Grandma's Homemade Dessert Recipes

Make Old Fashioned Desserts

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You have hundreds of homemade dessert recipes to choose from — Grandma's personal favorites! All are easy to make using simple, wholesome ingredients. These old fashioned desserts are considered comfort foods by those of us who treasure the delicious taste of homemade cooking.

It's surprising how simple most vintage recipes are once you try them. They were written for home cooks without the modern appliances you enjoy, so you'll be able to prepare them in half the time.

Grandma learned how to make amazing desserts using these simple recipes, and now you can too. I sprinkled her helpful cooking tips throughout the site, and you'll find a red Help button on every recipe page for when you need advice on baking times and temperature conversions.

Experience the Fun of Old Fashioned Recipes

Have fun making the same desserts your family enjoyed generations ago. Plus, you'll learn how to bake like Grandma. As Julia Child said, "Once you have mastered a technique, you barely have to look at a recipe again."

Take it from me, you'll want to add Grandma's unique collection of family recipes to your own recipe box. They are that good!

Welcome Dessert Lovers

Don Bell, Webmaster

I grew up in the 1950s and can recall attending many family birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings where the tables groaned under the weight of old fashioned homemade desserts.

Can you imagine the sight?

There were yummy fruit pies, rich and flaky pastries, thickly iced layer cakes, colorfully decorated sugar cookies, crumbly date squares, nutty cinnamon rolls, fruity puddings topped with real whipped cream, and all kinds of sinfully sweet confections — all made by my aunts and my Mom using Grandma's recipes. It was a dessert lover's dream!

My wife Vicki and I still have Mom's handwritten cookbooks, her handmade recipe scrapbooks, plus vintage cookbooks of our own, and I would love to share their contents with you. Now, you can unlock the secrets to making Grandma's delicious desserts in your kitchen.

I'm dedicating this website to Mom and my Grandmas, and to dessert lovers like yourself who can appreciate the old fashioned homemade taste. You'll want to add these easy dessert recipes to your own recipe collection, so return often. You won't want to miss out!


Don Bell

This Is How Desserts Should Be

Grandma's homemade dessert recipes call for simple, basic ingredients — all-natural ingredients like fresh fruit, eggs, milk, cream, butter, sugar, and flour. No artificial flavors or harmful trans fats here!

These are healthy, old time desserts, the genuine article. Yes, there are calories involved, but there's nothing wrong with calories in moderation. So don't worry. Enjoy the delicious taste!

These classic treats are inexpensive and taste country-style delicious — the standard by which we judge today's desserts. Most are simple and easy to make, while some are fancier and might take you a bit longer to prepare.

After all, there are times when you can't rush perfection. But, you can make these vintage desserts faster than Grandma ever dreamed possible by using your modern kitchen appliances.

Not only will you love experimenting with these homemade dessert recipes, but you'll enjoy reading them too. They offer us a rare, nostalgic peek into the type of treats people were eating generations ago and the practical methods they used to prepare them.

Grandma always wove ingenuity and patience into her recipes. The cooks of her day could only use the ingredients and equipment they had available. You could always taste love in the results!

Just imagine the novelty of tasting the actual treats your great grandparents once made and enjoyed on family occasions.

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Your Gold Mine of Homemade Dessert Recipes

I'll  search through Grandma's old cookbooks for her best dessert recipes, the genuine nuggets, then I'll add them to this site in their original format exactly as they were first published.

Famous chefs of the 1800s created many of the old fashioned recipes, while others originated in farmhouse kitchens. You're sure to find the perfect dish to serve for every occasion.

It's an outstanding collection of sumptuous treats and confections, so be sure to visit often and search through the pages. When you see a recipe you like, just print it out, and try it. Enjoy a tasty treat from the past.

Discover tempting ideas for cookies, cakes, pies, and squares in the Holiday and International sections. Some desserts will be familiar to you, while others might seem unique or unusual, but all will taste delicious.

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"Thanks for providing the world a nice dessert website that looks as nice as the desserts themselves!"

Rick, U.S.A.

Everything Is Here for Your Enjoyment

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  • Have fun trying the Old Fashioned Recipes and serving wholesome treats from Grandma's day. Delight your friends and family!

  • The handy Cooking Tips will shed light on the old fashioned oven temperatures and kitchen measures found in the vintage recipes.

  • Try the helpful Household Hints that the old cookbooks were famous for. Tips that Grandma used every day in her kitchen and laundry.

  • Try authentic Renaissance Recipes from the royal kitchen of England's Queen Henrietta Maria. Thrill to the taste of history!

  • Visit Grandma's Online Kitchen to remember the good old days. Listen to the old time radio shows, discover Victorian crafts, and more.

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So, pour yourself a cup of your favorite beverage and get comfy in your chair. Have fun browsing through this unique collection of Grandma's easy dessert recipes. Enjoy the heartwarming nostalgia.

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I have been an avid reader of various recipe websites from across the world, and I am constantly in search of a site that's got amazing recipes and hints for readers. It was purely by chance that I came across your website, and I must say that I would rate it among one of the best sites I have ever visited.

Susan, India

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Leave a Friendly Comment in the comment box below. Do you miss your Grandma's homemade cakes and cookies? What's your favorite vintage dessert? I'd love to hear from you.

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Mobile Dessert Recipes Site

Visit my site using your smartphones and small tablets. See the old fashioned recipes presented in a way that's easier to read on smaller screens, anywhere and anytime.

While on my website, you can tap "Add to homescreen" to pin an icon on your screen that links directly to this site. It's the next-best thing to having a Dessert Recipes App!

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