The bakery in my hometown makes the most delicious maple bars! So of course I had to figure out how to make them myself. After several tries, I opted for doughnuts over bars simply because it was hard to get the insides of the bars cooked without burning the outsides. We also opted for a little healthier, half-wheat version of the dough that is light enough my kids weren’t sure it had wheat in it! The maple glaze was the tricky part. Several pounds of powdered sugar later I was finally satisfied. Now I can have a bit of heaven no matter where we live! –Mellyn
Hot chocolate and a sweet bread are among my favorite “treats” for breakfast. These pretty little twists bake up quickly in the morning because you can put the dough in the refrigerator overnight! –Mellyn
–From Amy H.
Super yummy and guaranteed to be a hit, this light cake is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. My family devoured it! Thanks for sharing, Amy! –Mellyn
I adore bread — whether it’s a honey wheat loaf, garlic breadsticks or doughnuts. But even in the bread category, I have my favorites – and sweet rolls definitely top the list. These blueberry rolls are mildly sweet without being overpowering. Soft and delicious, they satisfy my need for comfort food every time! –Mellyn
I love sugar cookies, but I don’t always have the time to make them or the inclination to clean up the kitchen afterwards. These pretty, little cookies solve both problems — they’re fast to make and since they’re scooped, not rolled, they make less mess! –Mellyn Continue reading
No BUTTER or BEANS! These little babies cook up moist without them. The secret? The fruit cocktail. It does all the moist fluffing we need. Continue reading
–From Kristen K.
Perfect for picnics and potlucks, these peanut butter bars are sure to please! Kristen used to bring them to all of our big gatherings and whenever our family makes them now, we think of her.
I couldn’t resist playing with the recipe just a little. I had good results cutting back the sugar and replacing some of the butter with (surprise!) beans. With the sweet, creamy frosting on top, my family didn’t even notice! –Mellyn
I remember making Jell-O cookies as a kid. When I asked my mother for her recipe she said, “You know I remember making them, but I think we just made it up. I don’t think I ever had a recipe.” I love women who can do this. However, I am not one of them. I have to measure and calculate and write things down. It took me a couple batches (Yes, I did try a batch with beans), but I finally came up with what I feel is the closest to the cookies we made as kids. Enjoy! Continue reading
- 1 7.6-ounce can table cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 29-ounce can peaches
- 1/2 cup granola
- Chill table cream and peaches for at least 1 hour.
- Pour cream into a bowl and stir in vanilla and powdered sugar.
- Spoon peaches into individual bowls and pour cream over the top.
- Sprinkle granola on top.
A Christmas tradition growing up was to take these to our neighbors while Christmas Caroling. Although I have convinced my husband to allow us to make doughnuts each holiday I am still working on his willingness to go Christmas Caroling. Baby steps, right?
Recipe by Joan: Makes 9 dozen doughnuts Continue reading
With a creamy center and a chocolaty outside, who wouldn’t love these?! Beans replace the butter, so they’re even a tad healthier than the traditional variety! –Mellyn
Shortcakes served in a bowl with milk! This is my favorite way to eat shortcake. With the ease of my baking mix, this one is ready in a snap.
Hot cocoa is one of my favorite treats on a cold, snowy day. My mom used to make us hot cocoa for breakfast and serve it with warm biscuits and honey butter. Mmmm! I can taste it all over again. It sure did warm a kid before heading out to stand in the cold wind while waiting for the school bus! How I would have LOVED to take a cup of this with me to the bus.
Thank goodness it’s more portable now, with the invention of disposable insulated cups with lids! The lids help my kids drink it without so many spills right in my home, too!
And my version of cocoa has a smooth mint that literally melts right in your cup — with or without a lid! Continue reading