Pretzels

These are not the sweet pretzels that you can purchase at malls!

Grandma Bea’s Sour Milk Cupcakes

Grandma Bea gave me this recipe many years ago. I was in Boston at the time and must have asked how to use up some sour milk we had.

For some reason, these cupcakes stick to cupcake liners. You can use them if prefer, but it is better to bake these in unlined muffin pans that have been greased and floured with cocoa powder.

The cupcakes are good plain or lightly glazed.

Chocolate Cake

Aunt Bonnie made this cake for Dad McGuire’s birthday in 2011. It is simple, but very good. It also made a great cake for Adrian’s 14th birthday. Serve with ice cream, whipped cream or a glass of milk!

The recipes calls for a 9×13 pan. If you prefer use two round cake pans. Be sure to grease and flour the pans well.

Pumpkin Muffins

This is a simple, dairy and gluten free biscuit from my friend Mari G. The biscuit does not contain eggs, but adding a hard boiled egg and fruit is a simple way to make an easy picnic lunch.

Lebkuchen

Ginger cookies are a favorite of ours. This one is easily our favorite recipe for gingerbread men. We discovered the recipe in 2011 while studying Germany and this was one of the recipes we continue to make.

While they are very good plain, they are fun to decorate. It is best to decorate the day you plan to eat the cookies.

Sugar Cookies

This is our favorite sugar cookie recipe. It is a flat, crisp cookie that is great for decorating. We usually use lemon extract (or 1/2 tsp lemon peel), but almond extract is good in these cookies also.

Graham Crackers

When we were overseas, we could not find graham crackers. We found a lot of other really good cookies and crackers, but sometimes I just wanted a graham cracker to dunk in milk or a good base for a s’more.

Cutting into long thin rectangles, and then baking the crackers until crisp, we often used these for when the children were teething. As they grew older, we cut them into small animal shapes for “animal crackers”. They also enjoyed these cut into large hearts and stars with shaped cut out from the middle.

The recipe makes a lot, but if stored in a cool dry place, they last for weeks. Unless your family enjoys them as much as mine, then the crackers only last a short while.

Grain free, Egg Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

We have many friends with food allergies. We were looking for a good dessert recipe that we could share at potlucks that was gluten free, egg free and dairy free. These are simple cookies to make and they taste great!

Biscotti-Grain free

I am not sure where we found this recipe.  I have played with it and adapted it some to our tastes.