This classic southern cake is full of pineapple, banana, and pecans and iced with a creamy cream cheese frosting. This snack cake version is easy mixed in just one bowl and oh so moist.
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Squash casserole is an enduring favorite at Southern potlucks. I know that I ate plenty of the stuff growing up, but it was mostly because the flavor of the squash was covered up by ungodly amounts of cheese and butter. These days, I prefer actually tasting my vegetables. Luckily, Nathalie Dupree's version in Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking contains enough squash, onion, and peppers to taste more of summer produce than bulk cheese.
Also known as Magic Bars or Seven Layer Cookies, these gooey, sweet treats combine all the good stuff: coconut, chocolate chips, pecans, and a graham cracker cookie base.
Buttery chocolate-covered bourbon balls with pecans are a perfect Derby Day treat.
In this traditional treat of the Kentucky Derby, chocolate and nuts are poured in a crisp pastry crust. A little bourbon helps things shine.
In this comforting pie, a spiced apple butter filling is poured into a sweet oat-pecan crust.
We all know the best part of a coffee cake is the crumb, which is why there is a heap of sweet pecan streusel topping this moist banana cake.
Sweet and tangy with lots of crunch, this slaw is light and refreshing.
These customizable, chewy, and satisfying granola bars are just the thing to wind down from holiday overindulging. Mix in whatever fruit or sweet morsels you'd like for a snack, or quick breakfast.
These brussels sprouts are roasted until golden and caramelized, then doused in a maple-balsamic vinaigrette and topped with crisp bacon and toasted pecans. They're so addictive, it's hard not to eat the entire lot standing at the stove before you serve them.
A rich and creamy pecan-vanilla ice cream amped up with a salty molasses-twinged gooey swirl.
Pour yourself a tall cup of coffee or tea and sit down to enjoy browned-butter pecan shortbread from Southern Living: Classic Southern Desserts. Minimal effort stands between you and crumbly, sweet, nutty delight.
A hearty autumn salad of nutty wild rice, dried cranberries and toasted pecans in a slightly sweet orange-scented vinaigrette.
A pecan and brown sugar stuffing makes grilled apples a sweet and pleasant fall treat.
These chocolate cookies from The Joy of Gluten Free, Sugar Free Baking get an extra note of deliciousness from chopped pecans.
In these unique cookies, a sweet cream cheese dough is topped by a chewy, light pecan-date meringue.
For those of you who aren't into the chocolate overload aspect of the famous Tunnel of Fudge Cake, I have configured a sweet counterpart: the Tunnel of Penuche Cake. If fudge is the inspiration for the original, penuche (a "blonde" fudge made with brown sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla) is the muse for this honey-hued variation.
The same thing that originally attracted me to this recipe from the Colorado Farmers Market Cookbook, also gave me pause. I couldn't wait to see how the sweet heat of the honey and red chile glaze would pair with the fish fillets and the chopped pecans. This is even though I feared the honey would burn and the nuts would fall off, which is exactly what happened on the first round. Luckily, a little tinkering fixes everything.
These butter cookies are full of chopped pecans and just a hint of bourbon.
This version of carrot cake is dense and dark with a nutty base provided by brown butter and toasted pecans.