Vintage dessert recipes

3 from-scratch traditional pound cake recipes (1920)

The traditional pound cake recipe got its name from the measurements of some ingredients used in the recipe — a pound of butter, a pound of sugar and a pound of flour. More than a century ago, the recipe changed to something a little lighter, but no less delicious!

Vintage almond macaroon brownies recipe from the 80s at ClickAmericana com

Try this almond macaroon brownies recipe from the 80s

Picture this: a fusion of velvety cream cheese, the tropical essence of coconut, earthy almonds, and rich swaths of semi-sweet chocolate converging. This retro almond macaroon brownies recipe will help you make a sweet and nostalgic treat!

Cherry butter jewels cookies recipe

Cherry thumbprint Christmas cookies

These rich and tender cherry thumbprint Christmas cookies have bright and colorful button centers, made by placing pretty halved red or green candied cherries into the middle of each one.

Homemade applesauce cake with whipped cream

Easy one-bowl applesauce cake recipe (1973)

Grandma’s one-bowl applesauce cake recipe. It’s especially versatile. It’s the perfect snack almost any time. Bake it as squares, a ring, a loaf or cupcakes. Glaze it or not. Offer it for special flavor at brunch, lunch, or nightcap breaks.

1999 Rice Krispie house Christmas holidays

How to make a Rice Krispies gingerbread house

A Rice Krispies gingerbread house – or Christmas cottage – made from crispy rice cereal is easier and faster to put together than most conventional gingerbread houses! Here’s how to do it.

Recipe for pecan pie cookie bars

Classic pecan pie cookie bars

These nutty retro pecan pie cookie bars offer all the sweet devastation of the traditional pecan pie filling, but the crust is a cookie-type base that any novice can produce.

Chocolate crinkle cookies with powdered sugar

Chocolate crinkle cookies with powdered sugar

These big chocolate crinkle cookies are covered in powdered sugar before they’re baked, and come out of the oven with little cracks in the snowy sugar. This classic recipe comes from the 1980s, and uses unsweetened cocoa.

Our 12 best vintage brownie recipes

Our 14 best vintage brownie recipes

Ready for some good old-fashioned chocolate treats? Here are more than a dozen of our best vintage brownie recipes — lots of fudgy deliciousness with a retro twist!

Homemade chocolate truffles recipe

Homemade chocolate truffles recipe

Skip buying expensive candy and make your own! These homemade chocolate truffles can be whipped at home in no time at all with this simple recipe from the 80s. 

Chocolate-orange dream cookies

Chocolate-orange dream cookies (1994)

Try this classic chocolate-orange dream cookies recipe from 1994 – an orange-flavored chocolate chip treat that’s similar to the popular white chocolate-orange dream cookies!

White chocolate-orange dream cookies

White chocolate-orange dream cookies recipe

These white chocolate-orange dream cookies taste almost like orange creamsicles! It’s s a nice variation on the popular white-chocolate macadamia nut cookie – and part of what makes these white chocolate dreams so unique.

Old-fashioned baked apples with walnuts, sugar, cinnamon, and raisins

Old-fashioned baked apples

Raisins and walnuts, delicately flavored with the flavors of cinnamon and orange, are wonderful surprises awaiting you with your first spoonful of these delicious old-fashioned baked apples!

mms jumble cookie recipe (1994)

Easy m&ms jumbles cookie recipe

This delicious classic jumbles cookie recipe comes from m&ms, who published it in the 1990s. Candy jumbles are chock-full of chocolate, raisins and nuts – with just enough dough to hold them all together!

Retro recipe - No-cook peppermint patties in red green and white

No-cook peppermint patties

These colorful homemade no-cook peppermint patties are tasty and super easy to make. Best of all, you can color them for any occasion!

Grandma's peanut butter molasses cookies recipe (1947)

Peanut butter molasses cookies

Here’s a classic recipe from the late 1940s for Grandma’s peanut butter molasses cookies, which are sweetened with sugar and dark molasses, and topped with peanut halves.

Classic spiced crackle cookie recipe (1982)

Spiced crackle cookies

These classic spiced crackle cookies from the 80s – rolled in powdered sugar before baking – deliver a sweet dessert with rich flavor and a little warm and spicy tang.

Almond Legend cake (1976)

Almond Legend cake recipe (1976)

This almond legend cake has one whole almond baked inside, and the lucky person who receives the slice with the hidden almond is said to enjoy good fortune all year! Here’s the classic recipe from the 1970s!