Browsing Category DESSERTS

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Wow, I am raving about this recipe from a favorite chef I love, Chef Rachel Farnsworth, the Stay-at-Home Chef!  If you like shortbread, these are OVER-THE-TOP!  I LOVE her EASY technique of rolling the dough in a plastic bag too.  NO rolling pin to wash, and it rolls perfectly!  You can leave them plain or dip the tips of the cookies in melted chocolate.  Decorate…

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Chocolate Pumpkin Nut Snack Cake

A small, 9-inch Chocolate Pumpkin Nut Snack Cake to try that I think is great change from regular brownies. It is so moist and fudgy, and it’s made with a brownie mix! NO eggs, no oil, no butter! The pumpkin puree does the job of all that! You will love that it takes less than 5 minutes to make! Use your favorite brownie mix. I…

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Red Velvet Cookies~with a Cake Mix

These Red Velvet Cookies from a cake mix are so-o good! And SO easy to make! It is a shortcut recipe with just a few ingredients. It takes just a few minutes from start to finish! My cookies pictured above have semi-sweet chocolate chips and macadamia nuts, but you can use whatever chips and nuts you want. Leave out the chopped nuts if you want!…

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Mile-High New York Cheesecake ~ Crustless

This cheesecake is a purist’s cheesecake, my type of cheesecake. And this one happens to be my personal favorite! I cannot remember where I got this recipe, but I think it was from the NY Times many years ago. I call it…..PURE CHEESECAKE, UNADORNED! It’s a great cheesecake to serve for holidays or special occasions! IT IS crustless. It is topless. It is baked. It…

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Mini New York Cheesecakes For Two (or Four!)

/ It’s easy to make New York Cheesecakes for Two (or Four!) using two small four-inch mini Wilton springform pans. I love making these when a large cheesecake is too much. I add my favorite sour cream topping and then fresh strawberries with a glazed topping. You can use any fruit you wish, but use the glaze. It helps keep the fruit looking fresh. I…

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New York Cheesecake

This New York Cheesecake has a chocolate or graham cracker crust, a creamy filling, a sour cream topping , and a cherry topping. It is the REAL DEAL! So creamy, so delicious!!! Take your time making it, it has a few important steps to follow, but they are not hard! The springform pan is placed on top of a cookie sheet to bake to assure…

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Chocolate Walnut Biscotti

Based on Chef Mary Ann Esposito’s recipe, these Chocolate Walnut Biscotti are so delicious and a favorite of mine! Set aside some time to make them, but trust me, they are worth it! Enjoy the process! No need for a mixer to make these, they are made by hand. They are fun to make! Homemade biscotti taste a hundred times better than bought biscotti! I…

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Macaroons

These Macaroons are the easiest thing to make! Quick and easy! They are delicious and chewy, and so pretty. Macaroons are great for holidays or special occasions and so many people love these! I have been making these for years with variations and I think I got the original recipe from my sister Annie. Not all macaroon recipes have flour in them. I think a…

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Chocolate Chip Macaroons~Quick and EASY!

These delicious cherry-topped macaroons are SO EASY TO MAKE and very addictive! They are sweet and chewy, and LOW CALORIE. They are not high in calories or sugar or carbs, if you can eat just one! The little added flour in the dough makes everything stick together nicely when forming them.  So many macaroon recipes do not add flour and the macaroons spread too much while…

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Zucchini Banana Cake Squares with Cream Cheese Frosting

From Betty Crocker, this moist, flavorful zucchini banana cake needs no fork!  It is more like a SNACK CAKE that you pick up with your hands. I cut the 8-inch square cake into 16 pieces instead of 9. That way the squares are small and sturdy enough to pick up. It works great! Plus there is a bonus: smaller squares means lower calories! I love…

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Fast Fixin’ Chocolate Cake

It’s a NO BOWL SNACK CAKE! You make it right in the pan, just stir all the ingredients together.  That’s it and wow,  is it good! Very moist!   DUNCAN HINES came out with this recipe in 1978. It is a winner and a keeper! It is incredibly EASY and FAST to make! The chocolate chips and nuts on top are my addition, but you can leave…

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Chocolate Chip Cookies with Real Cranberries

Real cranberries in a chocolate chip cookie? Yes!  It is a delicious, sweet-tangy combination! Try them! We love these!  We think these are better with real cranberries than with dried cranberries. I always make these for Thanksgiving and for Christmas too.  But right now it is June and I am whipping up a batch!  They are great for anytime! You will be surprised at how good…

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Raisin Bread Pudding

An EASY, different way to make bread pudding! This is an oldie but goodie recipe that I got from my mother-in-law Ruth, who was an excellent cook and always trying new recipes! It is the easiest and fastest way I have ever seen for bread pudding! And it is SO GOOD!!!! You just lightly butter slices of raisin bread, pour a custard mixture on top…

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Raspberry Shortbread Squares

A delicious shortbread crumb topping on these raspberry squares make these a knockout! This is one of my all-time favorite squares and it is so EASY to make! A great recipe for the holidays, for Valentine‚Äôs Day, for Teas, or for any time! These deserve good quality raspberry preserves! Use any flavor preserves you like! I LOVE these! The crumb topping is amazing!  This makes…

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