Peanut Butter Pie

This pie is absolutely delicious. You won’t believe the rave reviews you will receive when you make this recipe.

Pistachio Pie

We had this dessert often while we were growing up. This is an absolutely delicious and easy dessert to make. Mom and Dad love the pistachio pudding, but any pudding that you prefer can be substituted. I have modified this recipe many times, making a simple banana cream pie (using banana pudding with sliced bananas), and a coconut cream pie (with coconut cream pudding and toasted coconut). Feel free to experiment!

Icebox Pudding Cake

Mom used to make a variety of delicious desserts. Icebox cake was one of our favorites. It’s a simple dish to make, and the ingredients were always readily accessible. The biggest problem was that the dish required overnight refrigeration, and that was a long time to keep Dad away from the dessert. One evening, Dad couldn’t contain himself, and he ate the whole icebox cake. A full blown gallbladder attack followed, ensued by a visit to the hospital. The $3 dessert cost a lot more that evening!

Éclair Pudding Cake

This is a delicious alternative to the Icebox Pudding Cake. It’s simple to make, and sets up in the refrigerator overnight. Top with melted frosting for the “éclair” effect.

Layered Trifle Dessert

This recipe provides the easiest way to create the largest impact on your dessert buffet. The trifle can be layered with any type of cake, (including purchased pound cake), whipped cream, pudding and berries. The limit is your imagination. Just use a clear glass trifle and make sure that the layers are defined as you build this dessert.

Brownie Peanut Butter Cups

This dessert is one of my daughter’s all time favorites. It’s really easy to make, using a boxed mix and canned frosting. Incorporating the peanut butter cup inside the brownie is a really delicious surprise. Give this a try….I am sure you will love this too!

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

This is a delicious, shortcut recipe for peanut butter kiss cookies. This packaged mix is perfect….everyone will love these cookies, and no one will know how easy they were to make!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

This chocolate chip cookie packaged mix is perfect, and it is all you need to start a delicious cookie. Just add in extra ingredients to incorporate your favorite flavors.

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

This double chocolate chunk cookie mix is a perfect starter. Incorporate various chips or dried fruit, if desired. I like to bake this cookie in a muffin tin and top with decorative frosting. This really stands out on a dessert buffet, and no one will know that this was a semi-homemade dessert!

Coconut Bon Bons

I was inspired to make this recipe after watching an Emeril Lagasse show many years ago. I have been making these coconut bon bons ever since. They are always a big hit. The combination of rich semi-sweet chocolate with the creamy coconut filling is delicious. This candy is always on my Easter and Christmas dessert buffet.

Aunt Butch's Chocolate Marshmallow Candy

Nancy has fond memories of Aunt Butch making this candy. This recipe is really easy to make, and the candy is delicious.

Coconut Macaroons

I make these macaroons often. They are very simple to make. When cooked, I like to dip the bottom of the macaroon in semi-sweet chocolate for an extra sweet touch. These are really delicious.

Easy Fudge

I love desserts, and I'm always looking for the easiest recipes with the most impact. I have tried many fudge recipes throughout the years...this is by far the easiest and most delicious recipe I've tried. Various ingredients can be added to modify this recipe. During the Christmas holidays, I like to add chopped peppermint to the recipe. Feel free to add chopped nuts, chopped candy, mini marshmallows, etc.

Coconut Cupcakes with Lemon Filling

This is one of my favorite cupcake recipes.  You can change the cupcake mix, filling and topping based upon your preference.  I happen to enjoy the mixture of yellow cake with lemon pudding and coconut icing.  These cupcakes look great on a buffet, and guests seem to prefer taking a cupcake to a slice of cake.  I use boxed mixes and premade puddings to make my life easier.  If you love cupcakes, take inspiration from the many cupcake shops and try a semi-homemade approach to replicate your favorites.

Incredible Nutella Brownies

This is a recipe, using boxed brownie mix and frosting.  This is simple and delicious!

Nutella Brownie Bites with Ferrero Rocher Candy Center

This recipe was created out of my love for the flavor of Nutella…..the Ferrero Rocher candy melts beautifully in the center and is topped with additional nutella and frosting.  This is a perfect creative and easy dessert…using semi-homemade techniques.

Easiest Dessert Ever - Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

This is an incredibly easy, but delicious recipe for ice cream cake.  During one of Jessica’s basketball tournaments, someone shared this recipe with me, and I have been making this ever since.  Any combination of chopped candy can be used on the middle and top layers of this dish.  This was prepared with kids in mind…but can be dressed up with chocolate curls on top for a fancier presentation. 

Aunt Millie's Chocolate Pecan Pie

Pecan pie is one of my Mom’s favorite pies….and the addition of chocolate only enhances the flavors in this recipe.  I remember Aunt Millie bringing this delicious pie to a family gathering.  Enjoy!

Apple Crisp

This apple crisp recipe is easy to make, and delicious with the streusel topping.  This is great served warm with vanilla ice cream.

Spaghetti & Meatball Cupcakes

I saw a picture of this on Pinterest and was mesmerized…..what a perfect accompaniment to my dessert buffet!  This is incredibly simple to make, so creative, and your guests will be sure to be impressed.

Apple Crumb Pie

This apple crumb pie is delicious, combining the flavors of baked apples with a streusel topping.  Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

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Pumpkin Spice Crumb Cake

This is an incredibly easy semi-homemade recipe for crumb cake – and the addition of the “pumpkin spice” is really delicious and perfect for the holidays!

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Chocolate Snickers Candy Bar Dip

I saw this dessert on the PureWow site….and thought this was amazing.  It’s basically a deconstructed candy bar with cookies for dipping.  How great is that!!

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Brownie Peanut Butter Cups

I have made this recipe for years because it's incredibly easy and really delicious.  This is truly a great semi-homemade dessert that your family is sure to enjoy!

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Mom's Cream Puffs

Mom used to make cream puffs all the time.  The center can be filled with any type of custard, pudding or ice cream.  Top with powdered confectioners sugar. 

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Banana Split Cake

This is a delicious and easy family recipe.  It’s a great recipe to bring to summer gatherings, and can be made into individual trifles for a holiday presentation.

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