Hahn Family Sweet Treats

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In any house, no Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without the desserts. Pumpkin pie is par for the course, but few folks stop there. Every family has their own unique preferences, and this collection of recipes has something for everyone. The applesauce cake will have even the most ardent fruitcake detractors coming back for a second slice, and the lemon bars are the best we’ve ever had. The shortbread is  recipe was adopted from a Scottish lady who lived down the street from mom when she was growing up in Boise.


Grandma's Applesauce Cake


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening (or butter)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (can use sweetened)
  • 2 cups flour (or 2 1/2 cups cake flour)
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon rum flavoring (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon brandy flavoring (optional)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 8 oz candied fruit


  1. Cream shortening and sugar together. Add egg, applesauce and flavorings, if using.
  2. Sift together all dry ingredients and mix with applesauce mixture.
  3. Grease and flour tube pan or loaf pans (2).
  4. Mix in nuts, currants, and candied fruit.
  5. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Grandma's Lemon Bars

Grandma's Lemon Bars


    Shoutbread Crust:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Filling:
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons - you should have enough left over for the glaze)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon milk


    Shortbread Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the flour and poppy seeds, and mix well. Put into an 8 x 8 pan, and pat down so the bottom of the pan is evenly covered. Bake for 20 minutes.
  2. Filling:
  3. Combine all, mix well and pour over shortbread crust. Bake for 20 minutes. When done, remove from oven and let cool before you pour on the glaze.
  4. Glaze:
  5. Mix well and pour over cooled lemon bar, making sure to completely cover it. When glaze is set, cut into bars and enjoy!


Taste the fresh lemon juice. If it doesn't taste tart enough, add 1/4 tsp Lemon Crystal. (Tartness in lemons will vary - you want the tart flavor to balance out the sweetness.

Mom's Shortbread

Mom's Shortbread


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cream butter, salt and sugar together. Add flour, and mix well.
  3. Pat into a pie pan.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the top begins to brown.


Can also add 2 tsp of spices to basic shortbread recipe.

Browned Sugar Shortbread: Substitute brown sugar for white sugar.

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Shortbread: Substitute brown sugar for white sugar and 1/4 cup oatmeal for 1/4 flour

Chocolate Shortbread: Substitute 1/4 cup cocoa powder for 1/4 cup flour.

Try it with Advieh. Try poudre douce in brown sugar shortbread, or urfa biber in chocolate shortbread.

These recipes brought to you by World Spice Family Favorites. Thanks, Sherrie!

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