Devil's Food Cake Mix Cookies with White Chocolate Chips and Macademia Nuts

Devil’s Food Cookies with White Chocolate and Macademia Nuts

Devil’s Food Cookies with White Chocolate Chips and Macadamia Nuts are one of the latest combinations I have created for my expanding repertoire of cake mix cookies, and they are fast becoming a favorite around here. These cookies begin with a devil’s food cake mix and have a total of only five ingredients which makes them simple to prepare. They’re a great cookie to bake for the holidays or just for a snack. I love to stick a few into packed lunches as a special treat. While it may be possible to make these cookies for less if they were […]

Patty Cake's Pantry Top Posts of 2019

Top Posts of 2019

I always enjoy studying the statistics on my website to discover which posts that all of you, my loyal readers, prefer. This year’s list of top posts contains most of the same recipes that were on last year’s list. Before we see what recipes were the most popular during 2019, I would like to point out that one of the top 10 posts wasn’t a recipe at all. It was a post about popsicle sticks, and the importance of making certain that the sticks you choose to use for your homemade popsicles are food grade because craft sticks, that may look like […]

Cake Mix Cookies allow you to make more cookies in less time

Edible Christmas Gifts

Christmas is heralded as the most wonderful time of the year. Unfortunately, many of us become stressed because we feel the need to give gifts to so many people outside of our immediate family. Trying to find a relevant gift that the person will appreciate without ruining your Christmas budget can be stressful. There’s a simple solution–Food Gifts. I know that someone just rolled their eyes at me for this recommendation, or maybe I’m just looking at Sue Chef who would be a gold medalist if eye rolling was an Olympic sport. Let’s look at some of the common objections […]

Sweet Potatoes--Five Ways

Sweet Potatoes–Five Ways

Sweet Potatoes are a Fall favorite in our household, so we decided to share five different ways to prepare them. This time of year, I can frequently find fresh sweet potatoes on sale for fifty cents per pound, so they’re a frugal choice as a side dish. These five recipes for sweet potatoes aren’t arranged in any particular order; they’re all delicious. Pineapple Sweet Potatoes Pineapple Sweet Potatoes are a popular choice for us. This is a simple recipe that we created one Easter. It’s light and delicious, and it doesn’t contain any added sugar (except for the marshmallows on […]

Ham, Potato, and Green Bean Soup

Ham, Green Bean, and Potato Soup

Ham, Green Bean, and Potato Soup might not sound like the most exciting recipe in the world, but I promise that this soup is surprisingly delicious. Each time that I have made this, my friends and family members have eyed it suspiciously, but when the take their first bite, they make that sound. You know the one. It’s a cross between a moan of pleasure and mm, the universal sound for this is good. I am tremendously satisfied when a recipe gets this response from people, and Ham, Green Bean, and Potato Soup gets this response every time I make […]

Cran-Raspberry Gelatin Salad

Cran-Raspberry Gelatin Salad

Cran-Raspberry Gelatin Salad is a variation on our Lemon Gelatin Fruit Salad. I chose not to refer to this variation as a fruit salad because, frankly, there wasn’t a lot of fruit in this combination. The whole berry cranberries just seem to disappear among the cottage cheese, and while this still has some texture, it wasn’t enough to call it a fruit salad. I love how easy these gelatin salads are to prepare. I almost always have cottage cheese in the refrigerator and frozen whipped topping in the freezer. Since I have chosen to do 30 days of gelatin, I […]

Fall Harvest Gelatin Salad

Fall Harvest Gelatin Salad

Fall Harvest Gelatin Salad contains the flavors of fall. I know some of you may be questioning the veracity of that statement because there’s no pumpkin spice, or plain pumpkin, included in this recipe, but pumpkin spice isn’t the only flavor of fall. In fact, before pumpkin spice mania took the country by storm, there were cranberries, apples, and pecans. Those flavors, along with celery, are the basis for our Fall Harvest Gelatin Salad. I have a confession to make. I’m really lazy and impatient when it comes to making gelatin dishes. I realize that I will have to get […]

Gelatin Desserts

Gelatin Desserts

It’s that time of year again, when I will be challenging myself to create 30 days of recipes using one ingredient, or technique. The previous two years, I have presented 30 days of beans and 30 days of canned foods, respectively. This year, I have decided that Gelatin Desserts, and gelatin recipes, in general, are under-represented on this website, so I have chosen 30 days of gelatin recipes. Some may wonder why I even care about how many gelatin recipes are on Patty Cake’s Pantry. They may also wonder why I plan on producing 30 days of recipes containing gelatin. […]

Vegan Banana Nut Muffins

Vegan Banana Nut Muffins

This recipe for vegan banana nut muffins happened by accident.  Everyone knows that I love making my easy 1-2-3 banana bread, and I’ve even come up with a vegan version for my 30 Days of Vegan Challenge.  Since it’s time to start heading back to school, I thought that making some banana muffins for lunches might be a good idea, but I didn’t have any eggs.  Fortunately, I was armed with my new found knowledge of vegan substitutes for eggs, so I created a batch of Vegan Banana Nut muffins for my family This is a very simple recipe, and […]

Seafood Salad

Simple Seafood Salad

Simple Seafood salad is something that I love.  It’s one of my favorite things to buy at the store, but I don’t do it often because it’s what I consider a luxury item.  I have been making crab salad at home for years, so I decided to try my hand at making a copycat of the seafood salad that’s available in the deli at my local grocer.  Making simple seafood salad is, as the name implies, very simple, and I get much more for less money by making it myself. I’ve received several complaints from my friends regarding the need […]