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Monday, July 17, 2023

Dessert Recipes with Dates

 I enjoy using dates in my dessert recipes for several reasons:

  1. Dates are the fruit of the date palm tree. These little wonders have increased in popularity as a dessert ingredient. They have a chewy texture and a naturally sweet flavor - making it easier to use less processed sugar in recipes. As an added bonus they contain antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
  2. Dates have a wonderful sticky texture which makes them useful as a binding agent in recipes.  They help hold together ingredients which is useful for desserts that require shaping, such as dessert balls and cookie bars.  This moisture also helps keep desserts moist and tender.
  3. These fruit wonders have a distinct taste which adds richness to many types of desserts.  
Check out a few of our date dessert recipes on the blog:
  • Oatmeal Date Bars: The date filling for this recipe is baked between two layers of an oatmeal cookie dough.  
  • Rugelach Cookies with Date Filling:  the perfect treat when you want something sweet and fruity.   The addition of sour cream and cream cheese adds a lovely tang to the cookie dough.
Both of these yummy desserts include a printable recipe and a how-to video!

I hope you enjoy making these desserts using such a delicious fruit!

date cookie bars with oatmeal

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Pie Recipes for your Thanksgiving Dessert Table are on our new blog!

We have a collection of holiday pie recipes that would be perfect for your Thanksgiving dessert table.  Please check out the following recipes for a variety of recipes:

  1. Coconut Custard Pie Recipe:   This old-fashioned coconut custard pie has a creamy egg custard filling, just the right amount of sweetness and is loaded with coconut flakes. This pie is super easy to make, mixes up in just 5 minutes and only requires a whisk, a bowl, a spatula and a pie crust to create
  2. Pecan Pie Recipe:  Pecan pie is synonymous with Thanksgiving.  The custard portion of this pie sets perfectly and I will show you how to avoid common issues with pecan pies, such as burnt crusts or pecans and a runny center.  An instructional video is also included on our new website.
  3. Apple Walnut Frangipane Tart: This Apple Walnut Frangipane tart is almost as stunning as it is delicious! It contains the complementary flavors of apples and walnuts – with the walnuts starring in the frangipane base. What is frangipane? Most commonly it is a baked pastry cream made with finely ground almonds, eggs, butter and various flavorings. If you have ever had a Bakewell tart – you have had frangipane. This recipe replaces the almonds with walnuts since they are the perfect pairing with apples.
The above is just a small selection of the many pie recipes on our site.  I also have pumpkin chiffon tart and parfaits, a peart tart, an apple walnut cranberry pie and many more.

Wishing all of my readers the most wonderful of Thanksgivings!

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Easy Pumpkin Chiffon Pie Recipe - Chiffon may also be used for a pumpkin chiffon cake filling

We added our No Bake Pumpkin Chiffon Pie to our new website - Desserts With Stephanie.  Please visit us to view a printable recipe and our step-by-step video to make the pumpkin chiffon.

This recipe produces a light, creamy and fluffy pumpkin chiffon that is poured into a sweet dough crust and chilled for a few hours before serving. For years this Pumpkin Chiffon Tart recipe has been a favorite among my bakery customers and I hope you add it to your favorites!

This produces the best pumpkin chiffon dessert.  I am a pumpkin pie lover  - but give me a choice and I will go for this easy pumpkin chiffon recipe as it never fails to 'wow' my guests. An added bonus with this recipe is you may use it when making a pumpkin chiffon cake.

pumpkin chiffon dessert
Pumpkin Chiffon Recipe - for tarts, cake fillings, dessert parfaits

This is an easy no bake pumpkin chiffon.  It does require the use of gelatin for pies and tarts. You do not need to use gelatin if using for parfaits.  Give yourself at least four hours to make this dessert as it requires time in the refrigerator to set properly.

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Please Visit Us at Our New Site

 Our new name is Desserts With Stephanie

Thank you for all the support you have given us over the past 12 years!  We have opened a new website which is more robust, faster and easier to navigate. Please visit us at our new site:

Our new recipe site is well organized and includes recipes for a plethora of dessert ideas for you, your family and friends.  To list just a few of our categories and recipes:

  • A few of the Pie Recipes we have (visit us for the full list)
    • Wild Maine Blueberry Pie Recipe: this recipe has been perfected as we have made it thousands of times for our customers.  This blueberry pie is made with frozen blueberries - these are tiny blueberries that pack a lot of punch!  For a detailed video check out Blueberry Pie From Frozen Blueberries.
    • Apple Frangipane Tart:  Yes!  This is the same classic apple tart made with our walnut frangipane and baked in sweet dough.  A much loved dessert among our readers.
    • Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Ganache: words can't describe how sinful this pie tastes - a peanut butter cookie crust filled with a Peanut Butter Mousse and swirls of rich chocolate ganache.
    • Our Pecan Pie Recipe: We include a video and tips on how to avoid a runny pecan pie and a burnt crust.
    • These are just a few of our pie and tart recipes.  Be sure to check out more recipes on our new site.

  • Visit our Candy Recipes for gift basket ideas - or just a treat for yourself:
    • We are always looking to improve recipes. Our Mixed Nut Brittle candy recipe originally published here was upgraded.  Check out our new site which includes a video on making nut brittle.
    • A Divinity Candy Recipe that is chock full of pistachios and dried cherries.  These look beautiful in holiday gift baskets.

  • Our Cake Recipes (also Filling and Icing Recipes) have been perfected by making thousands of cakes at the bakery.
    • Our Vanilla Cake recipe: super moist yet fluffy!  This is a great recipe to add to your repertoire as you can easily flavor (e.g. lemon cake, lime cake, etc..).
    • A Blackout Chocolate Cake recipe:  we use a combination of black cocoa powder and 'regular' cocoa powder to achieve an ultra-chocolatey cake.  
    • An Apple Rum Spice Cake which is lovely for the holidays!
    • We have many more cake recipes, filling recipes and suggested icings and fillings for your cakes.
  • Cookie recipes galore!  
    • Including our well-known Sweet and Salty Chocolate Chunk Cookie Recipe and our Coconut Macaroons without condensed milk.  We also have several cookie bar recipes which work well for informal dessert tables and cookouts.

In addition to our site we have many videos where we walk you through every step of making sweet recipes.  To view our videos please visit our YouTube channel.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Baby Shower Cake Designs - NJ Custom Cake Bakery

We all enjoy making a fuss over a new baby, even before the little bundle of joy arrives! We 'shower' the parents-to-be with well wishes and gifts. Not only is a baby shower a way to congratulate the parents, it also helps family and friends feel connected to the big event.

A baby shower indubitably calls for something sweet! At Confectionary Designs we consider it an honor to create cakes and dessert tables for our clients' showers, and we love working with them to create a unique design that works with their theme.

About Us: Confectionary Designs is a boutique bakery located in Northern New Jersey. We specialize in delicious and amazingly detailed custom cakes for all of life's special occasions. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Pies For Your Holiday Dessert Table - Bergen County Pies

Be sure to get your order in early for your holiday desserts. Visit us at before end-of-day Monday, December 19th to place your order.

This year we are offering the following scrumptious selection:
  • Blueberry Pie: Loaded with scrumptious blueberries and baked in a prized flakey dough with just a bit of sugar crunch.
  • Pecan Pie:  A southern-inspired recipe that includes a rich, custard filling, loaded with pecans, and baked in a sweet buttery dough.
  • Pumpkin Chiffon Pie:  A unique pie that combines a traditional pumpkin filling, layered with a lighter-than-air chiffon filling, and topped off with cinnamon-whipped cream and ginger cookie crumbs (note: this pie requires refrigeration)
  • Apple Rum Spice Cake:  A 9" cake loaded with Honeycrisp and Fiji apples, with just the right amount of rum, cinnamon and nutmeg to spice the cake up.