easy delicious desserts

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

HEY strangers!!! 

Long time no talk huh?!

WELL for what other reason would I be busting back into blog-world if not to share some delectable (and super easy) desserts? That AND I volunteered to do this prior to my giant blog-hiatus and I'm not one to be a Scrooge this time of year so.... here we go!

Today's post is all about keeping it easy. We're all strapped for time (and energy) always this time of year so these progressive dinner posts are going to help you create a deliciously simple dinner menu from drinks to dessert!

Also, I'm kind of cheating because I've already shared these goodies with you before... BUT they're so good they warrant a repeat post :)

First up it's Deena with some delectable drinks, followed by Sarah with the always popular cheese platter then Lana with a scrumptious crock pot chicken parmesan and last, yours truly with 3 easy peasy desserts that will NOT disappoint.

Easy Delicious Desserts

Cookie Brittle

1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 bag chocolate chips
1 box graham wafer crackers

line baking sheet with aluminum foil.
pre-heat oven to 350.
melt butter in pan on high heat. Once melted add brown sugar and stir constantly.
when brown sugar/butter mixture turns to a light brown color, remove from heat and pour over graham crackers.
bake for 8 minutes.
melt one bag of chocolate chips (approximately 2 cups) using a double-boiler or over low-heat.
pour melted chocolate over baking sheet.
break into pieces and enjoy.

1 can of cherry pie filling
2 1/2 cups graham wafer crumbs
1/2 butter
1 package cream cheese
1 cup whipping cream (liquid)
1 cup icing sugar

Using a 9x13 pan, prepare your graham wafer crust. I use the box directions but basically you melt 1/2 cup butter, mix with 2 1/2 cups of wafer crumbs. Mix in the pan with a fork until it's all the same consistency. Using your fork, press the mixture into the bottom of the pan. Put the pan in the fridge while you're doing the rest.

Mix (I use kitchen aid mixer but a hand blender will work) your cream cheese. This works best if you let the cream cheese sit out at room temp for a little bit (not too long, food safety and all). Add in icing sugar. Continue blending until creamy consistency.
Using a new bowl, whip the cream. You want it fairly thick. 

Add whip cream to cream cheese mixture and blend until creamy. 

Spread mixture over wafer crust.
Spoon cherry pie filling on top. 
I sprinkle some wafer crumbs on top to make it look pretty

Chocolate Macaroons

2 cups shredded coconut
1/2 cup coconut oil
5 tablespoons of cocoa powder (make sure you double check the label if you're going for dairy-free, most don't have dairy but best to double-check)
1/4 cup of honey (or whatever you choose to sweeten with - I've tried honey and stevia powder - you could also use any kind of syrup as a sweetener and just add it to taste)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon of salt

Throw it all in the Kitchen Aid mixer (LOVE that thing) and let it do it's thing. Then scoop onto waxed paper (I put the paper on a baking sheet). Put in the freezer. In a few hours you have some cool, tasty macaroons to enjoy!!!

Enjoy making and eating these tasty treats!! Don't forget to check out my friends from the Blended Blog to see what they're cooking!