Cinnamon Toffee Cheesecake Dip.

Cinnamon sweet cheesecake dip with toffee bits. Perfect with graham crackers, salty pretzels, and my favorite – apples! 

Cinnamon sweet cheesecake dip with toffee bits. Perfect with graham crackers, salty pretzels, and my favorite - apples!

When I think of what to bring to parties, the first “food” that comes to mind is a dip.  They are typically pretty easy to put together and make ahead, almost everyone loves them, and you get to dress them up with dipping accessories like pretzels, crackers, and veggies.

Party regulars like hummus, guacamole, and spinach artichoke are three of my very favorites.  You can usually find me hovering over each, hoarding the crackers and chips as my dipping vehicles.  Ask any of my friends.  In fact, I’m sure some of them are reading this and nodding their heads because it’s so true.  And I’m not using the term “hoarding” lightly here.  I’m a party dip’s worst nightmare.  My love for them is embarassing.

To throw my friends a curveball, I decided to bring a sweet dip to our Halloween party this past weekend.  Something creamy, yet low fat to serve alongside my bounty of Granny Smiths.

When I think of pairings for apples, toffee and cinnamon typically come to mind. Peanut butter is an obvious #1 but I wanted to keep things festive and use the warm flavors associated with autumn.  Plus, I bought along these.  Don’t want to overload friends with peanut butter (if that is such a thing?)

This simple whipped mixture of low fat cream cheese, dark brown sugar, vanilla extract, and a generous dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, & cloves comes together in seconds.  It took more time to chop the apples then to make the dip.  And I was using an apple cutter. For texture, I gave the dip some crunch by adding chopped heath bars after I beat the rest of the ingredients. Each creamy cinnamon-spiced smear is loaded with the crunchy chocolate toffee chunks

If you prefer, you could easily use pure toffee chunks or omit the toffee altogether. Maybe add some chopped Snickers or chocolate chips?

The dip’s sweetness paired impeccably with tart granny smith apples.  To save myself from wasting all too much time slicing apples, I served the dip alongside gingersnaps as well.  If you’re in a pinch of time like I was, supplement your apples with crunchy gingersnaps. I had valuable time to spend working on my Halloween costume, not slaving away in the kitchen!

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After working late last Friday, this dip answered all my party-guest prayers as I stressed over what type of creative, yet QUICK sweet I’d bring to wow all my friends.  I am a foodie blogger afterall, I have to represent with something fabulous!

In case you’re curious, I remade this dip the next day to shoot pictures in daylight – only to be devoured by just Kevin and I later that night. With a spoon as my dipping vehicle of choice. Whatevs!

If I didn’t have time to chop up enough apples, you better believe I didn’t have time to snap blogworthy pictures before the party!  But this dip was just too incredible not to share with you, so I was glad to make it again the next day.

With so many wonderful party foods like jalapeno poppers and a pumpkin-shaped cheeseball (it was SO cute), I was humbled to see my little lowfat cheesecake dip be devoured by the partygoers.

Impressive and easy, it’s a recipe I’m stapling front and center into my party-food recipe binder.  Yes, I have one of those.  It’s full of dips.

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Cinnamon Toffee Cheesecake Dip

Cinnamon sweet cheesecake dip with toffee bits. Perfect with graham crackers, salty pretzels, and my favorite - apples!

Yield: 2 cups dip

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces (2 standard packages) low fat cream cheese (or full fat)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (or light brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup chopped Heath bars or Heath Toffee Bits

 

Directions:

In a medium mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth on medium speed. Add the brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves and beat on high until fully combined and creamy. Fold in Heath bar pieces. Serve immediately with apples, other fruit, graham crackers, or pretzels. Tightly cover and store up to 2 days.

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72 Responses to “Cinnamon Toffee Cheesecake Dip.”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted October 30, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Why can’t I be at the parties you go to? Seriously, I would have never left this baby alone! This is soooo my kinda dip! Toffee bits/heath bars are seriously my old school fave candy. Heath Bar Blizzards were my childhood treat and so this dip is like the grown up healthier version of that. I want!

    Hope the hurricane has left you alone!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 30th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      YES! Heath bar blizzards were the best! I had them with vanilla ice cream. :) Oh and butterfinger blizzards with chocolate ice cream – SO GOOD!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wifeposted October 30, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I am totally that person that almost sticks my face in the dip at parties. No shame, no shame. This looks delicious, and I love the idea of adding the heath for a toffee crunch. YUM!
    PS. how’s the Halloween costume turn out?

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    • Sallyreplied on October 30th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      I was a flapper! My black boa shed its feathers EVERYWHERE though! Thanks Erin :)

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    Nicholeposted October 30, 2012 at 10:59 am

    You couldn’t have posted this at a better time! I’m going to a party for my dance class after school today and need something I can make quickly. Plus it’s not your typical cookies/cupcakes/sugar filled dessert! I also am a major dip fan so we’ll see how much of it makes it to the party! ;)

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    • Sallyreplied on October 30th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Perfect! Let me know how you like is Nichole – it’s such an easy, yet creative dish to bring to a party. :)

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      • Nicholereplied on October 31st, 2012 at 8:49 am

        I LOVE this dip! We don’t have Heath bars where I live so I got creative and used some twix bars instead. My dance teacher and some of the other girls wanted the recipe. I couldn’t stop eating it either. There’s some left over (I didn’t bring enough dipping food) and I can’t wait to finish it off! <3

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted October 30, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I can’t help myself, but I’m salivating. Holy moly, girlfriend. This dip looks fantastic! I totally laughed at the “dip’s worst nightmare” comment because I am the same way! I have a feeling if we’re ever at the same party and a dip’s involved, you and I may have to fight hardcore-style to get that last bite haha.

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    • Sallyreplied on October 30th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      hahaha a fight for the last dip bite. :D

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddictionposted October 30, 2012 at 11:32 am

    This is perfect party food! I love the versatility of it swapping out the toffee for different candy depending on preference or what’s on hand!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 30th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      I want to try Snickers in the dip next. Thanks Jessica!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifeposted October 30, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    aaahhhh! I want to go to parties with you too! You always have the best party food! I am so glad you remade it so we could see this delicious dip! Dips and I are best friends too! We usually have to double guac around here because I will eat more than my fair share:-)

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    • Sallyreplied on October 30th, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      double guac. I like your thinking!

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    Ari @ Ari's Menuposted October 30, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Okay, so for a second I was really upset that I was not at this party with this amazing looking dip, but then I realized that I probably would have eaten all of it, not shared with anyone, and licked the bowl clean, and ya know, that would have been pretty embarrassing, and I would have never been invited back, so I guess it’s a good thing that we live in different places. It’s saving me from a life of embarrassment ;)

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    • Sallyreplied on October 30th, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Hahahahahah Ari!! You’re hilarrrrrious. I had to make more the next day because I didn’t get much with all the party guests loving it :)

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    amy @ fearless homemakerposted October 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    oh wow! this looks + sounds just amazing. such a perfect sweet fall dip!

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    Rachel Cooksposted October 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Love the toffee in this! YUM!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 30th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Hi Rachel! Toffee makes me weak at the knees :) Thanks!

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    Ashley - BakerbyNatureposted October 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Sally – you’re way to good at making me drool! This looks ah-mazing!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 30th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Ashley! what a drool-worthy honor. :D

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    Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted October 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Oh so perfect, Sally! I think cinnamon and apples are a match made in heaven. The toffee is a top-notch addition too!!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 30th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      a very “cassie” dip – i love these flavors together as well. :D

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    Julie @ Table for Twoposted October 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    omg – this looks SO HEAVENLY!!! this would disappear so fast at a party! glad to hear you’re safe :)

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    Elaineposted October 30, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Dips are definitely one of my party recipe go-tos. You can never go wrong with brownies and cookies either, but there are usually a few batches of those. So, a dip is always a fun choice to add some pizzazz to the party table.

    Btw, how did you do with the Frankenstorm? We weren’t hit too badly around my house, but a few blocks over had tons of HUGE trees break and fall. It looks like a tornado came through. I’m hoping you managed ok with no power outages in Baltimore!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 30th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Sandy hit us hard, but luckily we did not lose electric. My boyfriend’s parents did and my rents up in PA did as well. Lots of big trees and branches all over the roads though. I am glad you guys are OK Elaine! It was kind of scary at its peak last night!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted October 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Holy wow! My mouth is truly watering right now. I always think of dips too – just made one myself. But it’s not apple or toffee. :) LOVE this SO much!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 30th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      dips are a wonderful fall back for recipes to bring to get togethers or parties – everyone LOVES a good dip!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishesposted October 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Yummo! This reminds me of the toffee dip I made last month that I was completely obsessed with. I like the spices you added!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 30th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      The cinnamon spice makes it so very nice! :D

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    luv what you doposted October 30, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    There are so many amazing dessert dips out there, I just don’t know where to start. Okay, this one has Heath bars in it, so that is the BEST place to start. Thanks for another incredible recipe!

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    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girlposted October 30, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    This looks awesome–hee, I made something with Heath Bits O’Brickle yesterday, though of course it did not photograph nearly as well as your stuff. :-) I’m still waiting for your photography tutorial! How are you doing there with the weather? I’ve been thinking about you and sending good thoughts your way!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 31st, 2012 at 10:51 am

      thanks for the good thoughts and wishes Ashley! All is well in Baltimore. :) I love the heath bits o brickle chunks!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted October 31, 2012 at 12:32 am

    I want to jump in and swim in this glorious dip! I’m a dip girl too!

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    baker streetposted October 31, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Umm.. next time I’m inviting myself to your party! Cinnamon + toffee + cream cheese? – Yes, yes and yes! What a fabulous recipe, Sally!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 31st, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      let’s have a party together ok? bring all your wonderful muffins! :)

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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?!posted October 31, 2012 at 7:26 am

    So if I had this dip in front of me, I might just eat it by the spoonful. To heck with the apples for dipping. ;) YUMMMM!!!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 31st, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      The second night I made this dip, I ate it with a spoon too :) Thanks Colleen!

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    Back For Secondsposted October 31, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Drool. Love this dip! I could totally go for a bowl right now :)

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookieposted October 31, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Love dips for apples!

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    Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of Foodieposted October 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I am a big dip person too – I normally hover over the chip/dip area at parties. Normal people get a place and help themselves to a nice friendly serving. Not me, I just stand over it and dip like I haven’t eaten in days. I’m not going to lie it’s a bit of a problem.

    And I loooove toffee dip with apples!! Definitelty one of my favorite things ever :) You seriously can’t go wrong :)

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    • Sallyreplied on October 31st, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Hi Nicole! I gorge on the dip bowl too lol. We’d have to fight eachother for it at a party lol

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    Anna @ hiddenponiesposted October 31, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I’m definitely with you – what’s a party without dips?? And apple dippers make all things seems healthy so I can eat as much as I want :) Love this!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 31st, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      I live for dips. :) Thanks Anna!!

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    Reeniposted October 31, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Any kind of dip is high on my party food list! I love this apple inspired dip! These are some of the best flavors to pair with apples. Or your spoon. Teehee. Happy Halloween!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted November 1, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    You know that I’m totally bringing this dip to my next party, right?

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    • Sallyreplied on November 1st, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      please invite me because i ran out of heath bars. :(

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    Jennie @themessybakerblogposted November 2, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Sally, you’re my kind of lady. While everyone was out buying milk, I was buying martini supplies. These look wonderful. Yummo!

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    Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking}posted November 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I like any kind of dip for a party treat actually… usually savory, but this dip looks so good!! I think ppl would DIE over it! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on November 2nd, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      I’m a savory dip girl too – dessert dips are typically too sweet! This dip is the perfect balance of sweet and somewhat salty with the heath bars and cream cheese. =)

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    Erin @ Texanerin Bakingposted November 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    What a great addition to any party! I brought witch fingers and Oreo stuffed brownies. This looks waaaay quicker and probably even more delicious. After all, it’s just goo! I’d eat it with a spoon. I guess that’s not so good for parties. Oh well. Have to make it for myself!

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    • Sallyreplied on November 3rd, 2012 at 9:36 am

      but your witch fingers were ADORABLE Erin! And Everyone loves brownies. imagine if we were at the same party – I wouldn’t know what to choose between the dip and your dessert treats :)

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    Sineadposted November 3, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Such a great idea – this looks so so good! :-)

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    Rachaelposted November 16, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I LOVE recipes like this! I think I might have tried almost this exact recipe before, but it was a nightmare scraping the chocolate from the Heath bars (especially without using my teeth…). But, it was so good that I kept it for myself instead of taking it to the party it was initially created for!

    Thanks for sharing an awesome, delightful product, and getting me hungry!

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    • Sallyreplied on November 16th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Hi Rachael! When I’m eating heath bars, i do scrape off the chocolate! But I kept the chocolate on the heath bars for this recipe. Let me know if you make this dip. Because if you like toffee, you’re going to LOVE this.

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    Trudyposted November 27, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Ok…this looks amazing too! I want it in my belly on the ASAP! But my husband isn’t even around…I can’t make it for just me! haha.
    Will try as soon as I can.

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    • Sallyreplied on November 27th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks Trudy – this dip is highly addicting lol. I made it for my boyfriend and I and it was gone in no time. I kind of wish I made it just for me! Let me know if/when you make it :)

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    Kateposted November 30, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Made this dip tonight and took it to a clothes party – it was a smash, thanks!!! Great, creative recipe Sally!!

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    • Sallyreplied on November 30th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      That sounds like fun! I wish I had a party to bring it to this weekend – if I make it for myself, I’d eat the whole recipe! Thanks Kate!

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    Jessicaposted December 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Your blog is THE BEST!!! I’ve seen thousands of foodie blogs.. especially on Pinterest, and I have to tell you- yours has got to be the most mouth-watering! Keep ‘em coming! I can’t wait to try ALL of these!

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    • Sallyreplied on December 6th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      Hi Jessica!! You are the sweetest! Wow, thank you so much for saying all those kind things. I truly appreciate it and that you are a follower. :D

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    tijuana (po' man meals)posted December 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    ooohh. we ALWAYS have apples in the house. we are such apple lovers! this would go great with our usual apple stash! you are so creative, like usual! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on December 30th, 2012 at 8:53 am

      I always have apples around too! I’ve used this dip for pretzels and graham crackers as well. Yum! Thanks so much Tijuana!

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    Lisa Kellyposted June 5, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Hi there, this recipe looks absolutely amazing. My only problem is the Heath bars you use are not available in Australia. I’m wondering what sort of chocolate bar substitute I could use?? Any thoughts would be most welcome.

    Love your recipes.

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    • Sallyreplied on June 5th, 2013 at 11:25 am

      Hi Lisa! Any candy bar would be just fine. Or you can leave them out completely. You could use Reese’s cups, snickers bars, milky ways… anything you like.

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      • Lisa Kellyreplied on June 5th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

        Thanks so much Sally, I really appreciate you getting back to me. I think a snickers or milky way bar would be yum. Thanks again.

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    Harper Gunnposted November 10, 2013 at 10:58 am

    love it!

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    Lisaposted December 21, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I am making tbhis today but there is no recipe. HELP! lol

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    • Sallyreplied on December 21st, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Oh goodness! So sorry about that Lisa – I just reformatted some recipes this week and I forgot to include a code for the recipe to show – so sorry. It’s there now .Enjoy!

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    Lisaposted December 21, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Wow, thank you so much Sally! I’va already made 4 of your recipes for my party today!! all wonderful!! :) Thanks!!

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    • Sallyreplied on December 21st, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Very good! Which recipes? I hope everyone enjoys, Lisa!

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    Majaposted March 16, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Wow! I just saved your site, looks awesome. I will try that :)

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