Category Archives: 16. Dessert

Molasses Cake


Molasses Cake


2 tablespoons butter, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup molasses

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup hot water

Whipped topping or Ice cream


In a small bowl, beat butter and sugar until mixed well, about 2 minutes

Beat in egg

Beat in molasses

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt

Add to butter mixture alternately with water, mixing well after each addition

Transfer to a 9-in. square baking pan coated with cooking spray

Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean

Cool on a wire rack

Cut into squares; top with whipped topping or ice cream



Apple Butter Pie


Apple Butter Pie

1 (9 inch) pie crust, unbaked

3 cups apple butter

2 eggs

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 Tablespoon flour


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Whisk the eggs with the sugar until frothy

Whisk in the apple butter until combined

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well

Pour apple butter filling into shell

Bake for about 60 minutes or until center is set

Cool completely before cutting

The Original Fantasy Fudge


The Original Fantasy Fudge


3 cups white sugar

3/4 cup butter

2/3 cup evaporated milk

1 (12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips

1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped walnuts


Grease a 9×13-inch pan

Mix sugar, margarine, and evaporated milk in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar.

Bring mixture to a full boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.  Use a candy thermometer to be sure the mixture reads 234 degrees for the boiling time

Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until melted and thoroughly combined.

Beat in marshmallow cream, walnuts, and vanilla extract.

Transfer fudge to the prepared pan and let cool before cutting into squares.


You can grease a small spatula with butter to make it easier to get the marshmallow cream from the jar

Sour Cream Pound Cake


Sour Cream Pound Cake


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sour cream (heaping)

3 eggs

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Grease and flour 2 8×4 inch loaf pans or a 9×13 cake pan

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy

Add sour cream and eggs

Add flour, salt and baking soda, mix well

Stir in vanilla

Pour evenly into loaf pans or a cake pan

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean

I baked on upper oven rack

Cool on wire racks and enjoy sliced or with your favorite topping

Baba’s Apple Cake


Baba’s Apple Cake

4 cups peeled, thin sliced apples (half dollar size pieces)

2 cups sugar

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 eggs

3/4 cup oil

2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped nuts (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Pour sugar over apples and let sit

In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon

Add dry mix to apples and mix well

Stir in the eggs, oil, vanilla and nuts (optional)

Stir by hand until smooth

Spoon mixture into a 9×13 greased baking dish

Bake 45-50 minutes until knife inserted in center comes out clean


I was told that “This is the best apple cake you will ever taste.”  My family confirmed that statement!

Thank you Baba for writing down your wonderful recipe and thank you Amy for sharing it with me.


Fruit Pie


1 (18 ounce) package of refrigerated sugar cookie dough

1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow fluff

1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese


Preheat oven to 350

Smooth cookie dough into a single layer about 1/4 inch thick

I spread mine on parchment paper then baked it on a pizza stone


Bake 10-15 minutes until the edges are brown and center is no longer doughy


While that bakes, blend fluff and softened cream cheese until smooth

After the dough has been removed from the oven, spread fluff mixture evenly on top


Top with fruit and berries

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Chill before serving


Dirt Dessert


Makes 10 cups

1 (3.9oz) package of chocolate flavored instant pudding

2 cups cold, fresh milk

8 ounce tub whipped topping

15 or more, Oreo cookies finely crushed and divided in half

Gummy worms

10 clear plastic cups (6-7 oz size)


Wisk pudding mix and milk in a large bowl for 2 minutes

Let stand 5 minutes

Stir in whipped topping and ½ of the cookie crumbs

Spoon mixture evenly into cups

Only fill about half way

Top with remaining cookie crumbs

Refrigerate for about an hour

Top with worms right before serving



If you do a Google Image Search for Dirt Dessert you will find many different ways to use this basic recipe for other party themes.