Browsing Category HOLIDAY DESSERTS

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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Chocolate Rum Balls~Easy, No-Bake!

Chocolate rum balls, no-bake! (Adults only since they are not baked!) They are easy to make and soo good!!  Hard to eat just one!   You really can taste the rum, but it doesn’t overpower the cookie.   These are great for the holidays, but they are also really nice to make anytime! Everyone REALLY loves these! See more pictures of the EASIEST steps ever…

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Sugar Cookies~THE BEST!

An oldie but goodie sugar cookie recipe from my Aunt Gloria who was a cook by profession and an amazing baker! No other sugar cookie recipe comes close this one! And I haven’t seen this exact one published anywhere at all. I don’t know where she got it. Depending on your cookie size, you could get 26-30 cookies that average about 2-1/2 to 3 inches. If…

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Pecan Cheese Pie

 Do you like pecan pie?  Do you like cheesecake? If YES, then this simple, EASY-TO-MAKE recipe that combines both is for you! It is so-oo good! SO EASY!! All you do is add layers to the pie shell! It does its magic while it bakes. I have been making this since the 1970’s when my friend Shirley first made it. She warned how rich it…

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Apple Cranberry Walnut Pie

This is one of my favorite holiday pies! Apples, cranberries and walnuts go really well together! I have tried several recipes for this pie. I combined some techniques and ingredients to come up with this way that I like the best! Cooking the filling for a few minutes beforehand makes it a success every time! I like it with lowered sugar and added more cranberries…

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Libby’s Pumpkin Roll and Variations

I hope you are not afraid of making cake rolls! Have you tried Libby’s Pumpkin Roll recipe? This recipe got me started making different cake rolls. Cake Rolls are a lot of fun to make! I think people don’t realize how easy they are to do! I’ve made some variation of the pumpkin roll for many holidays and the main recipe I use is from…

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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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