Browsing Category DESSERTS

Low-Calorie, Fast Mini Fruit Pies

               “Just 68 calories and delicious!  Any pie filling with chopped apples and walnuts in a crescent dough makes a pretty nice, low-calorie fast mini fruit pie you can pick up easily. There are a lot of recipes out there with crescent rolls.  This is my take on one.  You can use just the plain pie filling right from the can without the apples or nuts….

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Peanut Blossoms

   “This is an old recipe that is still popular just the way it was even though it has gone through many variations over the years.  Every once in a while someone remembers them and wants me to make them.  I use all variations of the chocolate kiss, or chocolate eggs.  Not a bad calorie count with one cookie being 79 calories or 2 Weight…

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Chocolate Macaroons

These fudgy delicious macaroons get rave reviews from so many people when I make them!   They actually have no flour in them!   Be careful with the bake time, there is a wide variance in the time.   Macaroons are a delicate cookie and they don’t harden much while in the oven but they  harden more after they come out of the oven.  Every…

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Pecan Pie Squares

Like a PECAN PIE that you can pick up! These little bites are very rich, so cut them small and you’ll get 70 squares!   I get asked the recipe for these every time I make them!  Enjoy! Servings: 70      Bake Time:   45 minutes INGREDIENTS: CRUST:  3 cups flour 6 tablespoons sugar ¾ cups butter or margarine ¾ teaspoon salt  FILLING: 1…

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Egg Biscuits

“Italian Egg Biscuits are such a nice cookie, not too sweet on the inside but always frosted on top. Subtle flavorings vary for inside the dough, just plain, or lemon or orange.  This recipe has a hint of orange in the dough, but not in the frosting, so the orange taste is very slight.  Some recipes roll them into balls, but I prefer to make…

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Pecan Pie

  “My memory goes back to the 1950’s when my great-Aunt Concetta (who was my third and fourth grade teacher, by the way!)  used to make this exact pecan pie recipe often.   It was one of her favorites, as is mine.   It is one of those old-fashioned,  fool-proof recipes that cannot be improved upon. This classic has had many variations through the years, but…

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Hamantaschen

“Nothing but the homemade version of Hamantaschen will do! You will not want to eat store bought ones again. These are the traditional Jewish cookies for Purim. Some say they represent the little triangular-shaped hats the defeated King Haman wore. The story is in the book of Esther, where the Jewish Queen saved her people from slaughter. There are two kinds of flour used in…

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Butterballs

  “Butterball cookies are famous around the world.  They are also known  as Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cakes, and many other variations from other countries. When my mother could trust me by myself in the kitchen, this was one of the first recipes I made back in the 1960’s.  I haven’t found another butterball recipe with this same great buttery taste.  It is very delicate…

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Opera Fudge

  If you like white chocolate, try Opera Fudge! Typically Opera Fudge has just candied red cherries in it.  I added walnuts which you can leave out if you prefer. Yes, I serve Opera Fudge on an Opera Plate! That plate is a scene from Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly”.   This fudge is worthy of its name. It is exquisite! Like opera is! Enjoy!”

Butterhorns

  “Cinnamon,walnuts, and a sour cream dough rolled up to make one a delicious cookie!  If you love pie dough as much as I do, this is for you. Sometimes I may add just a few raisins or dried fruit in the filling. I have tasted butterhorns many different ways, glazed on top, cinnamon sugar on top, or a slightly different dough mixture.  This is a…

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Pizzelles

   Pizzelles are one of the oldest cookies recorded in the world, dating back to 700 BC ! This recipe came with my Villaware pizzelle iron, which I believe is the best iron. Unfortunately it is not in business anymore. You really need follow your manufacturer’s recipe, since all irons are slightly different.  Some use oil in the batter.  Some say use melted margarine and…

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Italian Easter Egg Bread

An Italian Easter tradition is this very festive and impressive Easter Bread with colored eggs on top! It is definitely worth the effort and comes out perfectly every time. I don’t color the entire hard-boiled eggs on top of the bread because I don’t like the coloring to get onto the bread.  Just rubbing the egg with food coloring after the bread has cooled works…

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Cranberry Orange Scones

“This is my own version of cranberry scones with lots of orange zest.   I like my scones the American way, sweet and soft.  Europeans prefer a drier and less sweet scone. This is soft and yummy bursting with plenty of real cranberries. A very nice scone for the fall holidays.  Great served warm or cold.     Enjoy!” Servings 16   Bake Time: 23 – 25…

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