Made-in-Minutes Desserts

By on January 16, 2014

1.) Banana Caramel Topping

In a large saucepan, combine 1 12-ounce jar caramel ice cream topping, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and ½ teaspoon grated lemon peel. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through. Peel 5 medium bananas and cut them into ¼ inch slices. Just before serving the sauce, stir in the bananas and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Serve over ice cream. To experiment with this recipe, try different flavors of ice cream toppings or fruits. This rich topping couldn’t be simpler to make, yet it’s sure to satisfy sweet tooths everywhere. Bonus: The bananas make it at least somewhat healthy, right?

2.) Lemonade Parfaits

In a large bowl, combine ¼ cup thawed lemonade concentrate, 1 8-ounce carton whipped topping, and 1 cup fruit-flavored yogurt (such as raspberry, blueberry, lemon, or orange). Place some of your favorite fresh fruit (such as blueberries and raspberries or honeydew and cantaloupe) in the bottom of four dessert glasses. Top with ¼ cup of the lemonade mixture. Repeat layers. These light, airy fruit parfaits are perfect as either a summer treat or a subtle finish to a rich meal. Experiment with various types of fruits and yogurts to see what combination is your favorite.

3.) Strawberry Angel Trifle

For this recipe, you’ll need six cups of cubed angel food cake, six cups of sliced, sweetened strawberries, and 2 cups of whipped topping. In six separate dessert glasses, place ½ cup angel food cake cubes. Top with ½ cup strawberries and 1/3 cup whipped topping. Repeat with layers. Garnish with a strawberry on top. This simple recipe serves six and makes for a picture-perfect dessert. If desired, try other fruits such as kiwi or blueberries instead.

4.) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dessert

Pour ½ cup milk into a bowl. Take 1 large package of chocolate chip cookies and dip them one at a time into the milk. Shake off the excess milk and put them in the bottom of an 8×8 inch pan. Create a layer of cookies. Spread ½ carton of whipped topping over the cookies. Repeat layers. Sprinkle cookie crumbs on top. Refrigerate.

5.) Quick Fruit Cobbler

If you love fruit cobbler but don’t have the time to make a from-scratch recipe, try this simple substitute. For this recipe, you’ll start with two cans of peaches. Place the un-drained peaches in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle 1 yellow cake mix over the peaches. Dot with ½ cup butter, cut into small pieces. Bake at 350° or until the cobbler is golden brown on top. Serve with ice cream or whipped topping. You can try cherry or apple pie filling instead for an alternate flavor.

6.) Peanut Butter Crumble Bars

Let a 1 16-1/2 ounce of chocolate chip cookie dough soften on the counter for 5-10 minutes. While you’re waiting, preheat your oven to 350° and line an 8×8 inch baking dish with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray. Reserve 1/3 cup of the cookie dough. Press the remaining cookie dough into the bottom of the pan. Top with 1 cup mini Reeses peanut butter cups. Pour ½ can sweetened condensed milk over the peanut butter cups. Lightly crumble the remaining cookie dough on top. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out without cookie dough batter clinging to it. Edges should be firm, raised, and golden. Bars will firm up more as they cool. Allow bars to cool for one hour on a cooling rack and two hours in the refrigerator. If you cut them beforehand, you won’t get the pretty marbled effect. If you’re looking for more simple recipes like this one, check out Real Simple!

Kendra Smith is a food blogger who loves creating and trying new recipes.


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