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Make snowflake rice crispy treats with a layer of white chocolate by using a cookie cutter and Wilton candy melts.

As a take-away gift, fill an oversized mason jar with sparkled garland and fill it with cookies.

More Information on Desserts

Marshmallows by Williams Candy www.candytreats.com.

Mini Cupcakes by www.onegirlcookies.com.

HORN SYMPHONY (Lady Locks)
From the kitchen of Marcia Shertzer
(Makes about 70 cookies)

Cookie Ingredients:
2 – 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese
½ lb. margarine
½ lb. butter
4 c. flour

Preparation:

Mix all together, cover and refrigerate overnight. Work with small batches in cool place. Roll dough on powdered sugar. Cut into strips about 10 inches long by ¾ inch wide. Wrap around lady lock form (or round wooden clothes pin) making sure to overlap dough. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Pull off form while still warm. Cool cookies before filling.

Filling Ingredients:
4 c. powdered sugar
1 c. Crisco
4 Tbsp. butter
4 Tbsp. flour
6 Tbsp. half and half
2 egg whites
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Preparation:

Mix all together until smooth. You can substitute almond or orange extract for vanilla for a different taste.

ANGEL FOOD CAKE

Ingredients:
1½ cups egg whites (11 to 12 large eggs)
1½ cups (150 g) sifted confectioners sugar (sift before measuring)
1 cup (100 g) sifted cake flour (not self-rising; sift before measuring)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1½ teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Special equipment:
10-inch tube pan (about 4 inches deep) with a removable bottom

Preparation:

Let egg whites stand in bowl of a standing electric mixer (see cooks' note) at room temperature about 1 hour before making cake. (They should be about 60°F, slightly below room temperature.) Set oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 350°F. Sift together confectioner's sugar, flour, and salt onto a sheet of wax paper using a triple sifter or fine sieve. Beat whites in mixer until frothy. Add cream of tartar and beat at medium speed until they form soft peaks. Add granulated sugar gradually, beating, and continue beating just until whites are thickened and form soft, droopy peaks. Beat in vanilla.

Sprinkle one fourth of sifted dry ingredients over whites and fold in with a rubber spatula gently but thoroughly. Fold in remaining dry ingredients, one third at a time. Gently pour batter evenly into ungreased tube pan and bake until top is light golden, cake retracts a bit from pan and springs back when touched lightly, and a tester comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Invert pan onto neck of an empty wine bottle or a large metal funnel and cool cake completely.

To remove cake from pan, run tip of a long, narrow knife between outer edge of cake and pan. Tilt cake pan on its side and gently tap bottom edge against counter. Rotate pan, tapping and turning a few more times, until cake appears free. Cover pan with a metal rack or cardboard round and invert, tapping pan firmly to loosen cake. Lift pan from cake. (It should come out beautifully, like a pillow taken out of a slipcover.)

Once the cake is cooled cut into three layers with a serrated knife.

Angel Food Cake Frosting

Ingredients:
1 quart of heavy cream
¼ quarter cup of sugar
3 tbsp of vanilla
1 cup of your favorite preserves
Large bag of bakers sweetened coconut

Preparation:

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