Feature photo by avlxyz

Over thinking dessert can be as bad as over thinking that rash (seriously go see a doctor!). There is all the measuring, mixing of ingredients, getting all your mixing bowls dirty, then baking for an hour. Not to mention the first timers who have never dealt with a kitchen or even an oven. What about the mom or dad home all day with the kids? Who gets 5 minutes to themselves let alone an hour to bake something? Some of us work long hours and do not feel like coming home and making dessert, although you would probably like to eat one. Despite all of these great excuses, wouldn’t it be nice if you could use a spare 15 minutes to make something that looks and tastes like you have spend hours preparing it?

I have put together some simple recipes, and now you can try them too! They definitely won’t overwhelm you, and when you are finished they will look like a lot of hard work. This way, you’ll fool everyone, and if you don’t, pour flour all over your apron, and smear some chocolate on your face. Rub eyes for that exhausted effect.

Million Dollar Pie
24 round, buttery crackers, crumbled
1 cup chopped pecans
4 egg white (NO YOLKS!!!)
1 cup sugar
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Then, in a bowl, combine cracker crumbs and pecans. In separate mixing bowl beat egg whites until stiff peaks form and slowly add sugar while still mixing. Gently fold crumbs and pecan mixture into egg whites and pour into pie pan. Bake for 20 minutes and cool before serving.

Mami’s Pound Cake
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups sugar
5 eggs
2 cups of flour
1 tbsp. almond flavoring
Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine all the ingredients in mixing bowl, and beat for 10 minutes at medium speed. Batter will be very thick. Pour into a greased, floured tube pan. Bake for 1 hour. Test with toothpick. When it comes out clean, you’ll know it’s finished baking.

Corn Flake Cookies
1 – 12 oz. package butterscotch morsels
3/4 cup of peanut butter
3 1/2 to 4 cups corn flakes, crushed
Directions: Melt butterscotch morsels on very low heat and add peanut butter. When combined thoroughly, add corn flakes. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper. Allow to cool 10 minutes, then serve.

Peanut Butter Fudge
1 – 12 oz. jar chunky peanut butter
1 – 12 oz. package milk chocolate chips
1 – 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chopped pecans
Directions: Melt peanut butter and chocolate chips in a saucepan. Add sweetened condensed milk into pan and and stir until heated. Add Pecans and mix well. Pour into buttered 9 x 9 inch dish.

Cheesecake cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 – 3 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
Directions: Combine butter, cream cheese and sugar. Beat well. Add flour to mixturel. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

Now that summer is fast approaching who wouldn’t like something cold and sweet to drink? Try theses two recipes that even the kids will love!

Peachy Sundae
1 Pint vanilla ice-cream
3/4 cup peach preserves, warmed
1/4 cup chopped almonds, toasted
1/4 cup flaked coconut
Directions: Divide ice cream into 4 ice cream dishes. Top with preserves. Sprinkle with almonds and or coconut.

Creamy Strawberry Punch
1 – 10 oz. package frozen strawberries, thawed.
1/2 gallon strawberry ice cream, softened.
2 – 2 liter bottles ginger ale, chilled
Fresh strawberries (optional).
Directions: Process frozen strawberries in blender. Combine strawberries, chunks of ice cream and ginger ale in punch bowl. Stir and serve immediately. Garnish with fresh strawberries.

Share this! (You know you want to.)

Got something to say? Say it loud!