Cherry Pie

It was my mom’s 81st birthday (or would have been) yesterday; and since she always asked for cherry pie instead of birthday cake, I decided to make one in her honor. I used this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction (the same folks who gave me this awesome bagels recipe). But I’ve got a few notes: … Read more

Oatmeal-chocolate-chip-raisin cookies

The top note in this recipe is definitely the oatmeal. Meaning, your first bite tells your brain, “This is an oatmeal cookie.” The raisins give it the chew and fruity sweetness I find I can’t do without in an oatmeal cookie; and the chocolate chips just bring the whole thing home. I’m thinking that some … Read more

Jello Salads

Ahhhhhh 2020, are there no limits to the havoc you will wreak? You’ve got me eating Jell-O! Mixed with Cool-Whip and sour cream, no less!!! Side bar: on all these recipe blogs I researched for this compilation, the writer always feels the need to clarify that we aren’t talking about salad, as in lettuce and … Read more

Coconut Macaroons

Holy moley, are these good!!! And sooooooo superior to anything you can buy at the store. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and a filling dose of healthy coconut besides. Plus they’re so easy! If you want them a little chocolatey, stir a few chocolate chips into the batter before baking. Way easier … Read more

Vanilla Pudding

This fast, easy homemade pudding is delicious on its own. But it’s also the base for all kinds of desserts: cream pies – add sliced bananas or other fruit and pour into a baked pie shell Boston cream pie – which is actually vanilla cake with pudding instead of frosting between the layers, and chocolate … Read more

Swedish rosettes

These cookies have lost part of their charm for me, now that a similar confection is so widely available at street fairs. Sometimes called an elephant ear, sometimes just “fried dough,” it’s all basically the same – a very simple batter deep fried and then dusted heavily with powdered sugar. The addition of the lemon … Read more

Krumkakker

Along with sandbakkles and pepperkakker, krumkakker are one of the cookies that form the Norwegian triumvirate. If you ever go to a Swedish market, or a Scandinavian Christmas mart, you’re guaranteed to find these for sale – often with a cream filling. But as purists, we Oksendahls/Sahlbergs serve the cookies plain, no filling. Making this … Read more

Sour Cream Cashew Drops

Cashews are my dad’s favorite snack. Every year, he gets an oversized bag of them in his stocking, and we always have to make these cookies. They’re quite tasty plain, but the brown-butter frosting is what makes them really special. 1/2 c soft butter 1 c brown sugar 1 egg 1 t vanilla 2 c … Read more

Xmas Wreaths

These are my favorite cookies, hands down. They’re also my brother Jay’s favorites, as well as the favorite of all his kids. They’re really simple, but there are a few tricks I’ve learned over the years: Don’t make a double batch. The marshmallow will harden before you’re done shaping all the wreaths; and if you … Read more

Rum Balls

These look very pretty on the cookie plate, because they’re visually really different than the others – small, round, and dark. Plus they come together really easily. I personally prefer using kalhua to the rum. Bourbon is also good! 1 c Nilla water crumbs 1 c chopped pecans 1 c powdered sugar + extra for … Read more