Dessert is my favorite part of the meal. We make a different recipe each week that I share with my readers.
Dessert is King
It is the most popular part of the meal at our house. I find that I make the same meals over and over because they fit within my budget. However, we have more room to experiment with the sweets. We make a different one each week and we love experimenting with new recipes.
Eat Small with Big Flavor
Since we are so thrifty, only the best recipes will make the cut. It’s got to be easy to make, with few ingredients and most of all packed with flavor. The healthier the better! This Mamma doesn’t waste her time when it comes to Dessert!
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Apple Kuchen is a traditional German dish. Similar to an apple crisp in texture, but with more flavor this desert is sure to become a family favorite! Cook it in a crock pot for a quick dish when you are low on time! Rock the Crock Pot Crock pot recipes are king in our house. I am always looking for new ways to make quick dishes that can cook while I am working on other projects or busy with work. This dessert is fantastic for dinner with friends or to have warm and ready when you come home from Trick or Treating. Apple Kuchen is a traditional German dish made from freshly baked apples. You can use any good baking apple for this dish. We enjoy Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Winesap, Golden Delicious and various other varieties that our local orchard has on hand. Start with a single variety then add different apples to experiment with the unique flavors that they create. My grandmother always served apple dishes with a slice of cheese on the side. This practice is a delightful way to finish a meal and takes away that over stuffed feeling if you ate too much for dinner. It really works! Apple Kuchen Recipe Print Yum Crock Pot Apple Kuchen Recipe Ingredients6 cups sliced and peeled baking apples, such as Granny Smith 2 cups brown sugar 1 cup flour or gluten free flour 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 cup butter 2 tsp. vanilla 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger 1/4 tsp. ground cloves Whip cream (optional) Slices of cheddar, co-jack, havarti… Read More »
Delicious Pumpkin Bar Treats can be made with canned or fresh pumpkin. They are a rich and satisfying desert that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Pumpkin Pie Bar Treats Our family eats loads of pumpkin dishes in the fall. Everything from muffins and breads to soups, ice cream, cookies and pie. Sometimes you just can’t get enough. This Pumpkin Pie Bar recipe is sure to be a favorite with your family. It’s a breeze to make and everyone always loves it. Print Yum Delicious Pumpkin Bar Treats IngredientsBars: 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup coconut oil 1 16 oz can pumpkin pie mix 2 cups flour (can also use gluten free flour) 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 tsp. ground cloves 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda Icing: 2 8 oz. packages of softened cream cheese 1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick) 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup powdered sugar InstructionsIn a large bowl, mix together eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin. Stir in flour, baking powder cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Add salt and baking soda. Mix thoroughly. Grease 9 x 13″ pan. Pour in mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until a tooth pick comes out clean. Let cool. Mix frosting by beating cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Add powdered sugar. Spread on bars.0.1 If you love this post, try some of these other recipe ideas: Molasses Cookies Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies Guilt Free, Gluten Free Chocolate Waffles for Any Diet Gluten Free Chocolate Oatmeal… Read More »
Fall is almost here! What shouts fall more than tasty apple recipes?! Here are some we found around the internet that we’d love to try this apple season. Do you need an impressive looking treat to take to a party? Look no further! Inspired by Charm has created this tasty apple cranberry slab pie. It tastes as good as it looks! Not all apple recipes are sweet! Apples also make an excellent addition to many savory recipes as well. Check out this quesadilla that pairs apples with bacon and cheddar, a classic combo. The details for this simple recipe are all over on Home & Plate. While apples make a great mid-day snack, sometimes they can get a little tiresome. Vicky at Mess for Less used some extra apples she had to make these tasty chips. What a great way to salvage apples that have been sitting around a few days too long, and also get a great snack out of it! Pork and apples are always a great combination. The Blond Cook shares a great slow cooker recipe that would be great for a fall afternoon. Who wants to spend these beautiful days inside cooking? Not me! Pam at House of Hawthornes decided to find a new way to make this childhood favorite. Baked apples are such a simple desert, sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. This apple butter recipe is a result of hard work paying off big time! I spend years perfecting this recipe. Who doesn’t want a special apple treat that will last throughout the year?! Head over to… Read More »
Homemade Brownies are comfort food. They are easy to make from scratch with basic ingredients. Whip up a batch today for your next family dinner or potluck. Homemade Brownies Brownies are a classic treat. My mother loves them, she constantly bring home brownie mixes from the grocery store. Unfortunately, I hate brownie mix! The mixes are always too sweet and never cook all the way through the middle. In the search for a perfect brownie recipe, I have discovered that less is more. Simple ingredients and bit more fat make for a delicious, satisfying brownie that cooks all the way through. Print Yum Homemade Brownies Recipe Ingredients1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder 3/4 cup butter 1/2 almond flour or gluten free baking mix 1/3 cup chunky peanut butter or almond butter 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 2 eggsInstructions•Preheat oven to 350 degrees. •Melt butter in shallow pan on low heat. Add peanut butter. Stir to combine until fully melted. •Combine dry ingredients in a medium size bowl. •Add butter mixture to dry ingredients, stir by hand until completely combined. •Grease 8″ x 8″ square pan. Spread brownie mixture into pan. *Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool before serving. •Makes 15-20 small brownies. 0.1 Tips for Success [bctt tweet=”Not all brownies are created equal.” username=”designermom4″] It took me years to discover that brownies should only be baked in a metal baking pan. This is critical to baking success. For a long time I used… Read More »
This No Fail Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Recipe is a family secret. Hundreds of people have enjoy it at our family’s cheese house restaurant. The secret, is that it is so easy to make! Pumpkin Cheesecake Family Recipe If you are new to my blog, you may not know our family history. My husband’s family has been in the cheese business here in Wisconsin for more than 40 years. This cheese cake is a seasonal favorite at our family’s Cheese House restaurant. It never fails to disappoint! The secret, is that it’s very easy to make. This is one of those treats where you don’t look at calories or worry about fat content. Because, if you do, the experience is not the same. This is not your average cheesecake, but cheesecake for the hearty appetite. You can thank me later! We have sampled cheesecakes at different restaurants over the years, but let me tell you this one puts them all to shame. Even the Cheesecake Factory can’t compare to this. Print Yum No Fail Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Recipe Ingredients1 1/2 lbs. real cream cheese (full fat) 3 eggs 2 cups sugar 16 oz. sour cream 2 tsp. vanilla 16 oz. can of spiced pumpkin pie filling Chopped hazelnuts for topping 2 cups crushed graham crackers 1/2 cup melted butterInstructionsLet all ingredients come to room temperature before beginning. Cream the cheese, eggs and sugar. Add pumpkin pie mix. Combine thoroughly. Add sour cream. Combine graham crackers with the melted butter. Spread mixture in the bottom of a 13 x 9″ pan. Bake… Read More »
Strawberry Rhubarb Cake is easy to make. Whip up an impressive cake with only 3 ingredients for your next family dinner or pot luck. Lucious Strawberry Rhubarb Cake Strawberry and Rhubarb is one of our favorite combinations. We love this easy cake for last minute gatherings and pot lucks. The cake is made with fresh or frozen rhubarb, you will be surprised at how tasty it is! It’s also pretty, looks like of like pink fairy dust….. Why You Need This Cake I am a health nut and most of the time we eat extremely healthy diet. However, there are days when I just want to eat a CAKE and not worry about all that other stuff. What’s the point of eating healthy all the time when you can’t enjoy a little treat now and then? This cake is that treat, easy to make, inexpensive and quick to bake. It’s not gluten free, sugar free, calorie free, or even organic. But it sure tastes good! Especially with fresh whip cream, just saying’! Print Yum Strawberry Rhubarb Cake with Three Ingredients Ingredients1 box of yellow cake mix ( plus water or oil and eggs as directed on the box) 1 small box of strawberry jello 4 cups fresh or frozen rhubarb Fresh strawberries or cream for topping (optional)InstructionsMix cake mix according to package directions. Grease a 13″ x 9″ pan. Clean rhubarb, remove leaves. Chop into 1″ pieces. Place in bottom of greased pan. Pour 1/2 of the strawberry jello powder on top of the rhubarb. Pour cake mix on top… Read More »
Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies, win your family over with these delicious treats! Secrets of the Snickerdoodle Cookie We recently discovered the Secrets of the Snickerdoodle Cookie. I have been cooking my way through a number of new recipes. This is the first batch of Snickerdoodles we have ever made and it definitely won’t be our last. This classic cookie is sure to become one of your family’s go to favorites. Snickerdoodles are basically a sugar cookie with lots of spices, and a delightful pecan on top. We found a secret combination of spices that make this cookie completely unique. They will melt in your mouth! Snickerdoodle Recipe Print Yum Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies Ingredients3 cups Sugar 5 1/2 cups all purpose Flour 1 cup butter, softened 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons Nutmeg 1/2 teaspoons finely ground Cloves 3 teaspoons CinnamonInstructions•Combine butter and 2 cups of sugar. •Add vanilla, eggs and cream of tartar. •Add baking soda and salt. •Roll dough into 1″ balls. •Roll balls in mixture of 1 cup sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves. •Place balls on greased cookie sheet. • Press each ball slightly with the bottom of a glass until flattened. Add a Pecan half into the top of each cookie. •Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.0.1 Yield is 5 dozen cookies. More Great Recipes Try some of these other great recipes below! Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookies Must Have Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies Quick… Read More »
These Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookies are perfect for a special treat with loads of flavor. Easy recipe! Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookies This Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookie recipe is my latest obsession. Not only is it easy to make, but completely delicious. It even smells amazing with the lavender herbs. The Meyer Lemons are my favorite and seem to have the most powerful flavor and scent. They are also a rich deep yellow color. How could you not love them? Lemon and Lavender are often used together in European cooking from Italy or France. I have seen recipes for ice cream, cakes, roast chicken and more. My family was anxious to try these new cookies and they have become one of our new favorites. Lavender Sources This recipe calls for a bit of dried fresh lavender. You can find this edible herb at specialty herb or gourmet shops. Amazon also carries it stock. If you have it growing in your garden you can use that instead, as long as it’s organically grown without pesticide. Recipe Print Yum Lemon Lavender Sugar Cookies IngredientsCookie Ingredients: 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 honey 1 cup powdered sugar 1 cup softened butter 1 cup softened coconut oil 2 eggs 4 1/2 cups flour 2 Tablespoons grated lemon zest 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed lavender blossoms Icing Ingredients: 2/3 cup powdered sugar 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice InstructionsCombine sugars, honey, butter, coconut oil and eggs in a large bowl. Mix well. Add flour,… Read More »
Quick and Easy recipes are my favorite, here is a killer cookie recipe for a unique peanut butter oatmeal combo. Quick and Easy Peanut Butter and Oats Our family loves cookies. We make a batch or two each month for different occasions. This Peanut Butter Oatmeal recipe is one of our go to family favorites, as it pleases all the appetites in our household. Some of us like Peanut Butter, some like Oatmeal and when you put the two things together you have an instant recipe for success. My Peanut Butter Oatmeal version also has some coconut for a bit of the sweet taste, and dried cranberries for the sour palette. Our kids fight for the cookies with the most cranberries in them, proof of a winning recipe! Recipe Notes This Peanut Butter Oatmeal recipe makes a large batch, as much as this is great for a big family, it may be too much for a small one. However, if you have leftover cookies, bag them by the dozen in zip-lock freezer bags and store them for future use. My kids are forever forgetting to tell me when it’s their turn to bring a treat to soccer, youth group, choir or any of their other activities. With a couple of bags of homemade cookies in the freezer, I am almost always prepared for those last minute treat requests. In addition, this saves me both time and money not having to make any last minute trips to the grocery store to purchase treats! Here’s what you will need to make Peanut Butter… Read More »
Must Have Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies are easy to make and so delicious! The secret ingredient makes all the difference! Must Have Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies Your family will love this Must Have Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. For years I only used the Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that came on the back of the bag of the chocolate chips. You know what I mean? I just figured it was the best. Wrong! One day I experimented with some new ingredients, and found something better! We never went back to the old way of making chocolate chip cookies! Most of all, butter and sour cream give this cookie a delightful light texture (it’s a secret, don’t tell your family what’s in it!). You may want to make an extra batch to put in the freezer for last minute treats when friends come to visit. Chocolate Chips are Comfort Food Chocolate chip cookies disappear faster at our home than you can imagine! Seems like I can make a batch of fresh cookies, leave the room while they are cooling, and come back to an empty table. It’s true! In addition, this recipe has become one of our family kitchen staples. It’s probably the easiest cookie to make and produces a winner that everyone will love. The noteworthy secret ingredient is the addition of sour cream. We prefer to use the dark chocolate chips, our favorite brands include either Ghirardelli or Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate chips. Either brand will work, or you can use your favorite. In addition, you can add walnuts if you… Read More »
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