Bark

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This is the grown-up variation of chocolate bark: sweet, tart, spicy, salty, and profoundly addictive. It's lots of fun to make, with plenty of lovely little jobs for kids to do. Add festive wrapping, and you've got a great holiday gift.

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