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Category: Dessert

English Toffee with Toasted Almonds

Every Christmas season I make pounds and pounds of this toffee for my family, friends and neighbors. The recipe is quite easy and delicious! The only tricky part can be the caramelization process. Many toffee recipes don’t require the use of a candy thermometer, but I wouldn’t dream of making mine without one. It comes out perfectly every time! I use a digital candy thermometer. The key is to keep the heat at the same temperature…

A DIY Festive Gingerbread House

A Gingerbread House always adds whimsy and fun to Christmas decorations. And they are fun to make! There are lots of pre-baked gingerbread house kits on the market, but you know me, always wanting to do it myself. (Kind of like a 2-year-old!) A friend of mine, Donna, has been making gingerbread houses for years. In fact, she has Gingerbread House decorating parties! Just bake and assemble a few houses, put out all kinds of colorful candies…

A-B-C Apple Blackberry Crisp

A fruit crisp is one of those desserts that can be enjoyed any time of the year and as easy to make as ABC! This summer I made a peach blueberry crisp for Jurga and Tim’s Gr8 dinner. Today when I wanted to make another one, and although it feels like summer outside here in California, I realized that peaches were no longer in season. As I stood in the produce department and glanced around, I decided to…

One Bowl Slice and Bake Butter Cookies

Just to let you know, some of the links on this page may be affiliate links, which means that Great Eight Friends will earn a small commission from purchases made through these links (this does not change your cost). These earnings help to support the cost of running this website. Thank you so much for your Gr8 support! Butter. Cookies. Butter…Cookies. Butter Cookies! Two of my favorite foods, butter and cookies. How happy was I when Debbie assigned…

Močiute’s Lithuanian Apple Cake

I miss my mom. She recently passed away so I thought I would try and make a favorite recipe of hers to remind me of the wonderful moments that we shared in the kitchen. When it comes to cooking or baking with apples, I immediately think of her. Mom made the best Lithuanian Apple Cake (o-buo-li-nis pea-rah-gus) ever!  Although there are many different twists and variations of this cake, I kept to using all the…

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