Sometimes you want something sweet but don’t exactly have the coin to rush to the grocery store and pick up a bakery fresh cake or maybe you don’t have the ingredients to whip up a fresh batch of homemade cookies. Here are four tasty dessert ideas that I have used along my journey of young married life and motherhood on a budget.
1. Strawberry Shortcakes
Get you some strawberries, a can of whipped cream, some mini shortcakes, and maybe even some chocolate syrup or hot fudge ice cream topping. Stem and chop your strawberries into four slices, place them in a bowl and top with sugar. Put your bowl of strawberries in the fridge. This should really be done well before dinner is started as it takes a while for the strawberries to caramelize. You may want to bake or toast your mini shortcakes until lightly golden brown. When you’re ready to make your shortcakes, take the strawberries from the fridge, they should be swimming in a syrupy red juice by now. Spoon some of the berries and juice onto your cakes and top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup or whatever else you think would be yummy! You could even serve with ice cream or cheesecake! Yum!
2. Apple Pie Ice Cream
No, not pie and ice cream. We’re talking new and improved, all- in-one! Grab a can of apple (or any other fruit) pie filling, throw it in a pan and bake it up baker’s man! It doesn’t need long at all. Take it out of the oven, let it cool just a minute, and spoon it over vanilla ice cream. You can top it with chocolate syrup or caramel ice cream topping, even cinnamon! It’s so yummy and an easy-to-do spin on an American classic!
3. Wannabe Sweet Potato Casserole
If you’re like me, you always buy one too many of most things, then after the holidays, you’re left with cans of yams and cranberry sauce that has no use for another year. So here’s and idea! Grab that can of yams, some puff cream or marshmallows, and some graham crackers. In a pan, layer the crackers, yams, and marshmallows and bake. Done! You could even crumble some graham crackers on top if you wanna get a little extra fancy! Then just dig in! It’s ooey, gooey, yummy, and it’s quick and easy to make, plus it’s so fun to eat!
4. Not Quite S’mores
Something my mom showed me that her mom used to make when my mom was growing up. Salted Ritz crackers covered in mini marshmallows and baked (or nuked) and topped with chocolate and/or caramel syrup and bam! It’s sweet and salty meets crunchy and smooth. A great treat for cold days with hot chocolate and a movie, snuggled up in your pj’s and fuzzy socks with a warm blanket with your honey! There’s not much in this world better than that!