3 dessert recipes to wow your family (that are actually really easy)

We’ve always loved cooking and baking at home. There are pantry shelves full of our cookbooks and old family recipes. These days cooking and baking has taken on a new meaning. It’s become a safe haven and time to step away from the screens and constant news. We’ve decided to share three of our favorite and easy dessert recipes. We choose them because you probably have all the ingredients at home and don’t need to head to the store. We hope that they can wow your family.

 

No-Bake Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cookies

There are a million versions of this classic american dessert. We’ve found that the Food Network has made this recipe as easy and simple as possible. No-Bake cookies are nostalgic chocolatey peanut butterness at their best. We also argue that the oatmeal makes it a wellness dessert. This recipe is super easy, takes 5 minutes to prep and 5 minutes to cook. You’ll get 60 cookies. 

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Large pinch kosher salt

Directions 

  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment.
  2. Bring the sugar, milk, butter and cocoa to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, then let boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the oats, peanut butter, vanilla and salt, and stir to combine.
  3. Drop teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, and let sit at room temperature until cooled and hardened, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

 

Lemon Bars 

We’ve heard that life gave us lemons, so we are making lemon bars. Another classic and easy dessert means that there are millions of recipes online. Our favorite is from The Baking Chocolatess. Lemon bars feel like a ray of sunshine these days. We’re calling this a win for our mental wellness. This recipe takes 15 minutes to prep and about an hour until you have a bite of happy. 

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch or two of salt

Lemon Curd Filling

  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1 1/3 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice or 3 large lemons squeezed
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set aside an 8×8 pan sprayed with cooking spray. You can also line with parchment or tin foil and spray with cooking spray.

Shortbread Crust

  1. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy, about 2-3 minutes on high.
  2. Add flour and salt and mix until the dough comes together.
  3. Press evenly into the prepared sheet pan, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides and bake until it just starts to turn golden brown, 15-20 minutes.

Lemon Curd Filling

  1. While the crust is baking, in another bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. 
  2. Pour lemon curd filling over the crust and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the filling is set by touching top of bars and not jiggly.
  3. Let cool to room temperature.and dust with powdered sugar.
  4. Cut lemon bars into squares or triangles and dust tops with powdered sugar. Addictive!!!

 

Cream Cheese Mints 

These cream cheese mints are our last easy dessert to make from home. Cream cheese mints have also been called wedding mints or baby shower mints. These mints are delicious, only take 5 ingredients, and you can make them in only 20 minutes. Our favorite and easy to follow recipe is from the little Lil Luna blog by Kristyn Merkley. 

Ingredients

  • 6 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 TB butter softened
  • 5-5 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 4 drops peppermint oil
  • any food coloring paste optional

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar. Cream together until well blended. Add in peppermint oil, one drop at a time. Color as desired or leave white.
  2. Roll into small balls, and place on wax paper. Use a fork dipped in powdered sugar, to flatten each ball.
  3. Let dry on wax paper for about 2 hours then freeze or refrigerate.

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