Simply Desserts

great dessert ideas and recipes

Caramel Apples

Caramel apples are one of those things that are as much fun to make as they are to eat. I made this batch with my goddaughter Piper with apples she had picked apple picking at a nearby orchard. The last time I made caramel apples with young Piper she was barely 4 years old, and she […]


“Spooky” Cinnamon Sugar Flour Tortilla Crisps

One of my mother’s favorite treats is to heat up a flour tortilla, rub a little butter over it, sprinkle it with sugar and cinnamon, roll it up, and eat. One of my favorite indulgences is cinnamon toast. Marry the two and you have what must be the easiest ever cinnamon sugar cookie, or “crisp”. Continue reading ““Spooky” […]


Pumpkin Bread

Oh pumpkin season! There’s a chill in the air, kids and adults alike are planning their Halloween costumes, and carving pumpkins are pouring out of the local market. Now’s the time for pumpkin bread, don’t you think? Not all pumpkins are equal when it comes to cooking. Those large carving pumpkins? Probably best left to carving, and […]


Chewy Almond Squares

Sometimes I want to bake something sweet, but I just don’t want a big fuss with a mixer or running the oven for an hour. These chewy almond squares fit the bill. They’re basically blondies, but made with almond extract instead of vanilla, and with chopped toasted almonds mixed in instead of butterscotch. A big […]


Chocolate Bundt Cake

My father is somewhat of a homebody. He doesn’t often drop by unannounced, but when he does, there’s usually food involved, especially if that food includes chocolate, or cake, or in this case both. This chocolate bundt cake can feed many, so I was happy to have dad’s enthusiastic support enjoying it. (He gives it “two thumbs up”!) Continue […]


Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

What’s your favorite pie? Mine is strawberry rhubarb, without a question. When it’s the season (mid spring here), and both strawberries and rhubarb are available in the market, it’s the one pie that we must make. Do you cook with rhubarb? It looks like pinkish red celery, or the stems of really fat swiss chard. […]


Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Please welcome guest author, my good friend and neighbor, master baker, and fellow food blogger Evie Lieb, who shares a recipe for a favorite treat—no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars—with easy substitutions to make them kosher for Passover! ~Elise These chocolate peanut butter bars are a classic treat, and so easy to make—no baking required! They hold […]


Bread Pudding

Resurrected from the archives for Mardi Gras. Best bread pudding ever! No substitute for alcohol in the bourbon sauce, definitely NOT kid-friendly. This one is for the grown-ups. Originally posted 2005. ~Elise This bread pudding recipe is based on one from the famed Bon Ton Cafe in New Orleans. My friend Becca has been making this […]


Apple Cobbler

Stop by my parent’s house in September or October and likely you will not leave without a bag filled with granny smith apples from their tree. My father grafts several varieties of apples on to his trees, but the granny smiths are the ones that are the most prolific, and they’re also great for pies, […]


Apple Pie

When the nights start getting cooler after a long hot summer, and the leaves show glimpses of turning color, that’s when apple season starts around here. We grow Granny Smith, Gravenstein, Pink Lady, and Fuji apples, all great for making apple pie! Continue reading “Apple Pie” »


Old Fashioned Apple Pie

When the nights start getting cooler after a long hot summer, and the leaves show glimpses of turning color, that’s when apple season starts around here. We grow Granny Smith, Gravenstein, Pink Lady, and Fuji apples, all great for making apple pie! Continue reading “Old Fashioned Apple Pie” »


Blackberry Shortcake

Who says strawberries have a monopoly on shortcake desserts? In serious denial regarding the end of August and the daylight hours that get shorter and shorter, I bought a huge basket of blackberries at the market today. I tossed them with a little lemon juice and sugar and let them macerate while I made a […]


Strawberry Nectarine Fruit Salad

Every summer gathering should include a fruit salad, don’t you think? Nectarines and peaches are in season right now and when I saw some beautiful white nectarines at the market I couldn’t resist. Continue reading “Strawberry Nectarine Fruit Salad” »


Blueberry Muffins

Did you know that blueberries are good for you? They’re considered a “superfood“. Good for the brain. At least that’s what I tell myself when I’m on my third (fourth, fifth) one of these blueberry muffins. Continue reading “Blueberry Muffins” »


carmel apple with gummy worms

Kalahari carmel apple with gummy worms Image by cursedthing carmel apple with gummy worms great dessert for the kids they love this!

Strawberry Scape

Strawberry Creme Pie

Strawberry creme pie Image by jeff_golden Strawberry Scape Creme Pie delicious


“Friendship Brownies” Recipe

Friendship Brownies If you’re having a brownie craving and want a quick and easy recipe, I highly recommend trying the Friendship Brownie recipe below. This is by far my favorite brownie recipe. I have made numerous other brownie recipes, including one from the usually good Mrs. Field’s Cookie Book, but none of them compare to […]


Quick and Easy Blueberry Lemon Muffin Recipe

How to prepare quick and easy blueberry lemon muffins? Blueberries and lemons team up to make a delightful breakfast treat or snack. The lemon sugar crust adds wonderful crispiness. And remember that this is a gluten free recipe. This recipe makes 12 muffins. Follow the directions carefully: QUICK AND EASY BLUEBERRY LEMON MUFFIN RECIPE DRY INGREDIENTS 2 […]

peanut butter balls

peanut butter recipes

  5 Uses For Peanut Butter,Peanut-holics! Here are 5 uses for peanut butter you peanut-holics won’t be able to resist. And on my way to create this wonderful article, I was inspired to spread peanut butter on the bottom of a chocolate chip cookie, smash it together with another and eat a fantastic choco-butter sandwich. […]