Have you ever been asked to bring a dessert? Everyone has. And sometimes, it is just not convenient to whip together something Pinterest-worthy. Let’s be honest, I can rarely pull together Pinterest-worthy anything. Presentation is not my thing. At times, we just don’t have the time. Maybe we have an hour to get ready and get going or maybe we are going straight from work (gasp!). Life happens. So what to do? I have made a list of some desserts that are tasty, easy, and quick--real crowd-pleasers. Some only require a trip to the grocery store on your way over. Just bring the bags in. Can’t get easier than that.
All that is required with this one is a quick trip to the grocery store. Who doesn’t love strawberry shortcake? Just pick up a prepared angel food cake, prepared pound cake, or even shortcakes that are sometimes sold. I am not a fan of the circle cakes made for strawberry shortcake so I steer clear of those, but whatever your personal preference is, go with that. Once you have the cake part, get some strawberries. You can buy all fresh, all frozen, or a mix. Sometimes I prefer a mix. The frozen ones are juicier and softer so they soak into the cake more, but I do prefer the taste of fresh ones. Now on to the last part, the whipped cream. I love the Reddi-whip whipped cream- the real stuff. That is my first preference, but cool whip works too. So that is all. Buy these 3 things and you are ready to go. A make-your-own strawberry shortcake.
Again, you can just run into the grocery store on the way over. Love it! Pick up some prepared brownies, favorite ice cream, and toppings. Once you bring it all over, just warm up the brownies, and everyone makes their own. You can also try to mix it up a little for this one. What about cookies instead of brownies? What about bananas for a banana split? The options really are endless.
This is one of my personal favorites. I just love s’mores. It’s also a super simple grocery store stop along the way! It really only works if there will be a bonfire… or maybe a fire in the fireplace. All you have to pick up are graham crackers, Hershey’s chocolate bars, and jumbo marshmallows. Now, to get all fancy, try bringing some Reese’s peanut butter cups, York peppermint patties, and whatever other type of chocolate you want. I think the key is a melted marshmallow and melted chocolate. So good!
Dump Cakes (big shout out to my pal, Julie, for introducing these to me a few years ago!)
Poop cake, you may ask… but nope. This is one of those desserts that I use another name for- something like a cobbler or simply a cake. You can say whatever you like, but saying dump cake is weird to me, plus unappetizing, but anyways…
Now we are starting to get into desserts that require some prep, but not too much. And an added bonus, these only require one dish which is awesome. I usually do this one when I am having company over myself. I think these work best with fruit. For the ingredients, you just need a fruit (either fresh, frozen, or canned), a box of cake mix (mostly yellow works best, but sometimes spice cake depending on the fruit used), and a stick of butter.
In 13x9 inch pan, add fruit. If you are using fresh, add sugar so it is more juicy.
Then pour the box cake mix right over it.
Cut butter up into little cubes and sprinkle over the top (there are also variations of using melted butter- it doesn’t matter)
Cook for 45 minutes to an hour in a 350 oven
There are a ton of variations you can use.
Peach Cobbler- canned peaches with juice, yellow cake mix, butter, and sprinkle some brown sugar and pecans on the top.
Apple Crisp- apple pie filling, spice cake mix, butter, and sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar on top. For a more genuine apple crisp, I have sprinkled oatmeal on the top too.
Pear Cobbler- canned pears (I used little pear fruit cups that my kids refused to eat…), spice cake mix, butter, brown sugar, and pecans
Blueberry Cobbler (my fave)- blueberries (either fresh or frozen works), yellow cake mix, butter, cinnamon and sugar.
Basically any fruit variation you want. The only thing to watch for is if the cake is moist enough. Just add a little water if it looks dry halfway through baking. Also, serve this warm and add ice cream for a real treat.
This one is super simple and impressive as well. Just buy a roll of sugar cookie dough, cool whip, and fruit. Flatten the cookie dough to fit a baking sheet. Cook according to directions and let cool. If it is not cool enough, your cool whip will melt. Sometimes, I just stick it in the garage freezer to cool. You can also do this the night before if you want and then just come home and put the toppings on. Anyways, once cool, spread cool whip on it then use whatever fruit you want as the topping. You can do a variety of fruit or all the same things- the choices are limitless. A little warning: if you are using frozen fruit, you need to drain the juice thoroughly first. I don’t think canned would work great here. You can make it fancier by using toppings like chocolate syrup, caramel, cinnamon, or raspberry sauce. Just use your imagination.
Photo from Pampered Chef
There you have it. Some super simple desserts and some mostly simple desserts. Next time someone asks, “Can you bring a dessert tonight?”, you will be prepared to knock their socks off!
Until Next Time,