Indulging in a sweet dessert after a good meal always sounds appealing- until you remember how exhausting and/or expensive it is to actually obtain your desired treat. Instead of wasting precious time and money, opt for a more practical option.
- Berries and Coconut Cream
2 pounds of mixed berries
2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
1 cup of heavy cream
½ cup of cream of coconut
Begin by carefully tossing the berries, sugar, and lime juice in a large bowl. Beat the heavy cream and cream of coconut with an electric until soft peaks form. Simply serve with the berry mixture and voilà!
- Butterscotch Pretzel Bars
1 ½ cups of powdered sugar
1 cup of creamy peanut butter
6 tablespoons of melted butter
2 cups of crushed pretzels
1 11 ounce package of butterscotch-flavored chips
¼ cup of whipping cream
½ cup of coarsely crushed pretzels
½ cup of chopped peanuts
Align foil along a 13x9x2 inch pan, lightly coat with cooking spray, and set it aside. Stir the powdered sugar, peanut butter, and melted butter together in a large bowl. Add the crushed pretzels as you stir and press mixture on the bottom of the prepared pan. Combine butterscotch pieces and whipping cream in a heavy medium saucepan. Mix over low heat until they have melted. Gently spread the butterscotch mixture over the the crumb mixture in your pan and and evenly sprinkle the crushed pretzels. Cool for two hours and cut in squares to serve.
- Whoopie Pies
½ of a softened 8 ounce package of reduced fat cream cheese
¼ cup of softened butter
½ of a 7 ounce jar of marshmallow creme
12 soft chocolate cookies of your choice
Beat the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed. Once it has a smooth and fluffy texture, fold in the marshmallow creme. Spread the filling in between two cookies.
- Mocha Chocolate Mousse
1 ½ cups of milk or chocolate milk
2-3 teaspoons of instant coffee crystals
1 4-serving-size package of instant devil’s food chocolate pudding mix
1 1 and ¼-ounce envelope of whipped dessert topping mix
2 cups of strawberry halves and/or banana chunks
optional: miniature semisweet chocolate chips, chocolate sprinkles or chopped chocolate-covered espresso beans
Combine milk and coffee crystals in a large bowl. Leave for five minutes in order for the crystals to dissolve. Stir the pudding and dessert topping mixtures with an electric mixer on low speed until moistened, which is about 30 seconds. Beat on high speed around four minutes or until fluffy. Then spoon the chocolate mousse and strawberries into 6 parfait glasses. Either serve immediately or serve after chilling.
- Monster Cookie Bars
1 16 and ½-ounce roll or refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough
¾ cup of rolled oats
1 cup of candy-coated milk chocolate chips
½ cup of semisweet chocolate chips
optional: ½ cup of chopped peanuts
Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x9x2 inch pan with foil, with the foil covering the edges of the pan. Lightly grease the foil and place it aside. Break up the cookie dough into a large bowl and stir the oats in until combined. Stir in the semisweet and milk chocolate chips.