1 3/4 cups sugar, 1 cup butter (I used 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup shortening), 1 teaspoon salt, and 3 eggs. Cream these ingredients together.
1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 Tablespoon vanilla, and 2 Tablespoons lukewarm water. Dissolve these ingredients together. Add to the creamed mixture.
4 cups flour and 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder. Mix these together and then add to other ingredients.
Roll dough out on floured surface and cut. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
Cream together 1/2 package cream cheese and 1/2 stick butter. Add 1-2 Tablespoons milk, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Add as much powdered sugar is needed to make the frosting the right consistency and is good to taste.
Pumpkin BreadPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix 4 eggs, 1 cup oil, 2/3 cup water, and 2 cups pumpkin pie filling together. Then combine 3 cups flour, 3 cups, sugar, 2 tsp baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tsp nutmeg together. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Then stir in 2 cups chocolate chips. Pour into 2 greased bread pans. Bake for 1 hour or until center is set. This bread is the best! It is one reason I love the Fall!
On medium-low heat, melt caramels in water, stirring constantly. When caramel is completely melted, dip apples into caramel. Cover the apples completely and allow for excess caramel to drip off. Scrape caramel off of bottom of the apples (this is very important, if you do not scrape bottom, apples will stick to wax paper). Set on a buttered (I used cooking spray) piece of wax paper that is over a plate. Put in fridge for at least an hour. Take out of fridge 15 minutes before serving.