Tuesday, September 29, 2009

No Bake Peach Cheesecake

2 c. graham cracker crumbs
6 Tbsp. margarine, melted
1 c. sugar divided (1/4 & 3/4)
4 pkg (8 oz each) Neufchatel Cream Cheese, softened (this is the 1/3 less fat cream cheese)
1 3 oz pkg peach jello
1 15 oz can sliced peaches in juice, drained, chopped*
1 8 oz tub lite cool whip thawed

Mix graham cracker crumbs, margarine and 1/4 c. sugar. Press onto bottom of 13x9 pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling. Beat Neufchatel Cheese and remaining sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add dry gelatin mix, mix well. Stir in peaches and cool whip. Spoon over crust. Cover. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. YUMMY!!!

*can substitute 2 chopped fresh peaches.

Carrot Cake

3 c. flour
2 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 c. oil
4 eggs
3 c. grated carrots
1 c. raisins-optional
1 c. nuts-optional

Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Add oil & mix well. Add eggs one at a time and beat well. Add grated carrots and mix well. Pour onto greased cookie sheet (large). Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.


2 c. powdered sugar (approximately)
4 oz. softened cream cheese
1/2 cube butter/margarine softened
1 tsp vanilla

Mix together with mixer.

Caramel Brownies

1 pkg. German Chocolate Cake Mix (or Dark Chocolate)
3/4 c. melted margarine
1/2 c. evaporated milk
2 c. chopped nuts-optional

50 unwrapped caramels (one package has about 50)
1/3 c. evaporated milk
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix together cake mix, margarine, 1/2 c. evaporated milk and nuts. Spread half of the mixture into a lightly greased 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes. While this is baking, melt caramels in 1/3 c. milk on medium to med-low heat. Remove cake from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Pour melted caramel mixture on top. Drop the remaining cake mixture by spoonfuls on top. Bake at 350 for 20-24 minutes. Cool for at least 3 hours before cutting. Super yummy :)

Oreo Cookie Frosting

1 cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 tablespoons of water
1 lb of confectioners sugar (approx 4 cups)
1 tablespoon of meringue powder (found at Michael's Craft Store)
14 Oreos, finely crushed in food processor
In bowl of stand mixer, cream butter , vanilla and water. Add confectioner's sugar, meringue powder and crushed Oreos. Mix until well combined. And there you have it....another way to enjoy those Oreos!