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Ideas for a dessert item for a potluck

I'm just looking for ideas outside my box of thinking, some of your favorite ideas. The potluck will be for a bunch of tweens/teens and their families so nothing too weird would be appreciated.

Just a note, I am very familiar with most of the recipe sites, there's no need to refer me to one of them (unless it's a link to a specific recipe), I'm just wanting some more personal ideas.

Thanks a bunch in advance for your ideas.

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Asked by dandylynes at 10:39 AM on Oct. 20, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • I always go with cookies for something like that--- nice single serving portions, you don't really need serving utensils, and everyone loves cookies.

    Answer by IrishMommaC at 10:44 AM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • Interested in a brownie recipe with a twist? My teens loved this one. I loved it because it was quick and simple. It is a cherry brownie cobbler. Almost like a brownie dump cake.


    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 10:45 AM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • It sounds like you want something simple and wonderful. This is, without a doubt, the finest browie recipe (of course, I make a couple of substitutions) :
    4 squares Bakers unsweetened chocolate (I use whatever fair trade chocolate I can find
    1.5 sticks of butter (I usually use Earth Balance)
    2 cups sugar (succant gives these a really nice flavor)
    3 eggs or egg substitute
    1 tsp vanilla (I usually substitute about a tablespoon of good, dark rum; this really gives these a nice, rich flavor)
    1 cup flour (I use whole wheat pastry flour)
    1 cup chopped pecans (I usually use 1/2 cup of nuts and 1/2 cup of dried cranberries)
    Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour (I use cocoa to keep these looking nice) a 9x13 pan. Beat sugar and eggs; mix in sugar; add vanilla and flour and mix well; add nuts. Pour into pan; bake 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Note: I like really fudgy brownies, so these come out after 30

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:46 AM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • Dump cake is quick and easy to make.

    Answer by RoostersMom4 at 10:46 AM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • Here is a link to a dump cake. There are about 1000 variation of flavors on these but they are all done the same way. Fruit filling, cake mix, flour..dump and bake.,1941,135187-243193,00.html



    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 10:48 AM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • And here is something a little different: Whoopie Pies
    1 stick (1/2 C) butter, softened
    1 C sugar
    1 1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 large egg
    1 tsp vanilla
    1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 C milk
    2 C flour
    3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) butter, melted
    1 C powdered sugar
    1 C marshmallow cream (Fluff)
    1 1/2 tsp vanilla
    Heat oven to 375 degrees. Coat baking sheet(s) with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper. Batter: Beat butter, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla, then cocoa powder until blended. With mixer on low speed, slowly beat in milk until blended. By hand, stir in flour. Drop level tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet(s).


    Answer by rkoloms at 10:50 AM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • Bake 8 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly
    pressed. Cool on baking sheet 1 minute before
    removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat
    with remaining batter.

    Filling: With a wooden spoon, vigorously mix all
    ingredients until blended and smooth.

    Spread 2 teaspoons onto flat side of half the cookies;
    top each with another cookie, pressing to adhere.

    Storage: Refrigerate in an airtight container with
    wax paper between layers up to 1 week or freeze up to
    1 month.

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:51 AM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • eclair cake
    2 boxes french vanilla pudding (make according to directions)
    mix in a tub of cool whip
    layer a pan with graham crackers do a layer of pudding mix another layer of graham crackers and layer of pudding mix another layer of graham crackers top this off with choclate frosting cover and refridge for about 12 hrs.
    simple easy and cheap

    Answer by wyattgrace at 10:56 AM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • It's October so I would make something pumpkin. Here are some of my kids favorites.

    Great Pumpkin Cookies

    Pumpkin Roll (harder to make but worth it)

    Bisquick Pumpkin Bread (easiest)

    Answer by Gailll at 11:03 AM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • I like to do the stacked thing in a clear bowl. Dice up your favorate cake. Then layer pudding, then layer cool whip. Keep layering untill it's filled up. You can do chocolate or whatever. Put a can of cherry pie filling in one of the layer too if you do chocolate cake. Thats good too. Or you can put cut up candy bars, what ever you think of!

    Answer by forevermom75 at 12:49 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

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