It's that time of year again! 'Tis the season for treat days, goody days, parties, carry-ins and guests in general. Sometimes I have lots of time to prepare snacks and treats but there are other times, that I don't have much time at all.
It's nice this time of year to reassess the things you might make that are inexpensive, if you don't have a lot of money to spare, and a few things that are super quick, if you don't have much time.
Yesterday, my daughter, Rebecca texted me and asked what she could make for her office carry-in meal the next day. Her department had been assigned desserts. I suggested a few things like Pumpkin Crunch Dessert, Sugar Cookie Bars (because they are delicious but cheap to make - and most generally you have everything on hand):
I also suggested making brownies, Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake with Easy Chocolate Frosting (again, a very frugal, pantry ingredient, dessert) (someone was already making brownies):
Someone was already making brownies so she thought that covered the chocolate stuff, and none of these other things were quite as quick as Rebecca was after.
I suggested something that she has had a few times at "girls' night". No Bake Mini Cheesecakes. I also suggested a simplified version than she had previously made. They turned out FANTASTIC so I told Rebecca to make sure she took a picture and I would put the recipe on my blog.
Here's how Rebecca made Quick Mini Cheesecakes AT HOME MY WAY:
No Bake Mini Cheesecakes
- Small Box of cheesecake instant pudding mix
- Small container of whipped topping, like Cool Whip
- Fruit for topping (strawberries, washed and sliced)
- Mini Fillo Tart shells like these (we found at Walmart) (I think one small whipped topping + one pudding mix filled 24 shells):
Stir pudding mix into thawed cool whip. Stir Well. Spoon or pipe into fillo shells. Top with sliced strawberries.
Options: You could use other flavors of instant pudding mix, such as chocolate with rasperries, lemon with blueberries, coconut or banana.
Note: If making for serving the next day, just fill the shells with the pudding/whipped topping mixture but save adding the fruit until the day of serving.