Baklava Ingredients:

1 pound chopped mixed nuts
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Baklava Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish.

Toss together cinnamon and nuts. Unroll phyllo and cut whole stack in half to fit the dish. Cover phyllo with a damp cloth while assembling the baklava, to keep it from drying out.

Place two sheets of phyllo in the bottom of the prepared dish.

Brush generously with butter. Sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoons of the nut mixture on top. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used, ending with about 6 sheets of phyllo. Using a sharp knife, cut baklava (all the way through to the bottom of the dish) into four long rows, then (nine times) diagonally to make 36 diamond shapes.

Bake in preheated oven 50 minutes, until golden and crisp. While baklava is baking, combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Stir in honey, vanilla and lemon zest, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.

Remove the baklava from the oven and immediately spoon the syrup over it. Let cool completely before serving. Store uncovered.

Cherry Merry Christmas Dessert

Cherry Merry Christmas Dessert

Cherry Merry Christmas DessertCherry Merry Christmas Dessert Ingredients:

1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling
1 (18 1/4 oz.) pkg. yellow cake mix
1/2 C butter, melted
1/3 C of walnuts, chopped

Cherry Merry Christmas Dessert Instructions:

Place the pie filing into a 1 1/2 qt. crock pot.
In a small bowl combine the cake mix and butter and mix until crumbly.
Spread the mixture over the pie filling.
Evenly sprinkle the walnuts over the top.
Place the lid on the crock pot and cook on low for 3 hours.

Makes 12 cherry merry Christmas dessert servings.

Preparation Time:  approximately 5 minutes
Cooking Time:  approximately 3 hours
Total Time:  approximately 3 hours 5 minutes

If you’re looking for a quick dessert to serve with Christmas dinner try this one.  Any type of pie filling will work.  The walnuts are optional or the can be replaced with pecans if you prefer.

Bunny Patch Dessert

Bunny Patch Dessert Ingredients:

1 (10 3/4 ounce) package frozen pound cake, thawed and cut into 10 slices
1 (21 ounce) can pie filling, any flavor
1 (12 ounce) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
Green food coloring
Jelly beans and assorted Easter decorations

Bunny Patch Dessert Instructions:

Line bottom of a 12 x 8-inch baking dish with cake slices. Top with pie filling and whipped topping. Refrigerate one hour or until ready to serve.
Tint coconut pale green with food coloring. Sprinkle over center of whipped topping. Decorate with Easter candies and decorations.
Serves 15.

The kids will love this Bunny Patch Dessert at Easter.

Deep Dish Double Berry Pie


1/3 c  Flour
1 c  Sugar
3 c  Blueberries
1/2 pt Fresh raspberries
2 tb Chambord or other raspberry
1 ts Grated lemon peel
2 ts Lemon juice
1 tb Unsalted butter, optional
Pastry for 9″ deep dish
Milk, for brushing
Sugar, for sprinkling