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30 Vintage Recipes: Cakes, Cookies, Candy, Pies & More

Making a vintage cake, a batch of old fashioned candy or finding long lost vintage Christmas cookie recipes is like getting a big hug from grandma, isn’t it?

There’s just something special about retro recipes, especially when they’ve been handed down from generation to generation. I don’t have too many vintage recipes from my own family (especially vintage dessert recipes) so I decided to round up the best from around the internet (big thanks to everyone who shared their favorites)! Some are original recipes handed down from family members, while others are a gluten-free or clean eating twist on the original.

If you’re a fan of retro baking – whether you’re looking for vintage cake ideas, a nostalgic candy recipe, a vintage chocolate dessert or old fashioned pies, you’ll love these recipes!

Vintage Cake Recipes

These cake recipes are even better baked in a vintage cake pan and displayed on a vintage cake stand!

Kentucky Bourbon Black Fruit Cake – from For the Love of Food

Classic Pound Cake – from The Kitchen is My Playground

Gluten Free Pineapple Upside Down Cake – from What the Fork

Cherry Vanilla Baked Alaska – from What the Fork

Mexican Fruit Cake – from Ann’s Entitled Life 

Preacher Cake – from More or Less Cooking

Cast-iron Blueberry Cake – from Souly Rested 

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake – from Saving Dollars and Sense

Hot Cocoa Cake – from Mom Foodie


Vintage Cookie Recipes

Relive the past in a good way with these heartwarming old fashioned cookies!

Gingersnap Christmas Cookies – from Upstate Ramblings

Easy Coconut Macaroons – from Pinch and Swirl

Grandma’s Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies – from The Kitchen is My Playground

German Checkerboard Cookies – from Masala Herb 

Danish Coconut Cookie Slices – from Fab Food 4 All

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies – from Mom Foodie 

Clean Eating Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls – from Pink Fortitude

Vintage Jam

Carrot Jam – from Veggie Desserts
This one is based on a recipe from 1865, has 3 ingredients, and tastes like apricot jam!

Vintage Pie Recipes (Plus Breads, Tortes & Cobblers) 

You had me at pie!

Old Fashioned Egg Custard – from Saving Dollars and Sense

Belgian Bun Recipe – from Rainy Day Mum

Esterhazy Torte – from Masala Herb 

Old Fashioned Gluten Free Bread Pudding – from Fearless Dining

Old Fashioned Date Nut Loaf – from Food Meanderings

Gluten Free Blueberry Cobbler – from Fearless Dining 

Rum Raisin Apple Brown Betty – from Vintage Kitten 

Easy Pumpkin Pie Filling – from Food Meanderings

World’s Best Blitztorte – from Mama Gourmand


Vintage Candy Recipes

If you’re looking for retro candy or no bake dessert recipes, look no further!

Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge – from An Italian in My Kitchen

Grandma’s Old Time Peanut Butter Candy – from Fearless Dining
Only 2 ingredients!

Salted Chocolate Honeycomb – from Veggie Desserts 

Easy Microwave Brittle – from This Mama Cooks

What’s your favorite vintage recipe? 

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Thursday 11th of June 2020

Vanilla drop candy with candied cherries


Friday 15th of May 2020

HI Cate - What gorgeous desserts and I love the vintage vibe. PINNED! Thank you for including my Aunt Dot's Buckeyes. My heart is full of gratitude. Hugs, Holly


Wednesday 13th of May 2020

What a fabulous selection of vintage recipes! Thank you for sharing my Danish cookies:-)

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