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Giant Cinnamon Rolls

As a young newlywed, I thought I'd take it upon myself to make cinnamon rolls because I thought that was the hallmark of a good baker. The rolls were dense like hockey pucks and somewhat flavorless. Our dear black lab Annie wouldn't even eat one. I practiced for a couple of months and entered a contest at the Iowa State Fair, and I won! —Cristen Clark, FoodandSwine.com

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Best Vanilla Cake

8 reviews

There's a reason this vanilla cake recipe is the best. Adding creamy vanilla bean paste into the moist, rich cake...


Gam’s Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

My grandmother's homemade ice cream is good on its own, but it's also fantastic as a base for fun flavors...


Vanilla Cheesecake

1 review

To me, there is nothing better than a simple, elegant cheesecake where the vanilla takes center stage. And when I'm...


Dutch Honey Syrup

5 reviews

"I grew up on a farm where a big breakfast was an everyday occurrence," relates Kathy Scott of Hemingford, Nebraska....

Vanilla Custard Cups

8 reviews

When I was living with my mother, she loved custard,, so I'd make this comforting dessert each week. Without leftovers,...


Vanilla Butter Rollouts

13 reviews

Even cooks who normally shy away from cut out cookies can make these with confidence. The dough is so easy...

Marshmallow Cream with Custard Sauce

This dessert has always been a favorite of my husband and children. The original recipe came from my great-grandmother and...


Rum Vanilla Cranberry Sauce

1 review

Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite things—this jazzed-up version combines vanilla with rum to create a rich flavorful sauce...


Vanilla Caramel Corn

3 reviews

This recipe gives a sweet and tasty twist to microwave popcorn. When I first tried it at a party, I...


Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache

2 reviews

This recipe is the most recent cheesecake I gave to my mother for her birthday, and we all just loved...

Hoka Cheesecake

The Hoka Cheesecake, named for a beloved local theater, is pretty addicting. It's one of the first recipes I learned...


Vanilla Crescent Cookies

1 review

This recipe originated in Croatia and has been in my husband's family for generations. I was thrilled when my mother-in-law...


Vanilla Popcorn

10 reviews

"This sweet crunchy snack is my family's favorite," writes Carolyn Roney of Scipio Center, New York. "For variety, substitute almond...


Vanilla Bean Cake with White Chocolate Ganache

17 reviews

For a distinctive dessert with unforgettable flavor, I recommend this cake. Feel free to substitute your favorite jam and lend...


Chocolate-Filled Angel Food Cake

1 review

This decadent angel food cake has a secret tunnel of Amaretto-and-chocolate-flavored whipped cream and a luscious chocolate glaze. It's sure...

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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

38 reviews

I like to try different fun fillings in these soft rolls, and each one is packed with cinnamon flavor. They...


Very Vanilla Slow-Cooker Cheesecake

13 reviews

Cinnamon and vanilla give this cheesecake so much flavor, and making it in the slow cooker creates a silky, smooth...


Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Flavored coffee creamer drives my husband nuts. Even so, I still make this classic vanilla one all the time. It’s...


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Best Ever Bread Pudding

8 reviews

The secret to incredible bread pudding with a soft middle and crisp edges starts with leftover dinner rolls. I picked...


Mini Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies

I love baking cookies to give as gifts to my family and friends. I created this recipe for my annual...