Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Ramping up for quick holiday treats - Mini No Bake Cheesecakes - Only Four Ingredients!

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.




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