Easy Desserts From My Family

These are desserts my family likes to make/have several times a year. They are quick and easy to make. The hard part is waiting to get done baking, cooling, or getting firm.  Make sure you keep checking back for more recipes and pictures.

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Peanut Butter Cream Pie

  • 1 graham cracker pie crust
  • 1/2cup peanut butter
  • 1-1/4 cups cold milk
  • 2 pkg. (4 serving size each) instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 8 oz. tub Cool Whip, whipped topping, thawed and divided

Mix peanut butter and milk in large bowl until well blended. (I use an electric mixer, but you can use a large wire whisk.) Add dry pudding ; beat 2 min. or until well blended. (Mixture will be thick.) Stir in half of whipped topping. Pour into crust and top with remaining whipped topping.

REFRIGERATE 3 hours or until set Drizzle liquid chocolate syrup over top before serving. Store pie in refrigerator.

Variation: Pour 1/2 cup hot fudge topping on crust 1st and freeze for 10 minutes. then drizzle 1/4 cup topping over top.

Since I can’t have chocolate, I just make a peanut butter pie and drizzle butterscotch ice cream topping on top while the rest of my family uses chocolate. Tastes good in my opinion.

You can make this with sugar free instant pudding, lite cool whip, and low fat milk to make it healthier.


Kim’s Double Chocolate Surprise Brownies

1 box of brownie mix for a 9 x 13 pan
Chocolate ice cream syrup
1/4-1/2 cup baking chips, nuts, candies, whatever

Preheat the oven to what it says on the box. Mix the brownie mix like it says on the box for a 9 x 13 pan. Now you add whatever chips you have left on hand, nuts too if you want or even little candy pieces. Her favorite are peanut butter chips. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the mixed up brownie mix into the pan and spread out evenly. Take the chocolate syrup and pour it over the top from short end to short end like a big long snake. Cook according to package directions.
Put on a cooling rack when done cooking. Then the hard part is smelling them while you’re waiting for them to cool. Trust me when I say wait until the brownies are cool before cutting because of how gooey they are!
She liked taking them to school for birthday treats and the tradition has passed on to my son! They don’t ask for them for family birthday parties because I can’t have chocolate because of my MS and their aunt doesn’t like chocolate. I think they get made often as it is so it’s not considered a “birthday treat”! We’ve even been known to put a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and eat it in a bowl (me minus the brownie). Hope your family likes them as much as ours!


Best Unbaked Cheesecake Ever

  • 1-1/4 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 -1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (12.5 oz) can pie filling

Mix first 3 ingredients and press in bottom and around sides of 9″ pie pan. In a bowl whip up the whipping cream on high with an electric mixer and set aside. Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth and spreadable. Add the whipped cream and cream cheese into which ever bowl is bigger and mix together until mixed, smooth and spreadable. Spread into crust and chill for 2-3 hours. Spread pie filling on top after firm either before you serve it or as you serve it.

My tips for this recipe. If you double the ingredients it makes a good 9″ x 13″ pan size. (That’s how we use it for parties. If you’re just making 1 pie-pan size, I use a store-bought graham cracker crust to make it easier. Then I can take the glue and label off the clear plastic, make sure it’s clean, flip it over and use it to cover the top! It can be pinched every so often in the foil and it won’t get dried out. I don’t have to worry about covering it with plastic wrap to stick to it also. Not everyone in our family likes the same kind of pie filling so we have used preserves or the syrup-type ice cream topping on top followed by compressed whip cream if we have THAT ingredient left over or for parties. It’s kind of like the brownies, it’s a basic cheesecake and the rest is up to you. It’s been known to be left plain in our house, too.




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