The spicy apple flavor combined with the sweet cream cheese frosting made this dessert a treasured recipe. Even though I've lightened it up, it's still a family favorite.
Bohemian Kolaches This kolache recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law, who received it from her mother! It was a standard treat in their family, made nearly every week. Now I make these kolaches for my own family for special occasions. Grandma's Honey Muffins I can remember my Grandma Wheeler making these delicious muffins—we'd eat them nice and warm, fresh from the oven!
She was a "pinch of this" and "handful of that" kind of cook, so getting the ingredient amounts correct for the recipe was a challenge. Now it's a family treasure!
Grandma Krause's Coconut Cookies When my two daughters were young, their great-grandma made them coconut cookies with oats. Thankfully, she shared the recipe. Grandma's Tandy Kake My grandmother made this for all our family gatherings. Everyone loves it now I make it for every party we attend or host. Rhubarb Sour Cream Coffee Cake With a tart kick from fresh spring rhubarb, this coffee cake is an irresistible way to start the day—or end it!
Grandma's Star Cookies My husband's grandma would only make these butter cutouts with a star cookie cutter. I use various shapes for celebrations throughout the year. I remember feeling so special when "we" served them. If you have never worked with yeast, this is the recipe for you. Gingersnap Crumb Pear Pie This basic recipe was one my grandmother used for making crumble pies from fresh fruit.
She simply substituted oats, gingersnaps or vanilla wafers depending on the fruit. Pear was always my favorite. I added the ginger and caramel to give it a new twist. I fondly remember how she taught me the recipe when I was a little girl. Cookie Jar Gingersnaps My grandma kept two cookie jars in her pantry. One of the jars, which I now have, always had these crisp and chewy gingersnaps in it. They're still my favorite cookie recipe. My daughter, Becky, used this recipe for a 4-H fair and won a blue ribbon. When I got married, my mother gave me a copy and I hope to someday pass it down to my children.
Now I love to bake it whenever I can for my family and friends. Iced Orange Cookies I usually make these bite-size cookies at Christmastime, when oranges in Florida are plentiful, but they're delicious any time of year. Every time I sniff their wonderful aroma, I remember my grandmother, who shared the recipe. Hungarian Nut Rolls It isn't officially the holidays until I've made this treasured nut roll recipe from my husband's grandmother.
The apple-walnut filling is moist, subtly sweet and flavorful. Buttery Orange Sugar Cookies My husband's grandmother made a variety of cookies every year for her grandkids at Christmastime. She would box them up and give each child his or her own box. This crisp, orange flavored cookie is one of my favorites from her collection. Raspberry Custard Kuchen Back where I grew up in Wisconsin, people have been baking this German treat for generations. We love it for breakfast or as a special dessert. It's no fuss to fix and impressive to serve. Because of that early training, fresh homemade bread like this is a staple in my own kitchen.
Crisp Sugar Cookies My grandmother always had sugar cookies in her pantry, and we grandchildren would empty that big jar quickly because they were the best! I now regularly bake these wonderful cookies to share with friends. Zucchini Cupcakes I asked my grandmother for this recipe after trying these irresistible spice cupcakes at her home. I love their creamy caramel frosting. They're such a scrumptious dessert you actually forget you're eating your vegetables, too! Grandma Brubaker's Orange Cookies At least two generations of my family have enjoyed the recipe for these delicate orange-flavored cookies.
Icebox Honey Cookies My Grandma Wruble always had a batch of these cookies in the cookie jar and another roll in the refrigerator ready to slice and bake. Their honey and lemon flavor is delicious! Grandma's Orange Rolls Both our two children and grandchildren love these fine-textured sweet rolls.
We have our own orange, lime and grapefruit trees, and it's such a pleasure to go out and pick fruit right off the tree. Poppy Seed Cheese Bread This easy-to-make bread goes well with a salad luncheon or a casserole dinner. But I especially like to serve it with spaghetti and pasta dishes. The cheese topping is its crowning glory! This traditional recipe gives me three cheese-filled coffee cakes drizzled with a sweet vanilla icing.
Fudge Nut Brownies There's no brownie recipe or mix I've ever tried that's better than this! And it's so easy—you can mix it in one bowl in just a few minutes. My husband's grandmother passed the recipe on; now our son makes these brownies for after-school snacks. Apple Raisin Bread I've been making this bread for many years.
It smells so good in the oven and tastes even better. I make bread almost every Saturday, and it doesn't stay around long with our sons home from college in the summer. There are so many ways to make it work. Also, one easy serving size. Just pack a spoon and go. These are my best muffins ever ever everrr. Perfect for a one-handed breakfast on the go. Er, on the baby feed. Or whatever. Eating this bright, lemony freshness is basically the same as showering. If I were a new mom, I would need that at least 10x day.
Snack attack-able. The major clusters in this one make for easy walk-by handfuls. Why go to a bakery? Bring it to their house so they can wear sweats and you can stay for coffee and scones and baby snuggles. Just deliver the batter. A person could bake them into individual muffins each morning, but why would you when you could also bake it in a mug until slightly underbaked and then add honey and butter and enjoy a warm, buttery Raisin Bran mug muffin?
My point exactly. If you can find the time to make this for a friend in need, you are a saintly foodie.
This is a labor of love, but your friend just went through real labor. So there. Sometimes all you need to stop the fussing and crying is one bite of something sweet. For the adults, I mean. These are super easy to make and surprisingly so very retro-liciously good.
The crunch on these babies is some serious food therapy. Ohhhh how I would love to hear from you! What are your favorite meals that you make for friends who have babies or are going through hard times?
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More like tell me what is helpful. What do you like? Frozen or unfrozen, baked or unbaked, healthy or not even anything veggie-like? I also love food photography. I wrote an ebook that can help you learn your camera and I also teach food photography workshops in our Minneapolis studio. Did you make a recipe?
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