Grandma’s Favorite Winter Desserts

March 18, 2024

It’s no secret that Nana has a sweet tooth. No matter the season, she can’t resist a fruity pie, or a jar filled with of all shapes, sizes, and flavors. When it comes to wintertime, she is baking more than ever and sharing a few of her favorite recipes from over the years. Of course there are a few picks that , but this list was made with Grandma in mind. Prepare for ooey, gooey no-bake desserts and simply delicious vanilla treats. There might be a slight chill in the air but things are warm, cozy, and extra sweet inside.

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What could be sweeter than hot chocolate in the form of lasagna but also in the form of dessert? This hot chocolate lasagna is an easy no-bake recipe.

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Everyone wins dessert when banana and coconut come together in a delicious cobbler.

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Forget what people say about peanut butter and jelly being the perfect pair, the truth is nothing is more decadent with peanut butter than rich and decadent chocolate.

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We all love our brownies and blondies, but this is the flavorful recipe you must try. These delicious bars happen when you combine cheesecake and  into one treat.

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When you’re looking for an afternoon snack or something sweet after dinner, give these moist, chewy, vanilla cookies a try. Trust us, even chocolate fans will give them rave reviews.

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It’s time for a caramel comeback. If you love creme brulee, then you won’t be able to resist this creamy, smooth caramel pie that is perfectly finished with an extra drizzle of caramel sauce or dulce de leche. 

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Bringing back a legendary treat. These date rolls are easy to make, require eight ingredients, and are shaped out of a thick paste-like dough that’s mixed up and then rolled or pressed into fingers or balls. 

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This is a great recipe idea for gifting, or for storing in your cookie tin for enjoying whenever you get a sweet craving. This bark can be made with many different flavor variations, and this one is a sweet-tart combo made with cranberries, dark chocolate, and pistachios,

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There is something extra special about having dessert made just for you. And even better when it’s a vanilla birthday cake in a mug that’s finished with sprinkles. Cue the confetti!

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Ten minutes and you can recreate a recipe that brought Nana so much joy. In this dish, you get creaminess, chewiness, and crunchiness all in one bite. Macadamia nuts, pineapple, and coconut combine for flavors that you would not expect to be a stellar combination.

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As if something named Millionaire Pie would not get a round of applause and five star reviews. In just 10 minutes (and no baking required), pineapple bits and chewy, sweet coconut come together with pecans and gelatin. Now go give it that review (wink, wink).

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Break out the spoons for this must-make dessert. Start with some of your favorite fruit – we like melon, pineapple, berries, and kiwi – and bring on the creamy dressing that’s made with whipped cream cheese, frozen whipped topping, and powdered sugar. Who needs ice cream when you can have this sweet treat.

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Calling all peanut butter fans, this rich and creamy dessert was made with you in mind. It’s the perfect cake for feeding a crowd and brings peanut butter, buttermilk, and cream cheese together for a rich treat.

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A true icon, the Hummingbird Cake has been the talk of the South for over 40 years. The cake has a sweet, fruity, spicy flavor profile and a rich and creamy cream cheese frosting.

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Caramel, chocolate, and toasted pecans come together in this over-the-top treat. Prepare for zero leftovers.

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Some say trifles look so impressive sitting on the buffet. They’re right. Some say trifles are versatile and easy to pull together. They’re right. Everyone says trifles are delicious. They’re right – and this one is piled high with flavorful vanilla.

When two of our favorite desserts–cheesecake and banana pudding–come together in bite-size treats that are so good you can’t eat just one.

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This is an easy cake to make and combines the sweet, golden flavor of Tupelo honey with the creamy, ultra rich cheesecake. The cinnamon-graham cracker crust and whipped topping makes this a must-make for your next celebration.

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Bring a touch of sunshine to any occasion with this recipe, which actually starts with store-bought cake mix and includes vanilla instant pudding mix, cream cheese, and pecans. Crushed pineapples and coconut chips turn this dessert into a tropical sensation.

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It’s true, the secret ingredient to our best-ever chocolate cake is mayonnaise. Don’t believe us? You’ll need to taste the magic for yourself. This sheet cake is ultra-rich, moist and tender, and double the dose of chocolate.

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