Category: Desserts

  • Cranberry Custard Pie

    Cranberry Custard Pie

    My new Thanksgiving favorite is bright raspberry in color, with the texture and tartness of Key Lime Pie. In a saucepan, cook the cranberries, sugar, orange juice, and orange rind over medium heat for about ten minutes. Once the cranberries have popped, use an immersion blender to puree (or remove to a blender, puree, and…

  • Simplified “Samoas”

    Simplified “Samoas”

    In the same vein as the one-of-each peanut butter cookies, this is a gluten-free recipe with only 4 ingredients. They result is soft and chewy. The whites of 2 eggs13-oz can of Dulce de Leche (available from a Hispanic grocery store)4 C unsweetened, flaked coconut1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips In a 325-degree oven, bake the…

  • Elma’s Butter Bars

    Cheesecake-flavored decadence… 1 package yellow cake mix 1 beaten egg 1 stick butter (melted) Mix together, spread in a greased and floured 9×13 pan, and press firmly. 8 oz cream cheese 1 pound powdered sugar 2 eggs 1 t vanilla 1/2 t salt Beat together and pour over the crust. Bake for 40 minutes at…

  • Sweet Potato Pie a la Meps

    My father always raves about grocery-store sweet potato pie from the Publix bakery. As a homemade pie-baker, this offended my sensibilities, so I set out to research the best homemade sweet potato pie. Much to my surprise, sweet potato pie was all over the news — a strange video involving Patti LaBelle’s pie had recently…

  • St. Joseph’s Day Rice

    Photo and recipe courtesy of the creative, brilliant, and huggable Mary Bolter of Spokane, Washington. 2-1/2 C uncooked white rice 2-1/2 C water 1/2 t Saffron 1 C toasted whole almonds, chopped 1 C honey, warmed 2 T cinnamon Cook the rice by package directions. Add the Saffron to the rice and water. (Note: One…

  • Iced Lemon Bread

    This is similar to the lemon loaf sold at Starbucks. It’s guaranteed to be the first thing to disappear at a potluck. 1-1/2 C flour 1/2 t baking soda 1/2 t baking powder 1/2 t salt 3 large eggs 1 C sugar 2 T butter, softened 1 t vanilla 1 t lemon extract 1/3 C…

  • Layered Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Bars

    Base: 1-1/4 C flour 1/2 C brown sugar 3/4 C grated coconut 1-1/3 C butter, melted Caramel filling: 1/3 C corn syrup 1/2 C butter 14 oz condensed milk Topping: 10-1/2 oz dark chocolate chips 2 T vegetable oil Powdered cocoa Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease large rectangular baking sheet.  Line with parchment…

  • Pecan Pie Squares

    2 C flour 2/3 C confectioners sugar 3/4 C butter (softened) 1/2 C packed brown sugar 1/2 t salt 1/2 C honey 2/3 C butter 3 T whipping cream 3-1/2 C pecans, coarsely chopped Grease a 9×12-inch baking pan. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Stir the flour and powdered sugar together. Cut in the…

  • Easy Christmas Pretzel Treats

    A bag of little round pretzels A bag of Hershey’s kisses -or- a bag of Rolos A bag of red and green M&Ms -or- a bag of pecan halves Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a couple of cookie sheets. Arrange the pretzels on the cookie sheets so that they don’t overlap. Place a…

  • Saltine Toffee Crunch With Dark Chocolate

    35 to 40 saltines (about 2 sleeves worth) 1 C butter 1 C light brown sugar 1-1/2 C dark chocolate chips Preheat the oven to 425 F. Use 1 or 2 rimmed pans. Line them with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange the saltines in the bottom of the pan with no space…