Homemade Dessert Recipes

Vintage Homemade Rhubarb Pie Illustration 1918You Can Make a Homemade Dessert Today
(Crisco® by Smucker's)

Welcome to Homemade Dessert Recipes, the recipe site that's totally different. My visitors have described it as "quaint," "totally unique," "a trip down memory lane," and a "journey back to childhood." All agree the old fashioned recipes are absolutely delightful!

Grandma's Old Fashioned Desserts

These old Fashioned Dessert Recipes are unlike what you're used to seeing, as many are written in a paragraph format, since that's the way they were published back in Grandma's day, and this is after all a historical recipe site.

You have hundreds of homemade desserts to choose from — many were Grandma's personal favorites! They're now considered comfort foods by those of us who treasure the delicious homemade taste.

Most dishes are surprisingly easy to make as they were created for home cooks without the modern appliances you enjoy using, so you'll be able to prepare them in half the time.

I've also sprinkled Grandma's helpful cooking tips throughout the site, and you'll find a red Help Button on each recipe page for whenever you need advice on baking times and oven temperatures.

Relive the Fun of Old Fashioned Recipes

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

I grew up in the 1950s and can recall attending many family birthdays, anniversaries, and wedding showers where the tables groaned under the weight of 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 recipe box, 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 own kitchen.

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


Don Bell

You will have fun making the same desserts your family enjoyed generations ago. Plus, you'll learn how to bake like Grandma using her handed-down, proven techniques. 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 collection. They really are that good!

It's How Desserts Should Be

Mom's Old Fashioned Cookbooks and Recipe BoxMom's Old Recipe Box

These classic treats are the standard by which we judge today's desserts. Most are simple and easy to prepare, while some are fancier and might take you a little bit longer. After all, there are times when you can't rush perfection!

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. Like the cooks of her day, she made do with the ingredients and equipment she had in her kitchen, and you could always taste love in the results!

Imagine the fun of tasting the actual treats your ancestors once made and enjoyed at home and on special family occasions.

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

Your Goldmine of Homemade Dessert Recipes

I'm always searching through Grandma's old cookbooks for the best dessert recipes, the genuine nuggets, and I will add them to this site in their original format exactly as they were first published.

Many were created by famous chefs of their day, while others originated in ordinary 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 visit often and enjoy searching through the pages. When you see a recipe you like, simply print out the page and try it. Get ready to enjoy a tasty treat from the past!

Check out the Holiday and International sections too. You'll discover tempting cookies, cakes, and all manners of baked goods. Some will be familiar, others might seem unique, or unusual, but all will taste delicious.

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

Rick, U.S.A.

Everything Is Listed in the Nav Bar

Homemade Dessert Cake Decorated with Fresh Raspberries and Whipped CreamHomemade Cake with Berries and Whipped Cream
(Source: ©Don Bell)
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  • Discover Grandma's Cooking Tips.

  • Get timeless Household Hints.

  • Make authentic Renaissance Desserts.

  • Discover Victorian Crafts

  • Remember the Good Old Days.

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 Homemade Dessert recipes and take time to enjoy the heartwarming nostalgia.

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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