Caramel Apple Strudel Recipe

4 tbsp of butter for simmering apples
4 cups of Fuji, Pink Lady or other favorite baking apple
2/3 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
Pinch of ground cloves
1/3 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1 stick of melted butter for brushing fillo dough
8 sheets thawed Kontos fillo dough
Jar of caramel topping, warmed
French vanilla ice cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel apples and slice them about 1/8-inch thick.
  3. Gently melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a pan with lid. Add the apples and saute, covered, for about 10 minutes until the apples soften.
  4. Combine the softened apples with brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and optional nuts.
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Strawberry Delight Cookies



I absolutely love to cook and bake. I love it even better when I make something that my girls can help with and love eating. The Strawberry Delight Cookies are a huge win in this house.


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1 Box Strawberry Cake Mix

1 8oz. container Cool Whip

1 Egg

1/3 C. Powdered Sugar

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix together Cake Mix, Cool Whip, and Egg. (Will be very sticky)
  • Drop by the spoonful into a bowl of powdered sugar and roll until well coated.
  • Place on lined or greased cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes.
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Simply Sweet ColorCakes

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I love to cook, but even more importantly I love to bake. I was so very excited to receive this awesome new cookbook: Simply Sweet ColorCakes Cookbook.

About Simply Sweet ColorCakes:

Get stunning rainbow looks for your favorite desserts – amazing tie-dye, ombre, layered, and hidden “surprise inside” color effects for cakes, cupcakes, and more, made easy.

With Simply ColorCakes, you can tie-dye, layer, and sprinkle your way to baking bliss! From Polka-Dot Layer Cake to Rainbow Cake Pops, this complete guide offers over 100 recipes and incredible photos for creating adorable, bakery-style desserts at home.

ColorCakes includes tantalizing treats – cupcakes, cakes, and cake pops, plus cookie bars, ice cream treats, and more. Readers will find inspiration on every page, with a dramatic, beautiful photo of every recipe, step-by-step instructions for creating cool designs and cutouts, and techniques for customizing your color. Simply Sweet ColorCakes is chock-full of desserts to wow your family and friends. Everyone will be saying, “How did you make that?!”

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Rainbow Layer Cake: 

2 Packages white cake mix

Water, vegetable oil, and egg whites called for on cake mix boxes

Violet food coloring gel

Royal Blue food coloring gel

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No Fuss Doughnut

This is a super easy treat to make for the family. If you thought you couldn’t find the time to make donuts- you are wrong. This is a awesome fool proof way to make up some fresh donuts for any occasion. All you nee is some oil and some Pillsbury biscuits and you are ready to go.



These are rolled in cinnamon sugar, they make a great quick snack for after school!

What you need:

Oil for frying

Deep skillet for frying

1 can of buttermilk biscuits

a small donuts cutter for the holes

rack for placing donuts on once fried
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Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberry Coulis


This creamy, delightful, easy to make panna cotta (Italian for “cooked cream”) is also quite impressive.

The use of yogurt instead of the traditional cream makes this dessert as light as air and also adds a

refreshing acidic punch that goes perfectly with fruit. Let the season guide your choice of fruit, from

kiwi, to raspberries or blackberries. You can make the panna cotta in a large, family-style container or

in elegant individual servings. You can also prepare it a day ahead of your dinner party and simply cover

and place in the refrigerator until needed.

Serves 6


½ cup whole milk

½ cup sugar, plus additional, if needed

1 ½ gelatin sheets, dissolved in enough cold water

to cover

1 ½ cups plain, full-fat yogurt, strained in a
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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

This is a perfect recipe for the kids to do themselves. Of course adult supervision is needed to handle the baking and hot pan but the kids can mix this up all by themselves. Another great thing about this recipe is that you only need 3 things- Yes THREE!  This is why I really love this one. I do enjoy baking cookies but sometimes getting all the ingredients out and measuring each single one makes a mess. You only need an egg, sugar and peanut butter for this.


They bake fast so watch them carefully

They bake fast so watch them carefully

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Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

This is a great cookies recipe that kids can help out with. It’s super easy and fun to make. It also makes great gifts for people. I usually end up making a bunch of these for the kids teachers and or the entire class for the holiday , they always enjoy them!



1 stick of butter – room temperature

8 oz cream cheese – room temperature
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Cinnamon Buns

I love making these buns each weekend. The kids like a late breakfast and since this has to rise it’s perfect for making while they are still pulling themselves out of bed in the morning. It’s not hard to make, and be sure to let the dough rise properly. Don’t put it in a cold area, or a hot place, draft free out of reach from little hands and you’ll be fine.



1 1/2 cups warm water

1 teaspoon yeast

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

1/3 cup oil

1 egg

4  cups flour

3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Raisins if you want

In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, sugar, and salt, along with oil and egg, if using. Let sit five minutes. Stir in first cup and a half cup of flour with a heavy spoon. Add more flour a little at a time as needed, stirring until dough becomes too stiff to continue stirring easily. Add a little more flour and begin kneading. The amount of flour is approximate. Continue adding flour and kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic. Let dough rise in a greased, covered bowl until doubled. (about an hour.) Uncover bowl; sprinkle in a little more flour and knead again. Roll out onto a floured surface into an approximately 15 x 8 rectangle.Brush with melted butter.Sprinkle the filling over it, get it right to the edges. Roll it up & seal the edges, cut about 1in (you’ll get about 15 rolls)
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