Easy Dessert Recipes
Here are a few easy and delicious recipes to make or eat on a cold winter’s day or anytime!
Crockpot Hot Chocolate
1/2 cup dry baking cocoa
12 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/8 tsp. salt
7 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
In a 3 quart crockpot, combine milk, water and vanilla. Then add cocoa and salt, whisking until smooth. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours. Serve with marshmallows or whipped cream. Serves 8.
- If you are in a hurry, heat up the water before adding it to the crockpot.
- Add a cinnamon stick or a little instant coffee for 2 different flavors
- If it burns slightly around the edges, you can still drink it. Just be careful not to scrape the edges and consider cooking at a lower temperature the next time.
From Reader: Bea
Johnny Appleseed Squares
5 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cups biscuit baking mix
1/2 cup PLUS 2 Tbsp. cold butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9 inch square baking pan. Combine apples with the condensed milk and cinnamon in a bowl.
Measure 1 cup of the biscuit mix into another bowl and cut in 1/2 cup of the butter until it resembles large crumbs. Stir in the apple mixture and spoon the batter into the baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup biscuit mix with the sugar and cut in the remaining 2 Tbsp. butter until crumbs form. Stir in the nuts. Sprinkle the nut mixture evenly over the apple batter and bake 50-60 minutes.
Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Bars
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cloves
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix butter and sugars until fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, and molasses and beat 1-2 minutes until lighter brown. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Batter will be very thick. May have to pat into pan.
Pour into 9×13 pan or 8×8 pan* lined with parchment paper or foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake until it starts to turn a little brown on the edges.
*If you want a thinner bar, use a 9×13 pan and bake for 20-22 minutes. For a thicker bar use the 8×8 pan and add 2-3 minutes of baking time.
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened (1/2 stick)
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Beat all ingredients together and frost bars when cool.
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