Soft & Crackly Ginger Cookies

Christmas is this Sunday…eeek! I didn’t think Christmas would sneak up on me this year, but it has especially when it comes to baking. I’ve barely baked any Christmas treats this year! My gifts may be bought and mostly wrapped, but my cookie jar is sadly empty. This Christmas tragedy must be remedied posthaste! Turning to my trusty recipe box, I found my great grandmother’s recipe for soft and crackly ginger cookies. Baking one of my great grandmother’s recipes is a perfect way to cherish all of my family at this wonderful time of year.

Soft & Crackly Ginger Cookie recipe. Perfect for Christmas time!

My great grandmother was certainly on to something with these delicious cookies. These ginger cookies are so soft and yummy that they disappeared in two hours and I swear I only ate two.The ginger with a bit of clove gives a Christmas-y spice without being overpowering. Best thing is that you can make up the dough beforehand and have fresh baked ginger cookies on Christmas Day.

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Sweet Potato Muffins with Toasted Marshmallow Icing Recipe

Thanksgiving is just one week away, and I’m so excited. It’s always lovely to gather with friends and family to enjoy the day. When the extended family gets together, it’s a big group. Everyone brings a dish or two to share. This year all of the main dishes have been assigned so I decided to make a dessert. But I still wanted the dessert to be inspired by Thanksgiving. Sweet potato casserole is a Thanksgiving essential on many tables, especially in the south. Taking that as my inspiration, I created a delicious and unexpected dessert that everyone will enjoy: sweet potato muffins with toasted marshmallow icing.

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The mellow sweetness of the sweet potato is a perfect harvest flavor. The slightly toasted marshmallow adds a bit of sweet whimsy to these muffins. There have already been rave reviews from my family for these sweet potato muffins. I am certain they will be a big hit at any Thanksgiving gathering.

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Wickedly Delicious Chocolate Fudge Recipe

The season of desserts and sweets has officially begun. Between pumpkin spice fever and stocking piling Halloween candy, there is no escaping the sugar rush. With Halloween parties coming up, everyone is bringing out their sweetest concoctions. But I don’t have any candy recipes of my own. So I turned to my great grandmother’s recipe box and found an awesome recipe for chocolate fudge. She called it “Million Dollar Fudge”. I call it wickedly delicious.

Chocolate Fudge Recipe

The fudge disappeared so fast, I suspect there are sugar gremlins lurking about. 😉 This is a really simple one pot recipe. So whipping up more for Halloween won’t be a problem. And it’s perfect to bring to your next Halloween bash.

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Chocolate Mocha Cake Recipe with Fudgy Frosting

Finally it’s starting to feel like fall and it’s perfect weather for a nice hot beverage. So it’s perfect that today is national coffee day and national mocha day. While pumpkin spice has invading coffee shops across the country, I still prefer traditional chocolate mochas and dessert. So I decided to make a chocolate cake from my great grandmother’s recipe box with a coffee twist.

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The fudging frosting is rich and delicious. It might be too rich, but the coffee in the chocolate mocha cake helps the cake from becoming too sweet. It goes great with coffee too!

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Cookies ‘N Cream Funnel Cake: a Delicious State Fair Treat

One of the best things about the end of summer here is the Minnesota State Fair. Otherwise known as the “Great Minnesota Get Together”. Through the twelve days of the fair, there are animals, concerts, activities, and lots of food. You can pretty much find anything on a stick and many things deep fried. Most Minnesotans eat their way through the fair walking it off as they go. I must confess I am one of these people. French fries, cheese curds, and all you can drink milk for $2 are always on my list of what to eat. Also on my food list are deep fried Oreos® and funnel cake. So yummy!

I wanted to be able to enjoy and share a sweet, fair treat throughout the year. So I decided to not only make these desserts but combine them into a decadent dessert. This recipe for Cookies ‘N Cream Funnel Cake is a sweet tribute to delicious the State Fair food.

Cookies 'N Cream Funnel Cake

These are actually easy and quick to make. Depending on how big you like your funnel cakes, this recipe will make a enough for at least 4 people and easily 6 people. The crushed chocolate cookies in this funnel cake adds yummy, rich flavor.

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Watermelon Ice Cream Bombe: 4 Ingredient Summer Treat

Summer is winding down, and it’s nearly time for the kids to go back to school. But before that happens, my extended family has an annual family reunion. Despite the fact that fall is just around the corner, the weather is still hot and sunny. So I volunteered to bring a cool, summery dessert for the whole family to enjoy. I looked through my great grandmother’s recipe box and nothing seemed to fit. So I asked my mom and as always she had a fun and yummy recipe for a Watermelon Ice Cream Bombe.

Watermelon Ice Cream Bombe Recipe

It is super easy to make, and it only uses four ingredients. You can make it days ahead of time and leave it in your freezer until you need it. My family loved it, and I’m sure yours will also enjoy this clever play on a favorite summer melon.

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Lime Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce

National Cheesecake Day is this Saturday the 30th. What better excuse to enjoy a delicious dessert? In honor of summer, I made lime cheesecake with strawberry sauce and strawberries on top of course. I also diverged from the normal graham cracker crust and made mine with a yummy pretzel crust. It adds a nice sweet change with a hint a salt. The fresh lime taste in the cheesecake with the sweet strawberry sauce hits all the right notes for summer.

Lime Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce and a Pretzel Crust

Cheesecake can seem a little intimidating but don’t let that stop you. This recipe isn’t difficult and is very worth the effort to make.

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Lemon Cookies with Lemon Icing: a perfect summer treat!

The sun is shining and the weather has been steadily heating up so far this summer. I wish we had a pool but thankfully in Minnesota a beautiful lake is usually not too far away. I’m looking forward to sitting on the beach or in the backyard enjoying a cool glass of lemonade. It doesn’t get much more summery than that. Until I get a relaxing afternoon outside, I really want to make something sweet, lemony, and delicious. In my vintage recipe box I found a great recipe for lemon cookies.

Lemon Cookies with Lemon Icing

With help from my sweet mom, I was able to whip up some lemon icing as well, and they turned out so yummy. I brought them to a picnic and everyone happily ate them up. These lemon cookies are very easy and quick to make, which is great of busy summers.

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Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

So have you made plans for a summer road trip yet? Plans have been popping up in my mind, but nothing is on the calendar yet. To prepare for impending summer trips, I’ve been thinking of possible homemade treats to take along. The bacon snack mix that I made a while back is a great salty snack for road trips. But I also like something sweet to munch on as well, like cookies.

I turned to my trusty and slightly rusty recipe box for an easy and sweetly delicious snack for the road. I found a recipe for brown sugar oatmeal cookies.

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

Okay actually they are called “Aggression Cookies”, which sounds like they would be difficult to make. But these cookies are really easy to make. This recipe does require kneading so the cookie dough is good to vent any aggression on.

Brown sugar oatmeal cookies is a more suitable name for these yummy treats. You can also add chocolate chips to these cookies which makes them even better in my opinion. For me chocolate makes almost everything better. These cookies are really easy to make and will be gratefully devoured by your family.

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Simple and Easy “Fried” Ice Cream

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Not only is it Cinco de Mayo today, but Mother’s Day is this Sunday!

Today I have a special recipe to share. This recipe is actually my mom’s Fried Ice Cream recipe which fits perfectly not only for Cinco de Mayo but also for Mother’s Day. While the origin of fried ice cream is up for debate, I usually see fried ice cream served as a delicious dessert in Mexican restaurants. So I always associate this exceptionally yummy frozen treat with Mexican cuisine.

My mom is an amazing cook, former caterer, and a wonderful person and mom to anyone and everyone, especially to me. Whenever anyone comes to her home, they are always warmly welcomed, loved, and fed very well. She is the mom and woman I have and always will aspire to be.

So featuring one of her many delicious recipes seems very fitting for Mother’s Day. I actually remember making fried ice cream with my mom when I was young, helping her with a catering job. When we were done, she’d let me pour the bit of leftovers into a bowl and enjoy the deliciousness. My mom has so generously allowed me to share this recipe with all of you. So let’s begin and make this delicious treat!

Fried Ice Cream Recipe

This fried ice cream is actually not fried at all: so it’s simple to make and you can easily make it with your kids.

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