Category: Desserts

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts are mini (4″) decadent desserts, drizzled with homemade caramel topping (2-3 small servings per tart). THEY’RE SO GOOD!
Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts are mini (4") decadent desserts, drizzled with homemade caramel topping (2-3 servings per tart). SO GOOD!

Oh boy… this is one delicious dessert! Many, many years ago, I ripped a page out of one of my Sunset magazines because the dessert I saw was calling to me. Ha Ha! This is that dessert! I don’t even know which issue it was in, because I ripped the page out (oops). All I know is I LOVE this dessert.

I modified the original recipe to make two cute chocolate caramel pecan tarts. This was done to use my mini tart pans AND because you can never go wrong with smaller sized portions, especially when the dessert is so decadent. My husband and I cut each tart into small portions, but we can’t stay out of them, going back again and again for another bite. Dangerous!

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts taste like a chocolate chip pecan pie… on steroids! This treat features a buttery shortbread bottom crust, chocolate pecan filling, and is drizzled with a homemade (easy) caramel sauce. Oh my goodness- it tastes AMAZING! Rich, dense, cute looking and sweet, this is one dessert you’ll enjoy serving to those you love. Here’s how to make it:

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Make And Bake The Crust

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Place flour, sugar, and COLD chunks of butter in a small mixing bowl. Rub these ingredients together with your (clean) fingers (or use a pastry blender) until the mixture becomes coarse crumbs You will need to use cold butter so it doesn’t melt between your fingers. Add, and stir in a teaspoon of water.

Work the dough into a ball, squeezing dough together as you form the ball, to hold it together. Lightly butter two 4″ tart pans (the kind with removable rims). Divide the dough into two equal parts and place in the two tart pans. Firmly press the dough down to form a bottom crust, and let the dough extend up about 1″ around the sides of the pan.

NOTE: Don’t have 4″ tart pans? This recipe can also be made using one 6″ wide cake or tart pan (with removable rim). General directions and bake time are the same, and will yield one tart that you can be sliced into 6 small portions.

Bake the crust at 350°F. until the crust becomes golden brown. This will take about 20 minutes, and the crust should be firm to the touch when pressed lightly. Remove from the oven and transfer the pans to a wire rack.

Cold butter, flour and sugar are rubbed together to form coarse crumbs in bowl.Dough is divided into two 4" tart pans and pressed to make crust on bottom and sides.Crust is baked for about 20 minutes until golden brown.

Make The Chocolate Chip Pecan Filling

While the crusts are baking, make the filling for the chocolate caramel pecan tarts. Place the filling ingredients into a large mixing bowl. These ingredients are egg, granulated sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, chopped pecans and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Stir to fully combine the filling.

When the crusts come out of the oven, let them sit for 1-2 minutes to cool slightly. Carefully pour the filling onto the warm crust, dividing evenly between the two pans. Once filed, put the tarts back into the oven. Bake the chocolate caramel pecan tarts for approximately 30 minutes. When done, the surface will be golden brown and when the pan is lightly shaken, the filling will be set. Transfer the pans to a wire rack, and let the tarts cool for AT LEAST half an hour or more before removing the pan rims to serve.

Ingredients for the chocolate pecan tart filling are combined in a large mixing bowl.Filling for the chocolate caramel pecan tarts is poured onto baked crust.After baking 30 minutes, the chocolate caramel pecan tarts cool in the pan on a wire rack.

Make The Caramel Sauce For Drizzling The Top Of The Tart

While the tarts cool, make the decadent, EASY caramel sauce to drizzle over the dessert for serving. Place a Tablespoon of butter and 5 Tablespoons of granulated sugar in a 1½ quart saucepan. Cook on HIGH heat, stirring often until the sugar has melted and turns amber in color. This will take about 3 minutes, and you will need to keep a close watch on it, so the sugar doesn’t burn.

When the sugar turns amber in color, remove the pan from the heat. Stir in ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream, and continue stirring until the mixture becomes smooth. When you add the whipping cream it will “sputter” a bit (that’s normal). Once fully combined, the warm caramel sauce is ready to drizzle on the finished tarts.

Collage showing making caramel sauce with butter, granulated sugar and whipping cream.

When the chocolate caramel pecan tarts have cooled for at least half an hour, you’re ready to serve this yummy dessert. Release the outer rims of the pans to reveal the tart. Doesn’t it look scrumptious? The buttery shortbread crust goes part of the way up the sides of the tart, and holds together very well.

Once the tart pan rims have been removed, you can see the golden brown crust on the side.

Serving The Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts

The decision will have to be made about how many pieces to cut the tart into for serving. The chocolate caramel pecan tarts are VERY RICH in flavor, so we have found a small piece always satisfies. Each tart can be cut into either 2, 3 or 4 small pieces. We usually end up slicing 3-4 small portions per tart because it is so rich tasting, but the decision on serving size is up to you.

Below is a photo of one entire tart. To serve you can garnish the whole tart or you can make each individual slice look good with it’s own garnish. Again… your choice. For the sake of the photo, I am showing you an entire tart, garnished for serving.

To serve, drizzle the top of the tarts (or slices) with caramel sauce, allowing it to run down the sides. Dollop with whipped cream, and add a fresh sprig of mint for color! The second photo below is included to show you what the filling looks like inside the tart. It is dense and thick, and tastes quite amazing!

Each of the chocolate caramel pecan tarts is served with caramel sauce, whipped cream and a mint sprig.The inside of each the tarts is thick, rich in taste and dense in texture.

I really hope you’ll give the chocolate caramel pecan tarts a try. There are a few steps involved for the recipe, but trust me… you will love this dessert! Thank you for stopping by, and I invite you to come back again for more family-friendly recipes. Have a GREAT day!

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Recipe Adapted From: Sunset magazine (edition unknown), page 114 (page ripped out from an old magazine)

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Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts are mini (4") decadent desserts, drizzled with homemade caramel topping (2-3 servings per tart). SO GOOD!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate caramel pecan tarts
Servings: 6 small servings
Calories Per Serving: 352 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Crust:
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cold butter , cut in chunks
  • 1 teaspoon water
For Tart Filling:
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 3 Tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
For Caramel Topping:
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 5 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup whipping cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease or butter 4" tart pans (with removeable rims) on bottom and sides.

  2. Make Crust: Place flour, sugar, and COLD chunks of butter in a small mixing bowl. Rub together with your fingers (or use pastry blender) until mixture becomes coarse crumbs Add/stir in a teaspoon of water. Work dough into a ball, squeezing dough to hold it together. Divide dough into two equal parts; place in pans. Firmly press dough to form bottom crust, letting dough extend up about 1" around sides of pan. Bake crust at 350°F. for about 20 minutes, until it becomes golden brown. Crust should be firm to the touch when pressed lightly. Remove from oven; transfer pans to a wire rack. Let cool 2 minutes before filling.

  3. While crusts bake, make the filling. Place egg, sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, pecans and chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl. Stir to fully combine. Pour filling onto warm crust, dividing evenly between pans. Put tarts back into oven. Bake for 30 minutes. When done, surface will be golden brown and when pan is lightly shaken, the filling will be set. Transfer pans to wire rack; let cool AT LEAST half an hour (or more) before removing pan rims to serve.

  4. While tarts cool, make caramel sauce. Place butter and sugar in a 1½ quart saucepan. Cook on HIGH heat, stirring often until sugar melts and turns amber in color. This takes about 2-3 minutes; keep a close watch so sugar doesn't burn. When sugar turns amber colored, remove pan from heat. Stir in whipping cream; stir until sauce becomes smooth. **When you add whipping cream it will "sputter" a bit (that's normal).

  5. To serve, drizzle caramel on top of tarts (or slices), allowing it to run down the sides. Dollop with whipped cream, and add a fresh sprig of mint for color! Serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Don't have 4" tart pans? This recipe can also be made using one 6" wide cake or tart pan (with removable rim). General directions and bake time are the same, and will yield one tart that you can be sliced into 6 small portions.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/6 of total))
Calories 352 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 92mg4%
Potassium 97mg3%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 431IU9%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts are mini (4") decadent desserts, drizzled with homemade caramel topping (2-3 servings per tart). SO GOOD!

Lemon Krispie Cookies

Make 4 dozen yummy Lemon Krispie Cookies, drizzled with lemon glaze on top! This easy to make recipe uses boxed lemon cake mix as a shortcut!
Make 4 dozen yummy Lemon Krispie Cookies, drizzled with lemon glaze on top! This easy to make recipe uses boxed lemon cake mix as a shortcut!

If you’re looking for an easy to prepare, delicious batch of homemade cookies, I sure hope you will try these lemon krispie cookies!

With only a few ingredients added to a boxed cake mix, you can have 4 dozen amazing tasting cookies to eat, share, etc. in practically no time! I saved the recipe from an old food magazine (from 1998), and it’s a KEEPER!

Lemon flavored, with a crunch from puffed rice cereal, the baked lemon krispie cookies are then drizzled with a simple lemon glaze, which enhances the taste even more! They are delicious, and would be a perfect food gift one you love. Here’s how to make them!

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What Ingredients Will I Need?

To make lemon krispie cookies, you will need a box of lemon cake mix, puffed rice cereal (like Rice Krispies), butter, an egg, and grated lemon peel.

If you want to drizzle lemon glaze on them (recommended- once baked), you will also need powdered sugar and fresh lemon juice. Before gathering the ingredients, preheat your oven to 350°F.

NOTE ABOUT THE CAKE MIX: The original recipe (from 1998) calls for an 18.25 ounce box of cake mix. Most boxed cake mixes nowadays are smaller in “quantity” at 15.25 ounces, and they still will work perfectly! 

Five ingredients are gathered to make lemon krispie cookies.

Make The Cookie Dough

Place the dry cake mix, krispies, melted butter, a beaten egg and grated lemon peel (zest) in a large mixing bowl.

Stir them together until completely blended. This is your cookie dough. See how easy that was?

Cake mix, melted butter, puffed rice cereal, egg and lemon zest in a large mixing bowl.The cookie dough has been mixed together and is ready to shape into balls.

Time To Get Rollin’

The next step is to shape the cookie dough in 4 dozen 1″ balls. If you’re careful about the size (don’t make them too big), you WILL get 48 cookies from this dough! Use a cookie scoop or a teaspoon and roll a piece of dough between the palms of your hand to form a 1″ ball.

TIP: The dough is VERY forgiving, so if you don’t have enough cookies to make 4 dozen… simply pinch little pieces off the “chubby” ones (ha ha), and re-roll.

Place the dough balls about two inches apart on an UNGREASED baking sheet. I use two baking sheets and make the 4 dozen cookies in two batches.

Cookie dough is shaped into 1" balls and placed on baking sheet.

Let’s Bake Some Lemon Krispie Cookies!

Bake the cookies at 350°F. for 10-12 minutes. I find with our oven it usually takes the full 12 minutes, but keep an eye on yours. Oven temps can vary greatly, and you don’t want them to overcook.

When done, remove them from the oven, and let the cookies cool in the pan for one minute before transferring to wire rack to finish cooling.

The cookies should be set on top, very light golden in color, and the bottoms will be golden brown. Let them cool completely before drizzling with the lemon glaze.

Cookies are golden in color once removed from oven after baking.A close up of the lemon krispie cookies cooling on a wire rack after baking.

Make The Lemon Glaze

While the cookies cool, you can quickly make the lemon glaze to drizzle on top of the cooled “room temp” cookies. Place a cup of powdered sugar into a small bowl. Squeeze fresh lemon juice in, a few drops at a time. Stir after each addition of lemon juice.

Continue until the lemon glaze is still thickened, but “thin” enough to easily drizzle over the cookies. Too thin? Add more powdered sugar. Too thick? Add more lemon juice!

Place a sheet of wax paper, parchment paper or aluminum foil UNDER the wire rack (to help with cleanup)! Move the completely cooled cookies tightly together.

Using a honey dipper OR a fork, drizzle the glaze over the cookies. Make several passes over the cookies until the glaze is gone, and all cookies have a bit of glaze drizzled on them. Let glaze firm up before serving.

Fresh lemon juice is combined with powdered sugar to make a drizzle for the cookies.The lemon glaze is thin enough to drizzle onto the cooled cookies.A honey dipper is used to drizzle lemon glaze over the cookies.

Ready To Eat Some Lemon Krispie Cookies!

Once the lemon drizzle has firmed up, the lemon krispie cookies are ready to be served! They have wonderful lemon flavor, and a tiny bit of crunch when you bite into them, thanks to those krispies inside!

Any leftover cookies that don’t get gobbled up can be frozen, (sealed well) in an airtight container.

Once drizzled glaze has firmed up, the lemon krispie cookies can be served.

I hope you have the opportunity to make these EASY, quick and delicious cookies for your family or friends. Thank you for stopping by today, and I invite you to come back soon for more family-friendly recipes. Have a wonderful day, friends.

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Recipe adapted from: “Taste of Home” magazine, June/July 1998 issue, page 9, published by Reiman Publications, LP

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Lemon Krispie Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins
 

Make 4 dozen yummy Lemon Krispie Cookies, drizzled with lemon glaze on top! This easy to make recipe uses boxed lemon cake mix as a shortcut!

Category: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon krispie cookies
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 64 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Cookie Dough:
  • 15.25 ounce boxed lemon cake mix
  • 1 cup puffed rice cereal (like Rice Krispies)
  • ½ cup butter, melted , = 1 stick
  • 1 large egg , lightly beaten
  • teaspoons finely grated lemon peel , = lemon "zest"
For Lemon Glaze Drizzle:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • fresh lemon juice , a few drops at a time, + more, as needed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Place dry cake mix, krispies, melted butter, beaten egg and grated lemon peel (zest) in a large mixing bowl. Stir together until completely blended.

  3. Shape cookie dough into 48, 1" balls, by rolling pieces of dough between the palms of your hands. Place dough balls onto ungreased baking sheets, about 2" apart. TIP: The dough is VERY forgiving, so if you don't have enough cookies to make 4 dozen... simply pinch little pieces off the "chubby" ones (ha ha), and re-roll.

  4. Bake cookies at 350°F. for 10-12 minutes. When done, cookies will be golden in color, set on top, and bottom of cookie will be golden brown. Remove from oven. Let sit for 1 minute before transferring cookies from baking sheet to wire rack to finish cooling. Let cookies cool completely before glazing tops.

  5. Place powdered sugar in a small bowl. Squeeze lemon juice in, a few drops at a time. Stir after each addition of juice. Continue until glaze is still thickened, but "thin" enough to easily drizzle over cookies. Place wax paper, parchment paper or aluminum foil UNDER the wire rack (to help with cleanup)! Move completely cooled cookies tightly together on rack. Using a honey dipper OR fork, drizzle glaze over cookies. Make several passes over the cookies until glaze is gone, and all cookies have glaze drizzled on them. Let glaze firm up, before serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Krispie Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 64 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 87mg4%
Potassium 7mg0%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 104IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Make 4 dozen yummy Lemon Krispie Cookies, drizzled with lemon glaze on top! This easy to make recipe uses boxed lemon cake mix as a shortcut!

Italian Plum Shortbread Tart

Looking for a fabulous dessert? You’ll love this Italian Plum Shortbread Tart, with juicy plums, buttery shortbread crust, and streusel top!
Looking for a fabulous dessert? You'll love this Italian Plum Shortbread Tart, with juicy plums, buttery shortbread crust, and streusel top!

What To Do With A LOT of Italian Prune Plums?

That was the case last month when a friend of ours gave us a LOT of Italian plums from a friends tree. I gave a bunch of them to one of our sons, but there were still too many for my husband and I to eat! What is a girl to do? I ended up creating this recipe to use most of them (recipe takes about 25 plums). After making the tart, I also made a jar of Italian plum jam with the remaining plums (yes… we STILL had more plums-go figure). 

My inspiration for this recipe is one of my favorite recipes for fruit-filled shortbread tarts. I received a recipe card for an apple shortbread tart many years ago from a dear friend. Over the years I have modified it to make a boysenberry shortbread tart, and a peach shortbread tart. All those ripe plums inspired me to tweak the recipe once again to make an Italian Plum Shortbread Tart! I decided to use the same crust and topping, but come up with my own Italian plum filling.

Italian plums are dull black in color and oblong in shape.

SURPRISE, SURPRISE!

WOW! The results turned out amazing and delicious! Who knew that this humble looking plum could be the star in such a delicious fruit tart? The really cool part is that while the insides of this raw “oblong-shaped” fruit are GOLD in color, after baking they turn a brilliant shade of RED! WAIT… WHAT???

The shortbread crumble serves as both the crust AND the topping for this dessert, which is made using a tart pan with a removeable bottom. NOTE: No tart pan? You can make this dessert using a 9″ deep dish pie pan. The plums turn out juicy and incredibly delicious inside this yummy Italian Plum Shortbread Tart. YUM! Let me show you how to make it!

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Prepare The Crust For The Tart

The shortbread crust can be made using a hand held pastry blender, two forks OR a food processor. Place all of the crust ingredients EXCEPT FOR EGG YOLKS in a large bowl (or processor). Cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until the butter has been reduced to about the size of peas. Add the egg yolks, and mix only until just combined. IMPORTANT- **Measure out 1/4th of this mixture and set aside to sprinkle on top of the tart later.

Pat the remaining shortbread mixture very firmly onto the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan. I like to use the back of a large spoon to do this. Once packed firmly down on the bottom and into the sides, the shortbread crust is ready for the plum filling.

Cold butter is cut into the dry ingredients using a pastry blender.A back of a spoon is used to press down the crumb topping firmly to form crust.The tart crust is now formed and is ready for the fruit filling.

Prepare The Plum Tart Filling

Wash and dry the plums, and leave the skin ON. Slice the plums (from top to bottom) into ¼” slices, and remove the seed from the middle. You should get about 4 slices per plum. See how the insides are a beautiful golden color BEFORE baking? Discard all the seeds, because we don’t want any of them in this dessert!

You will need a total of 1¼ pounds of sliced plums for this recipe. The weight is calculated AFTER plums have been sliced and the seed has been removed. For me, that meant using about 25 medium-sized Italian plums. I weighed the total amount of sliced plums occasionally as I cut them up.

Holding one of the Italian plums before slicing.Italian plums are a golden color inside, once sliced and seed has been removed.

Time To Fill The Tart

In a large mixing bowl, gently combine the sliced plums, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon until well-coated. Pour the plum filling into the uncooked shortbread crust, and distribute evenly to fill the crust.

Sliced Italian plums are coated with flour, brown sugar and cinnamon to make the fruit filling.Fruit filling has been added and the Italian Plum Shortbread Tart is ready to top with streusel.

Add Streusel Topping Then Bake!

Evenly sprinkle the top of the fruit with the remaining crumb topping you set aside earlier. Completely cover the the top of the tart. Once done, carefully place the tart on a middle rack in your preheated oven. TIP: Place a sheet of aluminum foil under the pan, in case of any drips during baking.

Bake at 400°F. for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350°F.. Continue baking for about 25-30 minutes at the lower temperature, until the topping turns golden brown. When the topping is nicely browned, remove the Italian plum shortbread tart from the oven, and place on a wire rack to cool.

Topped with streusel, the plum tart is ready to bake.After baking, the Italian Plum Shortbread Tart is golden brown on top, and bubbly around edges.

After the tart has cooled to room temperature, remove the tart from the pan. To do this, place your hand firmly on the bottom metal disc, and gently press the metal disc upward to release it from the sides of the tart pan. Transfer the metal disc with the tart on it to a serving plate.

Can you see the miracle? Those originally golden colored plums have now turned a beautiful shade of red during baking! I think that is amazing!

A side view of the crust edges of the plum-filled shortbread tart.

Time For A Slice Of The Italian Plum Shortbread Tart

The tart will slice the best if it has had the chance to cool. Once ready, slice the Italian plum shortbread tart into slices, and transfer to serving plates. You can see in the photo below that the metal tart pan disc is still in place under the tart.

Serve this fruit tart slightly warm, with a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream and a mint leaf garnish, if desired. It tastes wonderfully DELICIOUS!

Once baked, Italian plums turn a beautiful red color, shown in the Italian plum shortbread tart.A slice of Italian plum shortbread tart, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream & mint sprig.

I really hope you will have the opportunity to make this Italian Plum Shortbread Tart for those you love. It’s a fantastic way to use those humble, Italian plums when they are in season. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you will come back soon for more family-friendly recipes.

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Italian Plum Shortbread Tart
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Looking for a fabulous dessert? You'll love this Italian Plum Shortbread Tart, with juicy plums, buttery shortbread crust, and streusel top!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Italian Plum Shortbread Tart
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 394 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For The Crust/Topping:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup COLD butter , cut in small chunks. (=1½ sticks)
  • 2 large egg yolks
For Plum Filling:
  • pounds Italian Prune Plums , approx. 25 Italian plums/sliced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar , packed
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Place all crust ingredients EXCEPT FOR EGG YOLKS in a large bowl (or processor). Cut COLD butter into flour mixture (w/ 2 forks or pastry blender) until butter is reduced to the size of peas. Add egg yolks; mix only until just combined. IMPORTANT- Measure out 1/4th of this mixture and set aside to sprinkle on top of the tart later. Pat remaining shortbread mixture very firmly onto bottom and sides of the tart pan. Set aside.

  3. Wash/dry plums. Slice plums from top to bottom (½" thick, leaving skin ON), and remove seed. You should get about 4 slices per plum. In a large mixing bowl, combine sliced plums, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon until well-coated. Pour plum filling into uncooked shortbread crust; distribute evenly to fill crust.

  4. Evenly sprinkle fruit with the remaining crumb topping you set aside earlier. Completely cover the fruit. Once done, carefully place tart on a middle rack in preheated oven. TIP: Place a sheet of aluminum foil under the pan, in case of any drips during baking.

  5. Bake at 400°F. for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350°F.. Continue baking for 25-30 minutes, until topping is golden brown. Remove tart from oven; transfer to wire rack. After tart has cooled to room temp., remove tart from pan (not necessary if using pie pan). To do this, place your hand firmly on the bottom metal disc,; press disc gently upward to release it from the sides of the tart pan.

  6. Cut tart into 8 slices, and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: I used about 25 Italian plums for this recipe. The total weight of 1¼ pounds was calculated after slicing and removing the pits.

Nutrition Facts
Italian Plum Shortbread Tart
Amount Per Serving (1 slice (1/8 of total))
Calories 394 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 229mg10%
Potassium 166mg5%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 838IU17%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Looking for a fabulous dessert? You'll love this Italian Plum Shortbread Tart, with juicy plums, buttery shortbread crust, and streusel top!

 

 

Coconut Pecan Frosting

Make yummy coconut pecan frosting from scratch in 15 minutes! This frosting tastes fantastic on German chocolate cake, cupcakes, or brownies.
Make yummy coconut pecan frosting from scratch in 15 minutes! This frosting tastes fantastic on German chocolate cake, cupcakes, or brownies.

If you’re searching for a delicious cake, cupcake or brownie frosting that is super easy to make, may I suggest this coconut pecan frosting? It is incredibly simple to prepare (just cook and stir!), and it will impress you with it’s wonderful taste. Why buy it in a plastic container, when you can easily make your own from scratch?

We especially love it on German chocolate cake, but it is also awesome as a topping on chocolate brownies or cupcakes, too! My Mom has been making this frosting for as long as I can remember, and she gave me this recipe at least 30 years ago. Here’s how to make coconut pecan frosting from scratch:

Time to Cook And Stir!

Place evaporated milk, sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla extract into a medium saucepan. Cook these ingredients over medium-low heat, stirring to combine. Continue to cook for a FULL 12 minutes, stirring often, so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan and burn.

As it cooks, the mixture will begin to thicken. That is perfect, and is exactly what you want to happen! Once the 12 minutes is up, and the mixture has thickened, remove the saucepan from the direct heat.

Evaporated milk, sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla cook in a saucepan.After cooking, the evaporated milk, sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla are creamy and yellow in color.

Add the Coconut And Chopped Pecans To Finish

As soon as you take the pan off of the heat, add the shredded coconut and chopped pecans. Stir well, to make sure all the ingredients in the coconut pecan frosting are fully combined.

The finished frosting will be fairly thick, and still quite hot at this point. Set the pan aside and let the coconut pecan frosting cool completely before attempting to frost a cake, etc.

Shredded coconut and chopped pecans are added to saucepan.Coconut Pecan Frosting being stirred in the saucepan.

Ready To Use the Coconut Pecan Frosting!

You can stir the frosting often, to help speed up the cooling process, if desired. When the coconut pecan frosting has cooled completely, you are ready to frost your cake, cupcakes or brownies!

Once the coconut pecan frosting has cooled, it is ready to use to decorate cakes, etc.

See how pretty the frosting looks on this German chocolate cake? You can see all the shredded coconut and the small pieces of pecans. I’m not kidding, this frosting is so good you might want to just eat it by the spoonful… ha ha!

Here is a 2 layer German chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting.

I hope you have the opportunity to make this delicious coconut pecan frosting. I am confident you’ll enjoy using it (and eating it, too)! Thank you for stopping by today, and I sincerely hope you will come back again soon. Have a wonderful day, friends.

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Original recipe source: I got this recipe from my Mom (over 30 years ago!)

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Coconut Pecan Frosting
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Make yummy coconut pecan frosting from scratch in 15 minutes! This frosting tastes fantastic on German chocolate cake, cupcakes, or brownies.

Category: Frosting, Topping
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut pecan frosting
Servings: 1 (total amt. for 13x9 cake or 2 layer cake)
Calories Per Serving: 3783 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter , equal to 1 stick
  • 3 large egg yolks , beaten slightly
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Place evaporated milk, sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla into a medium saucepan. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring to combine. Continue to cook for a FULL 12 minutes, stirring often. As it cooks, it will begin to thicken. Once the 12 minutes is up, and mixture has thickened, remove pan from the heat.

  2. Immediately stir in coconut and chopped pecans. Stir well, until fully combined. Set pan aside and let frosting cool completely before attempting to frost a cake, brownies, etc. You can stir often, if desired, to "speed up" the cooling process.

  3. Once cooled to room temperature the frosting is ready to use. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: This amount of frosting is enough for a 13x9" cake OR a round 2 layer cake. Makes approx. 4½ cups total frosting total. Caloric calculation is for the entire amount.

Nutrition Facts
Coconut Pecan Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 Total Amount (approx. 4½ cups))
Calories 3783 Calories from Fat 2637
% Daily Value*
Fat 293g451%
Saturated Fat 161g1006%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 31g
Monounsaturated Fat 84g
Cholesterol 872mg291%
Sodium 1160mg50%
Potassium 2073mg59%
Carbohydrates 276g92%
Fiber 33g138%
Sugar 241g268%
Protein 46g92%
Vitamin A 4245IU85%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 876mg88%
Iron 9mg50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Nothing says summer like homemade vanilla ice cream! Grab your ice cream maker and whip up a delicious batch of this simple, frozen treat!
Nothing says summer like homemade vanilla ice cream! Grab your ice cream maker and whip up a delicious batch of this simple, frozen treat!

Homemade vanilla ice cream is practically a part of my genetic DNA makeup. I have such wonderful memories of my parents AND even my aunts and grandmother making homemade ice cream as far back as I can remember. When I was little I would watch my Dad cranking our old ice cream maker on the patio, full to the brim with ice and rock salt, until glorious ice cream was finished freezing.

Such fantastic memories of a simpler childhood that I treasure. Nowadays, I use my handy dandy electric ice cream maker (that doesn’t need ice OR salt), and plug it in, on our kitchen counter. I still get excited to make it though, and enjoy every creamy bite! Homemade vanilla ice cream was my Dad’s favorite, so I post this today in his memory.

Plain old ordinary vanilla ice cream goes with just about any dessert… pie, cake, cobblers, brownies, cookies, etc. It truly is timeless! I’ve made so many varieties of homemade ice cream over the years, but finally am posting my tried and true, simple, basic vanilla ice cream recipe. Go figure! Here’s how I make it, quickly and easily!

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How To Make This Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

When I make ice cream nowadays, I use my Cuisinart Indoor electric ice cream maker, and it is super easy to make homemade ice cream. It has a cannister which needs to be solidly frozen BEFORE making the ice cream, so I plan ahead and freeze it overnight. This recipe will yield approximately 1½ quarts of ice cream.

To make this version of homemade vanilla ice cream, you will need to whisk together the whipping cream, milk, sugar and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl or a large measuring cup (4 cup). Mix until the sugar has dissolved into the whipping cream mixture.

Once the sugar has dissolved, pour it into the cannister of your ice cream machine, and freeze, according to the manufacturer directions for your particular ice cream maker. Using the Cuisinart machine, after pouring in the ingredients, I simply turn it on by flipping a switch. (See how easy that is?)

Milk, whipping cream, vanilla and sugar are whisked together for the ice cream.The blended ingredients for the vanilla ice cream are poured into the cannister before freezing.

Freezing And “Ripening” Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

The paddle attachment inside the cannister keeps the ice cream mixture moving during the freezing process, so no need for cranking a handle! It’s effortless! As the homemade vanilla ice cream churns, it will thicken considerably, until it is a thick “soft serve” consistency. This usually takes about 20-22 minutes in my ice cream maker.

As soon as the ice cream reaches the desired consistency, I transfer it from the cannister into an airtight container and place the ice cream in my freezer for at least an hour to “ripen” and freeze it a bit firmer before serving. Of course, if you can’t wait that long, by all means dig in to it, straight from the ice cream machine! We’ve been known to do BOTH!

Ice Cream mixture churning in the Cuisinart ice cream machine.When done, the ice cream will be a thick soft-serve consistency.

Anyone Want Some Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream?

Once the ice cream has firmed up some more, scoop it up and enjoy it with your favorite toppings! My dad always enjoyed his plain (no toppings), but we love it, especially with my homemade hot fudge sauce, fresh fruit, or on a banana split with multiple toppings! YUM! You can’t go wrong with this simple ice cream!

A scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream in a glass dish.Homemade vanilla ice cream is used to make a banana split.

I hope you enjoy this ridiculously EASY recipe for homemade vanilla ice cream. It’s a family favorite, and I cannot even begin to fathom how many times we’ve made it over the years. Way too many times to count, and it is always yummy!

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Original recipe source: Cuisinart Ice Cream and Yogurt Maker User Manual (came with the ice cream machine)

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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Prep Time
5 mins
FREEZING TIME (approx.)
22 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 

Nothing says summer like homemade vanilla ice cream! Grab your ice cream maker and whip up a delicious batch of this simple, frozen treat!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade vanilla ice cream
Servings: 12 (1/2 cup per serving)
Calories Per Serving: 200 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream , well chilled
  • 1 cup whole milk , well chilled
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
NOTE: If your ice cream maker requires it, make sure to place the cannister in a freezer overnight BEFORE making the ice cream. Plan ahead.
  1. Whisk together whipping cream, milk, sugar and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl or a large measuring cup (4 cup). Mix until sugar has dissolved into the whipping cream mixture.

  2. Once sugar has dissolved, pour ice cream mixture into the prepared cannister of your ice cream machine. Freeze, according to the manufacturer directions for your particular ice cream maker. Mine usually takes between 20-22 minutes to reach thick, soft-serve consistency.

  3. As soon as ice cream reaches the desired consistency (for your ice cream machine), transfer it from the cannister into an airtight container. Place ice cream into freezer for at least an hour to "ripen" and freeze it firmer before serving. Serve, and enjoy, plain, or with desired toppings.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (1 1/2 cup serving))
Calories 200 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 24mg1%
Potassium 58mg2%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 616IU12%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mini-Loaf Pound Cake

It’s easy to make a yummy, mini-loaf pound cake with simple ingredients! Enjoy this small loaf, flavored with lemon zest and lemon juice!
It's easy to make a yummy, mini-loaf pound cake with simple ingredients! Enjoy this small loaf, flavored with lemon zest and lemon juice!

Today I want to share a recipe I originally got from one of the old food magazines I’ve kept for years with my collection of cookbooks. Occasionally I will scan through old magazines just for fun, and look for recipes I may not have tried before. That is where I first discovered this recipe for mini-loaf pound cake. I tweaked a couple of the ingredients, and we really enjoy the results- a small loaf of lemon-infused pound cake. YUM!

This simple miniature loaf of pound cake is perfect when you don’t want (or need) a standard sized loaf. It is completely easy to make, and will yield 6 small slices. That is a nice size to nibble on with coffee or tea, or serve dolloped with your favorite fruit topping or ice cream for a quick dessert! Here’s how to make one mini-loaf pound cake:

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Making The Batter

Before beginning, preheat your oven to 350°F. Since it only takes a few minutes to prepare the batter, you want it preheated and hot when the loaf is ready for baking! In a medium sized bowl, beat together softened butter and sugar, until well creamed and combined.

Add an egg, and continue to beat until the batter is smooth, and the egg is fully incorporated. These are your “wet” ingredients.

Softened butter and granulated sugar will be creamed together to begin making the batter.An egg is beaten into the creamed butter and sugar.

In a SEPARATE bowl, whisk together all purpose flour and baking soda. These are your “dry” ingredients. Alternate adding buttermilk and these dry ingredients into the creamed wet ingredients, stirring as you add.

Stir in the vanilla extract, lemon juice and lemon zest, and then the batter is ready! Now you’ve made the batter for the mini-loaf pound cake! See how easy that was?

Buttermilk , flour, baking soda, and baking powder are stirred into the batter for the mini-loaf pound cake.Lemon juice, vanilla and lemon zest are added to and stirred into the batter until fully combined.

Baking The Mini-Loaf Pound Cake

Now it’s time to bake!  Grease (or spray with non-stick spray) a 5¾” x 3″ x 2″ mini loaf pan. Pour the batter into the pan, and spread it out evenly. Bake the mini-loaf pound cake for 30-35 minutes.

When done, the loaf should be golden brown on top, and a toothpick inserted into the top of the loaf should come out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and transfer it to a wire rack to cool.

The batter for the mini-loaf pound cake is poured into a greased loaf pan, for baking.When done baking, the mini-loaf pound cake is golden brown on top.

Slice And Serve The Mini-Loaf Pound Cake

Let the pound cake cool (still in the pan) for at least 10 minutes before removing the loaf from the pan. This mini-loaf pound cake is best served at room temperature, in my opinion. I make a couple little loaves at a time, so we can enjoy one now, and then I freeze one for later!

Once completely cooled, you can slice it up and serve it plain and unadorned (it’s great), or top it with ice cream, fruit toppings, etc. It tastes wonderful as a base for strawberry shortcake, too!

Two loaves, cooling on a wire rack after being removed from the loaf pan.A look inside the pound cake, which is ready to serve after slicing.

I really hope you will give this simple recipe a try. The hint of lemon in this loaf cake is a wonderful touch, and I trust you will enjoy this mini-loaf pound cake as much as we do. Thanks for stopping by, and please come back again soon for more family-friendly recipes.

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Original recipe source: “Taste of Home” magazine, Feb./March 1998 edition, page 10, published by Reiman Publications

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Mini-Loaf Pound Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

It's easy to make a yummy, mini-loaf pound cake with simple ingredients! Enjoy this small loaf, flavored with lemon zest and lemon juice!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mini-loaf pound cake
Servings: 6 slices
Calories Per Serving: 140 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons butter (no substitutes) , softened
  • 6 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • 7 teaspoons buttermilk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest (finely grated peel)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or spray a miniature loaf pan (5¾" x 3" x 2").

  2. In a medium sized bowl, beat softened butter and sugar, until well creamed and combined. Add an egg, and continue to beat until batter is smooth, and egg is fully incorporated.

  3. In separate bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda. Alternate adding buttermilk and these dry ingredients into the creamed butter mixture, stirring as you add. Once combined, stir vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest into the batter until incorporated.

  4. Pour batter into greased loaf pan; spread it evenly. Bake loaf at 350°F for 30-35 minutes. When done, loaf should be golden brown on top, and a toothpick inserted into the top of the loaf should come out clean.

  5. Remove pan from oven; transfer it to wire rack to cool. Let cool (still in the pan) for at least 10 minutes before removing loaf from the pan. Let pound cake cool completely, then slice, serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Mini-Loaf Pound Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice (1/6 of total))
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 91mg4%
Potassium 47mg1%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 230IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mini Peach Cobbler Skillets

Enjoy the taste of summer with these cute, yummy 6″ mini peach cobbler skillets a la mode! Recipe makes makes 6 servings (2 per skillet).
Enjoy the taste of summer with these cute, yummy 6" mini peach cobbler skillets a la mode! Recipe makes makes 6 servings (2 per skillet).

Do you enjoy peach cobbler? We really do! I make at least ONE peach cobbler every single summer, using the fresh local peaches we pick at U-Pick farms, the Farmer’s Market or the store. It’s a dessert I always look forward to serving. YUM.

Today I want to share a recipe for these cute little mini peach cobbler skillets! I adapted this recipe from a peach cobbler recipe I made last summer. You will need three 6″ mini cast iron skillets (you can get them online fairly cheaply), and they are a fun way to serve and share this treat with a spouse, significant other, family or friends.

Each skillet will yield two servings, but if you are feeling EXTRA hungry (ha ha), each person (3 total) can have their own! Served with a scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream, these mini peach cobbler skillets will be a huge hit! The recipe is fairly simple, too. Honestly the hardest thing is simply peeling and slicing the peaches! Here’s how to make this delicious dessert.

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Prepare The Peach Cobbler Filling

For this recipe we use fresh peaches. You can use 3-4 LARGE peaches or about 6 medium sized peaches. We were given some delicious peaches by some of our neighbors, so I used several to make this dessert. Aren’t they gorgeous?

To make the peach cobbler filling, peel, cut in half, and remove the pit from the peaches. Slice the peaches into about 1″ slices, and place them in a large saucepan. Add fresh lemon juice, ½ cup granulated sugar, vanilla extract and ground cinnamon. Stir the peaches gently until all ingredients are combined.

Fresh peaches are ready to peel, pit and slice for the cobbler skillets.

Bring the peach mixture to a boil, on medium-high heat, stirring constantly while it cooks. When it begins boiling, remove the pan from the heat, set aside, and let it cool down on the counter.

Sliced peaches and other ingredients are brought to a boil in a saucepan.

Make The Batter

While the peaches are cooling down, you can make the batter for the Mini Peach Cobbler Skillets. In a large mixing bowl, sift flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Pour in the milk, and stir only until the ingredients are fully combined (don’t overmix). Set the batter aside.

Mixing the batter for the mini peach cobbler skillets is easy!

Preparing The Mini Peach Cobbler Skillets

Okay… now it’s time to fill the skillets. Melt the butter and then divide it evenly between three 6″ mini cast iron skillets. Brush or swirl it to cover bottom of skillet. Next you will need to pour in the batter (dividing it evenly between the three skillets). DO NOT STIR THE BATTER INTO THE MELTED BUTTER! It should just sit on top of the melted butter!

The final step is to add the peach filling, dividing it evenly between the three skillets. DO NOT STIR THE PEACHES INTO THE BATTER! They should just sit on top of the batter. As the mini cobblers bake, the batter will rise up and cover a good part of the peaches.

Melted butter is divided between three 6" cast iron mini skillets.Batter is poured onto the top of melted butter, but is not stirred in.Peach filling is added to the top of the cobbler batter, but is not stirred in.

Baking the Mini Peach Cobbler Skillets

Now the mini peach cobbler skillets are ready to bake! Place the skillets (uncovered) on the middle rack in a preheated 375°F. oven. Bake the mini peach cobbler skillets for 35-40 minutes. Once done, the top of the cobblers should be golden brown and the peach filling should be hot and bubbly.

Carefully remove the skillets from the oven. Transfer the skillets to a wire rack and let them cool slightly for 5-10 minutes, before serving.

After baking, the mini peach cobbler skillets cool slightly on a wire rack.

Time To EAT!

Each skillet is fairly small, but is enough for two servings per skillet, unless you just want to gobble the whole thing up (your choice). My hubby likes to eat half of his, then save the other half for the next day!

To serve, simply top each of the mini peach cobbler skillets with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Grab a spoon and dig in… they are DELICIOUS! By the way… if you want to freeze them, let them completely cool, then wrap the skillets very well in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. When ready to enjoy later, simply thaw completely and re-warm.

The peach cobbler is golden brown on top and the filling is bubbly once done baking.Top each of the mini peach cobbler skillets with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and serve!

I hope you enjoy these mini peach cobbler skillets! We love them, and they are a delicious dessert, especially when presented/served in cute little cast iron skillets! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you will come back soon for more family friendly recipes. Have a great day!

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Recipe Adapted From: My previously published recipe for Fresh Peach Cobbler.

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Mini Peach Cobbler Skillets
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Enjoy the taste of summer with these cute, yummy 6" mini peach cobbler skillets a la mode! Recipe makes makes 6 servings (2 per skillet).

Category: Desssert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mini peach cobbler skillets
Servings: 6 (2 per skillet)
Calories Per Serving: 279 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3-4 large peaches or 6 medium
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ Tablespoon baking powder
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 Tablespoons butter = ½ stick, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. Make Peach Filling: Peel, cut in half, and remove pit from peaches. Cut peaches into 1" slices; place in large saucepan. Add ½ cup sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir gently until ingredients are combined. Bring mixture to a boil on medium-high heat, stirring constantly while it cooks. When it begins boiling, remove pan from heat, set aside, and let cool.

  3. Make Batter: In large mixing bowl, sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Pour in milk; stir only until ingredients are fully combined (don't overmix). Set batter aside.

  4. Make The Cobbler Skillets: Melt butter and divide it evenly between three 6" mini cast iron skillets. Brush or swirl it to cover bottom of skillet. Pour in the batter (dividing it evenly between skillets). DO NOT STIR THE BATTER INTO THE MELTED BUTTER! It should sit on top of the melted butter. Add peach filling, dividing it evenly between skillets. DO NOT STIR THE PEACHES INTO THE BATTER! They should sit on top of the batter. As they bake, the batter will rise up and cover a good part of the peaches.

  5. Bake: Place skillets (uncovered) on middle rack in oven. Bake for 35-40 minutes. When done, the top of the cobblers should be golden brown and peach filling should be bubbly. Carefully remove hot skillets from oven; place on wire rack to cool for 5-10 minutes, before serving. Serve with ice cream, if desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Mini Peach Cobbler Skillets
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/2 of skillet))
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 125mg5%
Potassium 313mg9%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 558IU11%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Enjoy the taste of summer with these cute, yummy 6" mini peach cobbler skillets a la mode! Recipe makes makes 6 servings (2 per skillet).

Dutch Crumb Peach Pie

Make a Dutch Crumb Peach Pie to enjoy the taste of summer! A delicious, classic peach pie, covered with crumbly, buttery streusel topping!Make a Dutch Crumb Peach Pie to enjoy the taste of summer! A delicious, classic peach pie, covered with crumbly, buttery streusel topping!

What’s a girl to do when she picks a BUNCH of fresh peaches in the summer? Well THIS girl likes to make delicious things with the “fruits of her labor”. I’ve canned them, and have used fresh peaches to make jam, cobblers, galettes, ice cream, turnovers, peach pies, smoothies, and crisps. It’s amazing how many delicious items you can make with this seasonal fruit.

Today I want to share with you a scrumptious recipe for Dutch Crumb Peach Pie. We love apple pies made this way, so I thought it would also be yummy using peach filling. I combined two different recipes from an OLD cookbook I received when I got married (43 years ago), and this delicious pie is the result.

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Lots of fresh summer peaches to make delicious desserts and jam with!

Prepare The Peach Pie Filling

Making the filling for this Dutch Crumb Peach Pie is really quite easy! First, peel the peaches, and then carefully slice them in half, and remove the pit. Cut the peaches into slices, about ½” wide. Place the peach slices into a large mixing bowl.

Add granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon and freshly squeezed lemon juice to the peach slices in the bowl. Stir gently, to fully combine these ingredients. When done, set the bowl aside until later. This is your pie filling.


Sliced peaches are combined with sugar, flour, cinnamon and lemon juice to make the pie filling.

Make The Streusel Topping

Now it’s time to make the simple, buttery streusel topping. The streusel is what turns this pie from a plain peach pie into a Dutch crumb peach pie! Here’s how to make the crumbly pie topping.

Place flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped pecans into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Cut VERY COLD butter into chunks and add them to the bowl. Use a pastry blender (or two forks) to cut the butter into the topping ingredients. Once done, the butter should be reduced to about the size of peas. Set the streusel topping aside.

Flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans in a bowl to make streusel topping for pie.Cold butter is cut into streusel ingredients until crumbly, using a pastry blender.Streusel topping is ready to add to the top of the Dutch Crumb Peach Pie before baking.

Ready To Assemble The Dutch Crumb Peach Pie

Okay… now get that pie crust prepared! You can use whatever deep dish 9″ pie crust is convenient for you. That would include a homemade pie crust (that’s what I use), or a store-bought frozen (but thawed) pie crust, or refrigerated pie crust dough.

Crimp the edges of your pie crust, then gently prick the bottom and sides of the dough with the tines (the tips) of a fork (as shown below). The pie dough is pricked so it doesn’t puff up with large air pockets while baking.

The pie crust has been prepared for the pie filling.

Pour the peach pie filling into the prepared pie crust, making sure it is spread evenly. Add the streusel topping, a little at a time until the entire surface of the peach filling is covered. I like to mound it up in the middle of the pie (like a dome). Use all the topping.

TIP: I usually cup my hand around the edge of the crust so the topping doesn’t go all over the place as I add it! That helps to hold it onto the surface of the pie.

Peach filling is added to pie crust, then topped with streusel topping, to cover.The streusel crumb topping is mounded from the crust into the middle of the pie.

Bake The Dutch Crumb Peach Pie

Bake the Dutch Crumb Peach Pie on the middle rack of a preheated 425°F. oven. I typically place a sheet of aluminum foil underneath the pie, in case the filling bubbles over. This ensures you won’t have a messy oven when done!

Bake the Dutch Crumb Peach Pie for approximately 40 minutes, or a few minutes more, depending on your oven. The pie is done when the streusel topping and crust are golden brown, and the filling is bubbly around the edges. Transfer the pie to a wire rack to cool for about 10-15 minutes before slicing. When ready to serve, slice the pie into 8 wedges, serve and enjoy!

This pie is wonderful served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but is also yummy served at room temperature! In the 2nd photo below you can see my regular peach pie, and a Dutch Crumb Peach pie, side by side. YUMMO!

A Dutch Crumb Peach Pie, cooling on a wire rack after baking.Classic peach pie on the left, and Dutch Crumb Peach Pie on the right.

I hope you have the chance to make this delicious pie, and I believe you will NOT be disappointed! Thank you for stopping by today, and I truly hope you will come back again soon, for more family friendly recipes. Have a GREAT day!

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Recipe adapted from: Pie Filling: The New Pillsbury Family Cookbook, page 149, published 1973 by The Pillsbury Co. Streusel Topping: From the same cookbook, on page 147

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Dutch Crumb Peach Pie
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Make a Dutch Crumb Peach Pie to enjoy the taste of summer! A delicious, classic peach pie, covered with crumbly, buttery streusel topping!

Category: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dutch crumb peach pie
Servings: 8 slices
Calories Per Serving: 365 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 9" deep dish pie crust
For Peach Pie Filling:
  • 5 cups sliced fresh peaches (peeled)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
For Streusel Topping:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans may substitute walnuts
  • ½ cup COLD butter equals 1 stick of butter (8 Tablespoons)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

  2. MAKE PIE FILLING: Peel peaches. Slice in half, completely removing the pit. Cut peaches into slices, about ½" wide. Place sliced peaches in large mixing bowl. Add sugar, flour, cinnamon and lemon juice. Stir gently, to fully combine. Set bowl aside.

  3. MAKE STREUSEL TOPPING: Place flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped pecans in a medium-sized bowl. Cut VERY COLD butter into chunks and add to bowl. Use a pastry blender (or two forks) to cut in butter. Once done, butter should be reduced to the size of peas. Set streusel topping aside.

  4. PREPARE PIE CRUST: Crimp edges of a deep dish 9" pie crust; gently prick bottom and sides of dough with the tines (tips) of a fork, so dough doesn't puff up with air pockets while baking.

  5. MAKE PIE: Pour peach pie filling evenly into prepared pie crust,. Add streusel to the top, a little at a time, until all peach filling is covered. Mound streusel up in the middle (like a dome). TIP: Cup your hand around edge of crust so topping doesn't spill all over while adding!

  6. TIP:** Bake pie on middle rack in oven. Put a sheet of aluminum foil underneath the pie, in case filling bubbles over, so you won't have a messy oven when done! Bake pie for approx. 40 minutes, or more, depending on your oven. It's done when streusel topping and crust are golden brown, and filling is bubbly around the edges.

  7. Transfer pie from oven to a wire rack to cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing. When ready to serve, slice the pie into 8 wedges, serve each piece with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: If using frozen pie crust, be sure to thaw it before using.

Nutrition Facts
Dutch Crumb Peach Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 slice (1/8 of total))
Calories 365 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 106mg5%
Potassium 244mg7%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 671IU13%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Grandma’s Red Velvet Cake

My Grandma’s Red Velvet Cake recipe (from scratch) was handed down to me 45 years ago and has been a delicious family favorite ever since!My Grandma's Red Velvet Cake recipe (from scratch) was handed down to me 45 years ago and has been a delicious family favorite ever since!

For the past several years, red velvet cakes have been all the rage, and that makes me happy. For me personally, red velvet cakes are a part of my heritage. My Grandma Grace in Texas made them, then gave her recipe to my mom (her daughter-in-law), who then gave me Grandma’s recipe over 45 years ago. Talk about handing down traditions! Grandma’s red velvet cake has always been special to me, because my mom made them for our birthdays when I was growing up. Guess what? I loved them then as much then as I do now.

There’s just something about seeing that gorgeous red color in each slice that flood my heart with so many wonderful memories! A lot of red velvet cakes nowadays top the cake with cream cheese frosting, but my Grandma’s recipe uses a fluffy white frosting (without cream cheese). It takes just a bit longer to make the frosting, but that’s part of the charm! Plus, it’s delicious! Today I want to share my recipe for Grandma’s red velvet cake with you, and hope you will enjoy it, too. Here’s how to make it:

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Prepare the Cake Batter

Using an electric mixer or stand mixer, cream together granulated sugar and vegetable shortening until well combined. Add the red food coloring and two eggs. Continue mixing until the batter is deep red in color and creamy in texture.

Granulated sugar and vegetable shortening are creamed together with an electric mixer.Red food coloring and eggs are added and mixed into the cake batter.

In a separate bowl, SIFT together flour, salt and cocoa powder. Add these dry ingredients to the batter, and beat on low speed until the flour mixture has been fully incorporated.

Mix buttermilk and baking soda together in a separate bowl, and fold them into the batter. Next, add the vanilla extract and vinegar to the batter and stir until combined. This is the batter for Grandma’s red velvet cake.

Dry ingredients (with flour and cocoa, etc.) are added to the cake batter.After adding more ingredients, the batter for Grandma's Red Velvet Cake is ready for baking.

Bake Grandma’s Red Velvet Cake

Now it’s time to bake the cake. Generously grease and flour two 9″ round cake pans OR a 13×9″ baking pan on the bottom and sides, and then pour the batter into the pan(s). If using two round cake pans, evenly divide the batter between them.

Bake in a preheated 350°F. oven (on middle rack) for approximately 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the top of the cake comes out clean. Once done, transfer the cake pans to a wire rack to cool.

Greased/floured cake pans are filled with batter for the red velvet cake, and put in oven to bake.Two pans of red velvet cake cooling on wire racks after baking.

Make The Frosting For The Cake

While the cake is baking, you can make the fluffy white frosting for the finished cake. Mix milk, cornstarch and salt in a saucepan. Cook this on low heat, stirring often until the mixture thickens. Remove the pan from the heat, and set it aside to cool.

In a separate bowl, (or stand mixer bowl) place vegetable shortening, butter, granulated sugar, and part of the powdered sugar (2/3 cup). Beat these ingredients really well for 15 minutes (yes… 15 minutes!). When done, the sugar will have dissolved and no longer be “grainy”, and the mixture should be light and fluffy in texture. Add vanilla extract and the cooled, thickened milk mixture. Beat well, then add the remaining cup of powdered sugar, and mix well, until combined. This is your fluffy white frosting.

Milk, cornstarch and salt (for the cake frosting) cook until thickened.The frosting for Grandma's red velvet cake is mixed for at least 15 minutes, until very fluffy.

Frosting the Cake

If you baked this in a 13×9″ baking pan, you are ready to frost the cake (in the pan), once it has cooled completely. If you are using two round cake pans, you will need to remove them from the pans (by inverting pan upside down), once they have cooled completely. Place one layer onto a serving plate, and frost the top.

Lay the second cake layer on top of the frosting. Continue to frost the cake on top and and on all sides. Garnish or decorate the frosted cake any way you wish once fully frosted. This time I went simple, as you can tell from the photos below.

Layers of cake are frosted, and then the sides of the cake are frosted, too.Grandma's red velvet cake is completely frosted and ready to slice and eat!

Time For A Slice of Grandma’s Red Velvet Cake!

All that is left to do is cut a nice big slice of Grandma’s red velvet cake, grab a fork, and dig in! The fluffy white frosting is a nice, light touch that contrasts well with the beautiful red hue of the cake. Grandma’s red velvet cake is so yummy, moist, and RED! Sure hope you enjoy it, too!

A slice of Grandma's red velvet cake ready to eat, on a white plate.

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Original recipe source: my Grandma, Grace B.

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Grandma's Red Velvet Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

My Grandma's Red Velvet Cake recipe (from scratch) was handed down to me 45 years ago and has been a delicious family favorite ever since!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grandma's red velvet cake
Servings: 12
Calories Per Serving: 545 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Cake:
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 2 ounces red food color
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder (for baking)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
For Frosting:
  • 1 cup milk
  • Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup butter , softened
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1⅔ cups powdered sugar , divided use
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease and flour two 9" round cake pans or one 13"x9" baking pan on bottom and sides.

  2. Using electric mixer or stand mixer, cream together granulated sugar and vegetable shortening until well combined. Add red food coloring and eggs. Continue mixing until batter is deep red in color and creamy in texture.

  3. In separate bowl, SIFT together flour, salt and cocoa powder. Add this mixture to the batter; beat on low speed until fully incorporated. Mix buttermilk and baking soda together in a separate bowl; fold them into batter. Add vanilla and vinegar; stir until combined.

  4. Pour batter into prepared pan(s). If using two round cake pans, evenly divide batter between them. Bake at 350°F. (on middle rack) for approximately 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into top of the cake comes out clean. Transfer pan(s) to a wire rack to cool.

Make Frosting While Cake Is Baking:
  1. Mix milk, cornstarch and salt in medium saucepan. Cook on low heat, stirring often until mixture thickens. Remove pan from heat; set aside to cool. In a separate bowl, (or stand mixer bowl) place shortening, butter, granulated sugar, and 2/3 cup of powdered sugar. Beat really well for 15 minutes (yes... 15 minutes!). When done, sugar will have dissolved and no longer be "grainy"; frosting should be light/fluffy in texture. Add vanilla extract and cooled, thickened milk mixture. Beat well, then add remaining cup of powdered sugar, and mix well, until combined.

Frost Cake After It Cools Completely:
  1. If using a 13x9" baking pan, frost the cake (still in the pan), once it has cooled completely. If using two round cake pans, remove them from the pans (by inverting pan upside down), once they have cooled completely. Place one layer onto a serving plate, and frost the top. Lay the second cake layer on top of the frosting. Continue to frost the cake on the top and and side. Once cake is completely frosted, decorate it any way you want. Slice and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Grandma's Red Velvet Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice (1/12th of total))
Calories 545 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Trans Fat 3g
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 400mg17%
Potassium 110mg3%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 55g61%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 353IU7%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!My Grandma's Red Velvet Cake recipe (from scratch) was handed down to me 45 years ago and has been a delicious family favorite ever since!

Grandma’s Fluffy White Frosting

Make my Grandma’s fluffy white frosting to decorate your favorite cakes or cupcakes! It’s a simple recipe I’ve used for over 45 years.

Today I want to share my Grandma’s recipe for fluffy white frosting, which can be used to decorate cakes and cupcakes. This recipe was given to my Mom (her daughter-in-law) MANY years ago, who then handed down the recipe to me over 45 years ago. I feel a wonderful connection to my Grandma Grace whenever I have made this frosting over the years.

Grandma’s Fluffy White Frosting is simple to make, but it DOES take a while to beat with an electric mixer (or stand mixer) to make it fluffy and fully dissolve the sugar. That being said, the end result is a light, fluffy frosting you will enjoy using. Here’s how to make it:

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How To Make Grandma’s Fluffy White Frosting

Place the milk, cornstarch and a dash of salt in a medium saucepan. Use a spoon or wire whisk to combine these ingredients, and then cook on LOW heat, stirring often, until the mixture thickens. Once the mixture thickens, remove it from the heat and set it aside to FULLY cool. 

Milk, cornstarch and salt are cooked in saucepan until thickened.Thickened milk, cornstarch and salt mixture is set aside to cool after it is cooked.

In a separate large mixing bowl (or stand mixer), use an electric mixer to cream together the vegetable shortening, butter, granulated sugar and a portion of the powdered sugar. Mix these ingredients REALLY WELL for 15 minutes, until creamy. I use my stand mixer for this, because I can turn it on, walk away, and let it mix the frosting on its own.

NOTE:  It is important to take the time to mix these ingredients really well, so the granulated sugar is dissolved and no longer “grainy”.

Shortening, butter, powdered and granulated sugar are beaten well until creamy.

Time To Finish Making Grandma’s Fluffy White Frosting

Add vanilla extract to Grandma’s Fluffy White Frosting, and then add the cooled and thickened milk mixture. Make sure the thickened milk mixture has fully cooled before adding, so it doesn’t melt the frosting! Beat these ingredients well, until fully incorporated.

Vanilla extract is added to the frosting mixture in stand mixer.Cooled and thickened milk mixture is added to Grandma's fluffy white frosting mixture and combined.

Add the remaining portion of powdered sugar to the frosting, and mix well until fully combined. Now this yummy frosting is done, and it should be fluffy and light in texture, and ready to use.

More powdered sugar is mixed into Grandma's fluffy white frosting to finish.A bowl of Grandma's fluffy white frosting is ready to use for decorating cakes or cupcakes.

Decorating With Grandma’s Fluffy White Frosting

There will be enough frosting made to easily decorate a two layer round cake fully with frosting, or cover 2 dozen cupcakes. I ALWAYS use this frosting on my Grandma’s Red Velvet Cake. When I was growing up, this was my favorite birthday cake that my Mom made. This light, fluffy frosting was the perfect topping! YUM! 

Spreading Grandma's Fluffy White Frosting onto a red velvet cake.

I hope you have the opportunity to try this recipe- it’s never failed me yet after all these years. If you’re looking for other cake or cupcake frosting recipes, you will love my recipe for Mom’s Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.  Thanks for stopping by this website today. I hope you have a wonderful day, and trust you will come back soon.

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Original recipe source: My grandma Grace B.

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Grandma's Fluffy White Frosting
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Make my Grandma's fluffy white frosting to decorate your favorite cakes or cupcakes! It's a simple recipe I've used for over 45 years.

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grandma's Fluffy White Frosting
Servings: 1 (total amount)
Calories Per Serving: 3170 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 dash salt
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup butter (or margarine) , softened
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1⅔ cup powdered sugar , divided use
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Place milk, cornstarch and a dash of salt in a medium saucepan. Stir or whisk to combine ingredients. Cook on LOW heat, stirring often, until mixture thickens. Once mixture thickens, remove it from the heat; set it aside to cool.

  2. In a separate large mixing bowl (or stand mixer), mix together vegetable shortening, butter, granulated sugar and a portion (2/3 cup) of the powdered sugar. Beat these ingredients REALLY WELL for about 15 minutes, until creamy. NOTE:  It is important to take the time to mix really well, so the granulated sugar is dissolved and is no longer "grainy".

  3. Add vanilla extract, and the completely cooled, thickened milk mixture. Beat ingredients well, until fully incorporated into the frosting.

  4. Add remaining cup of powdered sugar to the frosting. Mix well until fully combined. Now the frosting is done. It should be fluffy and light in texture, and ready to use. Will make enough frosting to fully cover a 2 layer round cake or 2 dozen cupcakes.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: The total amount of frosting is enough to cover two round cake layers, OR a 13x9 cake, OR 2 dozen cupcakes. * Caloric calculation is for total amount of frosting, using butter.

Nutrition Facts
Grandma's Fluffy White Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 (TOTAL AMT.))
Calories 3170 Calories from Fat 1773
% Daily Value*
Fat 197g303%
Saturated Fat 85g531%
Trans Fat 17g
Cholesterol 256mg85%
Sodium 964mg42%
Potassium 394mg11%
Carbohydrates 356g119%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 342g380%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 3299IU66%
Calcium 327mg33%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Make my Grandma's fluffy white frosting to decorate your favorite cakes or cupcakes! It's a simple recipe I've used for over 45 years.