You know me… I love dessert. And I’m not picky either!

Cookies, pie, ice cream, you name it! If there’s a sweet treat in front of me, I won’t say “no.”

While I’m not one to pass on a post-meal delicacy, I prefer homemade desserts over everything. That’s why you’ll find a bunch of scrumptious sweets on my blog!

And after all of these years rounding up family recipes, trying out new ones, and experimenting in the kitchen, I’ve finally narrowed down a few favorites.

Take a look at my all-time favorite desserts below!

My Favorite Desserts

Interested in trying one of my favs? You can click on the dessert names to find the full recipes.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Spring, summer, fall or winter… there isn’t a bad time for a plate of chocolate chip cookies!

favorite desserts jill cookies

In my opinion, nothing beats a warm chocolate chip cookie right out of the oven.

This is actually the first recipe I learned to make as a young baker. And though it took me a few tries to get it just right, I finally found the winning combo of ingredients!

I use more brown sugar than white sugar in these cookies. I also add some extra vanilla for a flavor-packed bite.

You can check out the recipe HERE.

Fudgy Chocolate Sheet Cake

If you’re looking for one of the easiest desserts in my recipe collection, you’ve found it!

favorite desserts jill sheet cake

The great news is that you probably have all of these ingredients in your home already. No trips to the store are needed! It’s also a great recipe to take to gatherings since it can feed a crowd.

I like that the cake is not overly chocolaty. But when it’s paired with the fudgy frosting, you’ll definitely get your chocolate fix!

Find the full recipe HERE.

New England Jam Cookies

This classic cookie recipe was a staple from my mom’s best friend, Rosa.

New England Jam Thumbprint Cookies

She was near and dear to our hearts and I’m so glad that my memories of her come through with each bite of these petite cookies.

They’re light, tasty, and fairly easy to make. When I started making these, I enjoyed topping the shortbread with Sarabeth’s jam. But since I discovered Southern Roots Sisters, the pepper jams and fall-flavored butters have been my top choice!

Take a look at how to make the cookies HERE.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

I’m sure you’ve had pumpkin pie, but have you had pumpkin cheesecake pie?

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

This recipe is my go-to when I’m in the mood for an over-the-top pumpkin pie.

But when I make it for a group, I’m always met with a little hesitation. Pumpkin? And cheesecake? TRUST ME.

And on top of this delicious combo, the pie includes some chocolate chips throughout. You’ll be shocked at the flavor each bite packs!

Want to try it? Find the recipe HERE.

Harvest Apple Cake

When fall rolls around, this is by far one of my favorite desserts to make.

harvest apple cake header

It’s filled with so many autumn flavors including cinnamon, vanilla, apples… oh, and it’s topped with cream cheese frosting. Truly to die for!

It’s one of my mom’s favorite desserts and she even requested the cake for her birthday this year. I actually made the cake into cupcakes and it still turned out wonderfully!

You can taste the fall flavors too with the recipe HERE.

Honorable Mentions

It was hard to just choose five, so here are a couple of other desserts that I make all the time.

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert

My daughter Kylie asks me to make this recipe at every family gathering. And because it’s so good, I can’t say no!

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake

Since it’s a no-bake recipe, it’s easy to make ahead of time for a family gathering.

But even if you don’t have a bunch of people coming over to your home, you might be able to finish the whole thing yourself!

Trust me… it’s that good.

It was one of my Grandma Metzger’s go-to recipes for a last-minute dessert. Now, my own family enjoys the delicious layers of graham cracker crumbs, creamy cheesecake, and sweet cherries.

Find the recipe HERE.


Peanut butter and chocolate. Is there a better combo?

favorite desserts scotcheroos

This is a recipe I’ve enjoyed since my childhood and to this day, it’s still one of my favorite desserts. It’s another one that came from my Grandma Metzger’s recipe box and I love making them because it’s easy to find the ingredients around my home.

I’d love to say I can just eat one. But if I’m being honest, I typically go back for more…

Check out the recipe HERE.

Which one will you try? Or if you’ve already made some of these at home, let me know your favorite!

From my kitchen to yours,


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