Recipes

A collection of family favorite recipes created or curated over the years.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese MuffinsBy Rita's KitchenPumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins – moist pumpkin muffins loaded with pumpkin spice and a rich swirl of cream cheese. These muffins are so perfect for fall! Chelsea found this recipe, and requested these for her birthday, she loved them!!
Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake (Steve approved)By Rita's KitchenThis coffee cake is intended to be served warm, but Steve liked it much better the next day after it had been refrigerated. Or maybe it just needed to sit a bit, before he dove into it....lol.
Dark Chocolate Turtles (2 versions – a bit healthier, uses no caramel)By Rita's KitchenFound this recipe in Womans Day magazine. It uses dates, no caramel (which I also love). At just 90 calories a pop, these treats will satisfy your sweet tooth with less fat and sugar than some other options. The dates work perfectly as a caramel stand-in with their sweet, sticky, and rich taste and texture, and the dark chocolate brings in antioxidant and a decadent flavor, then the pecans add in a nice dose of healthy omega-rich fats, magnesium, and manganese.
Citrus Cookies with Citrus Icing (Orange, Lemon, Lime)By Rita's KitchenThese soft, buttery orange cookies are flavored with orange zest and orange juice, and iced with a sweet orange glaze. Their old-fashioned flavor will remind you of your grandma's kitchen! These cookies are approved by Ethan Campbell and Steve Walker. The grapefruit did not have as much flavor as we were hoping for. So far, the lemon and orange are top runners. Still need to make the lime. Ethan C. loves these cookies in lemon!
Puff Pastry Braid Fruit FilledBy Rita's KitchenA puff pastry braid makes a delicious and impressive sweet treat for brunch or dessert. If you ever want to feel like a French pastry chef, then make this Puff Pastry Braid recipe.
Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter BarsBy Rita's KitchenThis recipe came about when we were doing Trim Healthy Mama. It does not use sugar is you use Lily chocolate, but it does have honey in it. Steve likes this recipe with much less honey that is call for...It is a nice, quick, chocolate, peanut butter dessert. The oats are good for us, lol!
Strawberry Pudding (Justin Campbell request; just like Banana Pudding)By Rita's KitchenThis is a fabulous twist on an old classic. This strawberry pudding is just as good as banana pudding and made the same way except you use strawberries in the recipe instead of bananas. We love it! A great dessert your family and friends will enjoy. https://thesouthernladycooks.com/strawberry-pudding/
Black Forrest Chocolate Cheesecake (Instant Pot)By Rita's KitchenBlack Forrest Chocolate Cheesecake is an extremely decadent dessert topped with whipped cream and juicy cherries made right in your Instant Pot! My daughter-in-law Cassidy is constantly posting links to amazing desserts; this was one of her posts. My husband loves this cheesecake!
Blueberry Crumble BarsBy Rita's KitchenThese blueberry crumb bars are crazy easy to make and could, dare I say, rival your favorite blueberry pie recipe. You can pick them up and eat them on the go, which makes them a perfect dessert for picnics and summer parties!
Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake CakeBy Rita's KitchenLemon Blueberry Cheesecake Cake the perfect blueberry dessert for spring and summer! Made with a moist lemon cake dotted with juicy blueberries, blueberry cheesecake and sweet and tangy lemon cream cheese frosting.