At Table – A Promised Recipe and A Few More!

“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” ~ Ernestine Ulmer

Good morning, sweet friends.  As promised, here are a few recipes.  I especially wanted you to have the Gingerbread Madeleines before Christmas.  If you have madeleine pans and a wee bit of time left in this busy week, I do suggest you give them a try.  They are simply delightful and make a pretty gift for neighbors or friends.

Gingerbread Madeleines


  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice ~I changed to cinnamon and use more like 1/2 tsp.
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled (plus more for pan)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (plus more for pan)
  • powdered sugar to dust the madeleines with

Note:  I changed the pumpkin pie spice to cinnamon the second time I made these.  We liked it much better than the pumpkin pie spice, however, I wanted to send the original recipe.   The recipe is from Mon Petit Four ~ see link at the end of the instructions.


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Brush some softened butter onto a 12-mold madeleine pan, then sprinkle flour into the molds. Tap out the excess flour.
  2. With a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the sugar, salt, and eggs together until pale yellow – about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the vanilla, molasses, and spices. Mix to combine. Scrape the bottom of the mixing bowl, then mix again to combine.
  3. Pour in 1/3 of the melted butter and mix at low speed. Add in half the flour; continue to mix at low speed. Add another third of the melted butter – mix –  add the remaining flour – mix – and finally the last bit of butter, giving one final mix to blend everything together.
  4. Use a tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop out 3 scant tablespoons of batter into each madeleine mold. Bake the madeleines for 9 to 10 minutes, until they spring back when gently touched on their tops.

Use a knife to gently wedge the madeleines out of the pan and onto a wire cooling rack. Let them cool completely before dusting them with powdered sugar.  I have never needed to use a knife ~ just be sure to grease and flour your pans.

Note:  This is the link to Mon Petit Four.                                                                       

“Anyone who’s a chef, who loves food, ultimately knows that all that matters is: ‘Is it good? Does it give pleasure?” ~Anthony Bourdain



Once upon a time, when Mike and I did a lot of entertaining,  I enjoyed preparing a pretty punch bowl.  Place it on the dining room table with a fresh wreath around the bottom and you have something lovely, especially when it is filled with some fabulous goodness.  So, here is my recipe for Iced Mocha Cappuccino, it is quite nice for the holidays.  It is a non-alcoholic punch.  However, for those who may be interested, it is nice with a bit of Bailey’s Irish Cream or Kaluha added.

Iced Mocha Cappuccino

1/2 Gallon of Rocky Road Ice Cream

1/2 Gallon of Coffee Ice Cream

1 Gallon of Whole Milk

1 cup sugar

6 cups of strong coffee – see note below

Whipped cream with a sprinkle of nutmeg to garnish

Strong Coffee – use one cup of grounds for 3 cups of water.  Brew coffee and while coffee is still hot, add one cup of sugar.  Refrigerate overnight.

Spoon ice cream into the punch bowl.  Add coffee and milk, stirring to mix.  Top with whipped cream and nutmeg.


Gooey and Cheesy Warm Bacon Dip


Gooey and Cheesy Warm Bacon Dip


6 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 cups sour cream

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

4-6 slices bacon, cooked, well-drained and crumbled

1/2 cup chopped green onions ~ white and green parts.  Plus, a little extra to sprinkle on the top.

Preheat oven to 400.  Combine softened cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon, and green onions.  Spoon mixture into a 1-quart baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling and hot.  Serve with crackers, veggies, or toasted baguette slices (my favorite).  


Corn Dip Recipe


Corn Dip Recipe

  • 3 cans Mexicorn- drained
  • 2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 small can of green chiles- drained
  • 2/3 Cup  green onion- chopped
  • 3/4 Cup mayonnaise
  • 1 8 oz. container sour cream
  • 1 package dry ranch dressing mix

 Cajun Seasoning- to taste – I start with a tsp.

  1. Combine sour cream, mayo, and ranch dressing mix. Add Cajun seasoning (the more you add, the spicier the dip)
  2. Add corn, chiles, onion, and cheese to the sour cream mixture
  3. Stir to combine
  4. Cover and chill for at least two hours- overnight is preferred (the longer you chill, the better the flavor)
  5. Serve with tortilla chips


Sweet friends, may you enjoy these next few days.  Enjoy your families and friends and most of all each other.  Make wonderful memories to treasure and I hope these humble recipes will add to your joy and festivities.  

And remember. . .


“Faith is salted and peppered through everything at Christmas. And I love at least one night by the Christmas tree to sing and feel the quiet holiness of that time that’s set apart to celebrate love, friendship, and God’s gift of the Christ child.” ~ Amy Grant


Joyeux Noel,




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14 thoughts on “At Table – A Promised Recipe and A Few More!

  1. What delicious recipes! I do have a madeleine pan and these would be lovely with a cup of tea. The bacon cheese dip also looks yummy. Thank you for sharing these, Sandra.

    1. Lorrie, the recipes are good and I do think you would love the madeleines. I have more madeleine recipes I will post in the future.

      Happy week and so glad you had a good snow to enjoy!

  2. Oh my goodness, your recipes all look fabulous and oh so delicious. The madeleine’s look wonderful, and the bacon cheese dip, and wouldn’t my coffee loving family love that punch – it sounds so delicious and refreshing. Thanks so much for sharing these!

    Wishing you a blessed and Happy Christmas, dear Sandra.
    Brenda xo

    1. Thanks, Brenda. The recipes are good and you would love the madeleines with your tea.

      Have a wonderful week and stay warm and cozy!

  3. These all sound wonderful! Thank you for sharing them. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  4. Sandra, thank you for sharing your fabulous recipes. I want to make the madeleines, they sound so delicious. The coffee punch would be perfect since I love coffee. We love dips at our house, these will be great for New Year’s. Wishing you and Michael a beautiful and blessed Christmas, my friend ♥️

    1. Pam, you would love the coffee punch – it is a treat and not low-calorie for sure. The dips are good – but the madeleines are best! Happy week to you my friend!

  5. Sandra, these all sound so fabulous — just to die for! Especially the madeleines and the bacon dip! I might make the madeleines this week — I had dug out my regular recipe, thinking I should make them but now I might try these instead. I hope you both have a fabulous Christmas filled with light, love, merriment, and I’m sure, very good food! I’ve enjoyed every visit this year and am so grateful we have become blog friends. Merry Christmas to you!

    1. Hi Jeanie: I am grateful we have become blogging friends also ~ you always are so kind. The madeleines and bacon dip are really good. I have several other madeleine recipes that I will post later.
      Have a wonderful week and enjoy the snow ~ from inside!

  6. Sandra, I somehow missed this post in all the hustle and bustle of Christmas week. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Thank you so much for sharing these recipes. I’m definitely going to try these. Have a most beautiful week ahead, sweet friend!

    1. Shannon, I am just catching up from Christmas. I do hope you will try the recipes, especially the madeleines. They are such a treat with coffee or tea.
      Happy week to you!

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