Family Friendly Recipes

Category: Dessert

Apple Spice Cake

Apple Spice Cake

Apple Spice Cake I was looking for my Mother’s Spice Cake recipe and unfortunately it has been lost.  So I took my Aunt Hattie’s Applesauce Cake recipe from 1949 and made some modification to it, basically adding what I remember from my Mother Spice Cake […]

Sautéed Apples

Sautéed Apples

Sautéed Apples An easy recipe for Sautéed Apples that can be used in cakes, cupcakes, muffins, pastries or even just spooned over ice cream. In a large frying pan, add the diced apples, sugar, butter, vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract) and cinnamon.  Sauté until […]

Baked Apples

Baked Apples

Baked Apples I know it isn’t fall, but it is still a little chilly here even though Spring has started.  It has been in the mid-40s, plus cold and rainy.   All I wanted to eat was something warm.  Baked Apples are perfect to have something […]

Pecan Tassies (Pecan Nut Cups)

Pecan Tassies (Pecan Nut Cups)

Pecan Tassies Pecan Tassies (also known as Pecan Nut Cups or Pecan Delights)…are wonderful little nut cups, made with a cream cheese pastry dough and filled with a suburb pecan/walnut filling.  The perfect bite-size treat!     I tried to find the origin of this […]

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies This posting is somewhat bittersweet for me, as Gingerbread Cookies are typically one of the last Christmas cookies that I make each year.  Gingerbread Cookies are the quintessential Christmas cookie.  I have been using this recipe since the 1970s.  It has the perfect […]

Spritz Cookies

Spritz Cookies

Spritz Cookies Your cookie jar should be getting filled by now with all of these cookie recipes I have been sharing.  Every cookie baker should have a classic Spritz Cookie recipe in their repertoire and here is mine. Spritzgebäck, oftened shortened to Spritz in the […]

Almond Biscotti

Almond Biscotti

Almond Biscotti Almond Biscotti, a classic Italian cookie!  Biscotti, also known as cantucci, originated in the city of Prato.  These oblong-shaped cookies are always twice-baked.  They are crunchy and meant to be dipped into a drink such as coffee, tea or wine.  Unlike other Italian […]

Pizzelle

Pizzelle

Pizzelle (Italian Waffle Cookies) Pizzelle is a  classic Italian wafer cookie that is sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar.  They are typically lightly flavored with anise.  However, other flavors such as vanilla, almond or lemon are also used. Cocoa powder and a little extra sugar can also […]

Cocoa Cookies

Cocoa Cookies

Cocoa Cookies (Italian Cocoa Cookies) My cookie factory is in full swing for the holidays!  I think these are my favorite Italian Christmas cookies!  Rich cocoa and warm spices with a light icing on top…so good!  These drop cookies are really simple and quick to […]

Cuccidati (Fig Cookies)

Cuccidati (Fig Cookies)

Cuccidati Cuccidati (Sicilian Fig Cookies) are fig and nut stuffed cookies traditionally served at Christmas, weddings or other special occasions.  I am not sure why, but my Mother called them Wish-A-Da-Da’s.  My Grandmother spoke broken English.  It is possible that my Mother didn’t understand what […]


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