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Holidays and Dessert. Yum.

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First and foremost, I hope you all had the most wonderful 4th of July! Here’s the beautiful wreath I made a week or so ago. WooHoo!

I was flipping through a no-bake book I bought for a friend’s kid’s school fundraiser recently and came across a super yummy looking recipe.

I should probably inform you ahead of time.. hubbs and I, we love Reeses. Anything with chocolate and peanut butter, really.
If you do not, you should probably refrain from reading this post.
Here’s the recipe.

Double Layer Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
4oz Cream cheese, softened
1tbsp Sugar
2 Cup plus 1 tbsp Milk, divided
1 Cup peanut butter
1 8oz container Cool Whip, thawed and divided
1 9in graham cracker crust
2 (3.9oz) instant chocolate pudding mix
4 peanut butter cups cut into 1/2 in pieces (I used about 10 mini Reeses)


 – In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, 1 tbsp milk and peanut butter until smooth then gently stir in 1 1/2 cups cool whip


 – Spread mixture evenly over the bottom of the pie crust


 – In a separate bowl, combine chocolate pudding mixes with 2 cups of milk. Mix well until thick (I used a wisk.)


– Fold in remaining cool whip


 – Spread mixture evenly over peanut butter layer in pie crust.
 – Scatter peanut butter cup pieces over top of pie
 – Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving

That’s it. Easy, right?

As soon as we break into this baby, I’ll post a picture of the inside and tell you how yummy I’m already certain it will be!

Cheesecake filled strawberries.

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Lets get this party started, shall we?

My husband and I are attending a rib cook-off tonight. We wont be cooking any ribs, just eating and judging. I decided since we weren’t contributing ribs I should at least bring a dessert. I found one version here. The other was a pure strike of genius while wandering the aisles of Walmart.

I would like to preface this by saying I’m not a fancy photographer. I’m a lady with a lovely little iPhone. I use said phone to take all my pictures. Maybe one day I’ll break out that nice camera my husband bought me for Christmas…

Regular Cheesecake Strawberries – You will need:
2 lbs of strawberries
Graham cracker crumbs (about two crackers worth)
8oz softened cream cheese
3.5 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Rinse strawberries and cut around the top. Remove top and clean out with a paring knife. I used a melon baller on some of the really large ones. Cut a tiny bit off the bottom of the berry so that it has a flat bottom and will stand. Prep and set aside.

  • In a mixing bowl beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until creamy. Fill strawberries with mixture. I used a spoon and a clean finger.. you could use a piping bag or a ziplock bag as well.
  • Dip the top of your filled strawberries in the graham cracker crumbs. refrigerate until serving.

Chocolate Cheesecake filled Strawberries – You will need
2 lbs of strawberries
Philadelphia Indulgence Dark Chocolate cream cheese (softened)
Graham cracker crumbs (about two crackers worth)

The yummy chocolate Philadelphia stuff.
This is the amazing stuff you’ll be looking for!

Directions:

  • Rinse strawberries and cut around the top. Remove top and clean out with a paring knife. I used a melon baller on some of the really large ones. Cut a tiny bit off the bottom of the berry so that it has a flat bottom and will stand. Prep and set aside.
  • Fill strawberries with the indulgence and dip the top into the graham cracker crumbs.

I did a mixture of the regular and chocolate cheesecakes. I used three lbs of strawberries about three crackers worth of graham crumbs and ended up using about 2/3 of the indulgence. I did have a little of the regular cheesecake mix left but I wasnt too worried as we’ll just use that as a fruit dip!! In my opinion the chocolate ones are better.. and certainly less work! Hope you have enjoyed my first recipe.

-Cyn

UPDATE: These were an absolute hit at the cook-off tonight! After sitting in the fridge after I made them, the chocolate ones were by far better than the regular cheesecake. Maybe that’s just personal preference.. but there weren’t many left of either by the end of the party.

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