Delicious Old Fashioned Dessert Recipes Loved by Grandma

Browse Grandma's Old Fashioned Dessert Recipes and enjoy the friendly nostalgia. This food blog is refreshingly and deliciously different!

Take a delightful trip down memory lane to rediscover the delicious desserts you remember so fondly from childhood. These irresistible homemade treats are the true comfort foods!

Grandma's Old Fashioned Desserts

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 over the years. These delicious comfort foods will satisfy your sweet tooth and bring to mind fond memories of wonderful times spent with family and friends.

Grandma's homemade dessert recipes call for easily available ingredients such as chocolate chips, maple syrup, dark chocolate, cream cheese, real whipped cream, dairy butter, brown sugar, and maraschino cherries. Shut your eyes, and you can imagine the good taste.

So Much to Discover

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

Imagine reaching across time to taste the actual desserts loved by your ancestors. What would those cakes, pies, and puddings have tasted like? Grandma's old fashioned dessert recipes make it all possible.

Don Bell With His Mother's Vintage Recipe ScrapbooksWelcome to Grandma's Collection 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 old fashioned dessert recipes that deliver those wholesome country-kitchen flavors that always delight.

Enjoy your visit and get ready to relish every spoonful!


Don Bell

Choose Your Dessert Category

Here's the Top 12 Old Fashioned Dessert Recipes chosen by visitors from 4 Dessert Categories over the past 12 months:

Cake Category

Icing a Homemade Layer CakeGrandma's Homemade Cake Icings Are Delicious
(Source: ©asife/

The top 3 Old Fashioned Cake Recipes:

  1. Pineapple Cakes
  2. Orange Cakes
  3. Homemade Cake Icings

Donut Category

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

The top 3 Old Fashioned Donut Recipes:

  1. Old Time Crullers
  2. Old Fashioned Donuts Without Yeast
  3. Potato Donuts

Candy Category

Homemade Fondant CandyHomemade White Fondant Ready for Dipping
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The top 3 Old Fashioned Candy Recipes:

  1. Divinity Candy
  2. Seafoam Candy
  3. Fondant

Cookie Category

Raisin Drop CookiesEnjoy Old Time Drop Cookies Warm From the Oven
(Source: ©aamulya/

The top 3 Old Fashioned Cookie Recipes:

  1. Hermits
  2. Sugar Cookies
  3. Old Time Drop Cookies

There Are 25+ Dessert Categories

View Them All in the Top Navigation Menu

Recipes featured on this site 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.


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 be have easy-to-follow directions, so you can expect to have good results.


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


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

What Members Are Saying

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

Grandma's Favorite Dessert Recipes

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

Doesn't that plate of old fashioned fudge look delicious? People absolutely love Grandma's chocolate fudge recipes, and by using her reliable sugar testing methods, no candy thermometers are needed.

You can also make your own dessert sauces and ice cream toppings including a luscious caramel sauce, and an irresistible homemade marshmallow cream. And just imagine being able to make the following classic favorites:

Favorite Holiday Desserts

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

The 3 most popular Holidays for old fashioned desserts:

  1. Christmas
  2. Halloween
  3. Summer Holiday Picnics

Favorite International Desserts

Homemade Italian CastagnoleEnjoy Homemade Italian Castagnole
(Source: ©fiorellamacor/

The 3 most popular International Dessert Recipes:

  1. Italian
  2. German
  3. Dutch

Favorite Renaissance Desserts

Renaissance Apple TartEnjoy the Renaissance Apple Tart Recipe
(Source: ©studioM/

The 3 most popular authentic Renaissance Dessert Recipes:

  1. Renaissance Tarts
  2. Renaissance Candies
  3. Renaissance Cakes

Favorite Old Time Fun Activities

Making Hand ShadowsHave Fun With Hand Shadow Puppets
(Source: ©Kryzhov/

The 3 most popular Old Fashioned Fun Activities:

  1. Aeolian Wind Harp Plans
  2. Fancy Napkin Folding
  3. How to Sew Handmade Aprons, and a close runner-up for the young at heart… Fun With Hand Shadow Puppets

Explore 2000+ Recipes

The above is just a small sampling of the 2000+ delicious homemade dessert recipes and numerous nostalgic items published on this site!

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

Learn to Make All Manner of Desserts

Not only will you bake cakes, pies, and puddings to die for, you will learn how to make homemade desserts from scratch as Grandma did by using her handed-down tips and practical baking techniques.

Begin adding Grandma's old fashioned dessert recipes to your recipe collection and share this unique recipe site with friends and family members. They will agree that Grandma's homemade dessert ideas really are the best and thank you for it.

What Members Are Saying

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

Celebrating Old Fashioned Dessert Recipes

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

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

Grandma's Recipe Box and Cookbooks

USE THE TOP MENU to browse this site for RECIPE CATEGORIES and whenever you find a recipe page you like, Bookmark it in your browser to keep it handy.

Browse the HOLIDAY and INTERNATIONAL recipes also. You'll discover a WORLD of tempting cakes, cookies, and all manner of baked goods. Many will be familiar, others might be new to you, but ALL will taste wonderfully delicious! Let's Celebrate…

What Members Are Saying

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

Delicious Vintage Recipes

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

Doesn't the homemade angel cake look delicious with its fresh fruit and its whipped topping? You can make vintage dessert cakes like this!

There's nothing like sitting back and relaxing with a slice of homemade cake warm from the oven after a busy day.

Have fun making Grandma's chocolate pudding, her lemon icebox cake, delicious sugar cookies, and pies with buttery crusts that crumble just as you bite into them. It's all on this site!

You will even find instructions for making your own refreshing soft drinks, flavored fountain syrups, and carbonated ginger beer beverages.

What Members Are Saying

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.

So, 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 time to read and enjoy the heartwarming nostalgia too.

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