Vegetarian

Vegetarian

Oatmeal bread

Oatmeal Bread

This isn't store-bought sandwich bread - you don't avoid the dry end crust. You fight with your silblings over who gets the crunchy and soft heel of the bread when it's fresh out of the oven and the butter melts into it.

Pancakes

Pancakes

Who doesn't love pancakes? (Real maple syrup only, tho.) I've tweaked this recipe until I have it juuuuuust the way I like it.

Chex snack mix

Party Mix

Some people have Chex Mix. But our family? We have party mix, and it's a staple at Bauer family Christmas. And of course, there's butter involved.

Spritz cookies

Pat's Never-Fail Spritz Cookies

These are another family classic cookie, from my Great Aunt Pat. Despite claiming to be "never-fail," I've still managed to mess them up at least once, since I had a version of the recipe with a list of ingredients and no instructions.

Pizza

Pizza

This is the secret family pizza recipe. (Sssshh! Don't tell anyone.)

Potato pancakes

Potato Pancakes

Fried starch - what's not to like? Best served with butter on top and a side of kielbasa.

Pumpkin cream cheese muffins

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

If you don't put frosting on it, it's considered a muffin and not a cupcake. Which makes it an acceptable breakfast food.

Scones

Scones

I've heard tell that if a British person shouts at the sky for scones, they will fall like manna from the heavens. I'm not sure what the secret is, because I've only seen rain falling from the sky in Britain. Lots and lots of rain.

Fudge brownie

Sea Salt Brownies

Brownie option 2: fudgy and also made with plenty of butter. This time with a (completely not) secret ingredient: sea salt! (Trust me, it works.)