Browsing Category Holiday Desserts

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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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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BUTTERY Rice Krispie Treats

Everyone knows how to make Rice Krispie Treats! But I found out that if you use a WHOLE STICK of butter (8 tablespoons) instead of just 3 tablespoons of butter like the original recipe on the box, the Rice Krispie Treats come out softer and very buttery! I think they taste SO MUCH BETTER! Before I had the recipe committed to memory, I asked my neighbor,…

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Irish Cream Cheesecake~NO-BAKE!

This is SO delicious and SO easy to make! Everyone loves this one! I’ve made real fancy Irish liqueur cheesecakes that are amazing, but if I am short on time, this NO-BAKE one is a winner! Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! Or any day! Use a chocolate crust or graham cracker crust. Sometimes I mix the chocolate and graham crumbs together, and that is really…

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Bailey’s Irish Cream Brownies

Irish? YES? Lucky!! NOT IRISH? Well, get your Irish on and make these AMAZING brownies, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!  If you’ve never tried them, Irish or not, you are missing a great treat!  And they are so easy to make with a brownie mix!  Use your favorite brownie mix. Double the recipe to make a larger batch, because I think you may need to!  See…

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Magic Cookie Bars with M& M’s

My son asks for these bars! They are so popular and everyone has their own version. Well, here is mine. Magic Cookie Bars, also known as Hello Dolly Bars or Coconut Dream Bars or 7-Layer Bars, is one of the easiest bar recipe to make ever! All you do is add layer after layer! There is NO mixing! The original recipe for Magic Cookie Bars…

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Red Velvet Cake

Like RED VELVET CAKE? Yes? Then a “from scratch” red velvet cake recipe is the only way to go!  A box mix comes out too dry and tasteless while this lives up to it’s name!  The buttermilk helps to make it velvety smooth and rich!     When you add the baking soda on top of the white vinegar, you will get a fizzing reaction. Watch…

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Cream Cheese Frosting

The basic Cream Cheese Frosting is so easy to make from scratch, why eat the store-bought? This tastes so much better! There is no need to use white vanilla extract. As you can see, the frosting stays very white with the brown color vanilla extract. This recipe makes about two and one-half cups, enough to frost a 2-layer cake. See more pictures in the slideshow…

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Easy Ghiradelli Brownie Mix Cookies

These are a favorite cookie in this house! And they are so easy to make! A few ingredients mixed into the brownie mix makes a stiff cookie batter and delicious brownie cookies! Use any type of Ghiradelli boxed brownie mix. You can use another brand of brownie mix, but there are different ratios of oil, flour, etc. in brownie mixes and differences in ounces in…

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Small Carrot Cake (mini version of the Classic Betty Crocker Carrot Cake)

This is a mini version of the famous Classic Betty Crocker Carrot Cake. To me, it is the best carrot cake recipe, and I have tried many! Baked in a 7-inch small bundt pan, it will give you 8 generous size pieces. You can also make it in an 8 or 9-inch square or round cake pan which will give you a few more pieces….

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Cream Puffs

 This oldie but goodie Cream Puff recipe is my favorite and it never fails! It is the one my Mom used, so it is decades old! I’ve experimented with several newer cream puff recipes and to me, this one is the easiest and the best!  And I’ve never had it fail! It is a basic, classic French pastry recipe. Profiterole is the French word for cream…

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Vanilla Custard Pastry Filling

This is my favorite custard pastry filling that is an oldie but goodie recipe! It goes back many decades and I love it the best! I’ve tried a few newer custard ones, some with cornstarch as a thickener, some with a little more sugar. But I prefer using flour to thicken it and this is sweetened just right. Custard filling is thicker than many other…

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Christmas Biscotti

CHRISTMAS BISCOTTI: This is one way I make Christmas Biscotti using red and green candied cherries and pistachio nuts which are green. They look so festive! Another way is I use dried cranberries and pistachios. Or a combo of dried cranberries with the cherries! The possibilities are endless! You can leave the biscotti plain. You can drizzle a glaze on top. Or you can dip…

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Cherry Christmas Slice and Bake Cookies

These beautiful Christmas Refrigerator Slice and Bake Cookies not only look festive with the red and green cherries, but they are SO delicious! The bottoms get browned and the tops stay white. They are a CRISPY cookie. The dough is very easy to make in less than 5 minutes! It has chopped pecans, but use whatever chopped nuts you like, or leave them out completely….

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Chocolate Kahlua Balls~NO BAKE!

Love coffee? These are for you! Even non-coffee lovers like them! You mix the ingredients together in a food processor, roll them into balls and then roll the balls in confectioner’s sugar. SO EASY! NO BAKING! An oldie but goodie recipe I got from my Aunt Gloria that is loved by a LOT of people! I make this every holiday! See more pictures in the…

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