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Lemon-Ginger Crunch Bars

Ingredients

Nonstick aluminum foil
3 lemons, for zest/juice
8 oz gingersnap cookies
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

Steps

  1. Line 9-inch square baking dish with foil. Zest lemons (1 teaspoon); squeeze for juice (1/3 cup). Place cookies in food processor bowl; process until fine crumbs (about 2 cups).
  2. Melt butter. Combine cookies and butter (reserve 1 tablespoon mixture). Press cookie mixture firmly into bottom of baking dish and chill crust until ready for use.
  3. Place cream in medium bowl and beat with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently stir (fold) in lemon zest, juice, and condensed milk until combined.
  4. Spread cream mixture evenly on top of crust; sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs. Chill 1 hour (or until set). Cut into squares and serve. (Makes 9 servings.)

Chocolate Torte with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream

Ingredients

1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1 (16-oz) Bakery flourless chocolate torte

Steps

  1. Place cream, sugar, and peanut butter in large mixing bowl; beat with electric mixer until combined and stiff peaks form.
  2. Slice torte. Serve torte topped evenly with peanut butter whipped cream.

Apple Kuchen Squares

Ingredients

... For the crust
1 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3–4 tablespoons ice-cold water
Nonstick aluminum foil

... For the filling
6 large Golden Delicious apples, peeled and cored
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

... For the topping
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
Vanilla ice cream (optional)

Steps

  1. Prepare the crust. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut butter into small cubes. Place butter, flour, and salt in food processor bowl; pulse 8–10 times or until crumbly. Drizzle in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing until dough begins to form a ball and pull away from the sides.
  2. Line 13- x 9-inch baking dish with foil. Place dough in center of dish, then spread dough evenly over bottom of dish all the way to the edges. Bake 20 minutes.
  3. Prepare the filling. Peel and core apples, then slice thinly (about 6–8 cups). Combine apples, sugar, and cinnamon; set aside.
  4. Prepare the topping. Cut butter into small cubes. Place flour, sugar, and butter in food processor bowl; pulse 8–10 times or until crumbly.
  5. Prepare kuchen. Spread filling evenly on top of crust, then sprinkle evenly with topping. Bake 60–70 minutes or until apples are tender and topping has browned. Let stand 1 hour to cool before cutting into squares. Serve warm with ice cream, if desired. (Makes about 12 servings.)

Aprons Advice

  • Complete your dessert buffet with a cookie platter and assorted beverages.
  • It is important to add the water 1 tablespoon at a time when forming the kuchen dough because you may not need the full amount.

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Lemon-Ginger Crunch Bars

CALORIES (per 1/9 recipe) 360kcal; FAT 25.00g; SAT FAT 14.00g; TRANS FAT 1.00g; CHOL 65mg; SODIUM 115mg; CARB 30g; FIBER 0.00g; SUGARS 18g; PROTEIN 3g; CALC 6%; VIT A 0%; VIT C 0%; IRON 6%

Chocolate Torte with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream

CALORIES (per 1/8 recipe) 360kcal; FAT 28.00g; SAT FAT 17.00g; TRANS FAT 0.00g; CHOL 100mg; SODIUM 40mg; CARB 24g; FIBER 0.00g; SUGARS 21g; PROTEIN 5g; CALC 2%; VIT A 0%; VIT C 0%; IRON 10%

Apple Kuchen Squares

CALORIES (per 1/12 recipe) 510kcal; FAT 24.00g; SAT FAT 14.00g; TRANS FAT 1.00g; CHOL 60mg; SODIUM 45mg; CARB 72g; FIBER 4.00g; SUGARS 44g; PROTEIN 4g; CALC 2%; VIT A 0%; VIT C 0%; IRON 10%

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