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14 All-Star Finger Foods for March Madness

You may not know the stats, but you can still be the MVP of snacks! From chips and guac to peel n' eat shrimp, these fun-to-eat finger foods are all a cinch to make, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the game.
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You may not know the stats, but you can still be the MVP of snacks! From chips and guac to peel n' eat shrimp, these fun-to-eat finger foods are all a cinch to make, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the game.

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While traditional guacamole is made with raw onions, this updated version is made with roasted garlic, which has just as much flavor and none of unpleasant aftertaste. Always a crowd-pleaser! GET THE RECIPE

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If you like your guac a little sweeter, chunkier and with fewer calories, give this green pea version a go. It's surprisingly delicious! GET THE RECIPE

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Classic Buffalo wings are fried but I love the flavor and ease of cooking them on the grill -- they are truly no fuss, no muss and finger lickin' good! The seasoned Buffalo sauce takes them over the top; it's made with garlic and spices, which makes it more flavorful than your typical hot sauce. GET THE RECIPE

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In this gourmet twist on chicken tenders, the chicken is breaded in a mixture of pecans and panko, then pan-fried until crispy and golden and served with a creamy whole grain honey mustard sauce. GET THE RECIPE

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Crisp flour tortillas filled with gooey melted cheddar and shredded chicken in a smoky chipotle-tomato sauce -- these are truly the ultimate quesadillas. The recipe is adapted from the website of Curtis Stone, one of my favorite chefs and cookbook authors. GET THE RECIPE

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Peel n' Eat Shrimp are as easy to make as they are fun to eat. Here, they're prepared Maryland-style: simmered in beer and Old Bay with homemade cocktail sauce on the side. GET THE RECIPE

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Marinated in seasoned buttermilk and pan-fried to crunchy perfection, these homemade tenders are delicious on their own or dipped in your favorite sauce. GET THE RECIPE

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I've had Coconut Shrimp at many restaurants, but this homemade version beats them all. It's remarkably easy to make: you can do all of the preparation in advance, and the sauce comes straight out of a bottle. GET THE RECIPE

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My husband calls these candied pecans "crack nuts" because they're wickedly addictive. You only need four simple ingredients to make them -- and if you start right now, you'll be done in 15 minutes. GET THE RECIPE

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This retro homemade snack mix is always a hit. The recipe makes a ton, which is perfect for a big crowd of sports fans. GET THE RECIPE

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This fun snack -- homemade popcorn tossed with garlic butter, Parmesan, oregano and red pepper flakes -- is adapted from Crazy Good Italian by D.C. Chef and Top Chef All-Stars runner-up Mike Isabella. It's insanely addictive (yes, crazy good). GET THE RECIPE

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If you've been searching for the perfect brownie recipe, look no further. I promise you, this is it! Typically, brownie lovers fall into two camps: the "fudgy" and the "cakey." I dare say these brownies -- moist and fudgy in the center, and cakey and crisp on the surface -- appeal to all. The recipe comes from Nick Malgieri's Chocolate cookbook, an excellent resource for all things chocolate. GET THE RECIPE

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These cookies are truly crave-worthy: buttery and rich in flavor, with a crisp and sparkly exterior and tender-chewy interior. I discovered the recipe years ago on the King Arthur Flour website, and it's been my go-to for sugar cookies ever since. GET THE RECIPE

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Stuffed with chocolate chips and pecans, these cookies emerge from the oven puffy, gooey, chewy and crunchy every single time. They are so rich and chocolatey, they almost beg for a tall glass of milk. GET THE RECIPE