Category Archives: Sweets & Treats

A Christmas Cookie for Ginger Nuts


Over the holidays, the great cookie debate inevitably flares. In this eternal debate, I always choose crisp over chewy. For me, the snap and crunch of a cookie matters as much as its flavor. But if chewy cookies are your thing, do read on.

Pear and Cranberry Tart


A sweet ending to a great meal makes a Thanksgiving feast even more memorable. Fresh local pears are in season throughout Canada during the fall and are available at your local Walmart Supercentre, making them a tasty and budget-friendly option for desserts. Tart, dried cranberries complement sweet pears, and make a flavourful addition to this recipe.

How to Pop Real Old Fashioned Popcorn


What could be more basic than popcorn? You just pull the bag out of its plastic wrap and pop it in the microwave, right? Sure, if you want to ingest a whole lot of extra chemical “goodies” along with your popcorn. But if you want just the popcorn, oil, salt and butter, you’re going to have to pop the kernels yourself in a pan.

Mini No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes


Take the bite-sized dessert trend to the next level this Thanksgiving with a mini pumpkin cheesecake. This no-bake treat is perfect for getting the kids involved, and the budget-friendly ingredients can be found at your local Walmart.

Baking Basics: Getting The Best Performance from Eggs in Desserts


Whether you prefer grandma’s famous pumpkin pie, snowflake cookies or delicious eggnog custard, there are plenty of dessert options to choose from during the holiday season. We often associate holiday desserts with sugar, frosting and all things sweet. However, the most important ingredient is not one that satisfies our sweet tooth, but is rather much simpler, and extremely nutritious — eggs!

No-Bake Watermelon Cake


Satisfy your sweet tooth with this fun no-bake “cake” the whole family will enjoy. Fresh summer watermelon makes for a sturdy base and boasts plenty of vitamins and cancer-fighting phytochemicals. Protein-packed Greek yogurt, with cream cheese and a little whipped cream, creates a sweet and tangy frosting.

Gluten-Free Crackled Chocolate Cookies


We’ve all heard the complaints: Gluten-free cakes taste like sand – and gluten-free cookies are brittle and bland.

This type of diet does sound restrictive but there are plenty of ways to indulge in sweet treats without sacrificing flavor.

“This classic fudgy cookie crackles delightfully on top while it bakes,” says Tom Filippou, executive chef for President’s Choice cooking schools. “We made them with our new gluten-free flour, so you can share them with everyone.”

Brownie Sundae on a Stick with Peanut Butter Fudge Sauce

nc_Brownie Sundae-87076H-1

If you’re looking for an indulgent treat, this twist on the ice cream parlour classic is just the trick. The combination of peanut butter, fudge and fresh fruit is sure to delight kids and those young at heart. This decadent sauce can be kept refrigerated for up to one week.

Made-over Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bites


Today marks AICR’s 600th healthy recipe so we decided to celebrate with something sweet and simple to make.This recipe combines fiber-rich whole rolled oats, creamy nut butter and heart healthy omega-3 fatty acid rich flaxseeds. A delicious hybrid between a cookie and a bar, these bites will satisfy your sweet tooth and your mid-afternoon hunger.

Mini Christmas Puddings


I have a great little recipe for these mini Christmas puddings. They are made from chocolate, marshmallows and rice Krispies. They are very simple to make and kids will love them.

Chocolate Marshmallow Peanut Fudge


When I was in grade school I made candy with some of my friends. I had invited them to a party and my mother thought pulling taffy would be a fun activity for us. She assembled the ingredients, heated the mixture, and let the giggling girls know when it was ready to pull. In my mind I can still see the long strand of taffy getting longer — far longer than I thought it would.

Chocolate Banana Strudel


The best Hungarian bakery in New York City, now sadly out of business, was near my apartment. Their mouth-watering strudels included traditional apple, cheese and ones filled with vegetables, including spinach or carrot. Cabbage strudel, mildly sweet and studded with raisins, was my favorite until recently, when I discovered this indulgent pairing of banana and chocolate.

Take Your Family Back in Time With These Old Fashion Desserts – Indian Pudding and Apple Cobbler

Mark Pellegrini640px-Apple_Cobbler1

I think it is fun to go back to the old fashion recipes of our heritage from time to time. This is especially important for the youngsters in our families to have a connection to the past.

Lemon Squares


Lemon Bars

Lemon squares are a delicious citrus dessert, a mix of sweet and sour flavours that help to wake the senses. Before you start make sure you have a clean large surface area for baking. You’ll want to keep the surface floured (as well as your hands) because the recipe tends to be sticky. Be sure to use a well floured surface (and hands) when forming your dough disk. You’ll want to use room temperature eggs for the filling.

How to Make a Gingerbread House


If you’re like me, you love the holiday season. Why? Because it gives you an excuse to craft gifts, decorations – and best of all – make your own gingerbread houses! Last year, my husband and I decided that we would have a little competition between us and his sister. The task? Build the best, most ambitious gingerbread house you could muster. The game was on!

Enjoy Some Old Fashion Desserts This Holiday Season


There is just something about old fashion cakes, pies, cookies, etc that I love. And they are never better than at holiday time. Perhaps because they bring back memories of holiday gatherings with family and friends long gone from our lives. Here are some of my favorite recipes from the days of my childhood over 60 years ago. I hope they will bring good memories to mind for you, too.

My husband’s grandfather raised a whole field full of squash. They were made into delicious pies for the holidays.

Secret Ingredients Make Wonderful Whoopie Pies


Anna Olson, celebrity chef and host of Food Network Canada’s Bake with Anna Olson, knows a thing or two about baking – and now she has something extra special to share.

“A whoopie pie is really not a pie at all, but is more like cupcake meets cookie,” she begins. “This recipe will give you two tender, cake-like cookies sandwiching a fluffy chocolate filling.”

Old Fashioned Soft Molasses Cookies


Old fashioned style molasses cookies. A good source of Iron and vitamins, and tastes good even though it’s a healthy treat!

Apple Crisp Recipe

apple_Crisp_with_Whipped_Cream-jeffreyw copy

One of my favorite dessert recipes is apple crisps. I’m not a big fan of apple pie or any pie for that matter. I like my desserts simple. If I want something sweet to eat I usually go for a baked or cooked apple recipe such as apple crisp or I’ll make strawberry shortcake.

Old Fashioned Apple Cake Recipes


Here are two apple cake recipes made from scratch. The first is a coffee cake and requires yeast and time for the dough to rise. Both are delicious served warm out of the oven, and may be topped with whipped cream if desired.

Old Fashioned Doughnuts and Peach Cobbler Recipes

Sugar-coated_donut- BrokenSphere_Wikimedia Common

You may want to line a baking pan with the paper towels to prevent greasy countertops. The doughnuts should take about 3 minutes to cook.

Lavender Heart Cookies

cookies_John Phelan

Lavender, its bushy hedges wafting a delicate scent in the winter sunshine, is one of my favourite herbs. It is hardy, smells wonderful, cleanses the air of viruses and repels insects. All these virtues and you can bake with it too! I was going through my recipe books yesterday, looking for something new to try in the biscuit baking line and saw a recipe for Lavender Heart Cookies. Every time I’d glanced through the book it had always intrigued me, but I’d never tried it before, as the idea of using lavender in baking seemed a little bizarre…interesting but probably getting results of ‘yuk Mum, what are these bits?’

Summer Sorbet Recipe


Sizzling hot summer days whirl you out of the kitchen to cool places, beaches, pools, rivers and lakes. Food gets simple and moves away from the kitchen to an outside barbeque, as the kitchen stove gets too hot to handle. Sometimes however, you do feel the urge to make something delicious and beautiful for dessert. This citrus sorbet recipe served in the hollowed out peels of the orange, mandarin or lemon is the perfect thing to make for a summer celebration.

Home Made Ice Cream Recipe for Coffee Can Ice Cream


The very best thing about having birthday cake is the ice cream that goes along with it. This delicious home made ice cream recipe can be made with a few simple ingredients and a couple of coffee cans.

Learn how to make your own yummy blend! It’s so easy to make and fun to eat! A great hands-on kids party activity!

There’s always room for ice cream. (That’s my motto!)

Peach Dessert Recipes

Peach_Cobbler-Ralph Daily

Here are three old-fashioned recipes for peach cobbler, peach dumplings, and peach cake with sweetened cream.

Cookies – No Bake Cookie Recipes


In our house cookies are a must. I suppose I spoiled our kids with homemade cookies because now they won’t touch a bag of the store-bought varieties. Perhaps some of these are the reason.

Have a Chocoholic Party


Create a Chocoholic Party

Looking for some fun party ideas? How about a chocoholic party?  New research is touting the benefits of dark chocolate and in fact, our ancestors knew about many of the benefits for many years. Hosting a Chocoholic party is easy and your guests will enjoy the unique idea.

Peanut Butter Cup S’mores


This twist on a fireside favourite is a must-have in the summer and is ready in mere minutes. The addition of peanut butter is sure to please the palate, and using chocolate peanut butter cups takes the s’mores experience to a whole new level.

Create ‘Ice Cream Truck’ Treats Straight from The Pantry

Style: "A2 210A"

With some creativity, and simple pantry staples, you can make the most delicious treats anytime. Using plain vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, a selection of Smucker’s Ice Cream Toppings and an assortment of your favourite candies, nuts and chocolates, you probably have all the basic ingredients on hand to create family favourite ice cream truck inspired recipes all year round.

Lemon Sponge – Zingy and Fresh Lemon Sponge Cake


This is a simple lemon sponge cake which is light, lemony and delicious, and is easy to prepare and cook. Anyone with a sweet tooth will enjoy the clean and fresh flavour of this sumptuous recipe, and it is always a good idea to make more than you think you need as it seems to disappear rather quickly!

Brewing Up Fresh Ideas in The Kitchen


How to incorporate craft beer into your cooking

For those that are experienced in the kitchen, wine may be a familiar ingredient to cook with, but many people don’t even consider using craft beer in their recipes. While it may not be commonplace quite yet, more and more people are learning that craft beer can add a flavorful dimension to a variety of dishes.

Strawberry Rhubarb Almond Crumble with Almond Cream


Packed with crunchy wholesome almonds, fresh strawberries and tasty rhubarb, this crumble is the perfect little treat.

Make Homemade Nut Brittle In Your Toaster Oven


I love nut brittle, including the most common one: peanut butter brittle. A little bit of looking will turn up an unlimited number of peanut butter brittle recipes; for that reason I won’t bother adding another to the already flooded list of contenders. Instead I’ll share with you some different varieties of nut brittle I have come up with over the years.

The World Famous Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


This will drool even the cookies hater! There is nothing more popular than a really good Chocolate Chip Cookie. The food is considered a true American comfort food. What’s needed is a really good cookie recipe. This one you’ll appreciate.

How to Make an Old Fashioned Buttermilk Blackberry Cake from Scratch


Do you remember the good old days when you mother or grandmother use to whip up just about anything you can imagine to eat? Making cakes and other desserts from scratch is quite a feat, especially when it is a dessert that anyone would love to eat. Making cakes from scratch can actually be considered an art form. Many people are wonderful when it comes to making the kinds of cakes that grandmothers use to serve to their families. However, some are just learning about cake making and others just need a few hints along the way to creating a wonderful eating experience.

How to Make Mamie Eisenhower’s Million Dollar Fudge and Molasses Peanut Brittle


These two old fashion candy recipes are delicious. Mamie Eisenhower’s Million Dollar Fudge two types of chocolate for a great chocolate candy. The Molasses Peanut Brittle can be made using pecans or other nuts, if you prefer.

Old Fashioned Apple Cake Recipes


Here are two apple cake recipes made from scratch. The first is a coffee cake and requires yeast and time for the dough to rise. Both are delicious served warm out of the oven, and may be topped with whipped cream if desired.

Treat Yourself to a Calorie-Conscious Crumble


For a unique dessert that will satisfy sweet cravings while keeping calories at bay, serve this delicious, fruit-filled dish.

How To Make Delicious Peanut Butter Cookies


Sure, there are lots of cookies out there, from the classic chocolate chip to plain sugar and everything in between. But really, when it comes to flavor, texture and all-around awesomeness, almost nothing tops a delicious, warm, gooey peanut butter cookie.

Recipes From This Texan’s Hoosier Heritage


As many of you know, I was born and raised in Southern Indiana with it’s rich heritage of “down-home cookin'” which still influences my cooking today. When I married my husband was in the USAF so we lived away for a few years. Then we returned to Southern Indiana for another dozen years before moving to Texas thirty years ago. This is a collection of some of my ‘Hoosier’ recipes down through the years. Today I am sharing the recipes for Hickory Nut Bread and Old Hoosier Sponge Candy.

5 Classic Holiday Cookie Recipes plus Cookie Making Tips


When it comes to the Holidays, I always look forward to baking some cookies for my family. I tend to go overboard with baking cookies. I usually bake 12-14 different varieties.

I would like to share a few cookie making tips with you today.

Recipes for Old Fashion Gingerbread and Scandinavian Almond Crescents


I love digging through my vintage recipe collection and finding new (well old, really) recipes to try. Here are a couple that are perfect for the holidays but would be tasty treats at anytime of the year. This old-fashion gingerbread recipe is perfect for the holidays since it is quick, easy, and serves eighteen. The Scandinavian Almond Crescents make a wonderful treat for sharing with family, friends, co-workers, teachers, etc. They would also make a great “food” gift that’s sure to please. I hope you will enjoy these recipes.

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Craze Recipe


Cookies are regarded as the most, sought-after baked products. This is simply because they are easy to make, and cookies, unlike other baked foods, have a longer shelf life. They could also come in handy whenever you need energy since they are considered as carbohydrate-rich foods. There is also an array of flavors for cookies.

How to Make Oatmeal Cookies


Did you know that oatmeal was confectioned not before the later decades of the 19th century? Anyway, here’s a traditional recipe of drop oatmeal cookie that all and sundry shall like. 

Excellent Recipe for Black Forest Cake


Are you thinking of a great present for a loved one? You might want to purchase stylish clothes, bags or any other product you see in shopping malls, and have these as presents. However, you might have no idea what to give that special someone – even if you have known each other for years. You might feel that no matter how expensive the items, these do not seem perfect enough to give as a present. Hence, you end up feeling clueless what to purchase for your loved one.

Delectable Recipe for Cake Pops


Most children have a fancy for sweet delicacies. They enjoy munching on almost anything that has sugar on it – candies, gum, cakes and pastries. If your child is having a birthday party at home, you should make it a point that the menu list contains something that appeals to his or her taste. Moreover, you would want to prepare a tasty recipe that almost any child would go crazy about.

Classic Recipe for Bread Pudding


Everyone enjoys a sweet dessert; whether it is a frozen treat or a luscious cake, you will surely love sinking your teeth in an appetizing food item. If you are on a budget, you can still make a nice dessert to complete every meal. In fact, you only need to use some ingredients you readily have at home to cook up something amazing. Hence, a delicious treat does not always need to be costly and extravagant.

Recipes for Homemade Caramel Corn and For Popcorn Caramel Crunch


Make your own snacks using these old-fashion recipes for Homemade Caramel Corn and Homemade Popcorn Caramel Crunch. With the kids out of school these are good recipes to make for or with them. We all know the kids are always wanting a snack and especially enjoy something they helped to make.

Different Ways to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies

fdp_Grant Cochrane-chocolatechipcookies-ID-100141776

Ask any crowd to name their favorite cookie and you will always get several “chocolate chip” answers. Chocolate chip cookies are probably one of the favorite cookies for just about anyone. The recipes in this article allow you to make chocolate chip cookies with a different twist. One recipe is for Chocolate Chunk Cookies. The Chocoat Chips are wonderful with the addition of chewy oats to a rather traditional chocolate chip recipe. The Chocolate Chunks allow you to bite into a bigger piece of chocolate making them a favorite of chocoholics! And the last recipe uses peanut butter and milk chocolate chips. All are yummy and sure to be crowd pleasers.

Grandma’s Fruitcake


This is the recipe that my grandmother brought with her when she and her family left Russia in the early 1900’s. As a child around the 1920’s or so, while living on a farm in Pennsylvania which at that time there were a great amount of people coming from Europe, you needed to be able to do things for yourself. She learned from her mother how to make a most delicious white fruit cake, a white fruitcake is a fruitcake that does not have any molasses, molasses which is very bitter, not having the molasses in the fruitcake gives it a lighter color, this gives it the name white fruitcake.

How To Make A Blackberry Buttermilk Cake Recipe


Back in July and August our blackberries finally came into season. I made a lot of jam, jellies and desserts using fresh blackberries. I also spent some time freezing some of my berries so that I could use them this fall.

This recipe was given to me a few years ago by a good friend of mine. You can use fresh or frozen blackberries to make this deliciously moist blackberry cake.

Recipes For Amish Pizza Cookies and Jam Filled Cookies


Anyone who has children knows how important it is to have a supply of cookies on hand. They are perfect for snacks with milk, can be used as dessert, are easy to handle on picnics, go easily in lunchboxes, and are perfect to grab on the way out the door. These Amish Pizza Cookies have a peanut butter cookie base and are baked on a pizza pan. Kids love making them and eating. I enjoy making them on foil, throw away pizza pans and taking them to church meals, picnics, reunions, etc. They will disappear quickly and you just toss the pan!

Making Old Fashioned Lemon Butter Cookies Recipe


My great aunt who is 83 years old has been baking and cooking all of her life. When I was a little girl, I could remember spending countless hours with her in the kitchen and learning just about everything I know today that pertains to baking.

This is a recipe she started making back in the 1960’s and to this day, its one of our family’s favorite cookie recipes. Back in the 1960’s money was tight so women used to whip up recipes using the common ingredients they usually had on hand.

If you love lemon flavored cookies, then give this recipe a try.

The Secret Ingredient To Making Chunky Granola


Homemade granola is good, very good. It’s much better than the store-bought varieties. Fresh from the oven, warm, and made with your favorite ingredients, it makes a great snack or breakfast cereal. We love it as trail mix too.

But it’s hard to get it to clump up as it should. Granola should have clumps that are chewy and tasty, not just a mixture of rolled cereals. But most recipes won’t work. There’s a secret to making granola that clumps. We’ll tell you the secret.

Old Fashion Apple Recipes: California Fresh Apple Cake and Homemade Applesauce


Apples are celebrated in everything from song to the dinner table. Apples have long been a staple in a well-stocked kitchen. From picking apples in Grandma’s back yard to buying them at country fruit stands, we can always find a way to enjoy this delicious fruit. Here are a couple of old-fashion recipes that use these wonderful fruits. The California Fresh Apple Cake is simple, easy, and delicious. The Homemade Applesauce is great and is especially good when you add the old-fashion cinnamon “red hot” candies while simmering the apples.

Bake Gingerbread with a Twist


Gingerbread is an iconic holiday treat enjoyed all over the world. So this year, why not update this favourite tradition with a beautiful gingerbread pie? Ingredients like molasses, brown sugar and nutmeg deliver festive flavours in every bite, and cute pastry gingerbread men add a whimsical and stylish final touch.

Bake Sale Top Seller and Recipes


We where involved in our very first bake sale we were amazed with our results! We sold out of everything!

Would you like to know the top sellers! They were Pumpkin Spice Bread, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Banana bread and Brownies.

How To Make Homemade Chocolate Whoopie Pies


The making of Whoopie Pies has been a Pennsylvania tradition for many years and is prevalent in the Amish and Mennonite communities. If you have never tried a homemade Whoopie Pie, you are really missing out.

How to Make Old Fashion Candies: Taffy, Peanut Brittle, and Mexican Pecan Candies


Homemade candy is a great way to show your loved ones how much you care. With Father’s Day approaching, these recipes will help you make some candy for Dad that just might bring back some wonderful memories he will cherish! These are recipes for different types of candies so you can find one to please him. Taffy, Mexican Pecan Candy, or Hoosier Peanut Brittle, give Dad a box of candy from your kitchen.