Browsing Category DESSERTS

Flan

Here is a no-fail traditional Spanish flan recipe and what a treat this is! The creamy custard is so light and just mildly sweet, letting all the rich sweetness come from the delectable caramel syrup that surrounds the flan.   I like flan the lighter, traditional way without cream cheese. The cream cheese flans are more of a cheesecake. This way is more of a custard. This…

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My Contest-Winning Apple Pie

This apple pie won me the $300 top prize in 2008 at my church fair! Over the years baking apple pies has been a passion of mine since apple is my favorite pie! I have several favorite apple pie recipes that I love all for different reasons and I use them all! You can find some of my other favorite apple pie recipes on my…

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Loaded Crispy Pumpkin Cookies

CRISPY OUTSIDES, CHEWY INSIDES…. success! I finally mastered the pumpkin cookie the way I wanted them to be! Most pumpkin cookie recipes I’ve tried are delicious, but their texture was soft and cake-like. Some people like them like that. Me, I am more for crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. The pumpkin puree has a lot of water in it so it tends…

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Maple Pecan Refrigerator Cookies

My husband Bill really loves maple and these cookies are on the top of his “The Cookie Jar’s Empty and I’m Dying list.“ My 7th grade cooking class haunts me when I make any refrigerator cookie, also called a slice and bake cookie. Read on and I will tell you why! Mrs. Speakman, bless her soul, was my excellent home economics teacher in 7th grade….

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Date Nut Bars -Chef Maryann Esposito

Esteemed Chef Maryann Esposito of Ciao Italia! has the perfect Date Nut Bar recipe! They are nice and chewy like they are supposed to be, so delicious and just perfect! Not hard to make either! She writes: “No holiday visit to Mom’s was ever complete without her sending me home with a box of her famous Date Nut Bars. Of all her confections, this was…

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New York Crumb Cake

New York Crumb Cake is known for having more crumbs than cake! This is our family staple with crumbs like you’ve never tasted before….thanks to my mother-in-law, Ruth, who was famous for this crumb cake!  The crumbs are not overly sweet and there’s a lot of them piled high! You can use the crumb recipe on top of anything else…. muffins, cupcakes, breads, pies. To…

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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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Fresh Sugar Pumpkin Pie

Canned pumpkin? No, not me. For decades now, I have opted out! Have you ever had pumpkin pie made from real pumpkins? Canned pumpkin filling is good, but using the real pumpkin tastes even better. If you never had fresh pumpkin pie, you are missing out on the real taste of pumpkin! You can use regular pumpkins, but the smaller sugar pumpkins are ideal for…

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Crunchy Top 8-inch Coffee Cake with Fruit

This coffee cake with a crunchy shortbread topping, pecans, and a layer of fruit is a favorite of Bill’s, and he just asked for it again! You just add a layer of any fruit to the top of the batter. I’ve done strawberries, then pears, and this one pictured has mandarin oranges. Whatever I feel like! All delicious! Try a fruit combo! It makes an…

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Easy Ganache

“This has to be the easiest ganache to make ever! It is delicious! Enjoy! ” INGREDIENTS: 1-1/4 cups chocolate chips 1/4 cup vegetable oil DIRECTIONS: 1. In a microwaveable-safe bowl, stir together the chocolate chips and the oil. 2. Microwave it for 1 minute, then vigorously stir it until all the chocolate chips are melted. 3. Pour the ganache over a cake and let it…

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Inside-Out Chocolate Bundt Cake

“When I need a delicious, moist chocolate bundt cake, I go to this one often! It is so moist it is like the frosting is inside the cake! So delicious! This simple recipe came out in 1975 by JELLO! There are many variations of it out there. I make this bundt cake when I want “easy, fast, and great”! The BEST PART: it takes under…

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Red Velvet Brownies

Red Velvet Brownies are a nice twist on an old favorite! You use 2 box mixes to make these red velvet brownies. A lot of red velvet brownies have cream cheese in them. This one is simple, my favorite. I like it better than a regular brownie. So easy and fast to make! Enjoy! INGREDIENTS: 1 box brownie mix, family size (Use your favorite brand)…

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