Aunt Martha’s Fresh Apple Cake

    Another version of this great classic.    Yield:  Serves 12   INGREDIENTS   Cake Baking spray 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped apples 1 cup chopped pecans 3 eggs 2 cups granulated sugar 1 ¼ cup vegetable oil ¼ cup freshly squeezed […]

No-Bake Chocolate Raspberry Cream Pie

Yield:  8 servings   INGREDIENTS   7 ounces chocolate wafer cookies (about 32) coarsely broken ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips 6 tablespoons butter, cut into ½ inch cubes ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 – 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk ¼ cup sour cream or crème fraiche ¼ cup fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon […]

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie   Yield:  6 slices INGREDIENTS Graham Cracker Crust 1 ½ cups crushed graham crackers 5 tablespoons melted butter 1/3 cup granulated sugar Key Lime Filling 3 egg yolks Zest of 2 limes 1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (if you can get Key limes use […]

Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

      The origins of Whoopie Pies is largely unknown, although there is some thought that they were first created in Pennsylvania out of leftover cake batter.  Whatever their origins, Whoopie Pies are a unique and delicious cookie.  There are legions of “die-hard” Whoopie Pie fans throughout the country, including myself!  Most Whoopie Pies […]

Martha Stewart’s Milk Chocolate Cookies

Yield:  3 dozen   INGREDIENTS   1 cup all purpose flour ½ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 8 ounces good-quality milk chocolate (4 ounces coarsely chopped and 4 ounces cut into ¼-inch chunks) ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 ½ cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 […]

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

INGREDIENTS   3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour ½ cup toasted wheat germ 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon coarse salt 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup light brown sugar 2 eggs 1 […]

Valentine Sugar Cookies

  Yield:  3 dozen cookies   INGREDIENTS   3 cups flour ¾ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 cup granulated sugar 1 egg, beaten 1 tablespoon milk Confectioner’s sugar for rolling dough   PREPARATION   Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.  Place butter and sugar in […]

Apple Crisp

  When you have a taste for an apple dessert, try an apple crisp.  The apples provide a juicy and delicious foundation and the topping, crisp and brimming with butter, oats and cinnamon provide a crunchy contrast.  Serve with good vanilla ice cream and you’ve got a great dessert in no time! Yield: 8 Servings […]

Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Yield:  4 dozen   INGREDIENTS   1 cup butter, room temperature 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 3 cups old fashioned oats 1 ½ cups chopped toasted pecans   PREPARATION […]

Red Velvet Cake

Although the origins of Red Velvet Cake can be disputed, I never saw one until I moved to the South several years ago.  From my perspective, it’s a Southern Classic!    Yield: 1- 9-inch four layer cake   INGREDIENTS   Red Velvet Cake   2 ½ cups sifted cake flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ […]

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

If you love Red Velvet cake and have become a fan of the classic “Whoopie Pies” of the 1920’s, this recipe is for you! Yield:  42 – 2-inch cookies   INGREDIENTS   Cookies 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup butter, softened 1 cup […]

Mexican Wedding Cookies

    Mexican Wedding Cookies (also called Pecan Butterballs) Yield: 3 dozen cookies  INGREDIENTS  1 cup of butter (2 sticks) 5 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups finely chopped pecans 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon water ½ teaspoon salt 1-2 cups confectioner’s sugar PREPARATION Preheat oven to 325 degrees F […]

Toffee Bars

Yield:  24 bars   INGREDIENTS   1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 cup light brown sugar 1 egg yolk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt 8 ounces milk chocolate, cut into 1-inch squares ¾ cup finely chopped walnuts   PREPARATION   Preheat oven to 350 degrees F   In […]

Pecan Tarts

Yield:  24 INGREDIENTS   3 ounces cream cheese, softened ½ cup + 1 tablespoon butter, softened 1 cup sifted flour 1 egg ¾ cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2/3 cup finely chopped pecans Dash of salt Confectioner’s sugar to sprinkle on top of tarts   PREPARATION   Preheat oven […]

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Yield: 8 Servings   INGREDIENTS   Crust 1 ¾ cup graham cracker crumbs 3 tablespoons light brown sugar ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 stick of butter, melted Filling 3 – 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened 1 – 15 ounce can pumpkin puree 3 eggs + 1 egg yolk ¼ cup sour cream 1 ½ […]

Creamy Rice Pudding

Yield:  6 Servings   INGREDIENTS   ½ cup golden raisins 1 cup boiling water 1/3 cup slivered almonds 3 ½ cups cooked medium or long grain rice, at room temperature 2 ½ cups milk 2 ½ cups heavy cream 2/3 cup sugar Pinch of salt 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest 1 ¼ teaspoons pure […]

Ice Cream Cake

  Yield: 12 Servings INGREDIENTS 1 boxed cake mix – Devil’s Food ½ gallon good vanilla ice cream, we used Mayfield’s Frosting 2 tablespoons unsalted butter ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips 6 tablespoons heavy cream 1 ½ -2 cups powdered sugar – (sifted) 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract PREPARATION Prepare the cake, per instructions on […]

Glazed Apple Bars

Yield:  24 bars INGREDIENTS Bars ½ cup butter, softened 1-1/3 cups dark brown sugar ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 egg 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 medium Golden Delicious or Gala apple, peeled and chopped 1 cup raisins 1 cup chopped […]

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

  Yield: 4 dozen cookies   INGREDIENTS 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups granulated sugar 2 cups fresh pumpkin 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons cinnamon 4 cups all-purpose flour   PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper or use Silpat. In an electric mixer […]

Oatmeal Shortbread

Yield:  16 cookies   INGREDIENTS ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature ½ cup (packed) dark brown sugar 1-¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 2/3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not the quick cooking kind) ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a large rimmed baking […]

Grand Marnier Souffles

If you really want to impress your guests, these Grand Marnier soufflés are very elegant and delicious! Yield:  6 Servings INGREDIENTS 6 teaspoons unsalted butter, softened Sugar, to dust the soufflé dishes 6 eggs, separated ½ cup sugar ¼ cup fresh orange juice 3 tablespoons Grand Marnier 2 teaspoons finely grated orange peel 1 tablespoon […]

Toasted Coconut Custard Cake

  Yield: 12 Servings INGREDIENTS Toasted Coconut 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut Coconut Simple Syrup 1 ½ cups water 1 tablespoon granulated sugar ¾ cup sweetened flaked coconut Coconut Custard ¾ cup whole milk ¾ cup unsweetened coconut milk 4 large egg yolks 1/3 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract […]

Chocolate Fudge Sauce

This hot fudge sauce is easy to make and yummy.  Leftovers can be heated in the microwave.  Serve over ice cream or make a brownie sundae. Yield: 2 cups INGREDIENTS 4 oz unsweetened chocolate 3 tablespoons sweet butter 2/3 cup water 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar 6 tablespoons corn syrup 1 tablespoon rum PREPARATION Melt […]

Coconut Macaroon Cookies

Yield: 20-22 cookies INGREDIENTS 14 ounces sweetened shredded coconut 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 extra-large egg whites, at room temperature 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt PREPARATION Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Combine the coconut, condensed milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Whip the egg whites and salt […]

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Pie with Mocha Fudge Sauce

Yield:  8 Servings INGREDIENTS Crust 1/3 cup chopped pecans 2 tablespoons sugar 2/3 cup vanilla wafer cookie crumbs (approximately 32 cookies) ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons (¼ stick) unsalted butter, melted Sauce 2 tablespoons boiling water 1 tablespoon instant expresso powder or instant coffee powder 1 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder […]

Raspberry Banana Yogurt Freezer Pops

Raspberry-Banana Yogurt Freezer Pops Yield:  10 Pops INGREDIENTS 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt 1 banana 3 cups fresh or frozen raspberries, blueberries or strawberries (halved) ½ cup honey PREPARATION In a blender process 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt and 1 banana for 30 seconds or until smooth.  Bring 3 cups of fresh fruit and honey […]

Pastry Cream

Yield: 4 cups   INGREDIENTS 3 cups half and half 1 cup granulated sugar 4 large eggs 2 egg yolks 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract   PREPARATION Bring half and half to a simmer in a heavy medium saucepan.  Whisk sugar, eggs, egg yolks and flour using an electric mixer with […]

Banana Pudding

Now, here’s a quintessential southern comfort food – Banana Pudding.  The recipe is straight off the box of Nabisco’s Nilla Wafers.  Makes a great banana pudding!   Yield:  8 Servings   INGREDIENTS ¾ cup granulated sugar, divided 1/3 cup all purpose flour Dash of salt 3 eggs, separated 2 cups milk ½ teaspoon pure vanilla […]

Lemon Ice Box Pie

Yield: 6-8 slices INGREDIENTS Graham Cracker Crust 10 whole graham crackers – crushed 1 stick of butter – melted 1 tablespoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons granulated sugar Note: Time Saver Tip – Use an already prepared graham cracker crust Filling 1 – 8 ounce package of cream cheese, at room temperature 1 – 14 ounce can […]

6 Layer Cookie Bars

Yield:  24-36 bars   INGREDIENTS 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs ½ cup (1 stick) butter 1 – 14 ounce can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut 1 cup chopped nuts PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or 325 degrees F for glass baking pan […]

Apple Crostata

Yield: 6 Servings INGREDIENTS Pastry 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons granulated sugar ¼ teaspoon kosher salt ¼ pound (1 stick) very cold unsalted butter, diced 2 tablespoons ice water Filling 1-1/2 lbs Golden Delicious apples ¼ cup flour ¼ granulated sugar ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold […]

Chantilly Cream

Yield: Approximately 2 cups INGREDIENTS 2/3 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier liqueur ¼ cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons sour cream PREPARATION Before making the Chantilly cream, make sure that your mixing bowl and beaters are well chilled. Combine the cream, vanilla, […]

Walnut Brownies

  Yield: 12-14 Large brownies Sometimes it’s just not feasible to make everything from scratch, particularly desserts. If you’re in a time crunch and would still like to make something yummy for dessert, I have found the box brownie mixes to be just fine. I particularly have found the Ghirardelli Walnut Brownie mix to be […]

Meyer Lemon Tart

INGREDIENTS Pastry 4 cups all purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar Pinch of salt 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 cups unsalted butter, chilled (4 sticks) Filling 2 cups Mascarpone cheese 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream 1 cup confectioner’s sugar 2/3 cup Meyer lemon juice (or regular lemon juice) PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees […]

Classic Lemon Squares

Yield: 15-20 bars INGREDIENTS Crust 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature ½ cup confectioner’s sugar Filling 2 cups granulated sugar 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking powder 4 eggs – well beaten 5-6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using an electric mixer with […]

Lemon Loaf Cake

  This is a recipe that I adapted from the Barefoot Contessa Parties! cookbook. I didn’t infuse the cake with the lemon syrup or glaze it. In doing so, it turned out like a coffeecake or sweet bread rather than a cake. Not too sweet, but great flavor and texture. Great treat along with a […]

Pecan Crescent Cookies

Yields: 3 dozen cookies INGREDIENTS ½ lb unsalted butter 2 cups all purpose flour 2 cups chopped pecans 5 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon water ½ teaspoon salt Confectioner’s sugar PREPARATION Preheat oven to 325 degrees F Cream the butter and then add sugar, vanilla and water. Sift flour and […]

Kentucky Derby Pie

Yield: 6-8 slices INGREDIENTS Single Pie Crust – already prepared or make your own ½ cup unsalted butter, melted 2 eggs 1 cup granulated sugar ½ cup all-purpose flour 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 ½ cups chopped pecans – toasted 2 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degree F Toasted Pecans: Place […]

Karen’s Crunchy-Fudgie Sandwiches

Yields – 25 squares INGREDIENTS 6 ounce package butterscotch morsels ½ cup smooth peanut butter 4 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies 6 ounce package chocolate chips ½ cup confectioner’s sugar 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon water PREPARATION Butter 8-inch square pan In a medium saucepan, over very low heat, melt the butterscotch morsels and peanut […]

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Serves 8-10 INGREDIENTS 2-2/3 cups granulated sugar 1 – 8 ounce cream cheese – softened 3 sticks of unsalted butter 6 eggs 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 3 cups all purpose flour PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Grease tube or Bundt pan Using an electric mixer, cream butter sugar, vanilla and cream cheese […]

Georgia Peaches and Cream Cobbler

   Serves 6-8 INGREDIENTS 5 cups sliced peaches 1 box yellow cake mix 1/2 box confectioner’s sugar 1 stick of unsalted butter – cut into ¼ inch pats 8 ounces – cream cheese – softened ½ teaspoon cinnamon PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Grease 9×12/2 inch baking pan. In electric mixer with paddle […]

Not So Much …… New York Cheesecake

This cheesecake is moist and creamy, with a tangy sour cream topping. Slightly different than the typical New York style cheesecake, which has a more dense texture. INGREDIENTS Cheesecake Crust 3 cups crushed graham crackers ½ cup granulated sugar 10 tablespoons unsalted butter – melted Cheesecake Filling 3 eggs ½ cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons […]

Lemon Curd Layer Cake

This is a tall and beautiful layer cake. It’s both sweet and a bit tart, with lots of lemon flavor. It’s perfect for a birthday celebration or other special occasion. Although you can purchase pre-made lemon curd, I would encourage that you make your own. It’s very easy to do and the flavor is outstanding. […]

Blue-Eyed Daisy Coconut Cake

Blue-Eyed Daisy Coconut Cake  Serves 14-16     INGREDIENTS 6 large egg yolks 1 cup milk, divided 1 ½ cups granulated sugar 3 cups cake flour, sifted 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder ¾ teaspoon salt ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened 2 cups Easy Buttercream Frosting (see recipe below) Filling 1 […]

German Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce

Serves 12 INGREDIENTS 2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cinnamon 3 eggs beaten 2 cups granulated sugar ½ cup vegetable oil ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract 5 cups peeled and finely chopped Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples 1 cup chopped walnuts PREPARATION Preheat oven to 350 […]

Bread Pudding with Hot Caramel Sauce

Serves 8-12 INGREDIENTS Pudding 7 cups fresh or stale white bread (crusts removed) cut into 1 inch cubes ½ cup golden raisins ½ cup melted butter 1 cup toasted pecans 4 eggs 1 cup granulated sugar ¼ cup brown sugar packed 1 teaspoon nutmeg 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 cups half and half 2 […]

Amish Apple Pie

This is the best apple pie recipe that I have ever made. The recipe comes from Marcia Adams’ cookbook, Cooking from Quilt County. I would highly recommend this cookbook. I have tried many of the recipes and have found them all to be exceptional. Along with the recipes, the photography is beautiful. I believe that […]

Tarte Normande Aux Pommes (Apple Tart)

This is a warm apple custard tart that is delicious. Great contrast between the smooth custard and the bite of the apples. The tart can be served cold, but is better served warm. This recipe is found in Julia Child’s classic cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I. The recipe is designed to […]

Be My Valentine Cupcakes

  INGREDIENTS 4 egg whites – room temperature 2 cups all purpose flour 1 ½ cups granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon baking soda   1 cup buttermilk ½ cup butter 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract PREPARATION Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place individual cupcake liners in cupcake […]

Pecan Pie

PECAN PIE This is a classic Pecan Pie that has a single crust with a soft and gooey filling of sugar, corn syrup, butter, eggs and it’s chock full with pecans.  I always toast my pecans in the oven for approximately 7-10 minutes in a 350 degree oven, before baking them in the pie, it […]

Creamy Fudge

 INGREDIENTS 1 stick of butter 2 cups of granulated sugar 2 tablespoon cocoa pinch of salt 1 small can evaporated milk 1 6 oz package of chocolate chips 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract ½ cup chopped walnuts PREPARATION Melt one stick of butter and add sugar, blend well. Add cocoa, pinch of salt and one […]

Lemon Cake

LEMON CAKE INGREDIENTS Cake 1 Duncan Hines Lemon Cake Mix 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 cup apricot nectar ½ cup vegetable oil 4 eggs Glaze 1 cup powdered sugar Juice from 1 lemon PREPARATION Preheat oven to 325 degrees F In an electric mixer, with paddle attachment, combine lemon cake mix, sugar, apricot nectar and […]

Kahlua Cupcakes- Vegan Fat Free

Kahlua Fat Free Cupcakes According to my research Kahlua is vegan. Serving Size : 10 1 cup applesauce 1 1/2 cups sugar (vegan raw, your choice) 1 1/2 cups water 3 tbs. Kahlua 2 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 cups unbleached flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons […]

Profiteroles

PROFITEROLES     Profiteroles or cream puffs are made from a small, round baked choux pastry dough filled with a sweet filling. Most often the filling is whipped cream, pastry cream or ice cream.  They are topped with a chocolate sauce or caramel glaze.  Serves 6   INGREDIENTS   1 cup milk Pinch kosher salt […]

Cake Brownies with Chocolate Sauce

CAKE BROWNIES WITH CHOCOLATE SAUCE INGREDIENTS Brownies 3 squares (3 ounces) unsweetened chocolate ½ cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons – ½ stick unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs ¼ cup milk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract   Chocolate Sauce 6 ounces of semisweet […]

Creme Brulee

CREME BRULEE Creme Brulee in French means “burnt cream”. It’s a dessert consisting of a rich custard base and topped with a layer of hard caramel. The hard caramel is created by caramelizing sugar on top of the custard by placing it under a broiler or using a special culinary torch. The custard usually is […]

Extreme Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Yield: 4 dozen   INGREDIENTS   2¼ cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 large eggs 2 cups Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Baking Chips 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans […]

Peanut Butter Temptations

Peanut Butter Temptations If you like peanut butter cups, you’ll love these cookies. They incorporate the great taste of peanut and chocolate into one chewy bite of cookie. Mini muffin tins are available at anywhere where they sell bakeware. Makes 3 dozen cookies INGREDIENTS ½ cup butter ½ cup peanut butter ½ cup brown sugar […]

Sour Cream Chocolate Walnut Cookies

These are a cake-like cookie with an awesome chocolate frosting, flavored with a hint of coffee. My late Aunt Helen loved to bake and entertain. I have fond memories of sitting in her kitchen helping her make these yummy cookies. INGREDIENTS Yield 24 large cookies Cookie Batter 1 stick of butter 1 cup sugar 1 […]

Mocha Cheesecake

In order to have the best results use the highest quality chocolate and wafers you can find. This will add to not only the flavor, but to the texture and smell. Crust 34 chocolate wafers- like Nabisco Chocolate Wafers (in US) or Barilla Chicche cookies (in Europe) 2 tablespoons Raw Sugar 5 tablespoons unsalted butter […]