How To Bake Cake Pops

I found a set of cake pop pans this fall at the thrift store.  The set was missing it’s clips so I purchased some large bullfrog document clips from the office supply store.  These were strong enough to hold the two pans together.  The pan set was offered several years ago as a “seen on…

Mocha Madeleines

I shop thrift stores looking for items that I can use in the kitchen.  Molded baking pans can be a real money saving find.  I purchased 3 different madeleine pans over the years and probably did not pay more than a dollar for them.  The first one I bought was a natural aluminum pan that…

Jam Oatmeal bars (Cookies)

I am always looking for a recipe to use my homemade jams.  Not only does it foot the bill but it is also very easy and inexpensive.  Most groceries use cake mixes as lost leaders often to draw customers.  I only buy the mixes when on sale and keep them on hand.  There are many…

Oatmeal Chocolate Cherry Bars

I still have frozen dried cherries in my freezer that needed to be used.  Dried cherries are so good in cookies. This recipe is fast and easy to make.  You don’t need extra baking equipment to make these.  Mix by hand or by a mixer and pour into a 9 inch by 13 inch baking pan…

Split Seconds Cookies

I have leftover cranberry filling from the tarts and didn’t want to throw it away.  I had thawed out last year’s leftover cranberries that was still in my freezer.  So I used them all in doubling the filling recipe.  I did that because I didn’t want to have to stop to make more filling while…

Pizzelles

These traditional Italian cookies are delicate and have a light anise flavoring.  Many of us remember them as holiday cookies or cookies that graced the cookie table at a wedding.  I remember spending hours helping to make these with family members using the traditional pizzelles irons.  That was a long time ago and now we…

Cranberry Cream Cheese Shortbread Tarts (Cookies)

Wonderful little bites of cream cheese pastry and sweet and tart filling. Perfect for the holidays and cookie exchange.  I was able to get 80 little mini tarts from the recipe.  Normally I make tassies but one of my grandchildren has a nut allergy.  I saw this wonderful cranberry jam filling here.   I knew this…

Banana Drop Cookies with Cinnamon Chips

I watch after holidays for seasonal baking items to buy marked down.  That is when I get my chocolate chips and other baking chips.  I then use them through the year for cookies and other baking recipes.  They will keep for a year nicely.  Last fall I bought a few bags of cinnamon chips on…

Pumpkin Drop Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

A recipe that makes a traditional soft drop cookie that is like a little cake.  It is one of my family’s favorite cookie.  This recipe has been around for decades.  It is simple and inexpensive to make, just perfect for a tight budget.  The recipe makes at least 4 dozen cookies.  I chill the dough…

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Easy to make old fashion recipe.  It used up overripe bananas that you have going to waste. It is inexpensive because it calls for margarine.  It is a soft drop cookie like oatmeal raisin cookies. It makes about 3 dozen cookies. I used my holiday cookie pans that I have collected over the years from…

Banana Walnut Blondies

The food bank gives out very ripe bananas.  I am always looking for ways to use them up.  In the past the food bank has had shelled walnuts but usually the nuts have absorbed unwanted flavors from being stored.  Normally I can’t use them because they taste so bad and even toasting don’t remove the…

Mini Shredded Wheat Breakfast cookies

I have boxes of mini wheats to use up that I received from my food bank. Shredded wheat is a real challenge to find recipes to use up cereal that would go stale. I found a recipe on Post Cereal website that I have adapted.  The  first time I made this cookie it was too…