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Celebrate America's Birthday In A Sweet Way

Judy’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups crushed pretzels
  • 4 ½ tablespoons white sugar
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (6 ounce) package strawberry flavored Jell-O
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen strawberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Mix together the pretzels, 4 1/2 tablespoons sugar and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread evenly over the cooled crust. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the gelatin mix and boiling water. Mix in frozen strawberries, and stir until thawed. Pour over cream cheese mixture in pan. Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 1 hour.

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Hot Fudge Ice Cream Bar Dessert

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 ounce) can chocolate syrup
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 19 ice cream sandwiches
  • 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 cup salted peanuts

Directions:

  1. Pour the chocolate syrup into a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave until hot, about 2 minutes on high, stopping every 30 seconds. Do not allow to boil.
  2. Stir peanut butter into hot chocolate until smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. Line the bottom of a 9x13-inch dish with a layer of ice cream sandwiches.
  4. Spread half the whipped topping over the sandwiches.
  5. Spoon half the chocolate mixture over that.
  6. Top with half the peanuts. Repeat layers.
  7. Freeze until firm, at least 1 hour. Cut into squares to serve.

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Apple Hand Pies

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound prepared pie dough, cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 large green apples, peeled and cored 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon water, or more if needed (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or as needed-divided

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  2. Cut peeled and cored apples into quarters, cut each quarter into 3 wedges, and cut wedges into chunks.
  3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; let butter brown to a light golden color and until butter smells toasted, about 1 minute. Stir apples into hot butter; sprinkle with salt, white sugar, and brown sugar. Cook and stir apple mixture until apples are softened, about 5 minutes. Mix in cinnamon and water; continue cooking until apples are soft and sticky, 1 to 2 more minutes. Spread apple filling onto a plate to cool.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  5. Form a dough piece into a ball, place on a floured work surface, and roll into a circle about 8 inches in diameter. Spoon 1/3 to 1/2 cup apple filling in the center. Fold dough over filling, leaving about 1 inch of dough on the bottom side visible below the top side. Gently press dough closed around filling, using your fingertips.
  6. Fold the overhanging bottom part of the dough up over the top edge, working your way around the crust, and pinch the overhang tightly to the top part of the crust.
  7. Crimp the edge tightly closed, pinching a little bit of dough with the thumb and forefinger of one hand and using your index finger on the other hand to push a small notch into the pinched dough. Continue pinching and notching all the way around until the crust is tightly crimped together. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Transfer pies onto prepared baking sheet.
  8. Whisk egg with milk in a small bowl until thoroughly combined. Brush top of each hand pie with egg mixture and sprinkle with about 1/4 teaspoon white sugar. Cut 3 small vent holes in the top of each pie.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven until pies are golden brown and filling is bubbling, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

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