Old Fashioned Dessert Recipes

Browse Grandma's old fashioned dessert recipes and enjoy the friendly nostalgia. If you're hoping for a recipe site that's refreshingly different you've come to the right place.

Take a delightful trip down memory lane, and experience those longed for childhood treats. These delicious homemade desserts are true comfort foods!

Enjoy Old Fashioned Desserts

Vintage Homemade Rhubarb Pie Illustration from 1918You Can Make the Best Old Fashioned Desserts!
(Crisco® by Smucker's)

There's a reason why this food site has proven popular over the years. Everybody craves the perfect snack they loved as children. These delicious comfort foods will satisfy your sweet tooth and bring to mind fond memories of wonderful times spent with family and friends.

Shut your eyes, and you can almost taste those simple ingredients: chocolate chips, maple syrup, dark chocolate, cream cheese, homemade whipped cream, real butter, brown sugar, sour cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate sauce.

It's a mystery why the rich history of desserts is often neglected by today's food blogs and TV chefs. There's simply so much to be discovered by trying the proven desserts handed down from earlier generations.

Don Bell with His Mother's Vintage Recipe ScrapbooksWelcome to My Collection of Homemade Dessert Recipes
(Source: ©Don Bell)

I grew up in the 1950s and enjoyed family gatherings with all sorts of homemade desserts. There were fruit pies with fluffy meringue toppings, crumbly cookie bars, crispy apple crisp, melt-in-your-mouth icebox cookies, rich chocolate cake and cupcakes topped with swirls of buttercream frosting.

Everything was lovingly prepared by Mom and her sisters and one time we were treated to homemade strawberry ice cream. Can you imagine the sight of the dessert table? It was a dessert lover's dream!

I still have Mom's old recipe box, handmade recipe scrapbooks, and vintage cookbooks, and I look forward to sharing their contents with you. Get ready to unlock the secrets to making delicious sweet treats that taste as good as they look.

This website is dedicated to Mom and to dessert lovers like yourself who can appreciate old fashioned dessert recipes that deliver the wholesome country-kitchen taste of Grandma's day.

Enjoy your visit and get ready for the taste of home!


Don Bell

Celebrating Grandma's Old Fashioned Dessert Recipes

An I Want to Draw a Cat for You Drawing by Steve GadlinAn Original Drawing by Steve Gadlin, "I Want to Draw a Cat for You," as Seen on ABC's Shark Tank Series

Desserts on this site were invented by the famous celebrity chefs of Grandma's day, while some of the easy recipes evolved from humble farmhouse kitchens. You are sure to find a delicious dessert to serve for that special occasion.

Don't fall into the trap of ignoring vintage recipes simply because they were written in paragraph form without step-by-step photos. Recipes from Grandma's day tend to be very easy to follow, so you'll be able to get good results.

And since these old fashioned dessert recipes were written for home kitchens without the electric mixer and modern appliances we enjoy today, you'll be able to make the mouth watering dishes in half the time that Grandma did!

Take advantage of these old fashioned dessert recipes and get ready to enjoy amazing desserts that somehow fell through the cracks of time. These overlooked dishes will draw rave reviews from appreciative dessert lovers of all ages.

Thank you so much for these wonderful recipes. They always bring back such cherished memories. —Sharon, USA

You Will Love Grandma's Most Loved Dessert Recipes

Plateful of Delicious Homemade Chocolate Nut FudgeFreshly Made Chocolate Nut Fudge
(Source: ©Don Bell)

You'll love Grandma's chocolate fudge recipes, and because you'll learn the old-time sugar testing methods that always work, no candy thermometers are needed.

Also make your own dessert sauces and toppings including caramel sauce, and an irresistible marshmallow cream. And just imagine being able to make the following classic desserts:

Old Fashioned Cake Recipes

  • Pound Cakes
  • Coffee Cake
  • Lemon Chiffon Cake
  • German Chocolate Cake

Old Fashioned Pie Recipes

  • Old Time Apple Pie
  • Custard Pie
  • Banana Cream Pie
  • Chocolate Pie

Old Fashioned Cookie Recipes

  • Sugar Cookies
  • Hermit Cookies
  • Vanilla Wafers
  • Oatmeal Cookies

Old Fashioned Pudding Recipes

  • Old Time Bread Pudding
  • Creamy Banana Pudding
  • Old Fashioned Rice Pudding
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding

And that's just a tiny sample of the delicious recipes found on this site!

Imagine the joy of serving wholesome desserts unlike the typical fare found on other recipe sites. Your friends will be begging to know how you made something so unique and delicious.

Not only will you bake pies, and puddings to die for, you'll be leaning how to bake desserts as Grandma did by using her handed-down tips and techniques.

Learn to make a simple cake with basic batter, decorate cupcakes like a pro, and bake amazing cheesecakes. Discover how simple it is to make perfect cookie dough, homemade pie filling, and a rich vanilla custard.

Why not get a large bowl, baking sheet, and mini-cupcake liners and bake some easy treats today?

Add Grandma's old fashioned dessert recipes to your recipe box and share this unique recipe site with friends. They'll agree that Grandma's homemade dessert ideas really are the best.

I love this website. So nostalgic and cosy! —Judy, USA

Choose Your Favorite Old Recipes

Grandma's Recipe Box and Cookbooks

As I search through Grandma's old recipe box with its recipe cards, I'll publish her favorite dessert recipes. You'll get to read them EXACTLY as they were written, so you can have the fun of reading and preparing them as Grandma did.

Use the top navigation Menu to browse this site for great ideas and whenever you spot an old fashioned dessert recipe you like, either print or bookmark the page in your browser to keep it handy.

Be sure to browse the Holiday and International sections too. You'll discover tempting cakes, cookies, and all manners of baked goods. Some will be familiar, others might seem unusual, but all will taste wonderfully delicious.

Thanks for providing the world with a nice dessert website that looks as nice as the desserts themselves! —Rick, U.S.A.

Delicious Vintage Dessert Recipes

Homemade White Cake Decorated with Fresh Raspberries and Whipped CreamHomemade Cake with Fresh Berries and Whipped Cream
(Source: ©Don Bell)

Doesn't the homemade cake look delicious with its fresh fruit topping? You can make vintage cakes like this! There's nothing like a large slice of warm cake to enjoy on cold nights.

You will also want to make the chocolate pudding, the lemon icebox cake, the delicious cookie recipes, and the easy Buckeye recipe for making those peanut butter fudge candies that look like the nuts. It's all on this site!

There's even instructions for making your own refreshing soft drinks with simple syrup, flavored fountain syrups, and homemade root beer extract.

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Pour yourself a cup of your favorite beverage, get comfy in your chair, and browse this unique collection of Grandma's old fashioned dessert recipes. Please don't hurry! Take some time to enjoy the heartwarming nostalgia too.

I absolutely adore your recipe site. I had to say thank you for sharing your Grandma's wonderful recipes and I can't wait to try them.

I love how everything is set up. It's so easy to move around in, not like other sites that are cluttered and unorganized.

I also enjoy the articles about the recipes and their history. Just had to let you know I will be returning here again and again! —Maggie, U.S.A.

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