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When we plan to visit our parents, we usually map out what we’re going to eat before we talk about anything else. We have favorite restaurants to get Mexican food and mouth-watering barbeque and fried okra. There’s an excellent buffet we eat at when our whole family gets together.

And always, always, we will squeeze in a couple trips (more than one is mandatory) to get Andy’s Frozen Custard. We also usually grab cupcakes from the cupcakery our little brother works at now that Madison has ventured to Utah. If MaLee is in town, we’ll beg her to make milkshakes and everyone will eat their weight in Mom’s cookies.

Long story short, food is very important to our family, and dessert especially so.

When we’re not inhaling silky chocolate custard in the heart of Missouri, we’re indulging in some other fine desserts in our own kitchens. Check out some of our all-time favorite dessert recipes!

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Our Favorite Dessert Recipes


I’m usually a chocolate fanatic. My favorite desserts of all time are Baskin Robbin’s Chocolate fudge ice cream, the chocolate pizookie from BJ’s, and Olive Garden’s Black Tie Mousse Cake. But let me tell you, there are some incredible desserts that are fruit-based!

These Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizzas from Cooking Classy are so easy to whip up, and they are so pretty, too!

My friend had Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries at her baby shower, and I shamelessly ate a million of them. Addicting is not a strong enough word to describe these. I love making this recipe from The Betwitchen Kitchen.

I’m really picky about my pies, and two recipes in particular have passed the test. The first is Dutch Apple Pie (see more amazing pie recipes here)! I tweaked a recipe for Thankgiving 2017, and everyone loved it. And a few years ago, my roommate made this Hot Fudge Pie by What Would Jessie Dish? It’s a unique flavor of pie that’s delicious and super easy to make.

Can't get enough of this dessert!


This Glazed Lemon Chiffon Cake recipe on is amazing. I do like more lemon in mine (especially in the glaze), but I like things more on the tart side. I also regularly make desserts from this cookbook that I got from my mother-in-law for my bridal shower. They’re all super delicious!


Pumpkin Crunch Cake from The Picky Apple is soooo good!

Ty, my husband, keeps asking for more of the Best Snickerdoodles Ever (recipe by Lil’ Luna)!


Amanda from Fake Ginger has an awesome Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Crumble recipeMake sure to get ALL of the peelings off of the apples. Even the little bits you think won’t matter. It will make a big difference.

Oreo lovers should definitely try Oreo Truffle-Dipped Strawberries from Crazy For Crust and Oreo Churros from Dinner Then Dessert.

A note on the churros- My first attempt at this recipe was absolutely delicious, but looked a little off-putting. To be honest, the lines did not appear on mine so they looked like little poop logs. However, I was able to fix that with my subsequent batches and the taste of the oreo churros with the cream is spot on. Just a heads up that you might not want to make your first attempt at this recipe for a party or social gathering.

Ever had a slice of S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake? You should. This awesome recipe is from Sally’s Baking Addiction.


I ate a lot of great food during my 18-month mission in Argentina, but Alfajores de Maicena was my favorite dessert. You HAVE to make this amazing recipe!

Favorite Argentine dessert


Cupcakes are my specialty, and I can help you turn any old box of cake mix into amazing cupcakes! All you need is a secret ingredient and a few other tricks I learned while working at a cupcakery!

I love cake and cookies too! Click here for my mom’s perfect no-bake cookies recipe, and look below for amazing Texas Sheet Cake.

Texas Sheet Cake

Moist chocolate heaven on a plate. Maegan used this recipe for our Frozen Birthday Party cake!


  • First stir these ingredients in a bowl
    • 2 cups of sugar
    • 2 cups of flour
    • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • Next, place these ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil
    • 2 sticks of margarine
    • 1 cup water
    • ½ cup buttermilk
      • If you do not have buttermilk make your own by adding vinegar to milk!
    • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir. Then add:
    • 2 beaten eggs
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Mix all the ingredients as listed until it is a runny consistency (thinner than honey).
  • Pour batter into 12×17 pan
  • Bake the cake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.
  • Start sugar frosting in a saucepan  

For Frosting:

  • 5 minutes before the cake comes out, bring to a boil in a saucepan:
    • 1 stick of margarine
    • 6 Tbsp of milk
    • ¼ Tbs of cocoa
    • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
    • Slowly sift to add one box (1 lb) of powdered sugar
  • Frost the cake immediately after you pull it out by pouring frosting over cake.
  • After pouring the frosting, let the cake cool and form a shell of frosting before serving! We love to pair this cake with vanilla ice cream.
Everything is better when it’s made with chocolate
What are your favorite dessert recipes?


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