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Detail of Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Sugar Crusted Meltaways

This recipe is part of Linda Larsen's A Dessert Party article.

These cookies are so pretty and dainty, and the orange-sugar crust is a nice surprise.

1/4 cup sugar
Dash salt
3/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup orange juice
Additional sugar

Mix sugar, salt, butter, water and vanilla; beat well. Add flour, chocolate chips and nuts and mix well. Shape into 1" balls and place on cookie sheets. Bake 325 degrees 15-20 minutes or until set. Cookies should not brown much. Cool completely. Dip cooled cookies in orange juice and roll in sugar. Let dry so the juice and sugar form a crisp shell.

Makes 3 dozen cookies

Linda Larsen is a freelance Home Economist with a degree in Food Science from the University of Minnesota and a degree from St. Olaf College. She has been on the Pillsbury Bake-Off staff since 1987, and was in charge of Internet Recipe Search in 2000. Linda has developed recipes for Pillsbury and Malt-O-Meal, presented food to taste panels, held cooking seminars, and owned her own catering business "The Perfect Occasion". She loves to cook and entertain, write about food, talk about it, plan parties, read cookbooks and develop recipes. She has a cookbook collection of at least 1000 books and reads them as though they were novels.

Linda's first meal was a Mother's Day dinner from the Betty Crocker Children's cookbook, prepared when she was 11. Since then she has hosted wedding and baby showers, birthday parties, business dinners and cocktail parties, and wonderful simple meals for friends. Join her and learn simple and elegant ways to entertain your family and friends during the week.

Linda is also the Home and Décor host for Bella Online. Make sure to visit her excellent site for design tips, articles, links, and recommendations relating to home décor.

Linda can be reached at

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