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

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

Perfect Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie – the quintessential Southern pie.  A tender, sweet butter crust serves as the foundation that encases this rich, buttery, gooey, pecan filling. I’ve tried countless pecan pie recipes over the years and I always come back to this recipe which uses brown sugar instead of white sugar; brown sugar intensifies the flavor.  This recipe is … Read more

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

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

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