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Our 10 Best Grandma-Approved Recipes

Old-fashioned comfort food starts with Grandma's favorite recipes. Here are 10 of the most highly rated dishes that the Allrecipes community got straight from grandmothers, grandmas, grannys, and nanas.

1. Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

MOSHASMAMA says, "This was my grandmother's apple pie recipe. I have never seen another one quite like it." It will always be my favorite and has won me several first place prizes in local competitions.


Apple Pie by Grandma Ople | Photo by Holiday Baker

Get tried-and-true tips for making the best pies.

2. Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

If you like sweet cornbread, try this top-rated recipe shared by BETHANYWEATHERSBY.


Cornbread | Photo by Meredith

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3. Grandma Johnson's Scones

Rob shared this recipe, describing it as, "A basic scone recipe that really does the trick. Tried and tested through 3 generations of kids. Simply the best anywhere!"


Scones | Photo by Meredith

Find more recipes for scrumpitous scones.

4. Grandma VanDoren's White Bread

"What Grandma used to make! Our family's favorite. The recipe was never written down (that I know of) until she shared it with me when she was in her 90's." — Marilyn VanDoren Sim


Grandma VanDoren's White Bread | Photo by TwinSoul_11:11

Imagine how proud you'll feel when you learn how to make your own bread.

5. Gramma's Apple Bread Pudding

MESEL says, "This bread pudding is the ultimate in comfort food from Gramma's kitchen. It is great for using up bread and apples. Enjoy!"


Bread Pudding | Photo by Meredith

Rediscover the old-fashioned comfort of bread pudding.

6. Nana's Apple Crisp

Aubree Rose tried this out and says, "Loved it. I used Granny Smith apples. Sprinkled them with cinnamon and sugar and a splash of vanilla. Delish! Thank you!"


Nana's Apple Crisp | Photo by GLORIA LEE

Get more recipes for crisps and crumbles.

7. Grandmother's Pound Cake II

WHOLEGRAINWOMAN shared this recipe with a note about its background: "This recipe is over 100 years old and is the original kind of pound cake: it contains 1 pound each of butter, sugar, eggs and flour and contains no salt, baking powder or flavoring (but flavoring such as vanilla extract or almond extract can be added if desired!)"


Pound Cake | Photo by Meredith

We've got the tips you need to make delicious pound cakes.

8. Grandmother's Oatmeal Cookies

This top-rated recipe actually came from someone else's grandmother. HAPPYGOLUCKY explains, "This is the best oatmeal cookie I have ever tasted and is my family's favorite. This is a recipe that I have had for years that a friend of mine gave me."


Oatmeal Cookies | Photo by Meredith

Learn the tips and tricks to baking perfect cookies from scratch.

9. Nana's Southern Coleslaw

Kristina says, "Just an old family recipe that I have been told is reminiscent of KFC coleslaw. You be the judge!"


Coleslaw | Photo by Meredith

Love crisp, cold coleslaw? You'll love these easy tips for making the best coleslaw.

10. Grandma Jeanette's Amazing German Red Cabbage

Clara Carson gives this her thumbs-up, saying, "My grandparents own a traditional German restaurant in Germany, and this is the closest red cabbage I have ever had to their restaurant's 'Rotkohl (Red Cabbage)."


Grandma Jeanette's Amazing German Red Cabbage | Photo by lutzflcat

Get tips for choosing, prepping, and cooking cabbage.

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