Sharing Recipes from Some of My Favorite Bloggers – DESSERTS

About a year and a half ago I posted several yummy-looking appetizer recipes from some of my favorite bloggers.  I decided to do something similar today with dessert recipes because, sometimes, things are just too good NOT to share!

For a few weeks I was on a cleaning binge…. of sorts.  My cleaning binge is sooo over right now.  I think I’m going to go on a serious baking binge – starting tomorrow.   Enjoy !

                 Sharing Recipes from Some of My Favorite Bloggers – DESSERTS

This recipe for Heath Bar (or Chocolate Chip) Blondies, from Bits and Breadcrumbs, was my inspiration for sharing dessert recipes today.  Blondies are a lot like brownies in texture but the batter isn’t made with chocolate.  Usually made with chocolate chips and walnuts, this recipe gives you a choice to add either chocolate chips or Heath Bar chips. My suggestion – consider making these, at least once, with half Heath Toffee Bits and half chocolate chips!

Blonde Brownies = Bits and Breadcrumbs  

I love pound cake! This Coconut Pound Cake, from The Southern Lady Cooks, seems to be super easy to make: you use a a yellow cake mix, some vanilla pudding, coconut and evaporated milk, plus a few other things.  A rich coconut sauce is poured on top. YUMMY!  If you’re looking for some great southern recipes, be sure to visit The Southern Lady Cooks. You’ll see why she’s one of my favorite bloggers!

Coconut Pound Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

I’ve never made New York Style Crumb Cake from scratch but I sure will now. From Uni Homemaker, this crumb cake has lots and lots of topping.  Doesn’t it look delicious?

from Uni-Homemaker - New York Style Crumb Cake

I’d planned to include only recipes from other bloggers – then I came across my own recipe for Apple Pie, which I’ve been ‘playing with’ for decades.  Everyone seems to really like my apple pie a lot, so I’m including it as well.

My Yellow Farmhouse - Apple Pie

I haven’t eaten Oatmeal Scotchies in years. In truth, I’d forgotten all about them – until tonight when I found this recipe from Averie Cooks.  It seems that, like me, Averie hadn’t made these in years – she posted, “These cookies are a tasty trip down memory lane. My grandma used to make them and I hadn’t had them in ages. So I changed that.”  Averie, I intend to change that too !

oatmealscotchies-Averie Cooks


Cecile’s Apple Pie

My Yellow Farmhouse - Apple Pie

I’ve never once eaten a slice of bad apple pie.  I think, like an ugly baby, bad apples pies are “few and far between”. I’ve been told that my apple pies are very delicious – I hope you think so!

Following an old recipe, I add dabs of butter on top of the apple/flour/sugar mixture before putting on the top crust. Maybe that’s why people like this pie so much. Or – maybe it’s that I’ve finally found the right balance of nutmeg versus cinnamon??  In any event, I look forward to your suggestions and comments, as always!

Follow link to see this ‘Quick and Easy One Crust Apple Pie with Maple Whipped Cream. (This cute little scarecrow makes another appearance – three years later!)

Rustic One-Crust Apple Pie - myyellowfarmhouse


Oven at 425(F)     Bake for 45 – 50 minutes, until crust is golden and filling is bubbling. You might want to place a cookie sheet – or a piece of foil – on the rack below the pie, in case it bubbles over

  • 6 cups sliced apples – peeled and cored, or course!
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 “pinches” nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4 TBS. flour (yes – tablespoons!!)
  • 2 TBS. butter – to be cut up and dropped on top of apple/sugar mixture
  • 2 crusts – either purchased or homemade
  • 1 egg, beaten

In a large bowl, mix the sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and flour.

Put the 1st crust into the pie plate. Fill with the apple/sugar mixture. (Some people like to mound the apple/sugar mixture higher in the middle but I don’t. I prefer it evenly spread out.) With a sharp knife, cut a few slashes into the crust to help steam escape.

Cut your butter into small pieces and dot on top of the apple/sugar mixture. (I just hold it in my hand and cut off a piece at a time – otherwise the cut-up butter sticks together.)

Place the 2nd crust over the butter/apple mixture, crimping edges to seal.

++  Here’s a video which shows you how to ‘crimp’ a pie crust.

++  If you’re feeling really creative – here’s a video showing how to make ‘fancy’ crimps!

Now for the “egg wash”. Take the beaten egg and with your fingers (my favorite) or a pastry brush, spread some of the beaten egg on the top crust. (You don’t have to do this, but it does give the crust a nice sheen and golden color.)

Bake at 425F for about 45 – 50 minutes, until the crust is golden, and the apples are fully cooked. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.  Enjoy!!