Chocolate Mousse, Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, Black Forest Tiramisu, Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies – careful, I think you’re drooling on your keyboard. Countries around the world have different ways of serving their sugar, but people everywhere share the same philosophy that there’s always room for dessert.
As kids, most of us probably claimed that we had a second stomach, just for dessert. Even when we were too full to finish our peas, we had plenty of room in our tummies for cake and ice cream. Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I really do have a second stomach for dessert (which is bigger than my regular stomach).
Some dessert recipes are easy to make, and don’t require many ingredients, but some can be very involved. I’ll try and stick with cheaper, easier dessert ideas for this blog. I have to say though; sometimes putting in a little extra time will allow you to make a dessert that is completely worth the effort.
Rice Krispies Treats are always a hit, and they only require three ingredients. They don’t take long to cook, and anyone who can turn on a stove can make them. The amount of Rice Krispies, butter, and marshmallows you need will depend on how many treats you need. If you want to make them a little more interesting, try adding chocolate chips, peanut butter, sprinkles, or any other candy.
Cookies are the best comfort food when you have a stressful week. Instead of buying them from the grocery store, make your own. Basic baking ingredients aren’t very expensive, and cookies taste so much better when they are fresh out of the oven. There are countless cookie recipes out there, so you should be able to find one for your favorite cookie. If you don’t have much experience baking, I’d suggest starting with a more basic recipe for a sugar or chocolate chip cookie. Once you get the hang of it, try more exotic recipes like Homemade Oreo Cookies, Peanut Butter Blossoms, or Chocolate Espresso Cookies.
Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, and cupcakes are the perfect way to show loved ones you care. They may also be a good way to get strangers to love you. Cupcakes can be made with a mix or from scratch, but mixes tend to be a little quicker if you’re short on time. Strawberry Cupcakes and Red Velvet Cupcakes are perfect for Valentine’s Day since they are red. I’ll tell you a secret though. You can make pretty much any cupcake red with food coloring. Frosting is the best part of cupcakes and fortunately, it’s really easy to make. Most cupcake recipes also give you a recipe for frosting.
Fruit is the perfect ingredient for dessert. Let’s face it; most fruit practically tastes like dessert on its own. Add sugar, and you have the perfect combination of sweet and sour. Strawberry Shortcake is one of my favorite desserts to make. It doesn’t require many ingredients, and it will definitely impress a date (or friends). You can buy Angel Food Cake that is already made if you don’t want to make your own. Strawberry Shortcake is also low in fat, which means you can eat more and feel less guilty. Apple Crisp is another great way to get in a serving of fruit. I tried making apple crisp the other night, and it came out horribly. I used a recipe with very few ingredients and directions to save time. (Don’t worry; I didn’t link you to that recipe.) It didn’t taste anything like the apple crisp my mom makes. I learned my lesson after eating dry crisp with chewy apples. When you want a recipe to taste like your mom’s, call your mom. Parents have more experience cooking, and they are usually happy to help you with cooking advice.
I could go on talking about dessert all day, but I’ll let you find some of your own recipes to try. Next time you are craving sugar, make your own dessert, and share it with your study group. Maybe they’ll be more likely to help to get an “A.”
If you are always eating in a hurry, tune in next time for a guide to cooking with frozen food.
Until then, eat healthy, cook quickly, and don’t forget to brush your teeth after you consume all that sugar.