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Pretzel Bites with Sunflower Seeds Like Trader Joe's

From: Bruce 
Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 10:47 PM
Subject: HELP!!!!!!!

I have been trying for years to find pretzel bites with sunflower seeds in them.
Trader Joe's used to make and sell them, WHERE can I buy these
I am desperate for them!!!


Hello Bruce,

Sorry, I canít find even a mention of these. Maybe a reader can help.


Duncan Hines Rich Lemon Cake

-----Original Message----- 
From: Carnetta
Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 10:45 AM
Subject: Lemon cake

Years ago Duncan Hines used to put on their boxes of cake mix 3 different 
ways to prepare the cake. Lite, original, and rich.  I have been trying to 
fine the RICH way to prepare the cake. The lemon was my favorite.  The rich 
version called for a can of condensed milk to be used can you help with the 

Hi Carnetta,

Sorry, I can't find any mention of these three different recipes on the Duncan Hines lemon cake recipe box. I might be able to find a lemon cake recipe that calls for lemon cake mix and condensed milk, but it might be one that doesn't mention Duncan Hines by name. Let me know if you want me to look for that.

I'll post this on my site for reader input.

That said, I did find a lemon cake recipe that mentions Duncan Hines by name and calls for condensed milk. However, it does not say it's a box recipe, and it calls for jello pudding, which you did not mention. See below.


Lemon Cake Supreme

1 Duncan Hines Lemon cake mix
4 eggs
1 c. water
1/2 c. softened butter or margarine (4 oz.)
1 (3-4 oz.) pkg. Jello Lemon Instant Pudding Mix
1/4 c. sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
2 tbsp. lemon juice

  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and lightly flour a 9 x 13 pan. 
Place the cake mix, eggs, water, margarine, pudding mix, condensed milk, 
lemon peel, and lemon juice into a large bowl.  Blend until all ingredients 
are moistened, then mix at medium speed for 2 minutes.  Pour batter into the 
pan, and bake for 45-50 minutes.  Cool in the pan on a rack for 15 minutes. 
Remove from the pan and frost with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 (8 oz.) Philadelphia cream cheese
1/2 c. softened margarine (4 oz.)
1 box powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. grated lemon peel

  In a large bowl, cream the margarine and cream cheese together.  Gradually 
add the powdered sugar, beating thoroughly after each addition.  Add the 
vanilla and grated lemon peel.  Beat until the frosting is as fluffy as 

Cinnamon Sugar Coffee Cake

-----Original Message----- 
From: Heidi
Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2015 9:53 AM
Subject: Cinnamon sugar coffee cake

Hi Phaedrus,

I am looking for a coffee cake recipe my mother used to make. Unfortunately 
she cannot remember the source or the name. We lived in MI at the time, and 
it was in the '70s.

It was made in a jelly roll pan, and the base was a non-yeast dense cake. 
The topping was primarily cinnamon & sugar and butter. After the base cake 
was done, melted butter was applied and then cinnamon sugar and it was 
returned to the oven for finishing. I can still taste the butter and crispy 
edges, and have been on a hunt for the recipe for a very long time. I've 
searched your archives and the Internet but can't find it.

Perhaps you will have some luck. I would be so grateful to have that recipe 
in our family again.

Thank you,


Hi Heidi,

Below is the closest that I can find to your description.


Cinnamon Sugar Coffee Cake

1 1/2 c. sifted cake flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2/3 c. sugar
1/4 c. shortening, melted
1 egg, unbeaten
1/2 c. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Beat on No. 3 speed, about 2 minutes.  Scrape sides and bottom of bowl while 
beating.  Beat only until well blended.  Pour batter into prepared pan. 
Bake at 350 degrees (moderate oven) about 25 minutes.  Take from oven, brush 
generously with melted butter.  Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of sugar which has 
been mixed with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.  Bake 5 minutes longer.  Makes about 
9 servings. 

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