WHAT IS COOKING? Dessert requests invite ‘look back’ column | What to cook


Two days before Christmas I called my sister Sharon to check that she was okay and ask her about any changes in her plans to host our Christmas afternoon reunion. I was pleasantly surprised that she and her husband Frank were making a batch of no-bake cocoa treats that my mom taught us to make for various bake sales, church events, and family gatherings. She explained that she was worried that we wouldn’t have enough desserts because a number of our families had places to share food and visit at lunchtime and in the early afternoon before. to come over to her house “That’s why we’re trying to make a big batch of these treats,” Sharon said. “If you want to make desserts, that’ll be fantastic.” I assured her I’d be happy to stir some candy. .

Well, she and Frank did a terrific job on these treats… so much so that I had to stop after eating three pieces. And, my youngest niece Lana, who delves into the art of making desserts, created a 9 x 13 inch pan of banana pudding. As you may know, banana pudding goes well with almost any meal you serve, and if your bananas are perfectly ripe, they still taste great if you use low fat or fat free versions of them. ingredients.

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Responding to people’s requests, I made a batch of chewies (AKA “chewy bread” or “blondies”). While neither is in the recipe, some people say these have a flavor reminiscent of peanut butter or caramel. Try to make a batch if you want, but let me warn you. Chewing gum easily becomes a habit-forming dessert. I also contributed a large cherry cheesecake and a pecan pie, two other desserts I had received requests for. With a few gifts brought by the guests, it became a sweet end to a day filled with a lot of love. Having said that, you might want to save this column as these are recipes people ask me when I’m on the go. In addition, they will go well on the dessert of your game table.

No-Bake Cocoa Fondant Treats

3 cups Quaker Quick Cooking Oatmeal

2/3 cup Jif Creamy Peanut Butter

1/2 cup chopped peanuts (optional)

1 stick of butter or margarine

1/2 cup Hershey’s cocoa

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or foil. Measure the oats, peanut butter and peanuts (I omit the peanuts); put them aside. Combine sugar, butter, milk and cocoa in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Remove the pan from the fire. Immediately stir in oatmeal, peanut butter, peanuts (optional) and vanilla; stir quickly, combining everything well. Immediately drop the mixture by heaping teaspoons on waxed paper or aluminum foil. Let the treats cool. Store them in an airtight container. This recipe makes about four dozen treats.

No-Bake Simple Banana Pudding

1 large can instant vanilla pudding mix

8 ounce container of sour cream

Cool Whip 9 oz container

6 large ripe bananas, sliced

1 box of Nilla vanilla wafers

In large bowl, beat vanilla pudding mix and milk until well combined. Stir in sour cream and Cool Whip to form a delicious “custard”. Layer a nice glass dish with vanilla wafers, then bananas, then custard, then vanilla wafers, then bananas, then custard. Sprinkle top with vanilla wafer crumbs. Refrigerate this pudding dish until ready to serve.


1 stick of sweet cream and salted Land O’Lakes butter, melted

3 large eggs at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (“extract”, no flavoring)

1/2 or 1 cup chopped pecans

2-1 / 4 cups self-rising white lily flour

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. While the oven is preheating, place the stick of butter in a large microwave-safe bowl and turn it on for about 40 seconds – enough time to melt the butter. Let the butter cool for three or four minutes. Use a spoon to beat the three large eggs. Then stir in the brown sugar, vanilla extract and pecans. Stir until combined. Gradually add the flour, stirring to obtain a smooth and very thick dough. Pour batter into a buttered 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Bake at 325 degrees for about 40 to 45 minutes. Let them cool for about 20 minutes before cutting them.

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