I’m going to confess something.
I’m a sugar-aholic!
Thankfully I’m a terrible baker so having
dessert around isn’t a regular occurrence.
Over the holidays I eat all the treats!
My secret… I don’t completely make everything from scratch!
Here are a few ways I cut down on the possibility of
failure and still get that homemade treat I’m after…
Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 roll (16.5 oz) chocolate chip cookie dough
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
2 tablespoons half-and-half
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1. Heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, break up cookie dough. Shape tablespoonfuls of dough into balls; roll in pecans, pressing into dough. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
2. Bake 12 to 16 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Using the handle of wooden spoon, make an indentation in centre of each cookie. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, in a microwavable bowl, microwave caramels and half-and-half uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring once, until caramels are melted. Spoon about 1 teaspoon caramel into the indentation of each cookie. Cool 15 minutes.
4. Drizzle with melted chocolate; sprinkle with salt. Let stand about 15 minutes or until chocolate is set.
These babies will be a huge hit on any dessert tray or for your cookie exchange!
Jamie’s No Bake Cheesecake Parfait’s
16oz Cream Cheese
1/4 Cup Sugar
2 tbsp Milk
1 tsp Lemon Zest
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 1/2 Cups Cool Whip
15 Shortbread Cookies
3 Cups Strawberries, Quartered
2 Cup Strawberry Jam
1 Cup Water
- Mix cream cheese, sugar, milk + lemon juice
- Gently mix in the Cool Whip
- Spoon crumbled shorted bread cookies into parfait glasses
- Using a piping bag, pipe in cream cheese mixture
- In a saucepan combine jam and water – bring to a boil + remove from heat
- Once completely cooled drizzle strawberry sauce over cream cheese mixture
- Sprinkle Strawberries over the sauce
- Serve Cool (serves 10)
Possibly the easiest dessert in the world, but the
individual presentation feels extra fancy!
Your guests will love how light and fruity it is.
I also love that it brings some festive colours to your dining table.
Jenn’s Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread
20 Unbaked Frozen Dinner Rolls
1 1/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Cup Raisins
1/3 Cup Butter, Melted
- Lightly grease a 10-inch bundt cake pan
- Place frozen rolls into pan + sprinkle with brown sugar, pudding mix, cinnamon and raisins
- Pour melted butter over rolls
- Cover with a clean, damp cloth + leave overnight at room temperature
- In the morning preheat the oven to 350 F
- Bake rolls for 25 minutes until golden brown
- Turn rolls out onto a tray and serve warm
This is a great breakfast dessert for anyone hosting a brunch.
Don’t fret over homemade EVERYTHING!
These three desserts offer that fresh baked feel with half the work!
What’re your go-to recipes over the holidays?
Thank you so much for following along! You guys and gals are the best!