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Relax -- you won't need to cook up these treats! (©iStockphoto.com/Alexey Stiop) Relax -- you won't need to cook up these treats! (©iStockphoto.com/Alexey Stiop)
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  • Raspberry Lemonade, 7/23/14

    Raspberry Lemonade, 7/23/14

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-07-23 14:09:04 GMT
    Michael LanariKitchen Bath Concepts4 cups fresh lemon juice3 cups sugar1 bag frozen raspberriesIce cubes, for servingSqueeze the lemons and pour the juice into a pitcher. Mix together the sugar with 3 cups water and stir to dissolve to make a syrup. Add the syrup to the lemon juice and top it up with 8 cups water. Taste to make sure it's sweet enough for you, and then add the raspberries. Mix the lemonade together and let chill in the fridge. (Keep in mind that the raspberries are tart, so b...More >>
    Michael LanariKitchen Bath Concepts4 cups fresh lemon juice3 cups sugar1 bag frozen raspberriesIce cubes, for servingSqueeze the lemons and pour the juice into a pitcher. Mix together the sugar with 3 cups water and stir to dissolve to make a syrup. Add the syrup to the lemon juice and top it up with 8 cups water. Taste to make sure it's sweet enough for you, and then add the raspberries. Mix the lemonade together and let chill in the fridge. (Keep in mind that the raspberries are tart, so b...More >>
  • Blueberry Cheesecake Bars with Oreo Cookies, 7/22/14

    Blueberry Cheesecake Bars with Oreo Cookies, 7/22/14

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:12:24 GMT
    Alan BennettYield: 32 servingsIngredients:1 1/4 Quart Oreo Pieces-small, divided6 Tbl. butter, meltedCup Original Cream Cheese, softened2 Cup sugar4 Ea. eggs1 1/4 Cup fresh blueberries1/3 Cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate, meltedDescription:Cheesecake bars made with fresh blueberries and Oreo Cookie Pieces.Preparation Steps:Combine 1 lb. of the Oreo Pieces and butter; press evenly onto bottom of 1 parchment-lined half-sheet pan. Place cream cheese and sugar in large bowl of electric mixer fitt...More >>
    Alan BennettYield: 32 servingsIngredients:1 1/4 Quart Oreo Pieces-small, divided6 Tbl. butter, meltedCup Original Cream Cheese, softened2 Cup sugar4 Ea. eggs1 1/4 Cup fresh blueberries1/3 Cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate, meltedDescription:Cheesecake bars made with fresh blueberries and Oreo Cookie Pieces.Preparation Steps:Combine 1 lb. of the Oreo Pieces and butter; press evenly onto bottom of 1 parchment-lined half-sheet pan. Place cream cheese and sugar in large bowl of electric mixer fitt...More >>
  • Melinda's chocolate peanut butter "dump" cake

    Melinda's chocolate peanut butter "dump" cake

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:20:16 GMT
    From Melinda Mayo, My Chocolate Peanut Butter "Dump" Cake was a hit this morning on Daybreak. I love to cook, but I don't bake a lot, so I bought this new cookbook with easy recipes. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake 1 Pkg (about 15 oz.) chocolate fudge cake mix 1 1/4 cups water... 3 eggs 1/3 cup vegetable oil 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter, *warmed divided 1 cup mini peanut butter cups *Microwave peanut butter on LOW (30%) about 2 mins until pourable 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13 x 9...More >>
    From Melinda Mayo, My Chocolate Peanut Butter "Dump" Cake was a hit this morning on Daybreak. I love to cook, but I don't bake a lot, so I bought this new cookbook with easy recipes. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake 1 Pkg (about 15 oz.) chocolate fudge cake mix 1 1/4 cups water... 3 eggs 1/3 cup vegetable oil 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter, *warmed divided 1 cup mini peanut butter cups *Microwave peanut butter on LOW (30%) about 2 mins until pourable 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13 x 9...More >>


By Peg Rosen
From Ideas That Spark

You're expecting guests, and it seems like you've been rolling cookies and baking pies for a month straight -- and there are still more desserts to churn out. Why not take a break from the oven and keep things simple? "In truth, some of the most elegant desserts -- like fresh fruit with a champagne zabaglione sauce -- don't involve baking or much actual cooking at all. All it takes is a little creativity," says Lauren Chattman, author of the newly released book Cookie Swap!

Here, some super-quick, simple no-bake desserts to put you on everyone's sweet side.

Shortbread Cuties

"Walkers Shortbread is a very high-quality, all-butter cookie that makes a great, ready-made base for all kinds of desserts," says Chattman. To make her shortbread cuties:

1. Dip each cookie in melted semisweet chocolate chips.

2. Roll in bits of a crushed Heath Bar.

3. Chill cuties on wax paper, then place on a platter and serve.

Drunken Pears

Elegant and light, poached pears are a great way to use up those half-empty bottles of holiday wine.

1. Peel Bosc pears, leaving stem intact. Slice small amount off bottom so they stand upright.

2. Place them stem-side up in a saucepan so they fit snugly.

3. Add good red wine (enough to reach stems), 1 cup sugar, two whole cloves, a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, and the grated rind of one lemon or orange.

4. Bring to a boil and simmer for about an hour, or until pears are tender (but not mushy).

5. Carefully remove pears, boil sauce down to a syrup-like consistency and pour over pears. Serve warm or chilled with a dollop of creme fraiche or whipped cream.

Itsy Bitsy Ice Cream Sandwiches

This classic party favorite is easy to make -- and a great treat for the kids.

1. Spread 2 tablespoons of your favorite ice cream (softened) onto a store-bought chocolate wafer. Top with another wafer.

2. Roll the edges of each sandwich in toasted coconut, sprinkles or mini chocolate chips.

3. Freeze until firm.

Nutella Nirvana

Europe's favorite cocoa-hazelnut spread is finally catching on in the U.S.; it's available at many major supermarkets. Use it to make a cloud-like mousse:

1. Pour 1 cup of cold heavy whipping cream and 1/2 cup Nutella into a bowl.

2. Whip until mixture makes soft peaks.

3. Chill for about 4 hours. Then, portion into pretty bowls and garnish with chocolate shavings and chopped hazelnuts. Or, top with golden-brown marshmallows you've run under the broiler on a baking sheet.

Black Forest Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

These decadent layers will only look like they took hours to prepare:

1. Cover the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with store-bought ice cream sandwiches. Break sandwiches if necessary to fit.

2. Spread cherry pie-filling and then a layer of homemade (or store-bought) whipped cream on the sandwiches.

3. Repeat layers two more times, ending with whipped cream.

4. Drizzle decoratively with chocolate syrup, then garnish with maraschino cherries and chocolate curls.

5. Freeze overnight and serve.  

Peg Rosen has contributed to numerous magazines and websites, including More, Self, Redbook, Real Simple, Parents, Family Circle, American Baby, ParentCenter.com and WebMD.com. She blogs at Relish-This.Blogspot.com.

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