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Halloween Candy Blondies

Heaps of Halloween candy after tonight?  Don’t just throw it in the freezer or stash it on the highest pantry shelf and slowly dole it out.  Or (gasp!) throw it in the trash when the kids aren’t looking.  Bake with it!  We’ve got two different takes on a blondie: one for fruity candy and one for chocolate/caramel candy.

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Vanilla Bourbon Pear Butter Truffles

Vanilla Bourbon Pear Butter was featured as the October bonus recipe this year.  When I am recipe testing, I often have multiple batches of whatever I’m working on crowding my fridge and counter space.  I started to think of other ways to use the pear butter besides the obvious toast, pancake, waffle, charcuterie platter, etc.  I scooped out the middle of cupcakes and filled it with a little pear butter (yum!), used it as a filling for hand pies, and then started to think of making truffles with it after Ashley and I decided to have December’s posts be about homemade gifts.  I have loved this pear butter every which way I have used it, and while this truffle recipe is time consuming, it is not difficult and makes a unique and lovely gift to share during the holidays.

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