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post #1 of 16
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John is the cook in the family and will be making a full turkey dinner on Christmas day for us and his parents. My job is to make dessert with little time. I have to work the full day on the 24th and then go immediately to my aunt's house for dinner. I will have to bake 1st thing Christmas morning before John needs the oven for turkey (it will probably need to go in between 10 and 11 am for dinner at 4). I need something easy to make that a very fussy father-in-law will eat. He likes simple things and doesn't like many spices. I was thinking an apple pie with a crumble top. What do you think? do you have any other ideas. I don't want to make a layer cake as I made that for Thanksgiving.

Help please!
post #2 of 16
Tiramisu! Its sooo easy to make and soooo good!
post #3 of 16
How about cream cheese squares? It's real easy & I haven't met 1 person who doesn't like it.
Mix: 1 beaten egg & 1/2 c melted butter with 1 yellow cake mix. Press
into greased 9x13 pan.
Mix: 2 beaten eggs, 8 oz. cream cheese, 1 c powdered sugar, 1 c packed
light brown sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla. Mix this mixture real good and pour
ontop of the 1st mixture.

Bake 325 for about 45 min or until golden brown. When cooled, sprinkle w/ powdered sugar and cut into squares.

Real yummy!!!
post #4 of 16
my mom makes the cheese square things but she uses generic canned cresent rolls instead of cake and they are amazing.. and super easy.. she also puts the crescent rolls on top and drizzles a glaze over top.. mmmmm!
post #5 of 16
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Suprisingly -my hubby hates cheese so anything with cheese is a no go. My FIL (a Scotsman who doesn't evenlike his potatoes whipped with butter or milk) will not eat anything " foreign" sounding so that gets rid of the Tiramisu (unfortunately). I personally have never met a dessert I didn't like.
post #6 of 16
Chocolate Suicide Cake

1 package German Chocolate Cake Mix
1 can condensed sweetened milk
I jar of Aunt Jenny's (or comparable) chocolate topping for ice cream
1 jar Aunt Jennys caramel topping for ice cream
1 jar butterscotch topping for ice cream
1 heath bar broke up in small pieces
1 container cool whip

Bake the cake as directed- while still warm take a wooden spoon and poke holes in the cake- pour the condensed milk over the cake, then one by one, spread the entire contents of each jar of topping over the cake- top with broken heath bar pieces and cool whip-
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by hissy
Chocolate Suicide Cake

1 package German Chocolate Cake Mix
1 can condensed sweetened milk
I jar of Aunt Jenny's (or comparable) chocolate topping for ice cream
1 jar Aunt Jennys caramel topping for ice cream
1 jar butterscotch topping for ice cream
1 heath bar broke up in small pieces
1 container cool whip

Bake the cake as directed- while still warm take a wooden spoon and poke holes in the cake- pour the condensed milk over the cake, then one by one, spread the entire contents of each jar of topping over the cake- top with broken heath bar pieces and cool whip-
Sounds yummy. I wonder if Candaa has heath bars and the Aunt Jenny's stuff - will have to check out the grocery store!
post #8 of 16
LOL MA. I don't want to see that one on the weight loss site!!! Sounds soooooo good though. Mmmmm
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Ali012281
LOL MA. I don't want to see that one on the weight loss site!!! Sounds soooooo good though. Mmmmm
It is the holidays - we can lose weight after!
post #10 of 16
I don't think we can get Heath bars in Canada, but I believe they are similar to Skor bars.
post #11 of 16
We used to be expert in our family at renaming things to confuse those who 'didn't like' something. After all, cheesecake doesn't taste of cheese, so you can call it whipped.... or baked..... And the same goes for Tiramisu - it's coffee chocolate dessert. My father does not know how many times he has eaten bananas and tomatoes (not together!) though he swears he is allergic to both. I even told someone once that a turkey was a 'big chicken' because he said he didn't like it! Now that is stupid.
post #12 of 16
Well under the present circumstances this holiday cake will not be on my menu this year! It would put both of us into a sugar coma! But it is good-
post #13 of 16
An easy, basic yet festive looking dessert is cupcakes with broken candycanes sprinkled over the top. Its also an easy way to get rid of leftover candy canes.
post #14 of 16
Jon's brother makes this pudding thing every Christmas. I don't remember what it's called or if there is a specific recipe for this, but this is what he told me:

Mix up two packages of instant vanilla pudding and add a pack of cream cheese (room temp). Pour that in a dish and cover with whipped cream. Sprinkle a layer of Oreos over the top of that and refrigerate until ready to eat.
post #15 of 16
Here's an easy one. I like it cause it's light and fluffy after a big turkey dinner, and you don't get in the way of oven time on turkey day.

Strawberry Trifle

1 Angel food cake (can buy one from store or make one ahead of time from a box)
1 16 oz package frozen strawberries, thawed
1 large package vanilla pudding (made to directions)
Whipped topping

Cut the angel food cake in slices and layer all of the above in a large, clear bowl. Layers are cake, strawberries, pudding, repeat until done. Add whipped cream to the top (or just cool whip). Make this ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve.
post #16 of 16
Ady, when I read your first post, I was thinking apple pie, before you got to it It's pretty reliable, pretty wonderful when you're dealing with "don't give me anything foreign".

On the other hand, if you want something easy and festive, you could do a lot worse than the Chocolate Wafer Log, for which the "recipe" is found on the package of Christies Chocolate Wafers. It's just the wafers and Cool Whip (we always used to use whipped cream, and I still would). Takes no time to put together, requires no baking, so you don't even need to worry about oven conflicts, and it's pretty and tasty.
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