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Apple Gingerbread Skillet Cake

1 review

This gingerbread recipe came from my grandmother, and we always ate it with warm applesauce. I adapted it into a one-pan dessert by layering the apples around the bottom of a cast-iron skillet and topping them with the gingerbread batter. The skillet creates a wonderfully thick crust on the gingerbread. —Mary M. Leverette, Columbia, South Carolina

Orange and Pear Upside-Down Cake

1 review

I love cooking with my cast-iron skillet, whether it's to make a main dish or dessert. This upside-down cake is...


Skillet Stout Brownies

These stout brownies are so rich and fudgy. I love how quickly they come together. They're perfect for a busy...


Giant Buckeye Cookie

12 reviews

I’m from Ohio, and we love our buckeye candy! Buckeyes are a delicious combination of peanut butter and chocolate, which...


Long Johns

4 reviews

The tattered recipe in my files is a good indication of how popular these doughnuts have been in our family...

Cinnamon Apple Pan Betty

I found this recipe soon after I was married decades ago. You'll need just a few ingredients that you probably...


Tillie’s Ginger Crumb Cake

6 reviews

This recipe goes back at least as far as my grandmother, who was born in the early 1900s. Our sons...

Cran-Apple Cobbler

My cranberry-packed cobbler is the crowning glory of many of our late fall and winter meals. My family isn't big...


Chocolate Pecan Skillet Cookie

2 reviews

Bake up the ultimate shareable cookie. For variety, replace the chocolate chips with an equal quantity of M&M's or chocolate...


Maple-Bacon Doughnut Bites

3 reviews

While these delicious bite-size treats are ready in minutes, they’ll disappear in a flash. And don’t relegate the deep-fried goodness...


Caramel-Pecan Apple Slices

5 reviews

Here's a warm, decadent side dish for fall or winter brunches. Ready to eat in only 15 minutes, the apples...

Peach Crepes

4 reviews

My mother-in-law passed this recipe on to me. The special ingredient, almond extract, gives it a distinctive, delicious flavor.


Date Pudding Cobbler

There were eight children in my family when I was a girl, and all of us enjoyed this cobbler. I...


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Springtime Beignets & Berries

1 review

I've always loved beignets, but never thought I could make them myself. Turns out they're easy! Sometimes I'll even make...


Applesauce Drop Doughnuts

10 reviews

"I made these tasty cake doughnuts often when our children were growing up," says Frances Poste of Wall, South Dakota....


Chocolate Chip Dutch Baby

4 reviews

I modified a friend's traditional Dutch baby recipe to come up with this version, which my family thinks is terrific....

Chocolate Chip Quesadilla

1 review

Irene Rundell of Haskell, Oklahoma likes to keep dessert sweet and simple with this yummy finale. “Chocolate Chip Quesadilla is...