Carrot Cake Cupcakes

There is no introduction necessary for these amazing Classic Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Velvety Cream Cheese Frosting.  Here are the instructions and recipe! Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.   Place cupcake papers in standard size cupcake pans (approximately 30 – 32).  (Alternatively:  Butter 2 (9-inch) round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then … Read more

Crispy Gingersnaps

Light, buttery, crispy, old-fashioned gingersnaps flavored with powdered ginger, cinnamon, molasses, and cloves. Each cookie is rolled in granulated sugar before baking, forming a crunchy, sugary coating that enhances the appearance of the beautiful crackling across the top of the cookie.  You can use ordinary table sugar, decorating sugar with larger crystals, or turbinado sugar which … Read more

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

This recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes is sooo tried and true in this house!  I have been making these cupcakes for about 25 years and I constantly try new recipes just to make sure there is nothing better out there.  So far, this is the recipe that friends and family love the best.  Easy to make, no … Read more

Easiest Ever Peach Cobbler

Fruit Cobbler is not a fussy or fancy dessert and relies strictly on taste, not presentation.  As such, this dessert was allegedly “cobbled” together by Early American settlers using fruit – usually preserved, canned, or dried – and clumps of biscuit dough before baking it over an open fire.  Modern day cobbler is a fruit filling … Read more

English Muffins

A griddled yeast bread, the English Muffin is a small, round, flat yeast-leavened bread which is commonly sliced horizontally, toasted, and buttered. Their infamous nooks and crannies perfectly cradle butter, jams, and marmalades.  Remember to always use a fork to split your muffins in order to get those wonderful nooks and crannies.  The result will … Read more

Scandinavian Almond Cookies

One of my favorite old world cookies – Scandinavian Almond Cookies.  These appear on my Christmas tray every year and are loved by everyone.  This recipe comes from an old Better Homes and Gardens magazine.   The recipe was passed down from a BH&G editor’s Norweigan grandmother.  When I serve Scandinavian Almond Cookies, I always … Read more

Lemon Squares

A refreshing tangy/sweet filling atop a rich buttery shortbread cookie crust.   The shortbread crust is pre-baked, a silky-smooth lemon curd-like filling is poured onto the crust, and the pan gets baked again until the filling is set.  When I’m in need of a quick dessert, Lemon Squares are usually my go to dessert.   … Read more

Chocolate Crackles

These decadent gourmet chocolate cookies are a chocolate lover’s dream!  They are light and delicate with a deep, intense chocolate flavor, and are not overly sweet. Every year for Christmas, I go on a blissful two-day cookie baking marathon, making about 12 to 15 different types of cookies. I love to give away cookie trays … Read more

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Cranberry and orange is a blissful combination. These light-as-a-feather sugar-type cookies have just a hint of orange zest, crispy, buttery edges, and bits of chopped sweet cranberries throughout.   To make them even more decadent and unusual, they are studded with rich macadamia nuts that I like to roast in a dry skillet before incorporating … Read more