MOM'S BOILED COOKIES
Jennifer Nevins on 05/01/2020

MOM'S BOILED COOKIES

Mom used to make these cookies all the time. They aren’t the prettiest cookie in the world…..but they are tasty, and easy to make.

MOM'S CREAM PUFFS
Jennifer Nevins on 05/01/2020

MOM'S CREAM PUFFS

Mom used to make cream puffs all the time. The center can be filled with any type of custard, pudding or ice cream. Top with powdered confectioners sugar.

SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL CUPCAKES
Jennifer Nevins on 03/01/2020

SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL CUPCAKES

Make vanilla cupcakes (using your favorite boxed mix/directions). Top with buttercream frosting (place in a ziploc bag - cut a small whole in the corner and pipe so it looks like spaghetti - the piping above has a larger size which looks like linguine!) Meanwhile, warm about ½ cup of strawberry jam in the microwave. Dip ferrero rocher chocolates (one at a time) in the warm strawberry jam and place on top of the "spaghetti" frosting to look like a "meatball". Grate white chocolate on top of the "meatball" so it looks like grated parmesan cheese. Decorate with a sprig of basil. Your guests will be so impressed by your creativity!

CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY OREO TRUFFLES
Jennifer Nevins on 02/01/2020

CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY OREO TRUFFLES

This recipe is also from Kraft Magazine, and simulates one of my favorite chocolate treats….chocolate covered cherries. This is a really simple variation, and definitely worth trying!

SPICED CRUMB CAKE
Jennifer Nevins on 01/01/2020

SPICED CRUMB CAKE

Mom made crumb cake more times than I can remember when we were growing up. It’s delicious and very easy to prepare. This recipe is altered using spice cake instead of the traditional yellow cake. If you prefer a really heavy crumb topping, the ingredients for the topping can be doubled.

MOM'S CASSADELES
Jennifer Nevins on 12/01/2019

MOM'S CASSADELES

I cannot remember a holiday, or any family gathering for that matter, when we didn't all enjoy Mom's cassadeles. She does something special to them....they are hard to duplicate exactly, but certainly worth trying.

PUMPKIN SPICE CRUMB CAKE
Jennifer Nevins on 11/01/2019

PUMPKIN SPICE CRUMB CAKE

This is an incredibly easy semi-homemade recipe for crumb cake – and the addition of the “pumpkin spice” is really delicious and perfect for the holidays!

BANANA SPLIT CAKE
Jennifer Nevins on 08/01/2019

BANANA SPLIT CAKE

This is a delicious and easy family recipe. It’s a great recipe to bring to summer gatherings, and can be made into individual trifles for a holiday presentation.

ITALIAN ICE
Jennifer Nevins on 08/01/2019

ITALIAN ICE

Similar to a granita dessert, this recipe is simple to make and doesn’t require special equipment. Use fresh, ripe ingredients for the best result. This was inspired by a Food Network Magazine recipe.

MOM'S PIZZA GRANA (WHEAT PIE)
Jennifer Nevins on 05/01/2019

MOM'S PIZZA GRANA (WHEAT PIE)

This is Mom’s recipe for the traditional Easter Pie, Pizza Grana. We have enjoyed this dessert during many holiday celebrations. This recipe is unlike many of the traditional recipes for Pizza Grana that require a lot of preparation and many ingredients.

PASTIERA NAPOLETANA
Jennifer Nevins on 04/01/2019

PASTIERA NAPOLETANA

We were in Naples, Italy while they prepared for Easter 2013. The city was alive with excitement, preparing for various festivals and preparing assortments of baked delights for the holiday. We went to a local bakery, and I enjoyed the most delicious pastiera cake I’ve ever eaten. In fact, the slice of cake I enjoyed was from the largest pastiera cake I’ve ever seen in my life. The slice missing was mine!

RICOTTA COOKIES WITH ORANGE ZEST
Jennifer Nevins on 04/01/2019

RICOTTA COOKIES WITH ORANGE ZEST

This is a traditional ricotta cookie, and one of my favorites. The addition of orange zest in both the cookie dough and the icing makes this cookie moist & delicious!!

PHYLLO LEMON RASPBERRY CUPS
Jennifer Nevins on 04/01/2019

PHYLLO LEMON RASPBERRY CUPS

This recipe is really delicious and very easy. I was experimenting with a fruit dip one day, and realized that this mixture could be utilized in many different combinations. The dessert looks great on a holiday buffet, and provides a perfect sized "finger food" dessert. You will be surprised at the deep, rich flavors.

BROWNIE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS
Jennifer Nevins on 03/01/2019

BROWNIE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS

I have made this recipe for years because it's incredibly easy and really delicious. This is truly a great semi-homemade dessert that your family is sure to enjoy!

EASIEST DESSERT EVER - ICE CREAM SANDWICH CAKE
Jennifer Nevins on 02/01/2019

EASIEST DESSERT EVER - ICE CREAM SANDWICH CAKE

This is an incredibly easy, but delicious recipe for ice cream cake. Any combination of chopped candy can be used on the middle and top layers of this dish. This was prepared with kids in mind…but can be dressed up with chocolate curls on top for a fancier presentation.

CHOCOLATE SNICKERS CANDY BAR DIP
Jennifer Nevins on 01/28/2019

CHOCOLATE SNICKERS CANDY BAR DIP

I saw this dessert on the PureWow site….and thought this was amazing. It’s basically a deconstructed candy bar with cookies for dipping. How great is that!!

ESPRESSO TIRAMISU DIP
Jennifer Nevins on 02/06/2018

ESPRESSO TIRAMISU DIP

This was another delicious treat from the PureWow website. A delicious espresso tiramisu dip deconstructed….served with ladyfingers for dipping. How ingenious!

EASY FUDGE
Jacqueline DiPasquale on 12/07/2017

EASY FUDGE

I love desserts, and I'm always looking for the easiest recipes with the most impact. I have tried many fudge recipes throughout the years...this is by far the easiest and most delicious recipe I've tried. Various ingredients can be added to modify this recipe. During the Christmas holidays, I like to add chopped peppermint to the recipe. Feel free to add chopped nuts, chopped candy, mini marshmallows, etc.

PISTACHIO & ALMOND BISCOTTI
Jennifer Nevins on 10/05/2017

PISTACHIO & ALMOND BISCOTTI

This was one of the easiest biscotti recipes I’ve ever made, using almond paste in the mixture.

AUNT CAROLINE’S BAKED PEACHES WITH AMARETTI
Jennifer Nevins on 05/04/2017

AUNT CAROLINE’S BAKED PEACHES WITH AMARETTI

There aren’t too many fruit recipes that I would choose for dessert. This is Aunt Caroline’s baked peach recipe, and this is delicious topped with crushed amaretti cookies and chopped almonds. Serve this dessert warm, with vanilla ice cream and/or whipped cream. Enjoy!

COCONUT CUPCAKES WITH LEMON FILLING
Jennifer Nevins on 04/18/2017

COCONUT CUPCAKES WITH LEMON FILLING

This is one of my favorite cupcake recipes. You can change the cupcake mix, filling and topping based upon your preference. I happen to enjoy the mixture of yellow cake with lemon pudding and coconut icing. These cupcakes look great on a buffet, and guests seem to prefer taking a cupcake to a slice of cake. I use boxed mixes and premade puddings to make my life easier. If you love cupcakes, take inspiration from the many cupcake shops and try a semi-homemade approach to replicate your favorites.

RASPBERRY & CHAMBORD TIRAMISU
Jennifer Nevins on 02/22/2017

RASPBERRY & CHAMBORD TIRAMISU

I made this recipe recently for a dinner party. The tiramisu looks beautiful individually presented. The combination of the fresh raspberries and Chambord liqueur really complement each other in this recipe.

BEST EVER! COCONUT BON BONS
Jennifer Nevins on 02/15/2017

BEST EVER! COCONUT BON BONS

I was inspired to make this recipe after watching an Emeril Lagasse show many years ago. I have been making these coconut bon bons ever since. They are always a big hit. The combination of rich semi-sweet chocolate with the creamy coconut filling is delicious.