Tutti-Fruitti Cookies (Lady Baltimore Cookies)

This is a recipe that one of my cousins developed when she was in high school. She won a national cooking contest with the recipe and as I remember the prize was a new stove. The recipe uses a filling similar to the Lady Baltimore Cake between two buttery cookies. I usually cut the recipe…

Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies

This is a recipe given to me by a co-worker. A great chocolate cookie with a mint candy surprise in the middle… You can either use the whole peppermint patty in the cookie or use just half of the patty. Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon…

Raspberry Coconut Cookies

A great cookie to have at Christmas or anytime during the year… Raspberry Coconut Cookies 3/4 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup flaked coconut 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt Filling 1/4 cup butter, softened 2/4 cup powdered sugar 2 teaspoons milk…

Mississippi Mud Cookies

Mississippi Mud Cakes are popular in the South – a rich chocolate sheet cake with chocolate chips, nuts and marshmallows. This is a cookie recipe that uses the same basic ingredients to make a chewy chocolate cookie. Good at Christmas or anytime of the year. Mississippi Mud Cookies 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels 1/2 cup…

Cathedral Window Candy

I found this recipe while in high school and we starting making it at Christmas since it makes such a pretty addition to the Christmas desserts. My original recipe used a double boiler (remember those?) to melt the chocolate pieces and butter. But now the microwave has taken the place of the double boiler for…

Stollen (German Christmas Bread)

Stollen was a Christmas staple for my German mother-in-law. I continue to make stollen yearly for my husband which he enjoys with a generous dollop of butter and a cup of coffee. The recipe below makes two large loaves. Rather than two large loaves, I divide the dough into four parts and make three smaller…

Russian Tea Cake Cookies (Raspberry Pinwheels)

This is a recipe that my German mother-in-law always made at Christmas. I have no idea where it got the name of “Russian Tea Cakes” but is absolutely my favorite cookie – a rich dough formed into a pinwheel with raspberry jelly, nuts and cinnamon on the inside.  Use parchment paper on the cookie sheets…

Pfeffernuesse (Pepper Nuts)

This is a traditional German spice cookie that my mother-in-law always made at Christmas. Pfeffernuesse 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 cup butter,…

Cream Cheese Dainties

Another one of my Christmas cookies. The cream cheese makes a very delicate cookie with a hint of almond flavor and I love the green and red candied cherries – looks wonderful on your cookie tray. Cream Cheese Dainties 1/2 cup butter 1 3-ounce package cream cheese (softened) 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon almond extract…

Sugar (Cut-Out) Cookies

We moved to Pennsylvania almost 40 years ago and I discovered that the local tradition at Christmas is making a wide variety of cookies. Where I grew up in south Arkansas, we would make pies and cakes but I did not know about the Christmas cookie tradition. However, I gladly embraced the Christmas cookie tradition…

Making Pies in Jars

I first heard about baking pies in canning jars through a blog post from my local orchard. With a freezer full of summer fruit picking,  and some empty jelly jars, I decided to give it a try.  I searched online for additional information and found great directions at Our Best Bites. I headed to the…

Simple Apple Dumplings

Since I live in an area where apple dumplings are taken fairly seriously with apple dumpling festivals and apple dumpling queens, I hesitate to call this recipe apple dumplings since it is not the traditional apple and crust. This is a recipe I got at a family reunion and like a lot of “family reunion…

Apple Coffee Cake

I have been away from the blog for awhile as the business of work, summer gardening and general activity took precedence. Now it is September and in our area September means fresh apples from the many local orchards. I love the smell of apples baking and am always looking for a new baked good using…

Blueberry Coffee Cake

It will be another month or two before our local blueberries are ready. But while we wait for our local berries, here is a recipe that uses fresh blueberries (or you can use frozen berries) that is good as a dessert or as a coffee bread. Blueberry Coffee Cake 1 large egg 1/2 cup milk…

Fastnachts (German Doughnuts)

Today is Fastnacht Day here in the Pennsylvania German area of Pennsylvania. I have copied my post from last year about fastnachts below. Happy Fastnacht Day! There are two different traditions in my life related to the German yeast doughnuts known as fastnachts or fashnachts.  My German mother-in-law made fastnachts on Good Friday because they abstained from meat…

Blackberry Cake

During the summer, I picked 19 pounds of blackberries at our local orchard. This winter the frozen berries have been wonderful as pies and cobblers. This recipe is a cross between a cobbler and a cake and a very good way to use some blackberries. Blackberry Cake 1/2 cup butter, cut into chunks 1 cup…

Swedish Cinnamon Ring

When I was in high school we had a Swedish high school student live with use for several weeks through the International Farm Youth Exchange program. Gunilla gave my mother a Swedish recipe book before she left and one recipe that we made many times over the years is a cinnamon yeast dough that can…

Ranger Cookies

Ranger Cookies 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 cup flour 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup oatmeal 1 cup cornflakes 1/2 cup chopped nuts 1/2 cup coconut (optional) 1. Cream shortening, sugars, and egg. Add flour, salt,…

Knobby Apple Cake

Nothing says fall like the smell of an apple cake baking in the oven. I have posted several variations of apple cake but here is one more recipe that uses fresh apples coarsely chopped along with some nuts and a touch of cinnamon. Knobby Apple Cake 3 tablespoons butter 1 cup sugar 1 egg, beaten…

Danish Raspberry Bars

For the lovers of raspberries, butter and almonds… a rich and flavorful dessert bar. Danish Raspberry Bars 1 1/2 cups sifted flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted 3/4 cup red raspberry preserves 1/4 cup chopped or slivered almonds Powdered sugar 1. Heat…