Easy Homemade Funnel Cake

funnel cakes on plate

Funnel Cake is a fair favorite, but it’s even better made at home! You can enjoy crispy, fried funnel cakes with powdered sugar any time of the year with this easy recipe!

Have fun and great creative, try drizzling with homemade caramel sauce, hot fudge sauce, or your favorite toppings!

A funnel cake topped with powdered sugar on plate

What is a Funnel Cake

If you’ve been wondering “Is funnel cake a cake?”, the answer is no. Funnel cake is a lovely light batter fried until golden brown, most often topped with powdered sugar. It is a sweet and delicious fair food that no one really thinks to make at home, and yet it makes me wonder, why not?!

They are actually incredibly easy to make. If you can stir together a simple batter and heat a bit of oil in a pan, you can make this easy homemade funnel cake recipe!

But why stop there, if you’re suddenly craving all the fair food, try these churros, caramel apples or homemade mini corn dogs. They are sure to satisfy your craving!

Overhead of a funnel cake on a white plate.

How to Make Funnel Cakes

This recipe makes two large funnel cakes. Because they really need to be eaten fresh, I wanted a small batch that can easily be doubled or tripled when you need it.

  1. Mix together wet ingredients.
  2. Whisk in dry ingredients until completely smooth (per recipe below).
  3. In a pot of hot oil, drizzle batter in thin lines, swirling and overlapping.
  4. Cook just until golden, using tongs to carefully flip.

Remove to a paper towel to drain excess oil.  Dust with powdered sugar, add your toppings of choice, and serve immediately.

A funnel cake being dusted with powdered sugar

Best Funnel Cake Toppings

The most difficult thing about making homemade funnel cakes might be deciding what to top them with ;).

Traditionally, they are served with a generous sprinkling of powdered sugar. But there are so many fun toppings to try!

  • Fruit: Fresh sliced strawberries, pineapples, or an assortment of berries!
  • Ice Cream: A scoop of your favorite ice cream, like classic vanilla or mint chocolate chip ice cream.
  • Sauce: Drizzle with chocolate sauce, homemade nutella, caramel sauce, or even whipped cream!
  • Sprinkles: Try cinnamon sugar like a churro or classic rainbow sprinkles.

Whatever you choose, just be sure you eat them while they’re fresh and warm!

More Fun Desserts

Funnel Cakes

Funnel Cake is a fair favorite, but it's even better made at home! You can enjoy crispy, fried funnel cakes with powdered sugar any time of the year with this easy recipe!

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  1. In a large liquid measuring cup or batter bowl with a spout, whisk together milk, egg, water and vanilla.

  2. Add sugar, baking powder and salt and whisk until combined.

  3. Add the flour, and whisk until completely smooth. Set aside.

  4. In a medium, deep-sided pan or pot, heat 1" of oil to 375°F over medium-high heat. When you put the end of a wooden spoon in the pot and bubbles form around the spoon, it's ready. Reduce heat to medium.

  5. Drizzle batter from cup in a thin line, swirling around the pan and overlapping as desired. Cook for 2 minutes or until light golden brown, then flip and cook another 2 minutes or until golden brown.

  6. Dust with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and serve. Repeat one more time with the remaining batter.

A homemade funnel cake dusted with powdered sugar.
A homemade funnel cake being dusted with powdered sugar.
Top image - a funnel cake being dusted with powdered sugar. Bottom image - a funnel cake on a plate.

Valentines Hugs {Sweet & Salty!}

Give everyone you love some Valentine’s hugs this year! And why not? Pretzel M&M’s are such sweet little chocolate candy bites and are so easy to make you’ll want to make them all the time!

Like chocolate covered strawberries or these Valentine’s blondies, this sweet treat is perfect for Valentines Day! But with just 4 ingredients it is so quick and simple to make.

Pretzel M&M's with unwrapped hershey hugs and M&M's.

How to Make Pretzel M&Ms

You don’t need a lot of time (or talent!) to make Pretzel M&M’s. Just a dash of creativity makes this treat so much fun to make!

  1. Lay out pretzels evenly on a baking tray and place one unwrapped Hershey’s hug on top of each pretzel.
  2. Bake about 4 – 6 minutes or until the candy is melted enough to stick to the pretzel.
  3. Remove the candies from the oven and immediately top with M&M’s while the chocolate is still warm.

Let pretzel M&M’s cool completely before serving.

Pretzels topped with chocolate hugs on a baking pan

Variations

Even better, you can customize Hershey Hugs with different colored m&m’s for each holiday or special occasion!

  • Halloween – Try orange and brown candies (or sprinkles) melted into a Hershey kisses.
  • Christmas – Or red and green candies (or sprinkles) melted into white Hershey Kisses!
  • Easter – Try a combination of green, yellow, or pastel pinks and blue!
  • Celebrations – Pink and blue for a baby shower! Whatever your favorite team colors are, Pretzel Hershey Kiss candies are the perfect recipe to ‘show your colors!’

Why not layer them in a mason jar, tie with a ribbon and give to a friend? Hershey hugs are a thoughtful way to show someone you care.

Prepared Pretzel M&M's

How to Store

Keep in an airtight container at room temperature. Hershey hugs can be fragile, so store them in a single layer if you can.

Sweet Treats for Valentines Day

Valentine’s Hugs

Pretzel M&M’s are such sweet little chocolate candy bites and are so easy to make you’ll want to make them all the time!

  • 35 Hershey's Hugs
  • 35 Pretzels (Square or Small Pretzels)
  • 35 M&M's ( in seasonal colors)
  • Sprinkles if desired
  1. Preheat oven to 175°F and line a baking pan with parchment paper.

  2. Lay out pretzels and top with unwrapped Hershey's Hugs.

  3. Bake approximately 4-6 minutes or just until Hugs become soft and shiny (but not melted, they will continue to melt once removed from the oven). Remove from oven and immediately top with M&Ms.

  4. Cool completely and serve… these are adorable put in a mason jar and tied with a ribbon as a gift!

 

Valentine’s Blondies

Valentines Day Treats are the perfect way to show someone (or everyone) some love!

This this easy M&M blondie recipe comes out perfectly sweet and chewy – and they can be decorated any way you like!

Valentines Blondies cut into square on a cutting board.

The Perfect Valentine’s Treat

Blondies, brownies, and cookies of all kinds make a perfect potluck, picnic, or party dessert all year round. Especially if they are dressed up in a lovely box or basket!

Blondies are dessert bars or cookies with the texture of brownies but with brown sugar and vanilla instead of cocoa so they stay “blonde.”

These colorful bars can be decorated with any kind of candy, nuts or chocolate chips!

Left image - Chocolate chips and m&m's being mixed into a bowl of batter. Right images - chocolate chips and m&m's sprinkled on top of a pan of blondie batter.

How To Make Blondies

In just a few simple steps these sweet treats will be ready to eat.

  1. Heat butter and brown sugar and stir together. Allow mixture to cool and whisk in eggs.
  2. Add dry ingredients then fold in half the M&M’s and half the chocolate chips.
  3. Pour batter into pan and top with remaining M&M’s and chocolate chips before baking.

Swap out the pink and red M&M’s for the perfect seasonal color for any time of the year!

Other Delicious Additions

Blondies are a perfect vehicle for a variety of sweet and colorful add-ins! Mix and match these favorites to find the perfect “sweet spot!”

  • Candies: White chocolate chips, toffee bits, peanut butter chips, sprinkles, or mint candies
  • Nuts: Toasted chopped walnuts, pecans, or peanuts
  • Fruit: Coconut flakes, dried cranberries, cherries or raisins
  • Sauces: Swirls of melted chocolate, peanut butter, or butterscotch sauce

The possibilities are endless!

Baked Valentines Blondies in a pan.

How To Store Blondies

Store blondies the way you would store any bar or cookie. Keep them in an airtight container or a zippered bag and keep them away from direct light or heat. They will last about 10 days.

Must-Try Sweet Treats

Valentine’s Blondies

These Valentine's Blondies will be your sweetheart's favorite treat this year!

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/3 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup M&M's
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13 Pan with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.

  2. Heat butter and sugars over medium heat while stirring until smooth. Let cool 5 minutes.

  3. Add eggs one at a time stirring until mixed. Add in vanilla.

  4. Combine flour, salt, baking soda & baking powder. Stir into the egg mixture. Add 1/2 of the M&Ms and 1/2 of the chocolate chips.
  5. Transfer mixture to prepared pan and top with remaining M&M’s and chocolate chips.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool, remove from pan and cut into bars

Valentines Blondies cut into squares.
Valentines blondies cut into squares and stacked.
Top image - Four Valentines Blondies stacked. Bottom image - Valentines Blondies cut into squares on a cutting board.

Homemade Chocolate Covered Strawberries

chocolate strawberries on plate

Chocolate Covered Strawberries are an easy treat for Valentine’s Day or any holiday. Use white, milk or dark chocolate, or a combination of a few!

Strawberries and chocolate are the perfect combo!  Whether in Strawberry Layer Brownies or these Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries, it is always a favorite.

chocolate covered strawberries on pan

How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Many people love chocolate covered strawberries but are intimidated by the thought of making them.

But they are actually incredibly easy with just 3 simple steps.

  1. Melt: Melt chocolate in a double boiler (per recipe below).
  2. Dip: Remove from heat and dip strawberries in.
  3. Chill: Add toppings if desired and let chill in the refrigerator.

Making homemade chocolate covered strawberries is not only cheaper than store-bought; you also get to pick the ripest, freshest berries to use!

Plus nothing says “I love you” more than something homemade just for your sweetheart, customized with their favorite flavors!

Tips for Melting Chocolate for Chocolate Covered Strawberries

The trickiest part of making chocolate covered strawberries is melting chocolate.

The best way to do this is in a double boiler, or a makeshift double boiler. All you need is a small pot and a glass bowl that sits on top the pot.

How to Melt Chocolate

  1. Fill pot with 1/2-1″ of water in the bottom.
  2. Simmer water and place the bowl, with chocolate in it, over top.
  3. Reduce the heat to low, and slowly melt and stir the chocolate until smooth.

This is the most foolproof way to melt chocolate, and it’s going to give the best smooth results that won’t stick all over your hand when you eat them!

chocolate covered strawberries on plate

Variations on These Chocolate Covered Strawberries

There are so many fun ways to dress up these strawberries! You can top them with almost anything you want. Check out these fun ideas for some inspiration!

  • Choose your favorite kind of chocolate. It’s one of only two ingredients, so go all out and get the good stuff, whether it’s milk, dark or white chocolate.
  • Mix things up! Melt two different kinds of chocolate, and use one for dipping and one for drizzling for an extra special presentation.
  • Get a little crazy and add a drizzle of melted peanut butter, butterscotch or another flavor of chips.
  • Before your chocolate sets, sprinkle on some chopped nuts, toffee bits, sprinkles, or colored sugar.

Close up of a chocolate covered strawberry with a bite taken out of it.

How to Store Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries can be kept at room temperature, but they are best stored in the refrigerator for longer periods of time.

This way, the strawberries will stay fresh and the chocolate will stay firm. Just don’t pop them in the freezer. This will result in soft mushy strawberries!

How Long Do They Last?

If stored in an airtight container in the fridge, these yummy treats should last 2-3 days!

If you’re thinking of getting something for your special someone this Valentine’s Day, these homemade chocolate covered strawberries are the perfect way to go the extra mile!

Easy Valentine’s Day Desserts

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries are an easy treat for Valentine's Day or any holiday! Use white, milk or dark chocolate, or a combination!

  • 1 lb whole fresh strawberries (washed and dried)
  • 150 grams solid chocolate bar of choice (not chips)
  1. Wash strawberries well and allow to dry completely.

  2. Place 1" of water in a small pot.

  3. Break chocolate and place in a glass bowl that fits over the top of the pot without touching the water.

  4. Bring the water to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce to low and place bowl with chocolate over top. Stir frequently until melted and smooth.

  5. Remove from heat (I like to keep the bowl over the pot to keep the chocolate warm) and carefully dip strawberries, holding the stem. Gently shake off excess chocolate and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Garnish with toppings if using.

  6. When all strawberries are coated, place in the refrigerator to set completely before serving.

Chocolate covered strawberries on a plate.
Close up of chocolate covered strawberries on a plate.
Top image - close up of a chocolate covered strawberry with a bite out of it. Bottom image - rows of chocolate covered strawberries on a parchment lined baking tray.

Homemade Ritz Thin Mints {No Bake}

This Ritz Cracker Thin Mints recipe is the best way to satisfy your chocolate craving! Crunchy, buttery Ritz crackers straight from the box are dipped in melted mint chocolate and ready to eat in a flash.

A stack of ritz thin mint crackers.

I have to give a nod to the famous Girl Scout thin mint cookies for this inspiration. They are the perfect combination of chocolate and minty flavors like these peppermint brownies or homemade peppermint bark.

What are the Ingredients?

If you like easy recipes, you’ll love these Ritz thin mints:

  • Chocolate – Melting chocolate is ideal, but good old chocolate chips will do just fine. You could also use Ghirardelli or Hershey bars. White chocolate chips or bars are another option and would allow you to decorate your cookies with festive stripes using colored glazes.
  • Peppermint Extract – If you don’t have peppermint extract, you can use mint chocolate chips. Peppermint combines best with chocolate and provides the mintiest zing to your cookies, but you could also try wintergreen or spearmint if you prefer those flavors.
  • Ritz Crackers – These have the same crunchy consistency as chocolate wafers, and are almost as sweet. Plus, the salt gives an extra flavor boost.

Ritz crackers being dipped in melted peppermint chocolate.

How to Make Thin Mints

As quickie desserts go, this is about as good as it gets. Homemade thin mints made using Ritz crackers may not taste exactly like the original, but they have their own unique charm. Best of all, you don’t have to wait for the annual cookie sale!

  1. Melt chocolate using a double boiler (as described in the recipe below).
  2. Stir in peppermint extract.
  3. Dip crackers and place on parchment paper to cool.

If melting chocolate in the microwave be cautious and use low power. You don’t want to overheat, or it could get chunky and dry. A double boiler is the safest bet!

A stack of ritz thin mint cookies.

How Long Will They Last?

Homemade thin mint cookies will last in the fridge for at least two weeks or longer, tightly covered. You can also store them in your pantry and they will stay fresh for about the same amount of time.

Store thin mints in plastic containers or zippered baggies. Keep them away from heat to prevent them from sticking together. The best way to store them is in the fridge or freezer.

Can You Freeze Homemade Thin Mints?

Ritz thin mints will keep for 3-4 months or even longer in the freezer. Place in zippered baggies on the door of your freezer so that yummy chocolate fix will always be in easy reach! No thawing required!

Delicious Chocolatey Desserts

Ritz Thin Mints

Crunchy, buttery Ritz crackers straight from the box are easy to dip in melted mint chocolate and ready to eat in a flash.

  • 40 Ritz crackers
  • 16 oz chocolate ( 1 pound or approx 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil (or coconut oil)
  1. Place chocolate and vegetable oil in a bowl. Place the bowl over a pot of gently simmering water (ensuring the bowl doesn't touch the water). Stir gently until melted. Once melted, stir in the extract.

  2. Dip crackers into the chocolate mixture and allow excess to drip off.
  3. Place on a parchment-lined pan and refrigerate until cooled.

 

Top Photo - A stack of ritz thin mint cookies. Bottom photo - Ritz crackers being dipped in melted peppermint chocolate.

Simple Better Than Sex Cake

Better Than Sex Cake is a simple and delicious dessert made with just 5 ingredients! With yummy layers of caramel and sweetened condensed milk topped with a whipped topping, this cake is irresistibly good. 

Since it’s best made ahead of time, this is the perfect potluck dish!

Better Than Sex Cake topped with caramel drizzle and chocolate chips.

When it comes to desserts the combination of chocolate and caramel is so delicious. Like this caramel chocolate trifle or this yummy chocolate caramel cake.   They are the perfect treat to take to a party or potluck!

What is Better Than Sex Cake?

Only the easiest cake you will ever bake! With a pre-made cake mix, condensed milk, caramel sauce, and ready-made whipped topping, Better than Sex Cake is super-fast to make!

This cake is traditionally made with a chocolate cake mix! Feel free to change up the flavors by experimenting with different cake mix flavors!

Chocolate cake batter being poured into a cake pan.

How to Make Better Than Sex Cake

This cake is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Bake cake according to directions and allow to cool.
  2. Using a wooden skewer or a wooden spoon, poke holes all over the cake.
  3. Pour in the caramel sauce and sweetened condensed milk over the top of the cake, be sure to let the sauce and milk soak into the cake.

Refrigerate overnight and then top with whipped topping and crushed toffee bits. You can also use mini chocolate chips!

Two images showing the cake with holes being poked into it and then topped with caramel sauce and condensed milk.

How Long Does Better than Sex Cake Last?

This cake will keep up to a week as long as it’s kept in the refrigerator if it isn’t gobbled up before then! Make sure it is covered so the whipped topping doesn’t absorb any odors.

Can You Freeze Better than Sex Cake?

Better than sex cake can be frozen, either as separate components, cake and whipped topping separately or as a finished dessert.

  • To Freeze: Cut into squares, and freeze in an airtight container, making sure the container is labeled with the date.
  • To Thaw: Let sit in the fridge until thawed and ready to serve again!

Easy and Delicious Poke Cakes

Better Than Sex Cake

With yummy layers of caramel and sweetened condensed milk topped with a whipped topping, this cake is irresistibly good. 

  • 1 box Devil's food cake mix (prepared according to package directions in a 9×13 pan)
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup caramel sauce
  • 8 oz whipped topping
  • Heath Bits (or Skor Bits)
  1. Prepare cake according to package directions. Cool 10 minutes.
  2. Use a wooden spoon to poke holes all over the cake.
  3. Pour caramel sauce and sweetened condensed milk over the cake. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Top with whipped topping and crushed heath bits.

Top image - a serving of better than sex cake. Bottom image - a prepared better than sex cake topped with caramel drizzle and chocolate chips.
A serving of better than sex cake.
Top image - a serving of better than sex cake. Bottom image - chocolate cake being drizzled with caramel sauce and condensed milk.

Easy Walnut Rugelach Recipe

Rugelach Cookies are delicious pastry-like cookies that are as fun to make as they are to eat. A flakey and slightly chewy dough wrapped around a sweet nutty filling and topped with crunchy coarse sugar or a sprinkle of powdered sugar if you like.

Serve them for dessert, enjoy with coffee or serve them with your holiday favorites like gingerbread cookies and shortbread cookies.

A serving plate stacked full of rugelach.

What is Rugelach?

Rugelach are bite-sized pastries made with butter and cream cheese dough wrapped around sweet fillings of various kinds. The dough is rolled and cut into triangles, spread with filling and each cookie is rolled up in the style of a mini crescent roll.

These tasty pastries trace their origins to eastern European Jewish cuisine and are standard fare in Jewish bakeries all over the world.

Left image - nut filling ingredients in a glass bowl. Right image - pastry dough topped with jam and nut filling.

How to Make Rugelach

Easy rugelach dough is a rich mixture of flour and fat. Here’s how to make this rugelach recipe:

  1. Prepare the dough and while it is chilling, mix up the nut filling.
  2. Roll dough into circles about the thickness and diameter of a pie crust.
  3. Spread dough with jam and nut filling and cut into wedges.
  4. Roll each wedge toward the pointed side.
  5. Top with course sugar and bake until slightly browned.

As you can see, there are multiple steps but they aren’t difficult and these pretty treats are easy to make!

Rugelach pastry topped with jam and nut fillings and being rolled into mini crescent rolls.

To Prep Ahead

Rugelach can be made ahead. These are the 3 best ways I like to store them:

  • Assemble before baking You can assemble the cookies and freeze for baking later. Freeze on a cookie sheet and then transfer to freezer bags when hardened. Thaw on a cookie sheet at room temperature before baking.
  • Freeze Dough Or, you can freeze only the dough for later use. Just roll it out, layered between two sheets of wax paper. Then roll it up, wrap in plastic, and store in a freezer bag. It will keep up to six months.
  • Freeze Baked Cookies Bake cookies as directed below and cool completely. Freeze in an air tight container up to 4 months.

Other Delicious Rugelach Fillings

You don’t have to limit your options to my walnut and pecan filling. All kinds of yummy fillings work equally well in rugalach. Here are some popular ones:

  • Poppyseed pastry filling
  • Marzipan
  • Fruit preserves like apricot, fig or raspberry
  • Apple with cinnamon and sugar
  • Brown sugar-cinnamon streusel
  • Chocolate chips

Delicious Pastry Dessert

Walnut Rugelach

Rugelach are delicious pastry-like cookies that are fun to make and utterly satisfying to eat.

  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 4 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 tablespoon cream
  • 1/4 cup raspberry jam (or apricot)
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sugar

Filling

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/4 cup walnuts ground (coarsely ground)
  • 1/4 cup pecans (coarsely ground)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raisins or currants (finely chopped , optional)
  1. Combine butter, cream cheese, vanilla and salt with a mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Add sugar.
  2. Turn mixer to low and add flour just until combined.
  3. Divide dough in half and refrigerate 1 hour.

  4. Combine filling ingredients in a small bowl.
  5. Remove one half of the dough from the fridge and roll into a 10″ circle.
  6. Spread the dough with the preserves and sprinkle 1/2 of the filling over top.
  7. Cut the circle into 12 even wedges. Starting at the wide edge, roll each wedge crescent roll style.
  8. Whisk together egg and cream. Brush over each cookie and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Place on a prepared pan.
  9. Repeat with remaining dough and chill 45 minutes.
  10. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  11. Bake cookies 28-30 minutes or until lightly browned.

A serving plate stacked full of rugelach.
A serving plate stacked full of rugelach.
Top photo - A serving plate stacked full of rugelach. Bottom photo - Rugelach pastry topped with jam and nut fillings and being rolled into mini crescent rolls.

Best Butter Cookie Recipe

Butter Cookies are one of the best things about the Christmas season! Made with butter (of course) and sugar these beauties are melt in your mouth crispy and delicious!

These butter cookies are a delicious combination of a melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookie and a classic sugar cookie making them a holiday must!

a plate full of butter cookies.

How To Soften Butter For Baking Cookies

We’ve all been there. You have an hour and want to get some Christmas baking done but the butter is in the fridge.

If you know you’re going to be baking, pull the butter out of the fridge the night before. If you’ve forgotten but still have a couple of hours before bake time, cut the butter into small pieces and set out on a plate at room temperature. It should soften in time for baking.

Need soft butter now? Cut butter into pieces and microwave it at about 30% power for 20 seconds. Stir and continue to microwave just until softened. Be sure to keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t melt. If it does melt, save it for toast and get new butter for your cookie recipe!

Butter cookies being pressed and topped with a maraschino cherry on a baking tray.

How To Make Butter Cookies

I love the ease (and yummy flavor) of this recipe. Just 3 simple steps to delicious cookies!

  1. Beat butter, sugar, and salt together until light and fluffy. Add in vanilla and egg, then the flour a little at time.
  2. Roll into balls and place on a baking sheet. Gently flatten with a fork or your fingers.
  3. Decorate with candied cherries before baking.

The cherries used in this recipe are candied cherries (aka glace cherries or glazed cherries). These are different from maraschino cherries as they’re more sticky and not in a wet juice.

A baking tray full of butter cookies.

How Long Do Butter Cookies Last?

Butter Cookies last packed in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days or so. You can keep them longer but they won’t be as soft.

In the freezer they will last for a few months.

More Holiday Cookies

Butter Cookies

Made with real butter and sugar these beauties are melt in your mouth crispy and delicious

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/4 cups flour (+1/4 cup if necessary)
  • 18 candied cherries (cut in half)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Beat butter, powdered sugar, and salt until very light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.

  3. Mix in vanilla and egg. Add flour a little bit at a time until well mixed.
  4. Roll 2" balls, leaving at least 1" between cookies on the baking tray, and flatten slightly. Top with half of a cherry.

  5. Bake until lightly browned on the edges, about 12 minutes.
  6. Cool completely.

Top photo - A plate full of butter cookies topped with maraschino cherries. Bottom photo - Butter cookies being pressed and topped with a maraschino cherry on a baking tray.
A plate full of butter cookies topped with maraschino cherries.
Top photo - A plate full of butter cookies topped with maraschino cherries. Bottom photo - Butter cookies being pressed and topped with a maraschino cherry on a baking tray.

Easy Almond Biscotti Recipe

Yummy, crunchy Biscotti are perfect for breakfast, light desserts or snacking anytime. Almond extract and nuts mingle with dried cranberries in my easy recipe.

Serve them with your favorite gourmet coffee, tea, or holiday eggnog, for a comforting cookie that’s just sweet enough to satisfy your cookie craving.

a stack of 3 biscotti cookies with a mug of coffee

What is Biscotti?

Biscotti are an Italian dipping cookie. Twice baked, they have a pleasant, not-too-sweet stiffness which makes them perfect for dunking in hot beverages without falling apart.

The dough is shaped into a loaf, baked and then sliced into long oblong pieces and baked again. Biscotti can be made in as many flavors as there are extracts and spices. Some of the best and most popular flavors are chocolate, anise, and my personal favorite, almond.

Two images showing the biscotti ingredients in a glass bowl and then formed into biscotti rolls.

How to Make Biscotti

It’s so easy to make biscotti from scratch that you may never buy them again. The process is very similar to making cookie dough:

  1. Cream butter, sugar and eggs together, then mix in dry ingredients in increments.
  2. Shape into loaf and bake.
  3. Remove and slice, then bake again.

Serve them plain, drizzle with a sugar glaze, or dip them in chocolate.

Biscotti baked and drizzle with white chocolate on a baking tray.

Delicious Add-Ins

This recipe can accommodate so many variations and add-ins, such as:

  • Nuts & Seeds: walnuts, sliced or chopped almonds
  • Fruits: raisins, citron or any dried fruit, orange or lemon zest
  • Candy: chocolate chips, crushed toffee
  • Extracts: vanilla, lemon, or orange
  • Spices: Pumpkin or apple pie spice

Dip or Dunk

Biscotti are the perfect shape for not only dipping and dunking! They are excellent with cappuccino, espresso, hot chocolate or any hot or cold beverage.

Biscotti are also a terrific way to garnish a bowl of ice cream, or a custard parfait.

How to Store Biscotti

Biscotti are dry enough and have enough sugar that they hold up incredibly well to storage. Keep them in your cookie jar or in a paper bag in your pantry, where they’ll keep for up to four days.

Store tightly covered in the fridge or freezer. They will keep frozen up to six months. Be sure they are completely cool before covering and storing to prevent them softening. You can restore their crisp by popping them in the oven for a few minutes, and then cooling.

Biscotti are always popular and make a welcome sight next to any cup of coffee!

Almond Biscotti

This crunchy cookie is best paired with your morning coffee or afternoon tea.

  • 1/3 cup butter (unsalted)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a pan with parchment paper.

  2. With a mixer on medium, combine butter, sugar and baking powder until light and fluffy.

  3. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well. Add in flour a little at a time until incorporated. Fold in almonds and cranberries.

  4. Divide dough in half and form each half into a 10″x2″ rectangle. Place on a parchment lined pan.
  5. Bake 25 minutes or until golden.

  6. Remove from the oven and cool 10-15 minutes. Slice on an angle into 1" slices and lay flat on the baking sheet.

  7. Bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until browned. Remove from the oven and cool completely on wire racks.

Optional: Once completely cooled drizzle with melted white chocolate. 

Top photo - Biscotti baked and drizzle with white chocolate on a baking tray. Bottom photo - biscotti ingredients in a glass bowl.
Three slices of biscotti stacked in front of a mug of coffee.
Top photo - Biscotti sliced and stacked in front of a mug of coffee. Bottom photo - Biscotti slices on a baking tray to be baked.

Grandma’s Meringue Cookies: Airy and Delicious!

Dainty and delicious this Meringue Cookies is my grandma’s recipe. Airy bites of lemony sweetness dissolve the minute you pop them in your mouth.

If you’re looking for an easy naturally gluten free dessert, this flourless meringue recipe is just the thing!

a bowl full of meringue cookies

What Are Meringue Cookies?

Also known as French meringue cookies, these pillowy clouds of sweetness taste almost like candy. They are made from egg whites whipped with cream of tartar and superfine sugar with a little lemon juice for flavor.

The stiff meringue is then piped into bite-sized rounds on a cookie sheet and baked at a low temperature until dry and crispy, but not browned. Italian meringue is in the same family, but is a soft frosting made with whipped with hot sugar syrup to produce a glossy cake frosting.

Meringue cookie ingredients whipped to light and airy peaks.

How to Make Meringue Cookies

Meringues aren’t difficult to make, but do follow the recipe directions carefully, because that will produce the best texture.

  1. Beat eggs Beat the eggs until stiff peaks form.
  2. Pipe the finished meringue onto a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at a low temperature until dry and crisp.

I use superfine sugar (aka bakers sugar, caster sugar or berry sugar). This sugar is a bit of a finer consistency and dissolves better than regular granulated sugar. If you don’t have any on hand place some sugar into a food processor and pulse several times until uniformly fine grained, but not powdered.

Variations

Color Food coloring of your choice will make your meringue cookies extra pretty.

Flavors Flavoring of all kinds can also be used. Almond, lemon, peppermint, coconut and vanilla extracts all make very tasty meringues.

Meringue cookies topped with sprinkles baked on a cookie sheet.

How Long Do They Last?

For all you bakers who make your Christmas cookies in advance, meringues are the perfect recipe for you. Meringues store for up to three weeks in the pantry or fridge, and for four months or longer in the freezer.

How to Store Meringue Cookies

Humidity will make your meringues sticky and chewy because sugar absorbs moisture. To keep your cookies dry and crisp, store in air tight containers or zip lock freezer bags.

Classic Christmas Cookies

Grandma's Meringue Cookies

These airy bites of lemony sweetness shatter and dissolve the second you pop them in your mouth.

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2/3 cup superfine sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 225°F.

  2. Mix egg whites and lemon juice until foamy. Add tartar and set mixer to medium high.
  3. Beat in sugar 1/4 cup at a time. Continue mixing until shiny and stiff peaks form.
  4. Pipe into 1″ kisses. Add sprinkles if desired.
  5. Bake 1 hour or until firm. Turn the oven off and leave meringues in the oven at least 3 hours or overnight.

Top photo - three Meringue Cookies on the counter. Bottom photo - Meringue cookies topped with sprinkles baked on a cookie sheet.
A blue bowl full of meringue cookies.
Top photo - three Meringue Cookies on the counter. Bottom photo - Meringue cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet.