Nutty Recipes For You

From Your Independent Watkins Consultant

Easy Cranberry Pecan Cookies

1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened
1 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cup white baking chips
2/3 cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon
Watkins Vanilla Extract

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine cookie dough, pecans, chips, cranberries and vanilla. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Store in an airtight container.

Upside-Down Apple Pecan Pie

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup cold butter, cubed

1/3 cup shortening, cubed

4 to 6 tablespoons cold water


1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 cup pecan halves


1 cup sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1/4 teaspoon Watkins Cinnamon

8 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples

In a food processor, combine the flour, sugar and salt; cover and pulse until blended. Add butter and shortening; pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. While processing, gradually add water until dough forms a ball.

Divide dough in half so that one portion is slightly larger than the other; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 45 minutes or until easy to handle.

Coat a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate with cooking spray. Line bottom and sides of plate with parchment paper; coat paper with cooking spray and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and butter; stir in pecans. Arrange in the bottom of prepared pie plate with rounded sides of pecans facing down.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out larger portion of dough to fit bottom and sides of pie plate. Transfer to plate; press the crust firmly against pecans and sides of pie plate. Trim edge.

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, butter and cinnamon. Add apples; toss to coat. Fill crust. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie; place over filling. Trim and seal edges. Cut slits in pastry.

Place a foil-lined baking sheet on a rack below the pie to catch any spills. Bake pie at 375° for 60-70 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully loosen the parchment paper around edge of pie; invert hot pie onto a serving plate. Remove paper. Cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Pumpkin Walnut Squares

1 package yellow cake mix (regular size), divided

1/4 cup oil

4 large eggs, divided use

1 cup chopped walnuts, divided

1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon Watkins Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon Watkins Cinnamon

Set aside 1/2 cup cake mix for filling. In a small bowl, combine the oil, 1 egg and remaining cake mix. Press into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup walnuts.

In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, milk, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, reserved cake mix and remaining eggs. Pour over crust; sprinkle with remaining walnuts.

Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Easy Pecan Pie Bars

1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)

1/3 cup butter, softened

1 large egg


1-1/2 cups corn syrup

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon Watkins Vanilla Extract

3 large eggs

1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with foil; grease foil.

Reserve 2/3 cup cake mix; set aside. Combine remaining cake mix, butter and 1 egg; beat on low speed until blended. Press onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

For filling, beat corn syrup, brown sugar, vanilla and reserved cake mix until blended. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over warm crust; sprinkle with pecans.

Bake until center is set, 25-30 minutes longer. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. To serve, refrigerate at least 15 minutes. Lift out of pan; discard foil, then cut into bars.

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