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

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