Browsing All Posts filed under »Desserts«

Giant Ginger Cookies, Pumpkin Dip, & Apples

October 31, 2011


It’s true–the colder weather just begs for hearty, aromatic food. Pumpkin Dip This is so yummy!  Much better made a day in advance so the flavors can settle and the mixture can thicken up again. 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese (I used the 1/3 less fat kind) 2 cups powdered sugar 15 oz. […]

Apple Craziness!

September 1, 2011


It’s that time of year again.  The nights are crisper, the colors a bit brighter, and the kids are back in school. By October I am cooking stews, soups, and gingerbread.  Lots of gingerbread.  Fall simply demands it! Fall for us also means harvest time! Well, soon it will get into the low 30s and […]

Trail Mix Cookies

September 1, 2011


These are a version of Paula Dean’s “Monster Cookie.”  I reduced the sugar and added trail mix.  These are a great hiking cookie, or after school snack.  Still high in fat, but whole grain and full of protein.  I was introduced to these by my friend Emily….she puts M & M  in them which is […]

Rocky Road

August 30, 2011


I make this every year for my Dad for Christmas.  He loves Almonds with chocolate and I guess the marshmallows just add to this obsession!  It also seems to travel well, since I generally have to send it to California.  I also sent a box of it to my nephew in Afghanistan.  Hope it stand […]

Cherry Pie: a labor of LOVE!

August 22, 2011


Yes, you probably didn’t know it, but homemade cherry pie is a labor of love.  This cherry pie has been years in the making.  Yes, years. First, you plant a cherry tree.  We planted ours four years ago.  The first year we had a cherry stick, not really a tree.  We got one cherry.  The […]

Peppermint Snowcaps

August 18, 2011


This cookie just says Christmas to me.  Merushka makes these cookies and it is just one of our favorites. 1 1/2 cups flour 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips 6 T. softened butter 1 c. sugar 2 eggs 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract Mix […]

Cheater Black Forest Cake

August 18, 2011


Recipe:  1 chocolate no egg chocolate cake 1/2 c. dark (60%) chocolate chips 1 VERY large can of cherry pie filling (there are two sizes–get the big one) 1 small box instant vanilla pudding, prepared as directed 1 T pure almond extract 2 T pure vanilla extract 1 cup heavy whipping cream  Cake: 3 cups […]

Recipes for Fairy Day

August 16, 2011


                        What is Fairy day, you ask? On the Spring Equinox, you are supposed to make Fairy Houses and leave them outside for the fairies.  If they like your offering they will leave a treat!  The best way to celebrate Fairy Day is to […]

No Fail Always Delicious Chocolate Cake

August 15, 2011


  PapaChef’s Favorite Chocolate Cake PapaChef asks for this cake every birthday.  It is such an easy cake and very forgiving.  It can be cooked in a 9 x 13 pan or in round pans for layering.  Use parchment on the bottom circle (cut to fit) if you want to pop those layers out with […]

Ricotta Cookies

August 14, 2011


My kids LOVE these cookies.  They are light and fluffy, with a great vanilla flavor and soft texture. They are almost like little cakes.  They are perfect for tea parties!  Because they are full of ricotta cheese, they also make a lovely afternoon snack with a class of milk.  I have been making these for […]