Browsing Category DESSERTS

5-Minute Fudge

NO COOKING THIS FUDGE, NO THERMOMETER either! This is SUPER FAST and the EASIEST fudge I have ever made. You will see this popular recipe with slight variations everywhere! I have several fudge recipes I love, but they can be tricky to prevent a grainy texture and they have to be made just right! All candy making has to be very precise! Well, I was…

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Almond Candy (Croccante)

This almond candy is the ultimate Christmastime candy in my house! I can just hear my oldest son’s voice when he sees it… You made Almond Candy!! In Italian it is called Croccante, and it is a special candy to make for the holidays. I always shape it into a wreath. This particular recipe was hard to come by for years! It is one of…

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EASIEST Mini Fruit Pastries Ever!

Only two ingredients! If you want a FAST, shortcut way to make mini pastries, this is it! They are SO good too! There are times you need FAST! Sure, you can make your own pastry dough and filling from scratch! Sure you can make hand pies or turnovers, or mini pie cups! This way is a time-saver when you are short on time! NO need…

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Pumpkin Bread (Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread)

From allrecipes.com, I finally tried their Downeast Pumpkin Bread, and no wonder it got over 7K likes! It is the best pumpkin bread I ever tried. I love the pumpkin flavor and I love the clean cuts it makes. It is not crumbly at all. I know that butter is tasty in breads, but using oil makes them more moist. I usually like raisins or…

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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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