Toll House Cupcakes
Toll House Cupcakes were the sleeper of the year. These are so unusual and so delicious, it's hard to imagine that they fell out of favor. Careful, though, as you may create a cadre of addicts. Your friends and family will request them again and again.
Lemon Chiffon Pie is so light and ethereal that it's hard to believe that just three simple ingredients -- sugar, eggs and lemons -- are responsible for this masterpiece. Make chiffon pie part of your new year.
Barney's Brownies can literally be put together in minutes. They will disappear just as quickly, guaranteed. Brownies so delicious, you'll be amazed there's no butter.
Elaine's Anise Cookies
Elaine's Anise Cookies are perfect at Christmas or any time of year on account of the flavor, the texture and most of all, the perfect little cookie caps that form in the oven.
Ritz Cracker Meringue Pie
Ritz Cracker Meringue Pie is an unusual dessert that's a mid-century American version of the French dacquoise. You'd think that crackers would form the crust, but no! They're folded into the filling, creating a wonderful new way to experience this salty and buttery cracker.
Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies
Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies because I know you want one right now with a tall glass of milk.
The $28 One-Step Pound Cake
The $28 dollar One-Step Pound Cake, so named because that's how much I paid for a recipe box that contained only one fabulous recipe -- this one. It's easy and everyone should have a delicious pound cake recipe in their repertoire.
Cinnamon Crunchies were a favorite among co-workers this year, and they are a very discriminating bunch. These three-layer treats are way more than the sum of their parts.
Rhubarb Custard Pie
Rhubarb Custard Pie is the perfect way to celebrate spring, no strawberries needed. Plus the pie is even more delicious the next day.
Lemon Crunch is a personal favorite, and what happens when a 1950s housewife takes a traditional lemon bar and ramps it up with coconut for the added crunch, a welcome flavor and texture note.
Apple Dowdy Cake
Apple Dowdy Cake is a wonderful autumn and winter cake, made extra delicious by the caramel-praline glaze. Plus, what a great name!
Passover Woodchucks are another addicting treat you won't find on everyone else's table. No need to wait for the holidays because walnuts, dates, sugar and coconut are always in season.
Cake made the list because this basic (and delicious) yellow cake is the building block of all manner of desserts, from Boston Cream Pie to upside down cake (pictured here) to coffee cake. It's like the little black dress of the kitchen and who doesn't want one of those?
Grandma Jean's Challah
Grandma Jean's Challah is very good, though there are many richer challah recipes around. I like the bread, but I love the serendipity of its discovery even more.