Orange Gingerbread Cookies with Rum Glaze

My children grew up in a bake-from-scratch household and have been introduced to more cookies than we can possibly count!  My youngest son, now in college, loves anything with ginger or molasses, so when I made these cookies for him, they became his all-time favorite cookie.   We are fortunate that we use the zest … Read more

Tea Cakes

            Depending on the cultural origin, there are numerous variations and interpretations of tea cakes around the world. In the United States, a tea cake is usually a dense cookie made with butter, sugar, eggs, flour, milk, and flavoring; Petit Fours are also sometimes classified as tea cakes in America. In England (where … Read more

Soft Amish Sugar Cookies

Years ago, I lived and worked in Center City Philadelphia.  On weekends, I would escape the hustle and bustle of the city and drive to visit friends who lived among the lush Pennsylvania Dutch farmlands in Lancaster, Pa. The Amish bakeries were a treasure trove of old-fashioned, homemade cakes, pies, cookies, and pastries. My favorite … Read more

Lemon Meringue Pie (Best Ever)

  This recipe comes from the September 1994 Southern Living Magazine. Reminiscent of old-fashioned American diners, this pie never goes out of style; always a classic and always a crowd pleaser.   The pie is bursting with a fresh lemon curd and topped with soft, billowy, creamy, vanilla scented meringue, all sitting on top of a … Read more

Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie is a classic.  A thick, rich, creamy coconut custard filling topped with either meringue or billowy mounds of whipped cream, this pie always makes a great impression! This pie is different from a Coconut Custard Pie which is more custard-like and does not get a topping.  When people eat this pie, they … Read more

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

I think of Coffee Cake as comfort food of the dessert world.  Warm out of the oven with a tall glass of milk, it’s reminiscent of grandmom’s house.  Don’t let the name fool you, coffee cake does not have coffee in it.  Coffee cake is traditionally served with coffee, like tea-cakes are served at tea-time, when getting together with friends for coffee.  … Read more