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Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Cake

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Three snacks you need to pack for your Black Friday shopping trip

Whether you're braving the Black Friday lines in the wee hours of the morning or looking for something to munch on after your Thanksgiving food fest, these recipes have got you covered. With make ahead components, easy-to-follow instructions and time-saving shortcuts, these snacks are the perfect things to whip up after a day of cooking and hosting.

Here are three recipes that will fuel your post-Thanksgiving shopping spree. 

Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Snack Cake
This delicious snack cake is the perfect sweet treat for the pumpkin spice lover in all of us. To save on cooking time the day-of, make the cake portion of the recipe a day or two before and simply whip up the glaze before packing up and serving.
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Anne Byrn's Cheese Straws
What could be better than a batch of freshly baked cheese straws? Not only can these tasty snacks be made a week in advance, they use only five basic (and cheap!) ingredients, and they have a big flavor payoff for very little effort.
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Old Bay Chickpeas 
Packed with protein, thess crunchy little snacks are perfect for a tasty energy boost. Don't have time to soak the dried chickpeas? Not to worry, simply use canned chickpeas instead and skip ahead to the deep-frying part. 
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Dena Rayess is a recipe editor and cookbook author based in San Francisco. She enjoys exploring new foodways in and around the Bay Area and beyond, and has been known to whip up a mean house cocktail at dinner parties.

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