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American Classics: Holiday Peppermint 'Crack'

This year, instead of buying tschotskes that my friends and family will have to dust until they end up in a yard sale or on eBay, I'm trying to make as made homemade gifts as I can. One of the first recipes that came to mind for holiday gift giving was my beloved Chocolate 'Crack'—it's easy, it's inexpensive, and it's absolutely impossible to pass up. But it's even better with a winter-appropriate peppermint spin. More

American Classics: Scotcheroos

Just before I started kindergarten, I accompanied my dad to a new student reception in the cafeteria of what would soon be my elementary school. What I remember most vividly about this introduction to primary education was the giant platter of Rice Krispies Treats. It wasn't until years later that I discovered that in addition to those gloriously buttery and marshmallowy bars, Kelloggs had gifted the world with another bar-like treat: the Scotcheroo. More

American Classics: Kitchen Sink Bars

With the oven-to-mouth time on this recipe clocking in at around 30 minutes, these quick and easy cookie bars enjoyed the height of their popularity in the 60s and 70s when convenience cooking first began to take hold. Variations abound, but the standard recipe typically includes a butter and graham cracker crumb crust, topped with sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and nuts. The sweetened condensed milk binds the bar together, bubbling up in the oven and lending a caramelized quality to the shredded coconut. More

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