Best Homemade Dessert Recipes: Discover Vintage Desserts

Browse Grandma's best homemade Dessert Recipes and discover the world of old fashioned desserts. You'll find this food blog refreshingly and deliciously different.

The warmth of family gatherings, sweet laughter, and mouthwatering treats are tied to our past, and this site celebrates those classic ways of creating fond memories.

Enjoy a heart warming trip down memory lane where you get to make the delectable, irresistible treats you remember so fondly from childhood — the nostalgic comfort foods!

Explore Grandma's World of Old Fashioned Dessert Recipes

Vintage Homemade Rhubarb Pie Illustration from 1918You Can Make Delicious Old Fashioned Desserts
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There's a good reason why this recipe site has proven itself popular. Grandma's delicious comfort foods will satisfy your sweet tooth and bring to mind fond memories of wonderful times spent with family and friends.

Let me take you through a nostalgic heart-warming journey complete with stories of cherished family moments and historical facts that make each dessert and its recipe special.

Grandma's Legacy

Don Bell With His Mother's Vintage Recipe ScrapbooksWelcome to Grandma's World of Homemade Desserts
(Source: ©Don Bell)

I grew up in the 1950s and enjoyed family gatherings with all sorts of homemade desserts. There were seasonal fruit pies with fluffy meringue toppings, crumbly cookie bars, apple crisps baked to perfection, melt-in-your-mouth icebox cookies, rich chocolate layer cakes, and cupcakes topped with colorful swirls of buttercream frosting.

Everything was lovingly prepared by Mom and her sisters. Can you imagine the dessert table? It really was a dessert lover's dream!

I still have Mom's old recipe cards along with her handmade recipe scrapbooks and collection of vintage cookbooks, and I can hardly wait to share her prized recipes with you. Expect to tempt your taste buds with delicious desserts you'll never forget.

This website is dedicated to Mom and to dessert lovers like yourself who can appreciate homemade dessert recipes that can deliver those wholesome country-kitchen flavors that always delight. Enjoy your visit and get ready to relish every spoonful!



Explore 30 Dessert Categories

Grandma's collection includes a range of 30 Dessert Categories including pies, cakes, puddings, cookies, pastries, ice creams, and more. Each category reminds us of delights from our childhood.

Dive into each category and choose your favorites from over 2,000 dessert recipes!

Homemade Devil's Food CakeMake an Old Fashioned Devil's Food Cake
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Old Fashioned Cake Recipes — Step into the delicious world of Old Fashioned Cakes and allow each bite to transport you back to the cosy comfort of Grandma's kitchen.

Whether it's Chocolate Layer, Pineapple, Angel Food, or your family's favorite, these treasured cakes, timeless in flavor and texture, kindle a sense of nostalgia as you recall fond childhood memories of these delicious desserts at family gatherings.

Homemade Old Fashioned DonutsEnjoy Old Fashioned Donuts While Still Warm
(Source: ©jentara/

Traditional Donut Recipes — Welcome to the world of Traditional Donuts, those golden-hued, sugary treats that fill our homes with an irresistible aroma.

From crispy Donuts Without Yeast and old time Crullers to homemade Funnel Cakes and Eclairs, these are the recipes we've loved from our childhood. Master your own homemade donuts, and create fond memories with your own family.

A Piece of Homemade Chocolate FudgeEnjoy Grandma's Homemade Chocolate Fudge
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Homemade Candy Recipes — From creamy Chocolate Fudge to delicious Toffee Treats, let's dive into the fun of making Homemade Candy. It was always exciting to watch Grandma cook those sweet delights on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Explore your ability to recreate those cherished family recipes that have brought joy to generations by making your own candies from scratch.

A Variety of Homemade CookiesMake and Enjoy Grandma's Homemade Cookies
(Source: ©Dukell/

Homemade Cookie Recipes — Uncover the secret to perfect Homemade Cookies, just like the ones baked by Grandma! The tantalizing aroma, the warm bites of perfection — they're not just cookies; they're expressions of joy connecting generations.

Recreate those timeless after-school treats, leaving your home smelling of baking like a cozy farmhouse kitchen.

Chocolate Candy Cane FudgeChocolate Candy Cane Fudge for Christmas
(Source: ©TeriVirbickis/

Christmas Dessert Recipes — Christmas, the season of joy, family, and indulgent desserts! Old fashioned Gingerbread Houses, velvety Plum Puddings, crispy Sugar Cookies — these Christmas Treats and Desserts are as central to the holiday season as the colorful decorations and the carols.

Reminisce about those treasured Christmases from your childhood as you whip up these delightful recipes, making your home the center of festive cheer.

Homemade Italian CastagnoleMake Authentic Italian Castagnole
(Source: ©fiorellamacor/

International Dessert Recipes — Expand your taste horizons with delightful International Desserts. From the sugary indulgence of Italian Castagnole to the flaky, buttery charm of French Crepes and Pastries, these recipes explore the culinary map of the world.

Break the monotony of your dessert choices, as you step into foreign lands by experiencing their heavenly desserts.

Renaissance Apple TartEnjoy an Authentic Renaissance Apple Tart
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Renaissance Dessert Recipes — Travel back to the time of Queen Henrietta Maria of England and William Shakespeare through Authentic Renaissance Desserts, including Sweetmeats, Marchpane, Gingerbread, Cakes, and more. The allure of these delicacies is unmatched.

These were the desserts that graced the banquet tables of the high and mighty. Now is your chance to taste the sweetness of history and bring the Renaissance Era to your very own table.

Young Woman Tying Her Kitchen ApronImagine Tying Your New Homemade Apron
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Old Fashioned Fun and Nostalgia — Take a delightful stroll down memory lane with Old Fashioned Fun and Nostalgia, including Victorian Crafts, Apron Sewing, Fancy Napkin Folding, Old Time Radio Shows, Aeolian Harp Building, Kitchen Poems, and more.

These timeless activities remind us of simpler times and are guaranteed to pull at the heartstrings, providing fun for the whole family while preserving cherished traditions.

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The above is just a small sampling of over 2,000 old fashioned dessert recipes and other features published on this site!

New Dessert Recipes and Updates

The What's New section showcases the new recipes and nostalgia added to my site from Grandma's collection. Consider it an opportunity to recreate a special treat to share with family and friends.

What's New

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    Get old time ice cream milkshake recipes and make frosty ice cream parlor shakes in your favorite flavors. Experience the taste of Big Al's Happy Days Diner!

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  2. Classic Ice Cream Sundae Recipe - Make Ice Cream Parlor Sundaes

    Get classic ice cream sundae recipes once used by ice cream parlors. Make the most amazing homemade sundaes with flavors to die for — your choice of toppings!

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  3. Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake Recipes: Deliciously Moist and Vintage

    Get Grandma's favorite old fashioned applesauce cake recipes and enjoy delicious moist cakes with spicy apple fragrance and the traditional flavor you love.

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Take pride in serving wholesome desserts so unlike the typical fare found on food blogs. Your friends will be begging to know how you made something so unique and so delicious.

Many of the recipes featured were invented by the famous celebrity chefs of Grandma's day, while others evolved from humble farmhouse kitchens. You are sure to find a delicious dessert that's easy to make for that special occasion.

Get Grandma's Cooking Tips

Grandmas not only left us her recipes but also her collection of practical tips and techniques. Gain confidence in dessert preparations from using the correct weights and measures, oven temperatures, and ingredient substitutions. Even novice bakers will whip up a tasteful dessert! 


Grandma's Simple Cooking Tips — Explore the heartwarming simplicity of Grandma's Cooking Tips, the secret sauce that turned her ordinary desserts into a sweet perfection.

From how to measure ingredients to proper oven temperatures, these invaluable tips will enhance your kitchen skills and give you ideas for easier cleanup too. So, let's look to Grandma and master cooking, the old fashioned way!

Don't fall into the trap of ignoring vintage recipes simply because they happen to be written in paragraph form without step-by-step photos. Recipes from Grandma's day tend to have easy-to-follow directions, so you can expect to have good results.

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

Since these old fashioned dessert recipes were written for home kitchens without the electric mixers and modern appliances we enjoy today, you will be able to make a mouth-watering dessert in half the time that Grandma did!

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Grandma's Recipe Box and Cookbooks

Let's journey through Grandma's old recipe box with its cherished recipe cards and clippings. I've chosen her best homemade dessert recipes, and you get to read them EXACTLY as they were written; that way, you can have the fun of reading and preparing them just as she did.

What Others Are Saying

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Let's Keep in Touch

Grandma's legacy was all about sharing love through her cooking, and that's what this site aims to emulate. Let's keep the tradition of these delicious, homemade dessert recipes alive in our hearts and kitchens, as we experience the joy of sharing that slice of homemade pie or chocolate layer cake with family and friends.

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